Dell Vostro 1510 (deborah)


A clean machine... not

deborah” is a second-hand (at least) ex-business computer. I purchased it in mid May, 2015, from our local second-hand computer shop, and I’m hoping that it’ll last through university, at least. We’ll see…

It’s a fairly attractive machine. Compared to the Acers, it’s a giant step up in quality. Compared to our Macbook… it’s hard to beat a machined aluminium frame!

Currently it is running the A15 BIOS, the latest. I’ll have to use this method if I ever need to upgrade again…


It’s supposed to act as my university laptop. That really means that it needs to be able to browse the web and handle a half-decent text editor, with browsing the web being the difficult part… Hopefully it’ll be reliable, too.

I transplanted the HDD from the Acer, so it’s already set up with my old system.


Originally, it came equipped with a low-end Core 2 Duo – a T5670. However, because it didn’t support the vt-x extensions, which my main machine is also missing, I upgraded the CPU to the one in the Acer. It’s not as far as the machine can go – in theory, the machine could be upgraded to a T9500 – but I’m not likely to take it any further, since the gains would be marginal.

I’ve put 4GB of RAM in it, which is nice, and swapped the old Broadcom wireless card out for the Intel card that was in the Acer. I had planned on buying a 9-cell battery for it, but ended up with a 6-cell. I don’t plan on upgrading the screen, since that’s quite a difficult upgrade, but I may yet upgrade the HDD. A SSD would be nice, if expensive…

I’d also like to paint the case. Currently, the lid has a glossy semi-metallic paint job, which is a bit scratched, and attracts fingerprints. I was thinking that a nice matte coat of dark green might work with the rest of the paint job? Then again, it might just require too much effort!

  • Core 2 Duo @ 2.4Ghz – T8300
  • 4GB DDR2 laptop RAM
  • 320GB SATA 2.5″ HDD
  • Intel X3100 graphics
  • 1280×800 matte display
  • Arch Linux