I don’t know how long my older son, Joseph, had this Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop computer sitting in his closet. I inherited it when he left for England with his Air Force wife and their children. I think it belonged to his wife before they married in 2008. They’ve since replaced it with a newer laptop computer, an all-in-one desktop computer and a tablet. This one was stored in a drawer in my apartment for four months before I took it out to let my other son use it for studying. It went back into that drawer when he left for Army boot camp this past January. I pulled it back out again four days ago.
I don’t know what the price of a Dell Inspiron 6000 was back in 2005, but I’m sure it was a lot more than $50, which is the most I’ll have to spend to fix this one. I can use it as is, but I want to fix it up and give it to the only niece I have in high school in the Philippines, when I return.
It still works but… The laptop battery is dead and it’s missing the “+/-” key from the keyboard. I can get a replacement battery for $25 or less from Amazon and I’ve already ordered a replacement key from Replacement Laptop Keys for $7.44, including postage.
The laptop battery was either dead or nearing death when I inherited it. The battery LED flashed orange and green. I unplugged it yesterday to see if it was dead, and it was indeed dead.
When Joseph types on a keyboard, he pounds the keyboard. Both of the laptop computers he’s owned (that I know about) had keys missing from them by the time he discarded them. This Dell Inspiron 6000 is one them.
This Dell Inspiron 6000 came with Windows XP Home on it. It still has the license key sticker on the bottom. It came with only one gigabyte of memory, which was barely enough to make XP usable. The operating system became corrupted at some point and that’s when Joseph shelved it.
As I mentioned when I put Linux Mint on a bootable USB flash drive, I installed the 32-bit version on this machine.
I consider Linux Mint 16 an upgrade from Windows XP, even if no one else does. Especially since Windows XP is 13-year old operating system that’s passed its end of life date and isn’t supported anymore.
Linux Mint runs better on this machine than I anticipated, but it’ll run better and faster with another gigabyte of memory – I’ll be buying memory modules. Linux Mint 16 didn’t have the ZRAM modules installed, so I did that (with sudo apt install zram-config) and it gave a bit of a boost that’ll make two gigabytes work that much better.
I’m using an HP Essential 655 laptop computer that was priced at $515.99 when I acquired it in late 2012. I didn’t turn it on until February of 2013, but I’ve used it almost daily since then.
I just found a similar model being sold for $298.00 at the Walmart online store. It’s slightly better than what I have in every way except one – the CPU is 1.0 gigahertz instead of 1.4 gigahertz (slower). I’ll be buying one if that model isn’t sold out before I have the money available to spend on it. The slightly slower processor won’t matter to me.
Before I head back to the Philippines, I’ll be buying an extra battery for every laptop computer I’m taking with me, including another Dell Inspiron 6000 battery.
By: RT Cunningham
April 29, 2014
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