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New SSD drive for my Dell Inspiron N5050

01/03/2017 Leave a comment

About a week back, well slightly less than that in fact, I decided to change the hard drive on my Dell Inspiron laptop. This Dell Inspiron is getting old. It has been with me for a number of years and it has served its purpose very well. But the hard drive, which was a 320Gb Western Digital Blue, was starting to get slow. So I told myself…it is time I reloaded the operating system on this laptop as it has been about 4 years since it was re-loaded.

The first thing I did was to go to Sim Lim Tower to check out the prices of SSD drives. The results were not encouraging. The prices of SSD hard drives had ballooned. Remember I wrote a post about getting a SanDisk Plus SSD some time back? Well, that very same 240Gb hard drive that I bought for a steal for less than $100 now cost more than $100! And forget about the next step up, the SanDisk 480Gb drive that I saw was on sale for $179 some time back. It had now ballooned in price to $220! I really do not know what is causing the price to suddenly balloon. I suppose it could be something to do with demand out-stripping supply.

Anyhow, what I did was to get back home and then I remembered. Ever since I bought my MacBook Pro, my old Lenovo ThinkPad was not being used much. The reason it was not being used anymore is because the BIOS battery is shot and getting a replacement was not really something I wanted to get. So I told myself to use the old SSD hard drive that was in that Lenovo and load it into my old Dell.

Taking the Dell Inspiron apart was not that difficult, thanks in no small part to the various how-to videos on YouTube. After I switched the hard drives, I loaded Windows 7 Home Premium on it. That version of Windows came with my Dell laptop. After I installed the operating system, I installed the various drivers for it. I started to notice that the SSD was really causing my notebook to start and shutdown much, much quicker.

I must add that when I opened the casing, I decided to also change the BIOS battery with a new CR2032 lithium battery. That is when I faced an issue. The battery when it was removed from its receptacle, two tiny taps holding it in were broken. So what I did was to wedge in some bits of plastic and it worked a treat. Bloody Dell. I really hate booby traps like these!

So now this 5-year-old laptop has a new heart, a new 250Gb hard drive. I am very happy with it and my Dell Inspiron is more zippy now. It feels like I have been given a new laptop!

Goodbye Dell laptop power adapter

05/05/2016 Leave a comment

You have been a constant companion to me, and powered all of my Dell laptops, ever since  I bought you with my Vostro in November 2007. You have been keeping all the Dell laptops you powered up and ok with no issues at all. It is sad to let you go but after 9 years of faithful service, you decided to bow out, rather gracefully I might add. Thanks for being there. I just wish Dell made more adapters like you

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Dell LA90PS1 PA-10 90 watt power adapter

23/03/2016 Leave a comment

When I first bought my Dell Vostro laptop computer in 2007, I was at first complaining about the monster power supply that they have me for the laptop. Not only was it bigger than most of the laptop adapters I had seen, it was also pretty heavy and it was not fun to lug around a heavy backpack with this and the equally heavy Vostro laptop. But you know something? It must have been made of good stuff because today, almost 9 years later, the original Vostro laptop that it came with is dead but this adapter, it is still ticking AND it is providing power for my Dell Inspiron N5050 laptop too. Not only that, I think it is going to outlast this laptop as well.

I wonder. What is in this power supply that makes it so reliable all these years? I have no idea. maybe it is because it almost never gets switched off. maybe they are made of stronger materials inside like a proper transformer instead of a switch-mode power supply. I have no idea. All I know is, it is robust and has stood the test of time. Looks like when I get a new notebook, I will probably still be using this!

Oh. And if you are wondering about the power supply when I bought this Inspiron N5050? Well, it ha stayed in the laptop bag and only used when I bring this laptop offsite. Thanks Dell. Please make more great adapters like these will ya?

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The Dell Inspiron N5050 after 4 years

15/10/2015 Leave a comment

I bought this laptop computer for my wife in late 2011 because the laptop that she was using bit the dust. She is now or rather has now been using this laptop for almost 4 years and it is still going strong. She is happy with it, well, except for the Chinese program that works with her version of Microsoft Word. Other than that, she is happy with it, as I said. I did ask her if she wanted me to buy her a new laptop but she said that she does not need it. This is proof positive that Dell laptops are pretty long-lasting. I had my old Vostro for four-and-a-half years. That is proof positive!

Forgive the picture of this laptop. It is not the best picture I could have taken…I will admit. That hair on her laptop came from my two furry cats. Oh, and the keyboard? That is an external one as she loves external keyboards. Apparently, it is easier for her to type on

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Dell Optiplex 745

19/03/2014 Leave a comment

These past few weeks I have been maintaining these computers inside many an establishment. Unfortunately, these computers only support Windows XP and I am not too sure if it supports Windows 7, let alone Windows 8. But I like these desktops because they are built solid and from what I can see they can take a lot of punishment and look very reliable. I just wish that Dell was still making these computers. They have what I am looking at as far as Dell desktops go.

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Dell Inspiron 1525

20/08/2013 Leave a comment


A customer of mine brought in this PC to be fixed. It brought back memories of my old Dell Vostro 1400, a laptop that was with me for four-and-a-half years. The familiar styling, the wi-fi button at the right side of the laptop…memories. This computer was running Windows Vista and it had to be reloaded because the operating system was corrupt. After the reload, everything was working fine. It is just a bit slow because it is only running on 2Gb of RAM. I love this laptop. I would buy it in a second if the owner wants to sell it.

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Dell Singapore customer service sucks

17/07/2013 2 comments

I have always chosen Dell computers. My laptop is a Dell Inspiron and so is my wife’s. Before I got my Inspiron, my laptop was a Dell Vostro 1400. It lasted me for four-and-a-half years. I liked Dell because you could order them direct. Sadly, this is not the case anymore.

I run a company. My company provides services to small businesses. Sometimes, I get asked for a quote for some computers and as a result, I go to the Dell website and get the prices there and quote my clients. Just the other day…yesterday in fact, I find out that I cannot get prices for the Vostro line of PCs and laptops on the Dell website. The first time I call Dell Singapore, I get transferred here and there and when they ran out of people to transfer my call to, they hang up on me. Talk about terrible! And to add insult to serious injury, I am told that now, for the “business” line (Hah! Vostro has never been seen by me as the business-line of Dell) people cannot see the online prices but in fact have to go through vendors and distributors for more details on purchases. I know from experience that many of the vendors just CANNOT be trusted at all. They rip you off. That is why I have always been an advocate of the buy-online model. Now that this is happening, I want to ask Dell Singapore some questions. What the heck are you doing Dell Singapore? The American Dell website still has the prices on their website! What is this new idiotic policy that you are telling me about? Didn’t Dell always pride itself on bypassing the middlemen and selling direct to the consumer? You going back on your what you stood for? Its bloody ridiculous!

Some time back, Dell and a whole lot of PC manufacturers were lamenting the fact that the PC industry was dying. Its dying because of service like this from Dell Singapore. And I am not alone. Heck. Check out this blog post by Annmarie Geddes Baribeau about her horrifying experience with Dell. She has a similar tale of woe and frankly I am not surprised and am behind her every step of the way.

Dell Singapore, this is a warning to you. Like or not, you depend on us small businesses servicing SMEs for your revenue. The tide has now turned and you guys at Dell are having issues selling boxes. We pay your salaries, you idiotic imbeciles. Do not blame us if we go to your competitors for their computers.