Latitude D630

The Dell Latitude D630


The Dell Latitude is a laptop that was made around 2005-2010. It often came with Windows Vista, or Windows XP. The one I have has Windows XP Professional installed, but there's a sticker on it that says "Windows Vista", and there is a serial number on the back of it, that also says "Windows Vista". It might have had Vista at first, but because how crappy Windows Vista was, it was probably downgraded to XP. That makes a lot of sense, since there are no stickers that says Windows XP on it, and the hard drive was made in 2012. But because XP is a few years older than Windows Vista, it runs a lot faster than Vista would do, which is great because it makes it a good and fast computer, even though it is pretty old. But, it is not perfect. A lot of people that have a Dell Latitude D630, and similar versions, have experienced graphics card issues. These issues make the screen split into two parts, it's like there are two displays stacked on top of eatch other, and they are stretched too, which makes it a terrible computer to read on, and might give you a headache. If you're wondering, the graphics chip is the nVidia Quadro NVS 135M, and was made for laptops around that time, which is very unfortunate, since that is one of the most heat-sensitive GPUs on the market. The reason why it is so heat-sensitive is the pins. The pins are solared directly to the motherboard, and when it reaches specific temperatures, the soldier melts. I don't know exactly how this works, but that is what I've read online. But, if that happends, it's not the end of the world. The proper solution is to dissassemble it, and heat up the pins (or the entire chip) with a heat gun. It is also possible to do it in an owen, but if you do that, you'll have to be careful and remove any plastic parts that can melt. Not all plastic parts melts, all connectors does not melt, but the RAM covers and that kind of stuff melts. So if you wanna do this, make sure to remove everything that is possible to remove whitout soldier equipment. One way to fix the graphics chip is to reflow it, with a heat gun, because that makes it kind of hot, and the soldier melts. Enough about the graphics card, let's talk about the CPU. The Dell Latitude D630 has kind of two processors. There is one main processor, and one co-processor, which makes it into a dual-core system, because the processors only have one core each. One of the CPUs sits on top of a standard CPU socket, while the other one is solared directly on the motherboard, like the graphics chip is. The main CPU clocks at 2 GHz (or 1.99), which is not a lot, but don't except to run Crysis, or pretty much any modern game that requires an advanced system. But, it is still a great computer to type on, play some simple games, like Undertale or Minecraft, or any other game that does not require a lot of power. The display is a 1440x900 LCD display, and spans at 14.1 inches. It is a display that does not break easily, and it has good image quality, and doeas not get hot quickly, like a lot of other displays do. If you connect another screen to it, then the maximal resolution it supports is 1920x1200, which is full HD. The Dell Latitude D630 has a built in Wi-Fi card, and can connect to the Internet with a maximum of 54 Mbps, but if you want faster Internet, you can always connect with an ethernet cable, and get a lot higher speeds. It does have Bluetooth, but it does not work with Windows XP, at least in my experience. Maybe it works in Windows Vista and 7? I have not used these operating systems on it, but it is possible that it works in windows 7/Vista.

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Video where I attempt to reflow it (Download)
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