Dell Inspiron 700M

Category: Laptops - Date: February 22, 2006

Dell Inspiron 700M

Overall Rating
Design
Features
Performance

Dell 700M Laptop Review Introduction

The Dell 700M Laptop is a little beast boasting a powerful processor and a 12.1″ widescreen monitor. It’s best features are it’s light weight (5 lb’s) and it’s small size.

Dell 700M Laptop Design

The Dell Inspiron 700m is unlike any other Inspiron. The 700m’s top is a very pale silver and almost white in color. There are some white trimmings on this mini laptop so it has a clean look and borrows the styling of Apple’s PowerBook.

Dell 700M Laptop Features

As far as the heat/noise factor, this laptop does not heat up as bad as others do and it’s fan is very quiet. The built-in laptop speakers don’t provide much base and don’t sound good at high volumes, so expect to use earphones when listening to music on this machine.

Dell 700M Laptop Performance

Pentium M 745(1.8Ghz); Windows XP Home Edition; 512MB DDR SDRAM; 60GB Hard Drive; 4200rpm; 12.1″ WXGA, 1280×800; DVD+RW; Travel Weight: 5 lbs.; System Weight: 4 lbs.; Dell 802.11g; Intel 82855 GME, 64MB; S-Video, VGA, USB 2.0, Firewire.

What’s included in the package

Included with the Dell Inspiron 700M laptop is some start-up CD’s, user manual, laptop, remote control (for music / DVD play), A/C adapter.

Conclusion

The Dell 700M Laptop is not the ideal laptop if you’re looking for a traveling notebook, as it’s battery can die out at just over 2 hours. The best part is the SD memory card reader, perfect for viewing & transferring your digital camera pictures. The nice design, clean look and crisp & clear 12.1″ screen makes the Dell Inspiron 700M laptop a good overall buy.


81 Responses to “Dell Inspiron 700M”

  1. abdul karnen Says:

    Iam looking for driver dell inspiron 700m, especialy network controller,

  2. Hal Says:

    Returning to 700m I purchased a long time ago. Wife kicked me off her newer laptop because of iTunes conflicts. This thing is working like a champ after years and years. I have ordered two 1G memory sticks and I just discovered the SD port I never knew was there.

    Does Vista really work well on this machine?

    I’m just afraid I will slip inot driver hell if I try to upgrade.

  3. Marcus Says:

    I’ve been wanting to switch to Vista for a while, but haven’t. I’m using the original 40gb hard drive still and the smallest Vista install requires 20gb. I do have a dual boot setup with Linux Ubuntu, and its awesome!

  4. Rob Says:

    Hello, I recently purchased an 8GB SD card and cannot will not be recognized by the 700m. I tried the updating driver route, and tried using other Texas Instrument drivers (eg. PC21), but have had no luck. I don’t think the ‘Updated’ Dell driver released in 2006 has support for 8GB cards.

    Am I stuck with a useless SD reader? What can I do? I’d really appreciate some help with this. Has anyone with a 8GB SD card been able to get their card too work on a 700m?

  5. Rob Says:

    to* work

  6. Micah Turner Says:

    Here’s a link to the driver for anyone who was asking: http://tinyurl.com/700mSDdriver

    try that…

  7. Marcus Says:

    That’s a link to the Dell Driver page for the 700m. That won’t give you the updated card reader driver. I’m currently using 2.0.0.8, that page has 1.0.25 or something

  8. sarathg Says:

    i want dell drivers inspiron 700m

  9. David Says:

    If anyone can help I have the same problem as Melody. I cannot update the freakin’ bios. Does anyone know a workaround with the floppy version download? It is so annoying. I might grab a new battery but some people claim it is the AC adapter that cause it to not recognize and charge the battery, ugh. Besides that it seems like a fantastic laptop.

  10. Thomson Says:

    I have the same problem as David, I have tried to use the usb boot, the flash program need a dell original battery to run, so it would work, my new battery is an non-dell battery, so it wouldn’t be able to upgrade the bios, no new verion of bios will not identify the new battery…..

  11. Bonnie Says:

    I’m having the same problem as Rob. I updated the driver for my SD card reader and it still won’t read my 8 GB SD card. It just says “Please insert a disk into drive E” when my card is already in “E”.

  12. Silver Says:

    I own the 700m since September 2004. Besides the SD card problem and touchpad failure, never had any problem. I spray painted the white trimmings silver and have a 710m palmrest, upgraded the processor to 2.1 GHz Dothan and use a 64 GB Transcend SSD. It will probably run another year, before I retire it.

  13. Izzy Says:

    I got my 700m in September of 2004. It was a refurbished model. Like everyone else, I have had a USB issue. My top one works while the bottom one is dead. I’ve had to replace the keyboard and the ac/svideo board (loose power jack). I’ve upgraded my memory and HD. Other than that, it been a great laptop and a workhorse for me.

  14. mohan Says:

    I just downloaded the driver from Dell and I was able to read SD card 2GB. The link provided above was very helpful

  15. Dane Says:

    My 700 is great; but last week the screen suddenly went black and the only way I can get it back to white is to press the top corner of the LCD. Any ideas on how to fix? Where can I get a replacement screen?

  16. Akira Says:

    Following driver works for my Inspiron 700m to read 8GB SD Card
    1. Run the sp43509.exe and it will expand the install files into the directory you specify.
    2. Update manually from device manager. Choose “install from a specific location”, ” I will choose what driver to install” and press “Have disk”. Browse to where you extracted the files(Ex. C:\DELL\drivers\SP43509\Windows\tiinst\XP32) and choose tifm21. Then choose, “Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Integrated FlashMedia Controller”.

    Texas Instruments Media Card Reader Driver
    Version: 2.0.0.9 (1 Apr 2009)
    Operating System(s): Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Business (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit), Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
    File name: sp43509.exe (6.4 MB)
    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?swItem=ob-70996-1

  17. recca Says:

    akira’s recommendation works!

  18. Tommy Says:

    x2 on akira’s recommendation worked! Thanks for posting.

  19. Kathy Says:

    Thanks for the walk-through, Akira–worked like a charm!!!

  20. Alex Says:

    Akira’s link works!

    Update the driver on your Dell Inspiron 700m to read high-capacity SD cards with your SD card reader

    Following driver works for my Inspiron 700m to read 8GB SD Card
    1. Run the sp43509.exe and it will expand the install files into the directory you specify.
    2. Update manually from device manager. Choose “install from a specific location”, ” I will choose what driver to install” and press “Have disk”. Browse to where you extracted the files(Ex. C:\DELL\drivers\SP43509\Windows\tiinst\XP32) and choose tifm21. Then choose, “Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Integrated FlashMedia Controller”.

    Texas Instruments Media Card Reader Driver
    Version: 2.0.0.9 (1 Apr 2009)
    Operating System(s): Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Business (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit), Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
    File name: sp43509.exe (6.4 MB)
    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?swItem=ob-70996-1

  21. Mani Says:

    Akira’s solution is spot-on! Thanks a lot for posting.

  22. Kyle Says:

    When I follow Akira’s instructions, when I select tifm21, I get an error saying that the folder does not contain a compatible driver. I’m running Vista Ultimate 32 SP2. Any ideas what I’m doing wrong?

  23. Augie Says:

    Just wanted everyone to know that i have Windows 7 running on my 700m and everything works like a charm!

  24. Akira Says:

    Kyle,
    You need to choose the driver for Vista 32 which is in like
    “C:\DELL\drivers\SP43509\Windows\tiinst\Vista32” instead of in “C:\DELL\drivers\SP43509\Windows\tiinst\XP32”.

  25. Cheese Mo Says:

    Thanks a million guys. I had to manually delete the old driver inf file first in order for Windows 7 to accept the new driver (it kept just reinstalling the old XP driver I got from Dell). After that, the instructions given worked great. Be sure to manually select the driver 🙂

  26. Himanshu Says:

    i tried playing HD video ( 1080 p) on my 700m and its video is lagging behind a lot . i am using vlc player . any help??

  27. Richard Says:

    My DVD is not in device manager and does not work, any thoughts. I have XP.

  28. Alex Says:

    Update on 700m card reader driver
    I installed this no problem, per Akira’s instructions. Now when I put the computer in “hibernate” it doesn’t start back up again. Now I’m forced to shut down the computer every time, which is a drag. Any way to fix this?

  29. Nikki Says:

    I replaced my CMOS battery and powerjack on my 700m. I took the computer apart and upon putting it together the keyboard is not working. I noticed that one of the clips for the zif connector is broken. Has anyone had similar issues?

  30. Paul H Says:

    I have read the posts but haven’t seen my issue exactly. My 700m has been a fairly reliable little machine for approx 5 years. This past weekend for no apparent reason it shut down, completely, after logging in and running for 5 to 10 minutes. I hit the power button and relog in and it does the same thing wether it is on batery or ac adapter. I have no error messages related to battery or charger but the shut down time shortens until I try to repower and it starts to load then shuts down immediately. It acts like a heat issue but the cooling fan does come on on the bottom of the unit.

    Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

    Oh and I tried moving memory modules around, removed power and battery, oh yeah the usb ports both quit working,no error message, unistalled all port and rebooted didn’t help.

  31. LordElpus Says:

    I have just updated my SD Card reader per sp43509.exe method under Windows 7 Professional (32 bit) and find that I can read my 32GB card. The driver I used is the Vista 32 bit and it reports itself as version 2.0.0.9 dated 14/12/2007.

    Superb!!!