How to upgrade a Dell Latitude CPX - Intel P3 500-650 laptop
I just purchased (very cheaply) a Dell Latitude CPX laptop computer. I plan on giving it to me 12 yr old daughter who surfs the web, plays games on the internet and by cd rom, listens to music.
It has 128 mb ram, 6.4 gb hard drive and a cd rom drive. It also comes installed with a 802.11 WIFI wireless a card and Windows XP Professional.
I would like to upgrade it to make it faster, more memory etc. Is it worth it? I am able to return it within 7 days.
Like to upgrade a Dell Latitude CPX Intel P3 500 laptop. Currently has 128 mb ram. Can I just get one single unit 256 mb and install it? Or do I need to get two units? Please let me know. thank you.
Re: How to upgrade a Dell Latitude CPX - Intel P3 500-650...
I have the same laptop, it has (currently) 256 Mb ram and I have win xp installed, It runs fine with no problems, upgrading the ram to 512 (max mem it will hold) willmake it run faster, I hope this helps
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Do you have an Internet provider? Cable / DSL / Dial-up? If not, the you can contact your phone or cable company and they will tell you what plans they have available and the tech will set your laptop up for you.
The BIOS password has been set. You have to find the chip that holds the password and short it out. Not the easiest of tasks and you have to make sure you short the right chip. Dell knows that it happens and they are not quick to help.
Yes call Fries Electronics let them know what model laptop you have they can tell you the type of memory you need SoDimm more then likely, they will give you a price. It is better to remove the old memory and take it with you when you go to buy it has to match. Also you can ask what is the largest recommended hard drive they have for this model laptop, probably 60gb. The motherboard for that laptop does have limitations. That laptop probably does not have a built in wireless card so you can either use a hard wire RJ45 Data cable and plug the other end into your Internet Router, or you can purchase a PCMCIA Wireless Card to insert into the slot on the side of the laptop. This PCMCIA Card will allow you to access the internet wirelessly. You have now beefed up your CPx Latitude.
You can put xp on with no problems - i'm writing this on a cpx with just 128mb RAM and XP. But when you try to use any anti virus you may find it runs very slowly. I'd recommend getting xp and maybe trying a processor friendly anti virus like AVG if you're planning to go online a lot. Hope this helps.
The CPX doesn't have Wireless capabilities, unless you get a USB Wireless adapter. For now, use the Yellow Network lead to connect it to your router or modem, and then purchase a USB Wi-Fi adapter if you want to move it around more.
If the laptop is in warranty, then dell will take care of it. Also, are the two ram sticks the same speed? mixing ram can be bad. also, goldmemory software is excellent for ram testing. lastly, if there is a bios version that allows you to use both ram slots, use that bios. a newer bios is not always better.
May be your system is not supporting usb 2.0.That's way your dvd writer is not functioing at higer speed.To get the advantage of latest technology like this,ultimately u need the latest motherboard .Instead of upgrading your hard drive,Ram and other compnents u should have gone for a new laptop .Cost wise also u could have got full satisfection.