This model and Operating System is not supported by Dell.
I have however tested this model with Windows 10 64 Bit with the hardware variants:
- Intel T7100
- Intel Video 965 Video
- 4 GB RAM
- Crucial M500 SSD.
- Intel 3945
- Dell Wireless 360 – Generic Driver
- PR01X Docking Station – No option to undock from the Start Button but physical undock works once Dell System Software and Dell Quickset are installed.
The Legacy BIOS must be upgraded to A19 before Windows 10 64 Bit is installed… The update won’t run within Windows 10 64 Bit (I ran it in Windows 7 32 Bit):
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 4-8 GB of RAM:
Note DDR2 RAM is now expensive from reputable vendors like Crucial/Offtek, look on eBay for second hand DDR2-PC2 5300 or DDR2-PC2 6400 200 pin Non-ECC RAM.
Refer to the Service 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).
- WSUS Offline Update [Windows 7/8.1 Only]
- Dell System Software [Windows 7 and 10]
I needed to install this for the Docking Station.
- Intel Chipset Device Software [Windows 10 Inbuilt]
- O2 Micro OZ77xxx/OZ621xx Card Reader [Windows 10 Inbuilt]
- Intel 965GM [Variant A – Windows 10 Windows Update Will Automatically Download a Better Driver]
- nVidia Quadro NVS 135M [Variant B – Not Tested with Windows 10]
- Conexant Modem D330 Driver [Not Tested with Windows 10]
- Conexant Modem Application
- Conexant Modem Diagnostics
- Conexant Modem Utility
- Conexant Modem HTML
The latest version to install is 8.1200.101.217
The Intel WiFi Driver is inbuilt. There is a bug with the inbuilt driver. If the system goes to sleep you will be unable to reconnect to the network unless you restart your computer. Disabling power management options may help reduce this:
The Broadcom WiFi is untested should be also.
The BT Dell Wireless 360 has a generic driver and I haven’t done much testing with it.
- Sigmatel Audio [Windows 8.1/10 Inbuilt]
- Dell Quickset [Windows 7/10 needed for function keys and Docking Station]
Dell ControlPoint System Manager A21. Version 1.7.10000 Update Package Windows 7 64 bit Dell ControlPoint System Manager A19, Version 1.7.00000 Hard Drive Version Windows 7 64 bit
Dell Backup and Recovery
- Dell Backup and Recovery [Windows 7/8.1]
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).