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Possible to semi-rebuild a Dell Inspiron laptop and make it faster?

I have an old Dell Inspiron 1720, still working, just isincredibly slow. I’ve backed up everything that I had on it, haven’t been actively using it for several years.

Is it possible to semi-rebuild the laptop with new parts that will make it run better/more efficiently/less loudly? (fan used to go constantly even after pulling it apart and cleaning it)

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You haven’t given any of your current specifications but the RAM can be upgraded to 4GB DDR2 PC2-6400 (2x2GB - a pair is better than one 4GB) and the SATA hard drive to an SSD. Just noticed that it has an option for a second hard drive so your old one could be used for extra storage space.

For example:

https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatibl...

but other sources are fine.

It has a dual core processor which is good.

It can also be upgraded to Windows 10 for free if it has a legal Windows 7 or higher.

Newer drivers will also help.

So yes can be ‘semi-rebuilt’ as you put it. DELL has manuals for it on their website.

I would not try to play any games on it but would be fine for work.

Please ask if you have any more questions.

Re: Fan

The fan going constantly could be a software issue such as a driver but again upgrading RAM to 4GB, a SSD SATA drive and finally upgrade to Windows 10 would probably do the trick.

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