Upgrading a computer can give a notebook more performance. The unit that I’m reviewing today already has 4GB of memory, the maximum amount by software (Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit) and hardware (only 2 memory banks) can support. I suggest getting at least 2GB of memory if you are using Windows Vista, and 1GB if you are running Windows XP. Make sure the memory you get is DDR2-667 PC2-5300 (or PC2-5400) SODIMM Notebook Memory.
Warning: Before you make any upgrades to this computer, make sure you wear an anti-static bracelet or touch a piece of a metal before opening it up. This witll remove any static electricity on your body, so that you don’t accidentally damage your components.
To upgrade the memory on the notebook, you just have to remove these 9 screws. Then you just have to lift up the tabs, insert your memory in, and close the tabs. You can find the full instructions here.
To remove the hard drive from the notebook, you just remove the 2 screws on the side of the notebook. Then remove the two screws of the hard drive bracket. You can find the full instructions here.
The ExpressCard slot allows you to add cards that will give you more USB ports, SATA Ports (for hard drives) or even a tuner card. Just make sure that the ExpressCard you get is compatible with the Operating Systems of your choice (Windows Vista or Windows XP).
The rest of the hardware (such as video cards, processors, etc) are much harder if not impossible to upgrade, and are out of scope of this review, but if you are looking to try it, check out the Dell Inspiron 1525 service manual page for detailed information on how to do it.Previous Next