How I bought a battery for my aged laptop

The aged battery in my aged Dell Inspiron E1505 held on better than I expected, but when I went to upgrade the machine–I upgraded it with two unsupported but perfectly functional 2 GB SODIMMs and then installed a Samsung 830 SSD–the battery went downhill fast.

I did the memory first, and the battery wasn’t happy with me. I literally went from about three hours of battery life to 20 minutes immediately after the change. Maybe it was a coincidence, and maybe not. Installing the SSD extended the battery life a little, but not enough to make it useful. It was time for a new battery.

There are pitfalls with buying batteries for aged hardware. Here’s how I negotiated them. Read more

The Dell Inspiron E1505 and its maximum memory

Last year, I got a deal I couldn’t refuse on a Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop. It’s old and quirky, but modern enough to make it serviceable. It has a dual-core processor and SATA2, so you can put an SSD in it. It uses DDR2 memory, which isn’t as cheap and plentiful as DDR3, but at this moment isn’t unreasonably expensive either.

Its biggest problem is that it’s officially limited to 2 GB of RAM. Officially, that is. Read more

Why some people ‘cling’ to Windows XP

I typically enjoy the blog Ghacks.net, but its entry What do you like most about Windows XP? isn’t one of its finest moments. It starts off with a hostile tone, calling XP buggy and insecure, then states that some people will cling to it anyway, and never demonstrates its assertions about XP’s inadequacies. XP is buggy and secure because the author says it is.

I’ve never actually seen an objective look at XP’s inadequacies. I have machines running both. Some of those machines ran Windows XP better than they run Windows 7. The machine I’m typing this on (a Dell Inspiron E1505) runs Windows 7 slightly better than it ran XP. Is it better? Usually yes. It’s also 8 years newer, so it had better be. Do we give credit to 12-year-olds for being smarter than 4-year-olds?

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The amount of system memory has changed – Dell

I added some memory to a Dell Inspiron E1505, an aging but serviceable Core 2 Duo-based laptop. And it greeted me with this: THE AMOUNT OF SYSTEM MEMORY HAS CHANGED .

IF YOU DID NOT CHANGE MEMORY
TO RESOLVE ISSUE RESEAT MEMORY..

And then it appeared to freeze. The problem is, I did change the memory! And it was Kingston memory, straight out of another working machine, so I knew it was good stuff.

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