Make sure the BIOS has been upgraded to the latest version.
As crichner mentioned, the hard drive needs to be cleaned up. Go to the properties of the C: drive and run the Disk Cleanup and get rid of the junk it finds. Also, remove any software you really don't use. Then, defrag the drive. If that doesn't help, get a larger drive.
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Unless Dell has the upgrade for the bios to include the larger hardware you are going to be in trouble, I would go online to Dell and check for upgrades to your model if they still support it. The other option is contact customer and technical support to see it they can give you a alternative solution.
The memory bay is a part of the motherboard. Try each stick in each bay to make sure that the problem is the motherboard itself. Sometimes memory is incompatible with a particular laptop. Sometimes there is a maximum allowable memory. The maximum for your PC is 2 GB.
I dont know this particular model, but usually it's underneath the computer, there is one screw to remove and you can take out a door which gives you acess to the memory slots.
If it's not there, you will need to remove the top cover to get there. But it's most likely a small door underneath the laptop.
You cannot change the memory settings in BIOS. All you need to do is go into the bios screen. confim that it has seen your new memory and "save and exit" If it is not showing your new memory try removing and reinstalling the memory confirming it is installed correctly. it should just see it.
Usually, you just remove a panel from the bottom of your laptop and there should be a couple of slots. all you then do is gently but firmly push you memory into the slot and when do,replace the panel and turn the computer on and all should be done
sound like you are running low on memories, or runing low on hard drive space.
if yo are runing WIndows Xp/Vista. go to
start>>programs>>accessories>>system tools>disk cleaner.
select all that apply and press enter.
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