Dell Latitude D510 upgrades

PEM

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I have recently acquired a Dell Latitude D510. I firmly believe its all stock. I got it real cheap ( Price was down in the two digits ) but it seems to be in perfect working order. I do not know what the battery life is like yet though.

Specs according to my research;
40GB hard disk
Pentium M 1.73 GHz processor
512.0 MB RAM
CD-RW / DVD-ROM optical drive
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 graphic card
Microsoft Windows XP Professional OS

It was previously on a business network so there shouldn't be any files on the hard drive or any other data relevant to an user as all that would of been on the server. I will need to reinstall XP to get past the manager as it requires you to log onto the network.

I want to know what upgrades I can do without spending to much. I saw somewhere you can go up to a 120GB hard drive. Because of price I am looking at this one; http://stores.channeladvisor.com/4-All-Deals/items/item.aspx?itemid=7071466 . Is there any draw backs?
I also would be interested in upgrading the RAM and processor. Let me know what my options are, I am open to any suggestions.

Thank you all.
 

ndatoxicity

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well... you are going to need a mega upgrade to your motherboard to be able to sport a new processor and new RAM... those specs are pretty damn outdated
 

Holysky

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Ya in order to upgrade anything, you would need a newer motherboard, but you cannot install that w/o difficulty. You might be able to install some low amounts of ram and a better harddrive
 

NetBook362

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Possible to Upgrade..
40GB hard disk (Upgrade to 250GB)
Pentium M 1.73 GHz processor (Leave this)
512.0 MB RAM (Download:http://download.cnet.com/RAMBooster/3000-2086_4-10028673.html) **This will Inprove the RAM**
CD-RW / DVD-ROM optical drive (Leave this its in Good Order)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 graphic card (Its a OK graphics Card so Leave it But Optional DOWNLOAD:http://download-free.programas-gratis.net/php/software.php?id_programa=675&download-3D-Analyze-2.36
THIS PROGRAM WILL INRPOVE THAT GRAPHICS CARD.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional OS (Ok XP is VERY old so upgrade to Vista This Program is a Fake Vista it makes your Computer Look Like Vista)
DOWNLOAD:http://www.crystalxp.net/dl/en.gal.130.html

Ok thhat should have Inproved your Computer by at least 25-50% All Depends
Remebere to UPGRADE that hard-drive beacuse 40GB is very LOW.

Hope i helped bro.
 

NetBook362

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Yea its a very high tech theme and it does not slow down the computer :)

I use it myself.
It covers Vista.
By the way did you install all the other programs.

This SHOULD inprove that Computer by the way its optional to upgrade to a 250GB 150GB would be a Fine Hard-Drive. :)

Are you Planing to Play Games (If you are i can help you) add me on MSN
edinj@live.com.au :)
 

PEM

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Possible to Upgrade..
40GB hard disk (Upgrade to 250GB)
Pentium M 1.73 GHz processor (Leave this)
512.0 MB RAM (Download:http://download.cnet.com/RAMBooster/3000-2086_4-10028673.html) **This will Inprove the RAM**
CD-RW / DVD-ROM optical drive (Leave this its in Good Order)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 graphic card (Its a OK graphics Card so Leave it But Optional DOWNLOAD:http://download-free.programas-gratis.net/php/software.php?id_programa=675&download-3D-Analyze-2.36
THIS PROGRAM WILL INRPOVE THAT GRAPHICS CARD.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional OS (Ok XP is VERY old so upgrade to Vista This Program is a Fake Vista it makes your Computer Look Like Vista)
DOWNLOAD:http://www.crystalxp.net/dl/en.gal.130.html

Ok thhat should have Inproved your Computer by at least 25-50% All Depends
Remebere to UPGRADE that hard-drive beacuse 40GB is very LOW.

Hope i helped bro.
All right, I will download those soon as I get the OS reinstalled. I am not to exited about the Vista one though. I think it would be best for me to stay away from Vista because I have never liked it when I use it.
As for the hard drive I am pretty sure anything over 120GB won't be recognized. Maybe if I went up to 64bit OS I could do it.

How will the different programs work to improve my hardware?

I don't plan to game, this is going to be a secondary computer to try new things on and use when relaxing.

Thank you for the help, I will let you know how it all works for me.
 

rohan23

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Don't install anything he told you to. It's most likely a virus or spyware of some sort. Your computer will recognize any size hard disk. It won't be able to use more than 4GB of RAM without a 64-bit OS.
 

PEM

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Yeah, Id like an answer to how those programs work to accomplish those things, till then I'll stay Leary.

I am considering Linux. Will it support the same programs as Windows ( Itunes, Word, Sketch up, etc. )?
How dose it compare to XP?
 
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