Originally Posted by ToddB
First off I am a "Software" Guy
Welcome "Software Guy" to OCN where the persuit of performance is absolutely paramount!
Originally Posted by ToddB
I am currently running Winows 7 professional and on the front of my machine it is showing an "intel Core 2 Duo" - which I am thinking is the processor? Maybe?
Yes, Intel Core 2 Duo is a processor label you will find these labels on just about any pre-fab laptop and desktop you buy. They aren't really descriptive considering just how many processors actually fall into that category of Core 2 Duo, but a badge is a badge right. (Phat lewtz)
Originally Posted by ToddB
I am pretty sure I have 1 GB of removable of memory but I suspect it is not just a matter of buying more memory in my case as I guess this machines has 2 sockets which can support up to 8 GB of memory (4GB a piece).
I am almost positive that your PC did not come with 1GB of memory. I will not say that is an absolute certainty, but it may be more true to say it is closer to 2GB. Hey! if you have 1GB of RAM that would explain why your PC running windows 7 is so darn slow. Windows 7 is a power house and I think it is safe to assert that Win7 itself needs 1GB of RAM. Simply put your system is much happier when it has room to work.
Are you running 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7 professional?
This matters as if you have a 32 bit OS you can only use a max of 4GB Physical and 3.5GB Logical.
To use more than 4GB example 8GB you would need a 64 bit OS (windows 7)
Think of the Memory (RAM) as your physical "Desk Top". Like at work. The smaller your desk is the less crap/work you can have out at one time. This analogy hits the nail on the head...The less RAM you have the less programs you can all having running at once without causing severe performance slow down. (Lag)
I have only quoted you to answer your questions, I do not intend to make you feel stupid. I simply wish to address your statements and inform you.
An informed buyer is a happy/better/smarter buyer. One who makes decisions based on facts instead of crap.
you have shown an interest in getting help from us here at OCN and we are glad to help!
Now for the Actual HELPUpgrading the Bios
I suggest you do this with the device off...Flip that bad boy over and find your Service Tag/Express service code and write it down.
I must caution you though...While this is unlikely and I have never bricked a board yet...without the Bios or if improperly run or if you lose power while performing a bios upgrade you damage irrecoverably the motherboard and you will essentially make your PC a paper weight.
Please make sure your Laptop is Fully charged also please make sure you are connected to AC power prior to performing the following:
Now that we have that you can loadup your PC again and navigate to here
Click on Drivers and downloads "get it here"
Input your service tag/express service code that we obtained just moments ago. (either one should work, however if one doesn't the other should)
Once you hit submit you should be redirected to the main product support page for...duh your product.
You may even see a little picture of your PC.
Now make sure that the Operating System is correct. If not just click the drop down and select the appropriate one.
Below this you should now see a list of drivers.
HEY LOOK! Bios is the first one of the list (in almost all cases, unless audio supersedes it)
Click bios and it should drop down
you may have more than one available to you. I suggest you look at the version number and the release date. It is almost always safe to assume the latest version is your best bet.
Once you have found the latest bios revision/version Click download on the right.
A pop-up window will appear asking you how you want to download...I always choose the option that does not make me install the dell download manager. The manager is great if you need like 10 different drivers at once, but I just want to directly download the file and not be bothered with installing something ELSE on my pc.
so choose the option to directly download via web browser.
The file should save and be something like BR29826866.exe (Your mileage will vary the numbers are arbitrary and I have no need and niether do you to know what the numbers mean)
So basically the file will be BRxxxxxxxx.exe
Now that you have this saved I would make sure you have all other programs closed and you should run this file.
It may first extract itself into a folder (default will be on the root of your drive in a folder called DELL, which is C:\ you know it will be the main folder under your local disk C:)
If it does not auto run after extracting navigate to c:\dell there may be another sub directory inside this foler maybe called BIOS, or drivers or whatever. Just locate the bios update file and run the .exe
This should run a program that will verify the version you currently have installed and then install the new bios revision you will probably have to reboot. (If not you may have to create a boot disk with this bios update...not every system is the same. we will work from here)Memory Upgrade
In a nutshell you are looking for Memory with these specs:
8GB total in a 2x4GB stick bundle
200 pin SO-DIMM
Use this to figure out where your RAM is.When installing new RAM:
Turn off your Laptop
Disconnect AC POWER
Then proceed with instructionsM6300 RAM Installation/Removal
This RAM comes at a premium, but it also is Guaranteed to work with your systemCrucial 8GB (2x4GB sticks)
Other optionsCheaper "Price Wise" Ram
Please note: That if you damage your components OCN and its members will not be at fault.Edited by NitroNarcosis - 4/5/12 at 11:39am