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Default SSD upgrade for 11z - 02-07-2010, 01:19 AM

Hey Guys,

Quick question: so now, after I upgraded WiFi to 6250, installed Bluetooth Dell 365, I am looking to upgrade the HDD to SSD. I am looking for 60-120GB of space. Any recommendations? Thanks!
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Default Ssd - 02-07-2010, 04:00 AM

The Corsair SSD looks pretty good on Newegg, judging by the owners reviews. I think I'm going to get the 40gb Intel, 40gb is enough for my needs. How much of a PIA was it to replace the WI-FI and bluetooth? What is WI-FI 6250?
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Default 02-07-2010, 04:48 AM

Originally Posted by thundertracks View Post
What is WI-FI 6250?
Google "intel 6250"

Mini 9 | Intel 5100 Wifi | Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook
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Default 02-07-2010, 05:34 AM

You just go by the book :
1. The keyboard (3 screws from the bottom, pry from the top right side (near HOME button), then unplug after removing)
2. The palmrest (4 screws on the bottom, then use your fingernail to insert and loosen up the palmrest, remove it, and unplug).
3. Hard drive (3 screws, push up and then to the right, remove).
4. Plastic bezel, multiple screws on the bottom, inside, then out (don't forget the power and speakers plugs).
5. Insert bluetooth module: 1.5x0.2inch (tiny), tighten it with a screw (easy).
6. Remove 2 cables from the Dell 1397, unscrew one screw and then remove the angled card, insert the new one (Intel 6250 WiMAX/WiFi card), reattach cables and put the screw back in.
7. Put everything back together and power on.
8. Your BT won't get recognized after power on, you need to download and install BT driver (Widcomm) from Dell's website.
9. Download and install 3 files from Intel website for your Intel Wireless 6250: card driver, WiFi and WiMAX driver.
10. All set. Simple, takes 10 minutes with good screwdriver and some proficiency.

And that's how my 11z looked when I first opened it up!

More info here.

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As for SSD, I would like to get something with TRIM support, hopefully SLC, but it is still debatable.

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As a side note, I now see 29 networks in inSSIDer with the new WiFi card as compared to _9_ with the original Dell. That speaks well of the sensitivity of the card.
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Default 02-08-2010, 01:38 AM

Originally Posted by reflex View Post
Any reason you got the 6250 over the 5150 or 5350? What is the difference?
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Default 02-08-2010, 04:44 AM

5150 is slower than 5350 which is slower than 6250, google will tell you that much. Also:

"Actually Intel showcased the Kilmer Peak at CEATEC JAPAN 2009. It improved the speed of maximum downstream 20Mbps and upstream up to 6Mbps.
The Kilmer Peak made improvement compare to its predecessor Intel WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5150.Both has a 2X2 MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) and 1×2 array ( one transmit, two pick-ups antenna).
This new wireless network adapter supporting IEEE 802.16e in the 2.5 GHz ,3.5GHz and 2.3GHz – BW: 5 & 10MHz for mobile WiMAX and 802.11a/b/g/n in the 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz spectra for WiFi.
The Intel Centrino WiMAX 6250 comes with PCIe Minicard (MC), we don’t have any information whether Intel will provide Half-mini card (HMC) version or not."
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Default 02-14-2010, 08:53 AM

I'm using Intel X-25m 80G SSD on my 11z
read speed is more than 250Mb/s
write speed is about 80Mb/s

I think Intel -25m is best buy MLC SSD now
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