This model and Operating System is not supported by Dell.
Recommended hardware Upgrades
SSD – Solid State Drives
- This unit accepts a 2.5″ Form Factor SATA SSD see Upgrading to a Solid State Drive
It is recommended to upgrade it to 4 GB of RAM. This is also unofficial, the official maximum is 2 GB.
Refer to the Owner’s Manual when performing hardware upgrades.
Windows 7 and 8.1 are now obsolete if you have these Operating Systems you should use them to take the Free Upgrade to Windows 10.
If you don’t have a Windows 7/8.1 license you have until the 2nd of October 2015 to upgrade to Windows 10 for free using the Windows 10 Insider 10130 as a stepping stone. See Free Upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 10 (also works with Windows XP).
- Dell System Software [Windows 7 Only]
Make the following selection.
If that doesn’t work use the following:
- ATI X1150 Microsoft Update Catalog + Add to Basket Microsoft Update Catalog pci\ven_1002&dev_5975&subsys_0507107b
Try in order latest first, if it doesn’t work try for an older version.
For Windows 8.1 the audio driver is inbuilt to the OS and the registry file or older SigMatel Driver should not be installed.
Install the registry file and then the audio driver. New untested.
- Dell Quickset – Cannot find a compatible version of Dell Quickset for 64 Bit Windows.
The one which works on the Inspiron 6400 surprisingly is reported not to work on the Inspiron 1501.
Dell Backup and Recovery
Only install if you have a larger than a 120 GB SSD/HDD
Note this system won’t be able to boot from a Rescue Disk (external hard drive) so make a Factory Backup (Bootable USB Flash Drive).