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#1 9 years ago

I'm just about to disassemble my Dell Studio 1535 notebook and do some part-swapping. Namely:

  • Replacing processor from Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 (2.0GHz/667MHz FSB/2MB L2 cache/65nm process) to Core 2 Duo T9500 (2.6GHz/800MHz FSB/6MB L2 cache/45nm process), incidentally the highest level processor compatible with the PM965 chipset.
  • Replacing 3GB pre-installed RAM (667MHz/5-5-5-15) with 4GB Kingston HyperX RAM (667MHz/4-4-4-12)
  • Replacing standard Dell b/g wireless module with Intel WiFi Link 5300 a/g/n module.
  • Installing a Broadcom Bluetooth card in an empty mini-PCIe slot.
  • Replacing the standard keyboard with an LED-backlit model.

And that's the story so far. Later on, I plan on swapping the slot-loading DVD drive for a Blu-Ray reading model, and I also want to swap the 1280x800 CCFL LCD panel with a 1920x1200, preferably an LED-backlit panel if I can find one.

*Cross fingers, knock on wood*

Here goes nothing!




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#2 9 years ago

Good luck m8, hope you don't destroy your laptop ;)


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#3 9 years ago

Geez, Zam, really digging into it ay? What's all that going to set you back, esp the screen replacement? I never thought that much LT tweaking would be cost effective, but I haven't priced parts for them.

I saw a spot on a local TV show last night that highlighted the General Dynamics company in my former home town that makes extremely rugged mil spec "Itronix" LTs. Problem is they cost about $4500 just for a 13" with 2GHz CPU. I never could figure out as waterproof as they are how they manage to keep the internal heat down.




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#4 9 years ago
>Omen<;4912241Geez, Zam, really digging into it ay? What's all that going to set you back, esp the screen replacement? I never thought that much LT tweaking would be cost effective, but I haven't priced parts for them.

It's not as bad as you think. Processors tend to be the worst part; the T9500 carries a hefty MSRP of $400, but I managed to snag this one for $250. The RAM kit was around $40, the WiFi and Bluetooth cards were $20 each, and the backlit keyboard was $50 from a Dell parts reseller. There's a lot of pretty cost effective things you can do to a laptop, actually. RAM and hard drive upgrades tend to be the easiest and cheapest, if you're talking about platter hard drives and not SSD's.

The display I'm looking at is in the vicinity of $120, and the Blu-Ray slot-loading drive is around $150.

I saw a spot on a local TV show last night that highlighted the General Dynamics company in my former home town that makes extremely rugged mil spec "Itronix" LTs. Problem is they cost about $4500 just for a 13" with 2GHz CPU. I never could figure out as waterproof as they are how they manage to keep the internal heat down.

Yeah, Dell has a couple of super rugged laptops, and they cost several thousand dollars more than any of their regular series notebooks with the same specs.




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#5 9 years ago

Hehe, you're making your computer practically into the one I just bought, namely the "new" Dell Studio 15. ;]

In fact, I think I remember you mentioning that in a laptop thread I made a while back.




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#6 9 years ago

hey, maybe you should spend money on getting me a new desktop instead. All i would need would be a motherboard/processor power supply and a gfx card....

Oh, and you missed an awesome beach party yesterday.

EDIT: holy shit. When did you become green?




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#7 9 years ago

I like the green Zam, good job. :)

How does replacing a keyboard work exactly? Do you just need one to physically fit and allign with the casing, or does it have to have certain connections, etc.

That processor will be a nice upgrade, but $400? Ouch...




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#8 9 years ago

Metall_pingwin;4912308Hehe, you're making your computer practically into the one I just bought, namely the "new" Dell Studio 15. ;]

In fact, I think I remember you mentioning that in a laptop thread I made a while back.[/QUOTE] Awesome. Has your Studio 1555 arrived yet?

KingDino;4912789hey, maybe you should spend money on getting me a new desktop instead. All i would need would be a motherboard/processor power supply and a gfx card....

Oh, and you missed an awesome beach party yesterday.

EDIT: holy shit. When did you become green?

Yeah, I really wanted to go to that party. Summer classes are the worst idea ever. :/ [QUOTE=The_Daedalus;4913201]I like the green Zam, good job. :)

How does replacing a keyboard work exactly? Do you just need one to physically fit and allign with the casing, or does it have to have certain connections, etc.

That processor will be a nice upgrade, but $400? Ouch...

Notebook keyboards are specifically made for specific notebook frames. In my case, the Studio 15 comes available with either a standard unlit or LED-backlit keyboard. I ordered my system with the former, so I bought the backlit one from an online parts vendor.

It's a relatively simple replacement. I just had to remove the hinge cover, and expose the keyboard, which is secured by two screws. Once it's loose, it's connected by a ribbon data cable to the motherboard, which is easily unplugged.

The backlit model has that data cable as well, but also a second smaller cable, for the power to the LED's. I plugged both of these into their slots on the motherboard, aligned the keyboard into the frame, replaced the hinge cover and that was basically it. No extra drivers or anything needed.

And yeah, MSRP pricing for mobile processors is a bit ridiculous, even though the T9500 is a very high-end model.




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#9 9 years ago
Zamamee;4913346Awesome. Has your Studio 1555 arrived yet?

No sir, buying the highest resolution monitor available set the shipping date back by about two weeks. :\ It'll be here on the 17th of this month.

/me does giddy dance.




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#10 9 years ago

So you got the 1080p? Good call. From what I've read, not only is it a higher resolution than the 720p panel, it's a superior quality display as well. I've seen some photo comparisons of the 1080p, 900p, and 720p display side by side, and it seems the 1080p has the best brightness, color, contrast ratio, and viewing angles. I guess you really get what you pay for.

And here I am with my old WXGA 1280x800 CCFL display...if I tilt it more than two inches in either direction, the colors become unrecognizable. Easily the worst vertical viewing angles I've ever seen. =p




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