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Dell's Inspiron 1100 - Adding 256MB memory card

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  1. hotskates

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    I have a couple of questions about adding memory to my Dell laptop. Will a standard
    "256 MB DDR SDRAM, PC2100 / 266 MHz" card work (bought locally at Walmart or RadioShack) along with the factory installed 256MB?

    Secondly, where can I get step by step instructions (with pictures) on how to add the memory?

    And where can I get a teeny-tiny phillips screwdriver to open the memory compartment?
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    No, SD RAM (in common DIMM format) will not work, as it will not fit.

    You will need SO DIMM RAM (Small Outline DIMM) for the laptop, but it's common enough.

    Small screwdrivers (Jewellers screwdrivers) are available in sets at most hardware stores for a couple of $
     
  3. norton850

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    The Dell support site usually has pretty good guides to adding components to their systems.
     
  4. hotskates

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    All I can find on their website is how to install "desktop" memory.
     
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    "256 MB DDR SDRAM, PC2100 / 266 MHz"
    the above that I have highligted is from Dell's website and refers to the memory that I need? I assumed it was correct.
     
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    Yes that is how it is listed under the parts for your laptop and even though it doesn't say so it should be a SODIMM chip. I'll see if I can find the installation page.
     
  7. dustyjay

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    to open the Memory cover it takes a standard #1 Phillips driver. to a point smaller will work, but if it is too small you take a chance of stripping the phillips head out eventually

    The smallest I would go is a #0 phillips

    you mighthave to look for it, but inthe search box at the top of the webpage put in your system ID tag # or just the system model number. Then you should be able to find a section about removing and installing parts. It is a downloadable file that you can print out and keep for future reference.
     
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    here is the like to the page for your computer. Look at the middle of the page you will find a box for download to the right of "Tell me how." This is what you want to download.
     
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    that is part of the download I linked. But the one I linked covered the whole computer. I downloaded the one for my computer and have used it quite a bit. Comes in handy.
     
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    Can I get that chip somewhere besides Dell I wonder?
     
  14. hotskates

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    This is what it shows for Dell's recommended tools for replacing memory:
    #1 Phillips screwdriver
    ΒΌ-inch flat-blade screwdriver
    Small plastic scribe
    Hex nut driver
    Flash BIOS update program CD
     
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    Yes you can, you should be able to use just about any pc2100 SODIMM stick. New egg has some good prices on them. You can usually find them at places like Staples or Office Max but you will pay premium prices for them there. Fry's carries them but you want to check if they are instock before attempting to make the purchase.
     
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