Hi guys, sorry about the delay in my reply to your comments.
Thanks for sharing your hard-won knowledge and experience!
The speedup from higher RPM is noticeable, but may be diminished by (I think) ATA 33 speed of that thing (but still slightly better).
Would there be any performance gain, then, if I upgraded to a 7200 RPM hard drive (because yes, the board is ATA 33 speed)?
About the second [USB] port: often those devices shown in Device Manager are connected to nothing... I've got seven of them in my computer right now - and the only two USB ports are connected to one controller. Makes me wanna cry or smash something. What I want to say is, it might be possible to find/solder a header/connector, but either very advanced knowledge of electronics is needed or if you can find someone who did it already...
I had higher hopes for this than you have left me with. Thanks though, I really appreciate comment on this matter. I'll take her apart when I have a spare afternoon and check it out. If possible, I still would really like to utilise the mysterious second USB port.
CPU upgrade: I think it's not worth it. Maybe, if you're absolutely sure that the crossflash BIOS will work (which rarely does).
I haven't tried it yet, but here are instructions for crossflashing several Dell laptop models with the bios of a newer model (in my case, from Dell Inspiron 3700 to Latitude CPxH):http://web.archive.o...tonent/itol.htm
(Right now I'm unable to find the link which suggests crossflashing to the 3800 BIOS.)
Yes, they "look" similar, but a CardBUS Card WON'T FIT in PCMCIA Slot, there is a notch (actually two of them, one for the 3.3V and one for the 32 bit)
and what I was pointing at was that 16 and 32bit "PCMCIA" look the same.
AND the 32-bit CardBUS ones have (or should have) the additional grounding strip:
There is a lot of confusion about these stoopid PCMCIA thingy.
- Old PCMCIA PC Card were 16-bit and 5V. <-please read as ISA BUS
- Later PCMCIA PC Card were 16-bit and 3.3v <-please read as ISA BUS (I guess they were used for a short period only)
PCMCIA CardBUS are 32-bit and 3.3V <-please read as PCI BUS
Card 1) above will fit in PCMCIA 5V Slot 1).
Card 2) above will fit in PCMCIA 3.3v Slot 2) BUT NOT in PCMCIA 5V Slot 1)
Card 3) above will fit in CardBUS 3.3v Slot 3) AND in PCMCIA 3.3v Slot 2) - where it WON'T work - AND NOT in PCMCIA 5V Slot 1)
Thanks for your usual exhaustive and thorough explanation and exposition, jaclaz!
After checked the spec of Dell Inspiron 3700, I confirmed that its' PCMCIA slot is 32bit car compatible, so use an USB 2.0 cardbus card is not a problem.
Indeed. The two slots this laptop has are both reported in Device Manager as:
Texas Instruments PCI-1225 Cardbus Controller
I have a hard copy of the laptop's manual, which reads:
(The laptop has) a PC Card slot with connectors for two 3.3- or 5-volt cards. Both PC card connectors support CardBus technology. In additio, the lower PC Card connector (slot 0) supports the use of a zoomed video (ZV) port card.
Notes: The PC CArd controller supports the CardBus standard for 32-bit data transfer on the PC Card.
I have two such cards, both with the notches and the grounding strip jaclaz mentions. For example, I have this TP-Link Wi-Fi card:http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/B000FO6QXQ
BTW, your notebook is similar as my old Samsung NV5000 in spec, so I can give you some upgrade info to it.
Thanks for the info, Ken-mkII.
@ All: Note that the 40GB HDD is already an upgrade on that machine .
Indeed. The laptop came with a 12 GB drive, 4200 RPM. Slow and noisy - would keep people awake at night.
The speed difference between that and the newer 5400 RPM drive is noticeable, but it was a worthwhile upgrade simply for the reduction in noise.