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dssmaster dssmaster is offline
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Default 03-28-2012, 07:46 PM

I've been wanting to do this upgrade for a while, but Dell's price quote on this part is way too costly. I found someone locally who is selling them for $300 ea. I asked him if I could get a discount if I was to purchase at least 2 at a time, and was told that the price could be reduced to $275. I'm sure if I can get someone else to buy one with me I could have it reduced to $250 a piece. If anyone is interested, please let me know. I really like my Mini 1010, because it is easy to travel with, due to it's compact size, and was thinking of buying a newer model, but unfortunately Dell is no longer making them this small, and the other Mini models don't come with the HDMI port, which is what I like most about this particular model. I can connect it to either my plasma HDTV or my home theater receiver/projector setup via the HDMI port and watch movies on my 155" diagonal screen.

Mine came with the Intel Atom Z530 (1.60GHz/533MHz FSB/512K Cache) with 1 GB RAM, and by upgrading the daughterboard to model # R031P, I'll have the same processor, but with 2 GB's of DDR2 RAM, which I believe is sufficient to allow me to play videos/movies without any lag.

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Default 03-31-2012, 03:59 PM

Looks like there is a 2GB 1010 on ebay....check it out...item number 260992322834

might be good for a parts swap...
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Default 04-01-2012, 01:27 AM

Then again, maybe not....
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Default 05-06-2016, 05:19 PM

Pixar, thanks for the great write-up! I just did this mod verbatim to your instructions on my Mini 10, and it's working great! The daughterboard cost me $25 shipped. Now if I can just get the graphics to run a little smoother.....
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Default 05-06-2016, 06:00 PM

You are very welcome, wow this is a Very old thread, I had 2 of the mini 10's in the day, now I use the SURFACE, much faster :-) anyways ! enjoy and glad I could help !

(2) Dell Mini 10's, Alpine White,2GB RAM, Product Red, 1GB RAM, 500GB Drive (both), TV Tuner, Bluetooth, 1.3MP Camera, 1366x768 High Def Screen, 6 cell Battery, Windows 7 Pro.
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Default 05-07-2016, 03:42 AM

now I use the SURFACE, much faster :-)
Of that I have NO doubt.
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Default 07-11-2016, 03:35 AM

hi, RR..listen..i REALLY need your help..i need to put AHCI in this PC..SSDs don't run well at all in IDE mode..i mean molasses..LOL..the 1012 have it..but they don't have the HDMI port..(i put Win10 in that one..& it's doing just fine)..anyhows..if you know anyone who has performed this miracle..please let me know..i copied my HDD to my SSD..& it is horribly slow..BTW: you will NEVER find a Z550 anywhere..Z540 is the limit..& i'm running it running it right now..(sighing)..either way..just hit me back..again..thank you..Peace..& God bless..

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Default Thank you so much!!! - 10-18-2020, 10:37 PM

Originally Posted by Pixar View Post
This Is how I Modified a 2 gig M/B that a friend sent to me to try out.
I will try and place some picture's so you get the idea.
I am sure that Dell should have a board that fits right into the slot.
Not sure why we can not get them yet.

Anyways, Step one: Follow the Video Instructions on how to add ram
to the 1011 (mini 10v) up to the part on video 2 about a 1/4 way through
until you get to the Mother Board and see the Daughter Board to the
Lower front right side. (note) there are only 2 silver screws to remove
to take out the black casing over the top of the M/B not 3 like on the 10V Video.

Step two:
Remove the cover (4 screws) on top of the Daughter Board
Remove the Daughter Board
See the size difference in the pictures

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Step three:
You will have to notch out the New 2 gig DB on the lower left corner
to fit over the raised stand-off of the threads.

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Step four: Grind the raised head of the lower left stand-off and
put piece your favorite sticky tape over that stand-off, the DB will
now just lay and that stand-off and have protection.
NOTE:: After the small grinding make sure you blow off the tiny particles
make sure they do not get all over the Mother Board , Or cover as much of the board as you can.

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Step five: make sure you move the heat sink tape up a little to match
the CPU Chip on the DB.

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Step six: Now take a pair of pliers and raise the right side over hang
of the aluminum cover, and cut of the lower right corner as well
so that the hole right side of the top plate will lay flat on the DB.

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Step seven: Now put it all back together! :-)
The extra gig seems to be just about right.

I also used my high powered scope and the ram IS surfaced mounted
to the board on both sides. even though I change out SM parts like that all day
at work with a very expensive piece of equipment I can not do this at work

I hope this helps someone in the future!
I also am looking for another DB for my wifes as well to modify hers one day!


It's October 2020, and I've been restoring a Dell mini (10) 1010 since March or before. I thought that the only thing i could do to make this baby come alive again, was changing the HDD for a SDD and instal a very light Linux distro.
I've just followed step by step of your instructions in how to upgrade the RAM (i found the piece on Ebay for just 8 dollars) and now this baby is flying!!!!

thank you so much!!!!
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