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#1 MelissaPleases

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:38 AM

Okay, I have this really old Dell Inspiron 5160 laptop that I'd like to upgrade a bit for my daughter's use. The system can be seen HERE.

We don't have to go really crazy with this, but the 64MB video ram just isn't cutting it for the few games she likes to play, nor does the RAM, really. I'd like to upgrade her to 2GB of RAM, and at least 128MB of video RAM, 256 if it's possible.

I've never done any real wokr inside of a laptop before, so I'm looking for some help with this little upgrade. I'm not worried about doing the installation, I can find the how-to online, I'm sure. I'm more concerned with making sure that I get something compatible with the computer itself.

This is for an eleven-year-old, so we don't need anything extremely powerful - just some good functionality.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by MelissaPleases, 18 April 2011 - 07:39 AM.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:59 AM

This will get the specs of your computer.
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You can not upgrade the graphics.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 03:28 PM

There are not a lot of upgradeable components...in a laptop.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 05:21 PM

Crucial says that the system can take a max of 2 gigs ram with a max of 1 gig in each slot. It would run you about 100 bucks to max it out.
THen you could possibly go into the system BIOS and allocate more system memory to video. Check in the BIOS first though to see how much the video ram maxes out at.

Other than that, the only thing that can be upgraded is the hard drive. You have a 60 gig IDE drive.
Unlike tower systems, everything on a laptop is integrated onto the motherboard so there really isnt much else you can do.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 05:31 PM

Depending on what you wanted to do on it, if you only want it for web surfing and watching youtube videos then I would try a linux distro... Plus it is a heck of a lot harder to mess it up in the sense of getting a virus or accidentally corrupting it.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:28 PM

I don't think her 11 year old would know how to use Linux Distro.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:12 PM

Yeah but it was just an idea.
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Posted 21 April 2011 - 04:50 PM

LOL - No, she wouldn't be able to use Linux. Kinda sucks that you can't upgrade the video, but oh well.

Thank you for the suggestions, everyone. Much appreciated. I fear that it's time for a new laptop in the house...

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:18 PM

If you are buying a new laptop make sure that YOU get it! LOL

Check the system BIOS to see how much memory is allocated to the onboard video.
You may be able to increase it but it will decrease the memory available to Windows so its kind of a trade off.
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