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Upgrade Inspiron 2200 Memory From 512mb to 1gb

I want to upgrade my daughter's Dell 2200 Inspiron memory from 512mb to 1gb. I have the 1gb SODIMM memory but I'm not sure how to physicall replace it. The existing SODIMM is difficult to remove. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.



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  • wchao Feb 09, 2009

    I have the same problem w/a Inspiron 2200 there is fixed memory in one slot with a metal plate that also covers the empty memory slot this is not easy accessability! What is the solution, and why does this metal piece cover the empty slot with no directions in the manual on how to remove?

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    what are the steps to swap out the existing 1gb memory stick with a 2db stick? I've never worked on this or any other laptop.

  • tony_gibbs Apr 26, 2014

    Hi I'm using an Inspiron 2200 that I have upgraded the memory and hard drive on, and have also installed Windows 7 Home Premium.

  • tony_gibbs Apr 26, 2014

    Inspiron 2200 cannot take 2GB SO-DIMM, but can only take 1GB + the 256MB on motherborad, making 1.25GB in total. should this when I scanned the laptop when I bought the RAM, and it all works fine. so 1.25GB RAM is the max on this laptop. I didn't have a metal plate in mine.



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Dell is not helpful on this problem at all. Their manual (and accompanying videos) do not show the metal plate, so, guess what? Problem solved. Assume away the existence of the metal plate ("it shouldn't be there") and the problem goes away. Unfortunately the metal plate is there on my model and can't be removed via the memory panel. So it looks like I'm going to have to go in to the main computer and try to get at it that way. Not good.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010


I suspect STCOLE has the same problem I'm having. Inspirion computers come with standard "fixed" memory which can't be easily upgraded. Dell "fixed" the memory by making the stick physically larger than then the opening between the clips holding it in place. Options appear to be breaking out the old memory with needle nose pliers and risking damage or opening the case, removing the main board and dealing with the memory in a more open environment. I opened the case but removing the main board appears to be risky proposition. My new memory is still in the desk drawer. Any suggestions?

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I have just done the RAM upgrade on my Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop, and it was very straight-forward.

I would start by downloading the Service Manual from as it tells you how to do it.

A summary is that you remove one screw and a removable panel from the underside of the laptop, and then push-aside 2 clips to remove the SO-DIMM RAM module and replace it.
- There is only one slot for momory, so I had to remove the 512MB module to replace it with 1GB.
- it took me about 30 minutes to do it, once I had the service manual and the parts.

I bought the new RAM module from , because they have software to scan the laptop to work out what the correct RAM upgrade is.

So you can do it, but read the instructions in the service manual first if you feel unsure.


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