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Default Newby... - 04-25-2011, 03:23 PM

Hello fellow Dell miniers... I just purchased my first computer which was of course the Dell Mini 1018, which I'm enjoying so far. I would like to make a couple upgrades to my mini tho, first I would like to put a 2gb RAM inside put like I said I'm some what of a newby, never taken a computer apart, would it be easy enough for me to attempt this on my own or should I take it somewhere? Also if I do the upgrade does it void the warranty? And can you give me some good brands to go with? Finally I was wondering if a dual processor could be installed into the 1018? Thanks for anyone's help.
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Default 04-25-2011, 04:03 PM

Welcome to the forum! Upgrading the RAM does not void your warranty. It is easy to do. Details are here.

You cannot replace the processor.


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Default 04-25-2011, 04:24 PM

Thanks a lot, any good brand names for rams?
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Default 04-25-2011, 06:30 PM

It's hard to go wrong, really. Kingston, Crucial, G.Skill, Corsair, PNY - all good. Just make sure you buy the right kind (DDR3 SODIMM 204 pin, 667MHz or faster.)


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Default 04-25-2011, 08:11 PM

Ok will do thanks, this may sound stupid but if I save all files from my Windows(C and copy them to my external hard drive (WD 1tb) can I erase the files off of my Windows to free up memory and speed? Hope this makes sense, still new to this stuff.
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Default 04-25-2011, 08:24 PM

no, if you are new to this I do not suggest you delete anything, backing up is fine, deleting is something different, you can clear certain files in windows such as your browsing history,temporary internet files,saved mail..etc there are a bunch, but deleting stuff off your c:\windows will do nothing but blow up your system and you better hope that backup you made is good because you are gonna need it...probably would require a complete reload of windows anyway......

PS. deleting stuff off your hard drive, basically anything off your hard drive will not free up memory (RAM), you can eliminate some of the processes that are running in the background to increase the amount of free memory but memory and disk space are two TOTALLY different things and as far as speed goes keep in mind that these are MINIS not full size laptops with full size laptop processors.....increasing your memory from 1gb to 2gb will help, but basically all that will do is enable you to run more processes simultaneously...


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Default 04-25-2011, 08:58 PM

Ok great that told me everything I need to know. Thanks for all the info. One last thing this is about my wireless router, I'm using a netgear wndr3700, just wondering what I need to put my settings to get the fastest- best connection out of my setup?
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Default 04-25-2011, 10:20 PM

routers pretty much connect at the best speed they can automatically, not really too much you can do to speed it up, unless if you are running a 'g' router running an 'n' router will give you faster speed between your system and the router but it will still be limited by your connection to your ISP..typically a 'g' router will max out at about 54 Mbps where as an 'n' router can go as fast as 108Mbps but your Mini must be running an 'n' card also which most are not by default unless you got it with the optional 'n' wireless card, but like I said all this will still be limited by your ISP speed to the router/cable modem and if you are running DSL or worse yet Dial-up, dont even bother

BTW: your router is an 'n' router so if you only have a 'g' card in your Mini, you can switch out the card with an 'n' card that will allow you to connect to your router at about double the speed of a 'g' card, but will still be limited by your internet connection speed


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Default 04-25-2011, 11:05 PM

I see, where can I look to see if my mini is 'n' or 'g' ? Lol sorry for all the dumb questions.
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Default 04-25-2011, 11:14 PM

you can go here:

Dell System Information / Dell Warranty Extensions & Upgrades / Dell Warranty Status

and enter in your service tag number, its usually on a sticker on the bottom of the Mini....this will tell you everything that the system left Dell with, but if you got it 2nd or 3rd hand then you can go into Windows and look at your system configuration maybe through device manager and see what is installed or in control panel there is an item called 'system' that should tell you also


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