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Default What can you upgrade on a Dell Inspiron 910 mini-series netbook? - 09-04-2011, 01:19 PM

Could someone give me some useful information on what can be upgraded in the Dell Inspiron mini-series 910? I'm really looking to upgrade as much as possible but I can't find much information on the internet about the available upgrades.

The only things I've found that can be upgraded is the SSD and the RAM.
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Default 09-04-2011, 01:27 PM

thats about it too....sorry

but, I have heard of some upgrading it with a touch screen, a few have converted it into a tablet, and some have also upgraded the webcam but those are MAJOR upgrades not to be done by the average user....


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Default 09-04-2011, 02:04 PM

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thats about it too....sorry

but, I have heard of some upgrading it with a touch screen, a few have converted it into a tablet, and some have also upgraded the webcam but those are MAJOR upgrades not to be done by the average user....
Is there anything that can be done with integrated graphics card or Processor?
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Default 09-04-2011, 02:31 PM

the processor and the graphics CAN NOT be upgraded...you are stuck with what you have....sorry again.....


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Default 09-06-2011, 10:07 AM

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the processor and the graphics CAN NOT be upgraded...you are stuck with what you have....sorry again.....
Not entirely correct - you can upgrade to a Broadcom Crystal PCMCIA card in your WLAN slot if your prepared to accept no internal wireless. These will improve the video decoding speed etc.

Broadcom BCM970012 BCM70010 Crystal HD Decoder hp mini | eBay

You would be forced to use either 3G internal assuming you have your WWAN, or a USB 2 WLAN for wireless.

The processer can't be changed - sorry no fix for that one.
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Default 09-06-2011, 10:21 AM

that may work for a 1010,1011,1012,1018 not sure about a Mini 9, also you are NOT actually changing the graphics chip at all, just adding another piece to an existing crippled chip, which may or may not help on a Mini 9...... if it will work at all.....


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Default 09-06-2011, 08:02 PM

hi, sorry to butt into the thread, but is it possible to mount the crystal HD chip on any 10v?
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Default 09-07-2011, 12:58 AM

The Broadcom Crystal card can indeed be installed in a Mini 9, but it is not an upgrade of the graphics processor. The Crystal takes over decoding of some kinds of video, but doesn't handle all the graphics load. Also, installing it means giving up your WiFi slot.

The Crystal is a MiniPCIe card and it should work in a 10v the same as it does in the 9 and has the same liabilities.


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Default 09-07-2011, 01:10 PM

I haven't tried it, but a Broadcom Crystal HD decoder card should work in the 9's Wifi slot. As stated above, you'll be giving up onboard Wifi.

The 9 has a full-height Wifi slot, and the Crystal card has full (older) and half-height versions, so make sure you have a bracket if needed (or other means to secure the card).

...or you can do the obvious upgrade to the Wifi slot, and opt for a better Wifi card. I chose the Intel 5100 for my 9. In the full-height version, it seemed like the best card (ABGN, 2.4GHz and 5GHz) that was an easy upgrade. No half-height bracket needed, no additional antennas needed.


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