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This article was nominated for deletion on October 13, 2005. The result of the discussion was keep. An archived record of this discussion can be found here.

Robert 00:36, 21 October 2005 (UTC)


This page needs a major update. 6000 is out and e1505's are in.

System Identifier[edit]

Dell System Identifier information

Every Dell system includes an identifier string located in the Registry file. This string maintains compatibility with various software utilities and the Dell UNIX operating system. (Unsigned comment above)

Don't you mean the serial EEPROM or BIOS Flash ROM? And how does this help with compatibility with software including the OS? It's just a 'tag'. In fact, that's what they call it. 75.70.89.124 (talk) 09:55, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

Information from Merge[edit]

The articles Inspiron 9300 and Inspiron 6000 were merged into this one by myself. Consequently, some of the information is unaccounted for in the page's history. Please see [1] and [2] for information on the contributors to those articles. Rob Church Talk | FAHD 02:00, 22 October 2005 (UTC)


I have an Inspiron 9300 and I can tell you that none of them have SATA. The were offered with 5400 60/80/100 with 7200 with 40/60/80GB HD.Lord of the Nibblonians —Preceding undated comment added 21:45, 8 February 2010 (UTC).

"Inspiration" [sic][edit]

Regarding the sentence "Due to some people's difficulties pronouncing the name, the brand is often referred to as 'inspiration'"...is there a source on that? I've never heard this computer called an "Inspiration" except by a few fools who can't spell "Inspiron." Josh Kagan

It was in the source for the merge I did. I've no problems if you want to remove it. Rob Church Talk | FAHD 21:05, 24 October 2005 (UTC)
sounds like BS to me, have had 2 Inspirons and never heard of that pronunciation
I just did a goog;le search on "Dell Inspiration" and got 16,700 results, and i looked through them, most of them referred to the Dell Inspiron( 'Dell Inspiration' ) laptop.
I work in dell technical support and that is a common pronunciation of inspiron. It is not where the name came from though
~Robert Barbieri (binarygrind.com)

revert[edit]

195.93.21.99 added a lot of information to the article, but I reverted the article back to before his edits. My reasons are:

  • I felt that most of the new information was simply Inspiron specs woven into sentences, and did not include any information which distinguishes the Inspiron from other laptops or computers.
  • Some of the information describes the XPS system exclusively, and not the Inspiron. For example:
"Visually the machine has a metalic plastic cover and inside with contrasting black borders. The machine has customizable 'perimeter lighting' in the XPS logos on the lid..." (italics by me)
  • Some of the information is incorrect. For example: "Dell Inspiron 6000...comes equipped with two front speakers and a ~1 inch subwoofer on the bottom." I am sitting in front of an Inspiron 6000 and I can tell you there is no subwoofer on this laptop.
  • Last but not least, there are many grammatical errors in the new information that I do not care to fix.

If anyone disagrees then please discuss. 09:14, 22 January 2006 (UTC)

The 6000 does have a subwoofer option. It is actually integrated with the 9 cell battery. ~Robert Barbieri —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 71.195.208.224 (talk) 05:48, 7 February 2007 (UTC).

Cooling information[edit]

I felt that adding the cooling issue to this article was necessary as I used to own a Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop which overheated and burned up the video card. I sold the laptop on eBay for $300.00, about half of it's original value. I was searching Google for a few hours and found that site (which I've added at the end of my paragraph on that issue) to help support my statement. Anyone is welcome to provide more information on this topic and will be appreciated very much.

Thank you,

- Mike. 04:15, 6 March 2006 (UTC).

From my experience of this problem, the problem is caused by the positioning of the fans, they easily become clogged with dust. Removal of this dust and possibly the replacement of thermal grease on the processor, will greatly improve cooling. Possibly even raising the back feet of the computer can improve air flow. My CPU was measured at being at almost 80 degrees Centrigrade, it now normally levels at 50. Soon I shall reapply the thermal grease and so I will see the effect of that. -- Tompsci 09:10, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

References to LindowsOS[edit]

Removed the references to Lindows - obviously there will be problems when attempting to load a non-Windows OS on here. Dell only ships with Windows, anything else is unsupported by the manufacturer and is installed at the user's own risk. Scott 110 05:52, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

Additions and Grammar fixes[edit]

Went through and fixed some of the grammar mistakes as well as created several new sections to correspond with the new models Dell has released this year.

Is this right?[edit]

While most of the standard features are identical, there are some interesting variations between the two, such as the inclusion of Windows Media Center edition on the E1505, while the 6400 comes stock with XP Home.

I got a Dell Inspiron 6400 with Windows Media center.

Overheating[edit]

Um, so the section about the overheating seems to rely on "at least one inspiron owner" for most of its information. I'm just afraid this might be just one user who had this experience and is explaining it here. Either way, it needs to be rewritten I think, unless we find an adequate source that talks about there being at least one owner who did this. If it's just a user with this experience, it'd probably constitute original research, not that it's bad information, but it'd be good to at least get some sources for this.--Nibblesnbits 15:14, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

I was the one that added the issue to the article in March 2006 (see above in the Dell Inspiron talk) as I had a Dell Inspiron 1150 that overheated and burned up the video card. I added information from what I read online about the overheating issue and even provided an in-text citation link to the page that shows a huge list of other consumers who had their systems overheat on them (also note that consumers who have refurbished notebooks appear that they don't have this problem). I've been watching this article ever since I made my contribution to it and found that numerous members of Wikipedia made additions and changes to the section I made, and even adding other notebook model numbers that are also affected. One member even posted a way to fix the problem for those affected notebooks. So that is not correct, there are numerous people who are supporting that section of the article here.

Thanks,

- Mike. 01:05, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

Even if it is true, if it is not supported by reliable sources (WP:RS), it can't be included on Wikipedia, due to it being considered original research (WP:NOR) --Aroni125 (talk) 18:59, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

Added three external links. the 1st one is about how to fix the overheating of the Inspiron 5150 following the dell forum instructions. the 2nd one is the Dell™ Inspiron™ 1100, 5100, and 5150 Service Manual. the 3rd one has few usefull images of the Inspiron 5150. p.s. Some users have a larger cooling unit. it not possible to get to the screw on the right side of the fan since it was obscured by the external cover. As described here. - Hiroshi. 09:01, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Why are people purposefully obtuse? There were plenty of citations here when Aroni125 made that reply. This is why many good editors just got tired and up and left. 75.70.89.124 (talk) 09:51, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

Inspiron 8200 RAM[edit]

I noticed in the article states that "some people have said that they were able to put 2GB of RAM into the system with no problem".

I just bought a 1 GB DDR chip and installed it, but the BIOS just displays an error message upon start-up and reduces the RAM recognized to 512 MB. On the Specification section of the manual (P. 112) it states that the only module capacities are 128, 256 and 512 MB.

If someone could please tell me how they reached RAM capacity above 1 GB, I would be outmost delighted.

Edit: Well, it appears that the BIOS seems to have a mind of its own: Sometimes it acts as described above, and at other times it accepts the full chip capacity, but then I'm rewarded with a plethora of blue screens. Strangely, many of my MS Office programs don't work any more either...

Theharpguy 18:21, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

I suggest you to upgrade the BIOS revision on your Inspiron to the latest. I had a similar situation before with another computer (an OptiPlex desktop) on upgrading the CPU. It didn't work with the new CPU until I upgraded the BIOS, which supported the new chip I had. I'm assuming that it might be the same with this also, where the new chip might be included with the newest BIOS revision. Good luck. --Izcool 04:57, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

1300[edit]

I have an Inspiron 1300 but it isn't mentioned as existing. I will try to find to information to add myself but it is likely that I will run into similar problems as when I tried to find a replacement battery. I wonder why there is little information about this particular model. Kc4 20:28, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

8600[edit]

I have an Inspiron 8600 but it isn't mentioned very much either. I don't really know how to use Wikipedia, so I probably won't add any information myself but if someone else wants to contact me, feel free. D03boy 04:39, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

Apple Reference[edit]

"Dell switched it up here and took a page out of Apples book by replacing the cookie cutter style laptop casing with a silver, white and black design."

Does that sound weird to anyone? Restyling a laptop to make it more aesthetically appealing is not a technique patented by Apple. I'm new to Wikipedia so I'm probably not going to go ahead and change it myself. --salivatordali

Inspiron 1000 =[edit]

What is the Inspiron 1000 and how does it fit into the range? Drutt 12:24, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, I have a 1000 too, What's up with it not being on the list, yo? 03:16, 6 May 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.211.31.109 (talk)

Inspiron desktops[edit]

I recently looked at the Dell website, it seems they are selling Inspiron desktops. Yes, you heard that right. Inspiron desktops. So I think this should be noted in the article.

Added a small article on each release, it's real basic. -LordDarren

      • i edited the information about inspiron DT , the small form factor can be equiped with 2 HDD´s and supports RAID 1 - someone 111

Inspiron 9100 Notebook ?[edit]

There seems to be no real info on the 9100, except a minor mention on the list of the battery recall. The 9100 was the 'Desktop Replacement' Machine, sometimes evidently advertised as a 'Laptop Game Machine'. I've seen previously posts on the net about it suffering from the heat problems, among other things, and that it was supposedly ceased being sold after only 6 months because it was problematic.

I'm trying to find out when sales on it started and when it ceased to be available and whether there was a recall of the unit. Anyone? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Joeteller (talkcontribs) 17:36, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Reviews date around 2004 for the 9100. http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/22038/review/inspiron_9100.html It had rare features for laptops such as a DVI port and a powered USB port, unknown if it was Powered USB or some proprietary Dell version. http://www.overclockers.com/dell-inspiron-9100-review/ It also had an upgradeable video card and a subwoofer speaker built into the battery. All those features added up to a 9.2 pound weight (and heavier with the optional 16 cell no-speaker battery) with a terribly short run time on battery power. Quite the hulking beast, obviously intended to bring all the power of a desktop into a portable (or luggable) package. Bizzybody (talk) 08:27, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

Specifications Table?[edit]

It's kind of drudgy having too read through all of the specs for each configuration, perhaps we could make a table showing the weight, processor, etc. for each model?--Dr. Van Nostrand 18:04, 8 September 2007 (UTC)

KILO AND LBS[edit]

ADD A KILOGRAM SECTION. SOME OF US CAN'T UNDERSTAND POUNDS. IT IS HIGHLY CONFUSING 78.148.101.177 (talk) 23:38, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

:1KG = 2.2lbs, a simple calculator will do, or you can just cut the weight in half in your head for a quick estimation. Mew905 (talk) 21:41, 22 September 2010 (UTC)
There is a template that can do this: A laptop can weigh 10 lb (4.5 kg), for example. --Aroni125 (talk) 18:50, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

5100[edit]

Is it just me, or does this article not have an Inspiron 5100 section? Is it just that I can't find it, or it's not there? Kodster (Talk) 21:32, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Desktop models[edit]

I reorganized the 530 and 530s sections to better describe the features specific to those models and moved general information about the series to the beginning. Someone with more experience with the 531 and 531s model should do the same for the 531 and 531s models. -66.158.176.143 (talk) 01:49, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

I'm not too experienced with the Inspiron 531s but other than it's case, it is identical to the Inspiron 531. I did, however update the 531 section with alot of specifics on the system (such as motherboard chipset, various plugs and ports, and the case, as well as upgradability. Mew905 (talk) 21:38, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

1525 unsourced fan noise statement[edit]

I removed the following unsourced statement from the article, regarding the 1525:

Fan noise is excessive compared with other modern notebook computers.

I have a 1525 and have not experienced this "excessive" fan noise. A reliable source is needed before reinstating this statement. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.139.81.129 (talk) 22:03, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Response to above: Are you kidding? Comments about the fan noise for the Inspiron 1525 are all over the web: message boards, reviews, etc. For heaven's sake, just type "fan noise inspiron 1525" into google and see what you get. I have one of these noise polluters, the fan kicks on every 30 sec and it is quite annoying. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.187.206.186 (talk) 17:41, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Foxconn G33 motherboard[edit]

I propose changing the following statement:

"The Inspiron 530 uses a customized Foxconn G33M-s built motherboard based on the Intel G33/ICH9R chipset..."


Reason being, the G33M02 and G33M03 motherboards used in the Inspiron (and Vostro) are substantially different PCB design and layout than Foxconn's own-branded G33M and G33M-s motherboards. The statement implies the boards share some substantially common design or layout, when they do not. I suggest changing the statement to read something along the lines of:

"The Inspiron 530 uses a Foxconn-built OEM motherboard based on the Intel G33/ICH9R chipset..."

Additionally, I changed GMA X3100 to GMA 3100 (dropped the X), to reflect the correct graphics part used in the Intel G33 chipset. GMA X3100 is found on a different chipset (GM965/GL960) --Brewster1971 (talk) 14:15, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Inspiron 5160 motherboard replacement[edit]

Can anyone cite references or sources for this statement in the main article under "Motherboards"?

"The 5160 has also experienced mainboard failures resulting in an inability to charge the battery or run from the external power supply. Perhaps in response to the previous lawsuits, Dell has been replacing mainboards on these failed units well after warranty expiration, even if the 5160 has been a refurbished machine or resold. Owners must register their current ownership online at the Dell support site, then contact a support representative for service." -- Selezen (talk) 13:30, 21 August 2008 (UTC)


Laptops are all junk97.125.81.168 (talk) 02:49, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

Inspiron 545, 545s, 546[edit]

In China, the Inspiron 545, 545s, 546 has came out. Please update the page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.173.208.135 (talk) 20:04, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

Example http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/desktop-inspiron-545?c=cn&cs=cndhs1&l=zh&s=dhs —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.173.208.135 (talk) 20:39, 15 April 2009 (UTC) Now in UK http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/inspndt?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs&ref=homepg —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.173.208.135 (talk) 20:53, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Inspiron 1545 - OpenGL[edit]

Does anyone know if the Inspiron 1545 with the Intel 4500 chipset supports OpenGL 2.0 or greater? Cousert (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 17:06, 27 June 2009 (UTC).

Problems Biased[edit]

The section on problems is far too biased. It's more like a complaint on a webforum. If someone could get sources to articles with the problems and not make statements like "it is a design flaw" without having something to back it up that'd be great. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.76.205.246 (talk) 18:17, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

Pronunciation?[edit]

"in-SPY-ron", "IN-spuh-ron" or something else entirely? - Richfife (talk) 17:33, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

Sounds like in-SPIH-ron on the TV commercials. Bizzybody (talk) 08:34, 7 September 2010 (UTC)
I personally pronounce it "in-SPUR-on", which does sound awefully close to Bizzybody's pronunciation Mew905 (talk) 21:36, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

Conversion of Mini 10/10v sections into table format[edit]

I felt that the the way the Dell Inspiron Mini 10/10v section was written was hard to read, so I placed the information into a table for better readability. Aroni125 (talk) 21:08, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

Inspiron 6000[edit]

Why is "6000 out" as it says at the top of this page?

There used to be a 6000 page all to itself... now nothing at all. WTF.

-- thundt (talk) 09:55, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

What is a "netvertible"?[edit]

What is a "netvertible"? J. Finkelstein (talk) 21:42, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

MAJOR UPDATE NEEDED FOR 2011[edit]

This page is in need of a major upgrade. This is possibly the worst page that I have ever seen on Wikipedia. It looks like it hasn't been updated since 2007. Maybe some Dell experts or employees want to help out... — Preceding unsigned comment added by 108.13.177.39 (talk) 00:51, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

Inspiron One 2320[edit]

This is the first time I have ever bought a computer that Wikipedia has apparently never heard of before. Indeed, a Google search shows that no page of content on the English WP even has the phrase "Inspiron One" let alone the model number. 50.11.205.196 (talk) 15:05, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

Many newer models missing[edit]

It seems I'm not the first to notice that there are several models from the last few years missing from this article, for instance the (now retired) N5050. I can provide specs for a few of them if needed, I'm currently using an N5050. Alanaktion (talk) 06:24, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Unfortunately probably OR unless we can find it in the manuals/support site...[edit]

"One other problem can happen with the wattage rating of the power supply. There are 2 Dell power supplies that were used for different Inspiron models which have the same plug assembly and voltage, a 65 watt supply model PA-6 and a 90 watt supply model PA-9. Some models for example the Inspiron 1100 shipped with a PA-9. If a PA-6 (or equivalent aftermarket supply) is used in these models then the system might not boot at times. In such cases, it will light the battery light for a few seconds when the supply is plugged in. This can also happen if the power supply becomes marginal. Marginal supplies can show as supplying full voltage even if tested with a volt meter while the supply is plugged into the computer and an attempt is made to turn on the computer."

Well, the PA-6 is keyed so that it won't work in all systems that use the 'trapezoid' socket. In fact, the docking station for a C400 laptop (which itself uses a PA-6) requires a PA-9. It was much less hassle to just get a bunch of PA-9's when I was working with that generation of Dell computers. Without looking at both the 1100's manual and a picture of it's connector, I can't justify editing this section as it's OR. 75.70.89.124 (talk) 09:45, 12 August 2013 (UTC)