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This little guy was bestowed upon me by a friend the other day. It's in excellent condition; is actually running currently with Win Vista. Of course, it will get Slackified pretty soon. ;)

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Just saw a YouTube video. All you do is remove the battery then take out 2 screws to get the RAM cover off. One slot only so the stick that's in would be replaced with something larger.

 

Does it have 1GB or 2GB of RAM?

 

Looks like it takes DDR3-8500

https://www.amazon.c...0/dp/B009256HGU

 

I get conflicting reports. Someone says the max is 3GB, someone else says 4GB and I've also seen 5GB.

 

I guess the best is to let Crucial scan the device. Crucial usually gets it correct.

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Well the 3gb max is probably referring to a 32bit installation but I could be wrong. Also, Crucial says the max is 5gb although that doesn't seem right to be as I have never seen a machine where the max ram is an odd number (unless it was 1gb). http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Dell/latitude-xt2-xfr

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Even better :thumbsup:

 

Is it upgradeable, like the ram and such? Is everything easily accessible or do you have to remove everything just to upgrade ram and such.

 

Yup. I already downloaded the service manual from Dell (I love Dell's customer support - none better!). I have bigger hdds and lotsa' RAM for this little guy, too. :)

 

It'll probably be a bit problematic to get the touchscreen portion to work in Linux, but that's OK. I really have no need for that. Also, that little Core2 Duo processor is a workhorse. That's the same processor that is in the Inspiron that you gave me, Josh. I'll have a spare, if needed, since the ol' Inspiron developed display issues a couple years back.

 

I'm in no hurry to fix this one up. I don't really have a pressing need for it. I'm going to wait a couple months till the weather gets a little more pleasant down here, instead of the current rain forest steam and heat that is now occurring. Once it gets a bit nicer outside, I'll be able to work in my shop without sweat dripping in my eyes and onto the motherboard. ;)

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Just saw a YouTube video. All you do is remove the battery then take out 2 screws to get the RAM cover off. One slot only so the stick that's in would be replaced with something larger.

 

Does it have 1GB or 2GB of RAM?

 

Looks like it takes DDR3-8500

https://www.amazon.c...0/dp/B009256HGU

 

I get conflicting reports. Someone says the max is 3GB, someone else says 4GB and I've also seen 5GB.

 

I guess the best is to let Crucial scan the device. Crucial usually gets it correct.

 

You may be looking at the incorrect video. It's DDR3 RAM (1G+2G = 3G) in two slots. It also has a relatively small hdd (80G - SATA), but I have some compatible "biggies" (250G and 500G) that I can fit in there. It has no DVD bay, so I'll have to install Slackware via a USB DVD player. No problem. I've done it that way before. Works fine.

 

Dell Support original configuration --> http://www.dell.com/...1/configuration

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Actually the touchscreen should work on linux. Here is a video of it working on Ubuntu:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn3m09zkcbo

 

Oh, I believe that 4G RAM is the max that a Core2 Duo can handle.

 

Actually, the Core 2 Duo supports up to 16Gb of RAM depending on what the mb can handle.

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Yeah, but that's Ubuntu, not Slackware. ;)

 

Well more than likely Xorg is handling it anyway so if your Xorg is half way up to date, it should work fine. You may have to modprobe a module or something though.

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If the budget permits this is one unit that would really benefit from a cheap SSD. Even the lowest priced ones would make a huge difference.

 

Great suggestion!! That would make a world of difference. :thumbsup:

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