Inspiron 1521 – Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 64 Bit

This model and Operating System is not supported by Dell.

Legacy BIOS

See Updating the BIOS.

Recommended hardware Upgrades

SSD – Solid State Drives

It is recommended to upgrade it to 4 GB of RAM

Refer to the Service Manual when performing hardware upgrades.

Media Direct

This is a Media Direct system and the Media Direct partition should be setup before installing Windows 7 see Preparing your Hard Drive: Setting Up Media Direct.

Windows OS

OS Updates

System Utilities


  • AMD 6-Series Chipset
    • 1. Integrated Motherboard Graphics
    • 2. AMD 6-Series Chipsets
    • 3. All 6-Series Chipsets
    • 4. Windows 7 64 Bit



* See instructions on using the Microsoft Update Catalog and install drivers via the Device Manager.

Please comment if this legacy driver works as its the X1250X and not the X1270X but the installer may include drivers for both or if the Dell driver works or whether the driver from the Microsoft Update Catalog works the best. Same as Inspiron 1526.






Media Direct Updates

* Requires installation of the Media Direct program.

Macrium Reflect




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