Recently I made some modifications to my Dell Vostro 1015 laptop to enhance it’s speed a little bit, cause when I look at the current price lists, the only advantage I see is in the prices ! The hardwares are almost the same as few years ago without any breakthrough or something to look forward to. So, I decided to upgrade my existing laptop and use it for another 2-3 years and wait for the market’s better days !
So, first of all, you need a laptop repair shop in your area, cause most of the parts in your vostro are old and they are not shipped anymore, but the repair shops usually have them all ! Either new or used !
The main bottle neck of dell vostro 1015 for me was it’s 2 GB memory! It was insufficient and the swap space in hard disk was working very hard to make up for it. I changed the Hynix memory with 2*2GB samsung ones with the same speed and timings. Now I have 4 GB of memory, although 3.46Gb is usuable with my 32 bit OS, But everything work smooth now and I don’t get not respondings as much as before. I have to reinstall my OS too, cause it’s 32bit and can’t use the entire 4Gb ram and I plan too upgrade my drivers too.
The next change is in my CPU ! I changed my intel T6570 2.1 GHz 2mb cache with T9300 2.5GHz 6mb cache. You have to use a good silicon pad for your cpu and chipset cause it makes lots of heat ! I didn’t have to update my bios, but I heard some vostros need to. Always make backups of your existing bios before upgrading it. I use I8KfanGUI software to control my fan speed and system temprature and what I saw is the new T9300 produce a lot of heat when it works 100%. The temperature even rise up to 75 degrees, although I have recently changed my fan and my heatsinc is dust free and silicons are fresh. So, be careful with the heat and temperature and use coolpads if you gonna take the juice out of your cpu !
I have changed my 320Gb hard disk before with a WD 500 Gb hard disk before. It’s not a SSD as I wanted, but it’s speed and cache are higher. I have also changed my soundcard conexant chip with another one taken from the same dell vostro 1015 motherboard as it was making noises and sometimes not working entirely. I wish I could have changed the internal speaker too cause it’s very low quality, but unfortunately there was not much space there to change it with another one ! The other unfortunate area is the onboard graphic card, cause you can’t change it at all ! It’s onboard and integrated with the chipset.
I have to change my battery too and I’m looking for a good one, but for now, the cpu, ram, hdd, fan, silicon pads and the soundcard have changed and I’ve received a satisfactory result.