There don't seem to be any threads on my ancient Inspiron 1000 regarding RAM, so I'll start this new one.
I have read several questions regarding the older Inspiron 1000 and the RAM limitations set at 512MB. I believe 256MB is soldered onto the motherboard but I have never opened my little workhorse to view. I do have an Inspiron v3 and in the single RAM slot underneath I have a 1024MB chip humming along for one week.
My system information shows my celeron 2.20 GHz running smoothly at 2.19GHz and 1.18GB of RAM.
I noticed a speed difference with the placement of 512 underneath, this gig hasn't really made a huge difference but I don't run RAM intensive applications outside of web pages that are overbuilt.....I have had the computer hang up in the past and ran lean on the graphics (no flash), I now have flash with my browsers and don't see as many hangs or "scripts" messages, but I'm sure they are ahead.
I find this old workhorse keeps on going as long as I keep it clean - antivirus, etc - and when slowness begins to annoy me I pull out my slipstreamed XP and do a clean install. That really makes a difference, I just hate the hours of tweaking my system back to satisfaction.
SO - ANYONE: You want to experiment with INSPIRON 1000 RAM - go ahead, it is not limited by the SiS chips if you have version 2 (so I've read on a post elsewhere in Dell) and definitely expandable on version 3. The Dell power still flows!!!!
Don't void your warranty until it is gone....
Sincerely, Chuck aka Karmajun
I'm trying to bring my "old workhorse" back to life.....it conked out as I tried to gain back memory space by deleting programs "rarely" used, got the blue screen thing, had t buy a new operating disk and drivers, tried to instal them but nothing happens....do I need a new hard drive? Is it possible to install it myself?
Thanks for any reply, David A,.
Not quite sure what you mean? is the hard drive no longer recognised? have you tried a clean install formatting the hard disk. is the bios screen coming up and locking?? hard to say, if your looking to upgrade a working system then the hard drive and memory are easy to do. and quite cheap. mines on a 80GB Hard drive and 1.2GB Memory. Runs XP superb. well worth the 30 quid I spent on it.
I'm not IT nor computer engineering, so this is just off the top of my head kind of advice. Anyone can change out the ol inspiron 1000 HD, you need a PATA drive and have to remove the cover below the latch and then unscrew the assembly. Google the manual, look online for other's "help tips". It is absurdly easy.
Now, the blue screen of death tells me that something from the HD is getting through, just without necessary DLL/bootstrap programs intact. That is why the lock-up to blue screen. So, this tells me YOU PROBABLY DON"T NEED A NEW HD.
I don't know what is confusing about your question, the blue screen says your BIOS seems to be working and your XP install is not complete. You can trouble-shoot this yourself or rely on confused people offering you suggestions.
Do you know how to check your BIOS? In the start up of your computer, you can set up start up options, one of which most importantly for a fresh install needs to be <BOOT FROM CD>.
Another thing you can do (if you aren't intimidated by LInux) is grab an Ubuntu install disk and try to boot Ubuntu off the CD. Choose the "run ubuntu without installing" or whatever is worded - it is usually the first option. This will tell you that your CD drive & your BIOS are intact and functioning.
From Ubuntu you can wipe your HD and get rid of the confused XP installation - then you'll want to install XP fresh from your new operating disk and drivers. Once you have anything running, go to Dell and download the correct drivers for the Inspiron, I have a USB drive I've copied mine to since M$ operating systems are so unreliable. I have to reinstall about once a year.
Try Ubuntu and see if you like it, if you can understand it. I run it on one of my old desktops and love that an old PC can still work more reliably and quickly than XP ever managed. I haven't tried the WINE programs - they are supposed to run "windows only" software on a LInux based system, if that is true and I ever try WINE in my Linux install, I'll delete every M$ operating system I have and go strictly to LInux.
I know this is six weeks after your post, but I only received notification of your post after the confused post on June 1. Too bad confused, it seems simple and clear to me. But then, I'm not a computer geek.
This is probably in the wrong category for Dell responses, especially with my dislike of the faulty programming sold to us by M$. Big deal, I hope it helps you Dave, and if I'm banned from posting, no sweat off of my.....