After re-installing Microsoft Windows and then downloading and installing drivers on a Dell computer you may notice that you are still left with missing drivers for both a PCI Serial Port and a PCI Simple Communications Controller when you open Device Manager. Continue reading
Although it is true that there isn’t a Windows 7 video driver available for the Dell Dimension B110 it is still possible to force the integrated Intel i865GV video card to work properly by making a simple adjustment to the Dimension B110’s BIOS.
Dell Dimension B110 Windows 7 Driver
1. Turn on the computer and press F2 to enter the BIOS.
2. Scroll down to Integrated Devices (LegacySelect Options) using the arrow keys and press enter.
3. Now scroll down to Onboard Video Buffer and use the arrow keys to change this setting from 1 MB to 8 MB.
4. Press Esc until you are prompted to Save Changes And Exit, press enter to exit the BIOS.
5. Windows 7 will boot as normal only you will now be able to set your Dell Dimension B110’s screen resolution to 1024 x 768 with 16 bit color by right clicking on the Windows 7 Desktop and left clicking on Screen resolution. Select 1024 x 768 and click on Apply.
The issue at hand here is that the Dell Dimension B110 shipped with the older, and now unsupported Intel 865GV integrated graphics controller. Simply allocating more memory to the video buffer allows for the Dimension B110’s integrated graphics card to work properly on Windows 7 albeit as a standard VGA adapter. You won’t be able to use any of the Aero graphics themes, but Windows 7 will still run very well on your Dell Dimension B110.
Dell Dimension B110 Memory Upgrade
As an aside, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that your Dell Dimension B110 can support up to 2 GB of RAM. I would highly recommend this upgrade as you’ll find that Windows 7 will perform much better on your Dimension B110 after a memory upgrade. You can purchase RAM for your Dimension B110 directly from Amazon.
Although the Dell Latitude D600 came out quite a few years before Windows 7 was released it is still more than capable of running Microsoft’s newest operating system providing that you can find the proper audio driver. Follow the steps below to install an audio driver on your Latitude D600 that is compatible with Windows 7.
Installing The Realtek AC’97 Audio Codec On Windows 7
Before we begin you’ll first need to download the Windows Vista AC’97 driver from Realtek’s website and save it to your desktop. You’ll find the link to the driver download here. Click on “Software,” agree to the terms and conditions, and then save the Vista/Win7 driver to your desktop. Note, Realtek’s website can be kind of annoying so if the link doesn’t work simply do a search on Google for “Realtek AC’97 Windows 7 Driver.”
1. Right click on Computer and left click properties.
2. Left click on Device Manger which is located on the left hand side of the “View basic information about your computer” screen.
3. Right click on Multimedia Audio Controller and left click on Update Driver Software.
4. Click “Browse my computer for driver software” and browse to ..\Dekstop\6305_Vista_PG537\Vista directory and click next.
5. Click on “Install this driver software anyway…” when prompted. The driver software will now install automatically.
6. Click close when windows informs you that the Realtek AC’97 audio driver was installed successfully.
7. If you are experiencing an issue where you are prompted to run SOUNDMAN.EXE after every reboot you can simply open the registry editor and delete the SOUNDMAN.EXE entry under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Current Version\Run.
Your Dell Latitude D600 will now be capable of playing back audio on Windows 7.
Dell Latitude D600 Memory Upgrade
As an aside, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that your Dell Latitude D600 can support up to 2 GB of RAM. I would highly recommend this upgrade as you’ll find that Windows 7 will perform much better on your Latitude D600 after a memory upgrade. You can purchase RAM for your Latitude D600 directly from Amazon.
This question really depends on what kind of computer you have and which operating system you are running. In general, the more RAM the merrier, but you should be aware that there are both hardware and operating system limitations that will ultimately become the deciding factor in your upgrade decision. For example, many computers that shipped with Windows XP can be upgraded to no more than 2 GB of RAM because of limitations with the PC’s motherboard. Also, Windows XP is only capable of using 3 GB of RAM. So even if your PC’s motherboard could for example handle 4 GB of RAM, Windows XP would only be able to utilize 3 GB. Please see the list that I have made below of recommended memory configurations by operating system.
Many of the computers from the Windows XP era shipped with only 256 MB of RAM installed. Fortunately however, a large portion of these machines are capable of being upgraded to 2 GB of RAM. If you are happy with your Windows XP computer but wished that it would run a little bit faster then I would highly recommend that you consider upgrading the RAM in your PC. I have upgraded the RAM on hundreds of Windows XP computers and noticed incredible performance gains each and every time.
Although Windows Vista requires a minimum of 512 MB of RAM in order to operate, it really should be equipped with 2 GB of RAM or more in order to work well. Some retailers offered “door buster” deals on laptops at the time of Windows Vista’s 2007 release. Many of these laptops came with only 512 MB of RAM installed. If you purchased one of these underpowered laptops I would highly recommend that you upgrade to 2 GB of RAM.
Windows 7 requires a minimum of 1 GB of RAM in order to operate. I installed Windows 7 on both a netbook and a Parallels virtual machine each with only 1GB of RAM installed and Windows 7 ran quite well in both instances. Windows 7 really shines on a 32 bit computer with 2 GB of RAM installed and is absolutely mind blowing on a 64 bit computer with 4-6 GB of RAM installed. Some professional applications can benefit from 8 GB of RAM (or more) installed but these applications are typically not used by the average user.
Mac OS X
Consumer Mac products such as the Mac Mini, MacBook, and iMac run best with 4 GB of RAM installed so make sure that you select this option while you are ordering your Mac computer. The MacBook Pro and Mac Pro should be ordered with enough RAM to satisfy professional application requirements. This could mean that you may have to configure your professional Mac computer with more than 4 GB of RAM.
How Much RAM Do I Have?
Now that you know how much RAM you should have, you’ll want to know how much RAM you do have. To do this, simply right click on the My Computer icon and left click properties. You’ll see the amount of RAM that your computer has displayed at the bottom of the System Properties page.
If your computer has the recommended amount of memory but is still running slowly, it is possible that your computer may have a spyware infection. You can use my Spware Removal Guide to remove spyware from your computer.