Dell Inspiron 6000 Notebook

Dell Computer's Inspiron laptop brand is a range of computers targeted at the consumer market (as opposed to the Latitude range aimed at the commercial market).

Current models in the range include the B130/1300, E1405/640m, E1505/6400 and, E1705/9400.

A base Inspiron 6000 was shipped with a 1.5 GHz (upgradeable up to 2.13 GHz) Intel Pentium M processor, 256MB RAM (upgradeable to 2GB), 400/533 MHz FSB, Intel 915GM/PM chipset, and a 15.4-inch XGA wide-screen monitor. Like the Inspiron 9300, it featured DDR2 random access memory. In comparison with other Inspiron models, the 6000 was considered the "versatile and affordable" member of the Dell notebook line.

The Inspiron 6000 from Dell was among the first notebooks to arrive on the market with Intel's new Sonoma technology. According to Dell, the Inspiron 6000 would deliver faster data processing, and users - particularly gamers and graphics pros -- should see less audio and video chop, quicker task execution, less power consumption and enhanced battery life as a result. The Inspiron 6000 notebook added features and help files making it easier and faster to operate.

In addition the Inspiron 6000 offered a number of improvements over the Inspiron 5160, which it replaced in Dell's home/small business line-up. Upgraded features included a 15.4in. wide-screen display (available in WXGA with a 1280x800 resolution, WSXGA with a 1680x1050 resolution and WUXGA with a 1920x1200 resolution), a slightly slimmer profile (though it's about 2.5cm wider) and a Manufacturers bundle- (starter) memory cards that accommodated only a handful of photos.

Some Inspiron machines offered in the past have been modified to become a higher or lower quality machine. An example of this is the first-generation Inspiron XPS and Inspiron 9100 (2004). Both machines (non-base) shared the same options in processors (Intel Pentium 4 HT "Prescott"), RAM (DDR 400 MHz), hard-drives (Ultra-ATA 5400/7200 RPM), wireless cards, LCD screens (at 15.4-inches; WXGA, WSXGA+, WUXGA) and graphics cards (ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 64MB/128MB), as well as the same chassis. Dell marked the XPS as an "ultimate gaming machine", while marking the 9100 as a "desktop replacement". An upgrade to the ATI Mobility Radeon 9800 Pro was offered to XPS owners, and not to 9100. Users got around this exclusion by ordering it from Dell Spare Parts.

In 2003, Dell released several lines of Inspiron notebooks which were having problems with cooling properly, causing them to overheat and even burn up the video card, motherboard, or cause the laptop to shut down automatically. Some people believe that the systems overheated due to the processors that were used in those laptops - Intel's Pentium 4 chip which went up to 3.4 GHz (3,400 MHz) for some models. This was not the mobile version of the Pentium 4 that was used in the premium Inspiron 8500 notebook, which generated less heat as it was designed to be using in a confined notebook form-factor. Laptops of those lines also came with Intel's Celeron processor, of the Celeron desktop CPU line, which would create a little bit less heat, but still ran into the overheating problem. Another reason on why these machines might overheat is due to the fact that they contained the fan on the bottom of the unit, unlike others where they are located on the sides and rear, where air could not flow through the unit when sat on a table or a desk. Affected models include the Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100, and 5150 and 9100. Many consumers state that refurbished Inspiron machines of those model numbers do not overheat, probably because Dell found a way of fixing that problem. "Dell Inspiron 1150 Review" Dell has yet to admit any problems regarding the design of the affected notebooks.

At least one Inspiron 1150 owner claims that the problem is with a reversed fan connector, and that the majority of people who fix their overheating problems by cleaning the fan/heatsink assembly actually fix it by reversing the connector; i.e. putting the connector on properly when they reassemble the laptop. The heatsinks would get coated in a thick film of dust that would obstruct airflow, causing the fans to run on high speed continuously, and cause the computer to overheat and shutdown to prevent potential damage. The Inspiron owner also claims that the fan/heatsink cools the laptop extremely well when blowing air out of the back (which blows cool air over the heatsink) rather than the bottom (which sucks cool air over the heatsink).

Dell has acknowledged this problem with this line of laptops, as they were amongst the more popular lineup of that generation. They now offer replacement fans to any and all Inspiron users who say they have a problem. No warranty required, no questions asked. The new fan is designed with a better heatsink and heatpipes to provide better cooling and less noise.

A Windows utility exists to control most Inspiron fans based on CPU temperature. Users should check the compatibility list before installing it.

In 2006, numerous Inspiron 9400 were delivered with defective Nvidia Geforce 7800 Go graphics boards. Dell generally replaced all A00 with A01, and next with A02, until the 7800 Go was finally replaced with the 7900 GS.

Dell has yet to admit any problems regarding the adequation of the Geforce 7800 Go to the design of the affected notebooks.

Some Dell Inspiron models with Intel graphics chipset 855/865/915 and 1400 x 1050 display resolution have display driver problems.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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