Inspiron 1521 – Total makeover!

Please read the Update 2 at the bottom for how this finally turned out (poorly). The guidance I give is good, I think, in general, but for this platform, not so much. The hard drive issues continue to this day, no matter which drive I use. I have decided to abandon the laptop entirely and just buy a Mac Mini Server, because I got tired of troubleshooting the problem and just want to move on.

I’ve been upgrading the Dell Inspiron 1521 that I traded an iPad 1 to Dad for last month. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination a performance laptop even in its fully upgraded state, but it’s pretty good, so I figured I should post about the hardware and software (and especially drivers) that I used to get it where it is today.

I often post about this kind of stuff not out of attention seeking but partly because there are friends who are interested in this kind of thing and partly because I didn’t find an easily digestible central source of the information – I figure I give back to the Internet as a whole by centralizing it for the next person who might want to do this.

I should probably mention, now I think of it, that this will void the crap out of your warranty. So wait until it expires!

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3M Privacy Filter – Extra Tabs

This is largely for my own reference, but I bought this ungodly expensive 3M Privacy filter for the spare 21.6″ monitor that I own but am using at work, and I noticed that the one-time stick-on tabs that they provision you to help keep the filter properly placed on the monitor are one-time stick-on, and not reusable, so I wondered, “Where, I wonder, do I get extra stick-on tabs?”

And then with a very little creative Googling, I found the link.

Looks like the request is even free.

Updated 7/19/2011: Updated link. Looks like it’s still free

Updated 4/12/2015: Updated link. Still free.