dell 9100

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  1. kennydavis

    kennydavis Newbie

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    Couple questions. is the video card in the 9100 upgradable? And is the wireless wifi built in or is it a wireless card you have to put in the laptop.
     
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    no, the video card is not upgradeable, you would have to get the Inspiron XPS to be able to do this. So configure the Inspiron 9100 with the graphics card that you know you'll want to have 2 years down the road.

    With graphics cards for a laptop computer the graphics controller is usually part of the motherboard, so you can't change one without changing the other, and that's rarely (never?) an option.

    You can choose between built in Wi-Fi or a card for the 9100. I recommend built-in wi fi. If you decide not to go with the built in wi-fi now you can always purchase a wi-fi card down the road but if you want built in wi-fi you'll need to select it as an option when your laptop is being built.
     
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    kennydavis Newbie

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    Thanks alot for the reply. I didnt see the option for the built in wifi only the card? If u choose no option does it automaticly include the built in?? Thanks.[?]

    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&kc=6V651&l=en&oc=9100cs&s=dhs
     
  4. TheShaman

    TheShaman Notebook Consultant

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    When looking at the features for your laptop, notice if the wireless option is a PCI card or a mini PCI card. In your case, both the wireless options are miniPCI, which means that they are built-in, not the bulky kind that are removeable and stick out the side. Since both are built in, the real question is whether you want to pay the extra for a card that'll broadcast 'a' as well as b/g
    And if you had selected 'no wireless option,' that's exactly what you'd have gotten - no wireless.
     
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    srdhkl Notebook Evangelist NBR Reviewer

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    Actually just to clarify Abaxter...

    You can "upgrade" some video cards on Dell Notebooks. For instance, when the Inspiron 8600 added the ATI 9600 128 MB card, users could by the card from spare parts and install the card themselves. Dell actually gives instructions on their website on how to do this.

    So if a newer card is offered on the 9100 down the road, you could buy it from spare parts and install it yourself.

    Be warned though, if you mess up your computer in anyway, more than likely Dell will void your warranty.
     
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    jp6212 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I wouldn't recommend wi-fi... Wi-Fi is an older and slower wireless standard. You're getting the latest inspiron 9100 - so get the up-to-date wireless card. On http://www.cheap-laptop-and-used-laptop-review.com/wireless-network-card.html they recommend at least 802.11 (b/g) compliant card. As I understand this card will be backward comparable with the Wi-Fi.


    Looking for cheap laptops? http://www.cheap-laptop-and-used-laptop-review.com
     
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    Just to clarify, both of the wireless options on the 9100 have b/g. Only difference is one has a and is more expensive.
    I also don't see b going out for a while, because with g backwards compatible, most network hosts won't feel the demand to spend vast amounts of cash to upgrade their access points.
     
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