STUDIO XPS 1640 Unboxing & Review

I found this fun video by Chris ~BrownFamily004~when he first got his XPS. Here's what he thinks of it. This, by the way, was the coolest review of the Studio XPS 1640 that I've found on Youtube. Bravo Chris.

Do you still remember the first time you got your computer? How did you feel about it?

Windows 7 Batteries Recall

Are you having issue with your laptop's batteries that run on Windows 7? Areyou getting Windows error messages saying that you battery life is running out? Is you XPS laptop having these issues and is still under warranty?

Dell just recently released an advisory saying that they would recall or "Capture" systems that are having this particular issue. Apparently nobody knows what's going on. There are several fixes suggested through the net like BIOS update, Chipset update or just battery replacement but nobody seems to know what's going on. Well atelast not yet. This issue doesn't seem to bee isolated to dell computers either. Other brands and models experience it as well but i's only those running Windows 7.

Personally, I've seen this issue other people's laptops. Dell tech support says they can only replace the battery if it's within one year from the date of purchase. So this recent development changes the rules a bit.

If you're having this issue, or if you know anyone having this same issue please pass the word and don't be afraid to call XPS Tech Support 1-800-232-8544.

For more information about Dell laptop batteries, read this: DELL BATTERY FAQ's.

Windows 7 for Starters (Re-post)

Windows 7 was released October last year, and Dell ended its free Win7 upgrade Jan 31, but a lot of people have just upgraded or will be upgrading to Win7. If I had a penny for every person who ask me what's the difference of Vista to Win7, I'd probably have about hmm.. $10.

So for all those who's still wondering what's new with Windows 7 and if it's worth upgrading to, I'm reposting this video from techno buffalo. Enjoy.

Studio XPS 1340 e-SATA Drive

Studio XPS 13 e-SATA Drive

There has been news that some e-SATA External Hard Drives are having issues being detected by the STUDIO XPS 13(1340)



1. If you have another computer that has e-SATA connection, try connecting your external Hard Drive to that computer first and see if it works.

2. Check your Hard Drive's manual for any special instructions or firmware installation if one is needed.

3. Go to or click on the STUDIO XPS 1340 drivers link on the sidebar of this site. Download the latest BIOS and CHIPSET drivers.

4. If that still doesn't work, then feel free to call Dell's Technical Support. 1-800-232-8544 or visit the chat support at

Sometimes it could be really frustrating when your new computer doesn't work right off the bat. Then you have to wait for Dell or Microsoft to fix the darn thing. So for now, I would suggest you get an external hard drive that doesn't use e-SATA connection, or one that has both features to be on the safe side. It's just like when the 64-bit OS started out. A lot of things wouldn't work on it at first, just had to wait a few years for all the other software and hardware to catch up.

Windows 7 Upgrade (updated!)

Note: It's funny that I just posted yesterday about the, but then I found out today that the registration for the free upgrade ended January 31, 2009!

But there is still a way that you might get the disc from Dell.
You just need to call DELL's customer care dept. and meet the following conditions.

Dell Customer Care Department can still send you your free Windows 7 Upgrade for the ff reasons:
- If a system is eligible for Windows 7 Upgrade, purchased by 1/31/2010, and within the Dell return period (which is usually 21 days form the invoice date.)
- If a system is eligible for Windows 7 Upgrade, purchased by 1/31/2010, but delivered to teh customer after 1/31/2010, and withing the return period.
- If the customer order was recently cancelled due to incomplete or invalid address or similar reasons.

Dell Customer Care Department WILL NOT send you your free Windows 7 Upgrade for the ff reasons:
- If a system is not registered on the Windows 7 Upgrade website by the 1/31/2010 deadline.
- If a system is registered but the Windows 7 Upgrade
Kit was not ordered by the 1/31/2010 deadline.

So there you have it. You can just call DELL's Customer Care department 1-800-624-9897 or 1-800-964-8321 and if you're still qualified you can ask for your free copy of WIN7 upgrade courtesy of DELL.

Free windows 7 upgrade

If you don't already know, Dell is giving out free windows 7 upgrade discs for your XPS computer. Yes, you heard me right. But..! Yes, there's always a but. you can get the free upgrade discs but only for computers purchased on a certain period of time.

"To be eligible for the DellTM Windows® 7 Upgrade Option program, you must purchase a Dell system between June 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010 that meets the following criteria:
Your system must have one of the following operating systems Windows Vista® Home Premium, Windows Vista® Business, or Windows Vista® Ultimate factory installed OR have Windows XP pre-installed with Windows Vista Business Bonus, or Windows Vista Ultimate Bonus.
The system must be included in the list of Eligible Systems for an upgrade."

Here's a list of models that are eligible:

Desktop Laptop
Inspiron Studio XPS Adamo Inspiron Studio XPS
537,537s One 19 625 13 14 (1440) 14z (1440) 1530
545,545s Hybrid 140G 630   15 (1545) 15 (1555,1557) 1330
546,546s XPS 435T/9000 730x   13 (1320) XPS 13 (1340)  
530,530s XPS 435MT 460   17 17 (1735,1737,1745,1747)  
537,537s 537,537s 537,537s   537,537s 537,537s  
531s 540,540s One A2420   1318 XPS 16 (1640,1645)  
518 XPS 8000     1525 1536  
519       11z (1110) 1537  
One 19       14z (1470) 14(1450,1457)  
400 (ZinoHD)       15z (1570)    

Ofcourse the upgrade disc you'll recieve will depend on the windows Vista version that you already have. If you have Windows Vista Home premium, The windows 7 disc you will get is Windows 7 Home premium. If you had Windows Vista Ultimate, you will get the Windows 7 Bussiness.

So to get more Information about free upgrade, just go to or you can just call Dell's customer service 1-800-624-9897.

Does this post seem like I'm promoting Dell? Well in a way maybe I am because I've been a dell user for many years now and I can say I've had a great experience using them especially the XPS line which is just more than eye-candy. I want other XPS users to enjoy the same thing. So if you have any questions you can just post a comment, or email me at