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Q: Dell Desktop computer

I am having problems with this computer, everytime i turn on the computer it will not boot up. This computer has 4 memory slots with 2 memory chips,and when i move one chip to another slot it will boot up. Then when i turn the computer on again it will not boot up until i move the memory chip to another slot then it will boot up. Do you think i have bad memory chips. Please Help!

Thank you,


A: Dell Desktop computer

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new dell desktop computer
I have purchased a new Dell Inspiron (3847) desktop with windows 7 pro. In fact I have not even taken it out of the box yet.

It came with Mcafee Security Centre which Dell is apparently promoting. But, I might just forgo the Mcafee and install Avast Free Anti-virus, plus MBAM Free, and SuperAntispyware Free. I had Mcafee on a PC many years ago and I do not have anything good to remember about it.

What do you all think.


A:new dell desktop computer

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I have a dell desktop 1100 computer which i reinstalled windows XP and now i have no sound. i open the device manager and found that the multimedia audio controller driver is not installed. I tried to install the driver from the internet but it cannot find the hardware, also from the sound video and game controller. I do not have the driver CD for windows XP. Please help as soon as possible.

thank you,

A:Desktop computer Dell 1100

I'm guessing you have a Dell Dimension 1100/B110 desktop.

What's the 7-character "service tag" number on it?

This should be the audio driver for it.


If you did a reinstall of Windows XP, you need to install the SP3 upgrade and then the 100+ post-SP3 high priority updates.

Your goal is to get Windows XP up-to-date and all devices working before you install a bunch of programs and extras in that computer.


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Hi my name is Joe and I am having problems with my Dell. When I turn it on, it runs fast, but nothinfg happens. The monitor is not receiving any input signal and no matter what key I hit when it is booting up, makes any difference. It just sits there running fast.

A:Dell Dimension Desktop 4700 Computer

The motherboard has died. It probably has an Intel 478 CPU. There are replacement motherboards still available, but you are looking at an expensive repair or refurbishment

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My ISP (Qwest) has repeatedly blocked my internet access due to malware/bot detection over the past 3 months.I have 5 computers on my network, but Qwest is not able to tell me which one it is coming from. I will submit a separate topic for each computer. This one is for a Dell desktop running windows XP Home SP2 hard wired to the router.When this started happening, I was using ZoneAlarm Extreme Security only for my computer security.My ISP (Qwest) has suggested many different software solutions, which I have implemented and scanned with. They include Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, TrendMicro RUBotted, BotHunter, Microsoft Security Essentials. I have also received information from several local computer techs to use MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, AVG free and Avast Anti-virus. The last one I spoke with said everything Qwest has suggested is useless as is AVG free and ZoneAlarm (except maybe the firewall). He recommends MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware and Avast. I have been unable to install and run Avast on this computer, as the computer will not run, but freezes when I install it. As soon as I uninstall it again, the computer runs.Quick scans by any of these programs find nothing. Full scans produce adware cookies, but nothing else for the past month+. I pretty much run a full scan by one of them each day and remove anything that they find. Here is the most recent log Qwest sent me of the detected Bot activity. This is the first time I have heard that it is Torpig... Read more

A:Torpig reported by ISP (Computer 1-Dell Desktop XP)

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I have a Dell Inspiron 518 desktop Pc. The computer worked fine for a long tme, then the next day i pushed the power button and nothing happens. i tried using another working power cable but it did not work. The only light that comes on is a yellowish green light on the back of the tower just below when the power cable gets plugged in. I took the front off and used my finger to push the button on the inside but it doesnt turn on. Any help is very much appreciated. Thank you.

A:Power button on Dell Desktop doesnt turn the computer on

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Hey my dad bought me a Dell Studio XPS 8100 with windows 7 and when ever I login the screen gets all glitchy and stuff jumps around and idk how to fix it....Does anyone else have this problem? And if so can anyone fix it? Also, I don't know if this has anything to do with this or not but when i first started the computer it had two .exe files crash while installing windows. The .exes were called sprtstart64.exe and i cant remeber the last one completely but it also ended with start64.exe and I've already tried updateing the video driver, changing to a different monitor, and using the system recovery disk and nothing has worked so far so if anyone can fix this please help.

A:Glitchy screen on Windows 7 Dell studio XPS 8100 (desktop computer)

Did you update the drivers using those from Dell, or another site?

Which Windows 7? 32 or 64 bit?
RIGHT click "computer".
left click "properties".

Is the computer new or pre owned / used / refurbished?

Did the problem begin right out of the box?

Have you contacted Dell? This system might be under warranty.

What happens if you boot directly to safe mode?

Is this your system?


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So I picked up a Dell 7010 DT motherboard for cheap. Which, at the time, I thought was a really good deal. So I bring it home and test it out, without going through the trouble of installing it in a case first. Then I started to look at the system panel connector pins to see which 2 I'll have to short out to start it up. Well, I'm still trying to figure it out. Dell must use a proprietary panel connection cause I can't figure it out.

It seems to have a 5 pin power switch connector on the MB that's separate from the system panel connector and I've tried to short the pins in the 5 pin power switch will no luck. Does anyone have any sort of schematic of how this is suppose to be hooked up? Thanks.

A:Baffled By The System Panel Connector Of A Dell 7010 Desktop Computer Mb

I found this

I did some digging around, and Dell uses proprietary plugs.
To fix power:
Connect up the PSU and everything.
Using a paperclip, touch two pins on the PWR_SW.
If nothing happens, proceed to next pair.
One of the pairs should start the computer up.Click to expand...


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I have Dell Dimension 1100 desktop computer that is seven years old.

The computer is turned on 12 hours per day and is used on average three hours per day, mainly to send / receive emails, surf the web, use Word Office software and stream movies.

Last year it went very slow, but after a service and the insertion of an additional 1GB of RAM, it regained a reasonable level of performance. It now has I.25 GB of RAM.

My question is this. What is the average life-expectancy of this type of computer.

Sometimes Dell offers a trade-in deal in respect of old computers (provided that they are functional).

If I could estimate when my present computer was almost at the end of its life, I might be able to take advantage of such a deal.

A:What is the average life-expectancy of a Dell Dimension 1100 desktop computer

I'm sure Dell have some life expectancy figures, but not likely in the public domain , even with an average time you need to know the distribution of those figures

so 10 years - you could have 50 untits fail at 5 years and 50 units fail at 10 years , would give a number of 7.5yrs - which would not help you really

i would say seven years old is a quite old for a PC these days , the mechanical parts , harddrive may likely to failure

I assume you have all the data backed up anyway

Not sure you would get much of a deal from Dell - but with the deals available this may not actually save you anything

Staples often have great deals - also Curry/PCworld are doing deals over Easter

Not really an answer to your question though

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I have an XPS 8700 desktop all stock bought a little over a year ago. Last night I turned it off when I went to bed. Today I turned it on and it will not go past the first dell loading screen. It freezes and I'm unable to press any buttons (F2, F12 etc) I put it a different hard drive to see if that was the problem but it still continued. HELP PLEASE??

A:Dell XPS 8700 Desktop, Freezes at dell loading screen unable to boot up.

Hi Mattmazz
Thanks for writing to us. 
Please disconnect all the connectors and then hold down the power button for 15 secs, now remove the memory modules and put them back one by one and observe for any changes. 
If possible please try another set of memory modules. If there is a separate graphics card, remove that as well and try the onboard. 

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My home desktop is connected to a wireless router through AT&T U-verse and it's broadcasting just fine. I can see the name and everything when I try and connect on my laptop but there is always an error that brings me to a troubleshooting screen. I've made sure the password is correct by going to Start-Run, IPCONFIG and then typing my IP address into the address bar in my browser. I dont know what else I can do, I feel like I've tried everything! Help please.

A:Laptop (Win7 Dell Inspiron 1525) won't connect to desktop (XP Dell) wireless router

Sometimes, you need to replace the router.
Sometimes, you can call your service provider and ask them to take a look on line to see if the subscription needs to be refreshed.
But often, all that is needed (despite the fact that it is a lot of work) is to uninstall your existing system, then reboot, and reinstall everything.
You might also find success by looking at your device manager in Windows to see if you have any grey, red, or yellow flags by any related device. That may show you have a permanent hardware failure if you cannot restore it, then you are off to the store or your provider for a new cable modem or router.

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Hi All

Really hope you can help

My cousin has a DELL desktop, just over a year old and it is now stuck on the DELL splash screen.

I have removed the HDDs to check them and they are both fine.

The keyboard and Mouse doesnt work either which is strange. I put an external HDD into the USBs to see if they were working and the Ex HDD starting spinning so not sure whats going on

Please help



A:DELL Desktop Stuck on DELL Splash Screen

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I have a dying Dell D610 laptop running XP Professional. I want to reformat/restore it, but I don't have the original OS disc (but I do have the original drivers/utilities disc.

But I DO have a legit Dell XP Home edition SP2 disc, with a key & everything (from my mom's Dell Desktop of about the same era as the laptop).

The question is now obvious, can I use the OS disc I have to re-do my laptop?


A:Can I Load My Dell XP Desktop Disc on Dell Laptop?

What do you mean by dying ? It would be senseless to reinstall, eg, if your HD was "dying".

As far as I know, an Install disk is not different for a desktop and Laptop. It will configure the OS based on the hardware you have on the laptop. Backup what you need from the laptop, and have at it.

PS: I am just another user, making a comment & do not work for this forum !

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I purchased a Dell XPS 8900 Desktop recently with Windows 7 Professional OP System pre loaded. The first thing I did was to make a list of the list of all system components, the date and version of each. Next I went to Dell's Web Site, enter the computer tag number, and created a list of all Dell updates for this computer. Then I downloaded and installed all component updates except the BIOS update which was the same version however there was no date listed for it.
I have experienced hang ups and freezes from the beginning of using this computer and I continue to have the same freezes and hang ups. With the number of complaints of the same problem regardless of operating system you would think Dell Management and sales would recognize that there is a legitimate problem with this computer and assign their engineers to research the problem and issue either a recall or a fix to XPS 8900 users. I am a long time computer professional with over 45 years in the IT community. I have always trusted Dell and recommended their products to family and friends as well as contacts in the IT community and prospective buyers. Dell can either acknowledge the problem with this product and take appropriate corrective action or they can ignore the problem which will not go away but the buyers of Dell products will when the word gets out. I no longer feel comfortable buying or recommending Dell computers to or for anyone.

A:Dell XPS 8900 System Desktop Computer "freezes and hangups".

I'm an IT person as well.  I'm seriously thinking of shifting my loyalty to another brand like HP.  This is outrageous that they are basically ignoring the issue, ignoring my emails and basically saying 'oh well' in the phone calls. 

Go over to the HP forums if you think that it is any better over there.  Lenovo also has their forums. Then tell me it is all roses over "there".

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Wasn't sure if this is the right category but I guess it's ultimately a question of hardware...

In case you don't want to read the whole background, my ultimate question is, Which power supply should I look to get to replace the dead one in the old unit?

I just moved into an off-campus house at college and the last homeowners left behind a lot of stuff, including what appears to be a functional Dell desktop PC. At least 10 years old, judging by the available ports on the MB and the other hardware inside. The unit is dead on its own, but I tried connecting the 20-pin part of my desktop's power supply to the old unit and the motherboard seemed to power up (light went on, CPU fan started).

The hard drive and CD-ROM drive didn't seem to power on, but I found what seemed to be a safety button (see first image) which I am guessing prevents those devices from powering on if the case is open. Can anyone confirm this for me? I want to know if anything else in this unit is dead, but it seems like everything was in great shape (not much dust, etc). I don't really want to pump more than like $50 bucks into this thing, as my goal was to use this PC as either a dedicated Linux machine or to host a web site (not expecting much traffic at all, and with FiOS Quantum 75/75 we have more than enough bandwidth).

The motherboard looks very much like the Dell OptiPlex GX260 SDT SFF Socket 478 (Image: although I cannot seem to find the exa... Read more

A:Desktop Resurrection - Need power supply for 2002 Dell desktop


I have no idea if that model number is what you need, but it can be bought at the above link. 24 bucks, refurbished.

Google reveals other prices, most higher than $24.

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So over the past 2-3 weeks I kept noticing that my battery kept dying even though I would shut it down (yes window > shutdown) the computer with a full battery. The next evening I would power up and see that the battery was at 20% from full charge. This is a BRAND NEW as in <2 months XPS 9550. I checked my event log and WHAT THE [email protected]#$??? It is absolutely filled with Dell Foundation Service and Dell Product Registration events all saying  " Power event Handled Successfully by the service." Clearly it is not.. The stupid things run every 10 seconds. So when I think I am powering down my computer, it is being blocked by these services and actually just going to sleep... but it actually isn't sleeping. Its waking up every 10 seconds. Can anyone PLEASE help me determine the issue. Apparently according to update service everything is up to date. 
Dell XPS 15 9550 Win 10 Dell Foundation Services vers 3.1.330 DFSSvc.exeDell Product Registration  vers 2.2.38 PrSvc.exeDell Update Service vers 1.8.114
Log sample: (note the time... yes i was asleep) 
Information 5/21/2016 6:42:06 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:42:06 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:41:56 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:41:56 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:26:31 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:26:31 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformati... Read more

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The short version of my question is exactly what the topic says-- Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

But, here's the wordier version giving context, if anyone's interested.

About 10 months ago, I guess, I got a Dell Vostro that came with Windows Vista Home Basic. However, I had no interest in Vista (because I already had a Windows machine) and the very first thing I did was install Ubuntu on it. I still have the Vista reinstall disk, though, which, to my memory, hasn't been used.

Now I'm planning on getting a barebones system and upgrading what I see fit. For the time being, I'm going to use the Windows 7 RC, but I'd like to get the uber-great upgrade deal that they're having to pre-order either the Business or Home Premium version upgrade. So, to do that, I'd need an XP installation or a Vista installation. Is there any reason, legal or software-related, that I wouldn't be able to install Vista using that disk that came with the Vostro?

I heard somewhere that sometimes if you try, it'll say something like "This is not a Dell computer, you evil, evil person" and refuse to install, so I wanted to make sure before I pre-ordered the upgrade. I don't want to get the upgrade and have nothing to upgrade, of course.

A:Solved: Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop with Windows Vista OS. I have a Dell 926 printer interfaced to it via USB. Printer driver is installed and the printer does communicate at times with the computer and does a good job printing. However, intermittently when trying to print a document I'll get a message on the computer that says that communication has been lost and print job failed.

I've checked all connections to make sure they are solid and no debris that might cause this.
That has not corrected the problem.
The other thing that happens is that the document I want to print will stay in the print queue/spooler and if I shut the computer and printer down and restart both it will print the job. And it may continue to print jobs but it's just a matter of time.

Needless to say this is frustrating. I can print several jobs in a row with no problem and then I'll get this "communication has been lost between printer and computer". And I have to go thru the procedure above to get the last job printed.

My wife doesn't understand how this works and will try to print the same job several times with the commo problem and then complains when it won't print.....and then they all print when the above procedure is followed.

Any ideas what is going on??? Any fixes??

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Two months ago bought a Dell 8900 from Best Buy. After 20 days, it would not start, same with the next 8900 replacement... only fewer days. The first gameware as a replacement did not start at all. The Alienware Aurora worked beautifully for 3 days and then would not start. In the 8900's,,, got the blinking amber lights on the start button. Tech is coming to replace motherboard. What the heck is happening? Could it be the monitor... or the external hard drive or what? Come on Dell,,, what's up? I have a Dell XP Laptop as a back up using the same external hard ddrive.

A:Dell 8900, Gaming Computer, Dell Alienware Aurora

There is a power issue with the external hard drive.

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Dell Audio doesn't work on my Dell computers but Realtek does. Why is Dell Audio on my computer if I can't get it to work? It looks like a better program with far more features.

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Was given a Dell Optiplex 360 that I found out after getting a nasty virus had a bootleg XP OS
I also did not have any disks with it. I had older disks for a Dell 4600 that I used to wipeout the hard drive and install the new OS. Everything works fine except that I can not load any of the drivers from the second disk, (it was a 3 disk series)
thus at least at this point not able to connect with my cable internet. Cable people told me I needed the drivers.Any suggestions or can it just not be done.
Thanks, Al

A:Loading Older Dell OS To Newer Dell Computer

You will have to go to the dell website look under support and then drivers and downloads for your model of computer.If you use the service tag number on the computer it will make sure you get the correct ones you need. For future reference so you wont have this hassle again burn all of the drivers to a cd so you will be all set the next time.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 530, XP PRO, SP3, about a year and a half old. Almost since I first got it, every few months or so, when I boot up it hangs on the Dell screen. When I turn it off and reboot, it is fine. I use Rebit to back up everything on an ongoing basis and have an extended warranty from Dell. Is there anything I can do about this, or should do? Thanks for your help.

A:Dell computer occasionally stuck on Dell screen

I would run a memory tester

Download the prebuilt ISO, burn it to CD as an Image, boot from that CD and run the memory test for a couple of hours or overnight to stress test the memory.


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My battery for the above computer has expired and needs to be replaced but I do not know who sells replacement batteries XBT9E1 or compatible ones.

A:How do I buy a battery for my Dell computer Mod. Dell DE051

I believe the replacement battery you are after is a CR2032. If in doubt take the flat battery to your electronics store and ask for the equivalent. They're not very expensive.

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ok I have windows XP On Both Off my computers but my other one has a dell monitor and I've tried to get it to work so many times I got lucky I think twice first time it worked but then I shut it off for the night then I had a hard time to get it to work but I finally did and after that I can't get it to work it keeps saying to set it up through the disc drive I think I haven't turned it on for a bit I'll have to check it,
but can anyone help with what I said?

A:Does A Dell Monitor Work With A Non-Dell Computer?

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Stock on the DELL logo screen with message: "Preparing automatic repair"
Windows wont start.
I tried changing the SATA MODE to AHCI, saved the changes but when it restarts it goes back to the previous message.


run Dell Diagnostics

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My wonderful Dell desktop went kaput and will not turn on. I got it to turn on one last time and quickly copied desktop stuff to a memory stick, but I REALLY need to get several more things from the hard drive. (I'm a freelance writer and those file could possibly be worth money). But I'm also poor and hubby just had his pay cut so I cannot afford to pay for a repair.

I'm perfecty comfortable popping the cover and working with the guts IF someone tells me EXACTLY what to do.

Please, can anyone suggest anything? Oh - I've tried switching cords/connections, etc.

Thanks so much, in advance. You guys, and gals, are so great!
Teri B

A:Help w Dell desktop

Take out the hard drive and put it in an external usb enclosure, you can get a cheap one for about $16.

Or put it into another desktop computer with a spare drive bay and hook it up as a slave drive.

Is the hard drive an IDE drive or SATA? If you're not sure, tell us the make and model of the Dell and we can look it up.

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Hello just wanting to know if anybody can help me out on this problem my desktop dell which is only 2 years old went off on its own and will not come back on plz can someone help me out with this .... Thank u

A:Desktop Dell

and welcome to the Forum

What model Dell? What exactly happens when you press the power button?

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I need help please me dell optiplex 760 won't turn on and no light come on the power botton what should i do please text Soon 

A:DEll desktop

Power supply failure?
Have you made sure the power cable is correctly connected to the PC?
Tried a different power cable and/or a different wall outlet?
If you use a power strip, surge protector, or uninterruptable power supply, remove those and connect the PC directly to the wall outlet.

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Hi, a while back my pc tried to update to win 10, i wanted to keep win 7 for the music progs i was using, i managed to rollback to w7 but i believe some files maybe missing, anyway my question is, can i restore win 7 on the pc without losing files and folders, no disks came with the pc when i bought it directly from dell, however as i also bought a laptop from dell at the same time which went haywire a few months ago, dell sent me a win 7 disk for the laptop, so can i reset win 7 on the pc without losing my data?
Thank you

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Have been trying to find a problem with the power turning off, all by itself.
Checked the power supply and power strip, both good.
I found out yesterday, that a Dell Rep. had changed the motherboard 2 months ago, which then led me to believe that maybe the processor heat sink was bad.
Removed processor and cleaned both the chip set and the processor, clean of old heat paste, and re-applied.
System stayed on for 2 hours, and she called me back and said it turned off 3 times within 5 minutes time.
I checked what I know about this, so I need your help to resolve this problem.
What I know about this PC:
Dell Inspiron 580's
Windows Vista opreating system.
2008 model
No extended warranty by customer
Dell techs can't fix problem
Any help would be greatly appreciated,

A:Dell Desktop PC

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Hello Everyone. I've come to this forum for help with fixing my Desktop. It's a Dell Inspiron 545s. First of all, for some reason, I can't get a windows instillation disk to work in it. When I boot it, it starts saying windows is loading files, and after that, goes to a screen saying the system is booting in safe mode. After which it goes to the log in screen, I enter my password. It says "Preparing your desktop" for quite a while, and then goes to what apparently is the desktop screen, shows the mouse curser but the screen is black.

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pliz help ...really need your dell desktop just says no signal but the vga is working and the computer is on...what is the problem and the solution

A:my dell desktop and compaq cpu

"No signal" onscreen error messages...generally refer to the graphics signal.  So I don't know how you can assert that the VGA is working.
First thing I would do is check all connections between the system and the monitor..
Next, I would try a different convince myself that my graphics card/chip has not developed problems.

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my dell desktop will not turn on, when I press the power button it does not turn on but it beeps and the standby light flashes on and off.

A:My dell desktop will not start up...

Nobody can possibly help you unless you post the exact PC model, the beep code you hear and the version of Windows.

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Once i turn it on it goes to the loading screen with the dell logo and then restarts to a screen with options such as last known good configuration and safe mode etc...but i tried them all and it still restarts...i even tried the options under F8 such as defragment mode and the other ones PLEASE HELP!!!!

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I need help please me dell optiplex 760 won't turn on and no light come on the power botton what should i do please help me 

A:Dell desktop problem

Please don't double-post the same problem.

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My Dell desktop computer beeps and the power light blinks but the monitor screen remains blank. Not even a flicker on the monitor. I have checked the connections. The computer was working a couple of weeks ago, and was left turned off. When I tried to power up tonight, nothing but beeps and blinks.

After I push the power button, the front panel light blinks steadily once per second, no pause. The computer beeps four (4) times, in sync with the blinking light, then pauses for two seconds -- no beep -- then it beeps four (4) more times, pauses, then four more beeps, etc, on and on. The monitor screen remains blank.

When I push the power button again, the machine quickly shuts down, the fan stops, the blinking and beeping stop. I DO NOT need to hold down the power button to shut down the computer.

Any suggestions?

A:Dell desktop will not start

Beep codes and Diagnostic lights
What color does the power button displays? Tried changing the CMOS battery?

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I have read numerous threads about this topic; however, none of them seem to answer exactly what I would like to accomplish. I would greatly appreciate any help or suggestions, but please know that I am not nearly as computer savvy as most of the people on this site. The ?keep it simple, stupid? approach is what I need for this to work.

I have a new Dell XPS 8300 desktop still in the box with a HDD pre-installed with Windows 7. Since it was not a customization option at the time of purchase, I would like to install a new SSD to run Windows 7 and a few important programs that I will load in the future. There are currently no programs or data on the existing HDD that I need to transfer other than the OS and the drivers that I need to make the computer work. I would like to avoid messing with cloning and adjusting partitions if possible. Eventually, I would like to use the HDD as a secondary drive where I can load non-essential programs and store larger data files.
Based on what I have read on numerous threads, the following is the procedure I intend to use. Please let me know if I am missing any steps or if I am doing something that will not achieve the desired result.

1) Turn on computer with the HDD installed as-is and the SSD still sitting in the box.

2) Use Dell?s DataSafe Local BackUp to create a System Recovery Media on either a DVD or 8+ GB USB key.

3) For a belt and suspenders backup, next I was going to use the Windows 7 feature to create a sys... Read more

A:Install SSD with NEW Dell XPS Desktop

Do you really need or want to do a recovery? Why not just do a clean install to remove all the crap, and give yourself a chance to set the system up properly.

If you did, you could then add in your HDD, and format that to be a solid data drive, which i usually move mine to be D....and move the optical drive to be E...but that's just personal preference.

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Hello I have a Intel core I5 4460 3.2ghz and I was asking if a GTX 960 will work in my computer? From what i know I am limited to 9.5" and the gtx i am looking at is 9.5" so I am cuttjng it really close size wise. If it does fit will it be compatiable with my computer with it running Windows 10? The last question is power supply. If I get the GTX 960 what type of power supply would be best? If the GTX 96p does not work ivam looking at a GTX 750 that should work a bit better, but I am trying to see if i can get a slightly better card then the 750. Any assistance would greatly be appreciated

A:Will a GTX 960 work in my Dell desktop

We need to know the specific Inspiron desktop model.

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Can anyone help. I have a dell xps 410 and until recently it won't boot up into XP regularly or safe mode. I can get into bios and ran the dell diagnostics. There are no beeps on startup and the diagnostic leds light up momentarily and the power button is a steady green. Anyone have any suggestions ? Thanks. BTW, I tried to boot with XP cd and it wouldn't load either. Thanks again in advance.

A:Dell XPS 410 desktop won't boot into XP

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a very old Dell Desktop of my friend only show Dell Logo at startup and then blank screen

i put windows XP CD in CD ROM but nothing happens

last thing my friend did was trying to setup networking on the system

A:Dell Desktop not starting

Try loading defaults in BIOS (or a CMOS reset if you can't enter BIOS).

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Hi - my dell optiplex 240 is using 95-100% cpu with 1 program, or sometimes no processes running. This causes it to run so slow it's become unusable. I've tried several ways to speed things up, including deleting programs, running CleanUp! and anti-virus software, starting in safe mode with/without networking and stopping services.

I'm including files as suggested in your instructions. I do not currently have access to the Windows disks. Thanks for any help or suggestions you can provide. - mestran

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Run by mestran at 14:57:49 on 2012-01-07
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.511.109 [GMT -5:00]
AV: Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition *Enabled/Updated* {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
uStart Page = hxxp://
uInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper: {72853161-30c5-4d22-b7f9-0bbc1d... Read more

A:Dell desktop using 100% cpu with nothing running

Any ideas to fix this?

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My computer is slower than a snail. I have bought mcafee , system mechanic and it fixed some things. The computer keeps gettinh trojans and freezes everytime i try to play a game.I give up please help . I've tryed to do a system restore but it says not enough memory to do a backup.

A:Windows 7 dell desktop

Hello and Welcome - Please download MiniToolBox, Save it to your desktop- Close any Firefox browsers you may have open -Double click the icon to launch the programMake sure the following options are checked:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (Problem only)List Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and once the scan is completed a Result.txt Notepad document will open on your desktopPlease copy and paste the contents in your replyNext -You could list the Dell Model of computer and post a snapshot with Speccy as this may give us a bit more to look at -Publish a Snapshot using Speccy << Follow These Directions Thank You -

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I have a Dell GX280 Optiplex slimline and I am in the process of a re-install of XP as I had some faults with it.
I have the official Dell re-install disc but I did not find this until I put an official Windows disc into the drive. The set up has got to the point where it is asking for the COA license number on the side of the pc but it will not accept this as it is already assigned to the pc via the Dell disc. I took the disc out and put the Dell disc in and restarted but it still gets to the same point and asks for the license number.
What I really need to do is halt the installation, re-format the drive and put the Dell disc in it as I know that this will work. I am not doing anything illegal here.
Thanks for any help.

A:Re-install of XP on Dell Desktop

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ok i have just been given a dell desktop by my partners sister as she was just going to bin it so i said i would have it to see if i can fix it...

so the problem is it needs a good clean inside the tower as its full of dust, so i connect it all up and boot the tower and monitor up and i see on the monitor the dell startup logo then it goes off quick and i can see the faded loading bar then i dont see anything just black screen, and the tower shuts itself off and back on again a few times and then just shuts off completely so any advice on getting this fixed would be great


moddel of desktop: DELL VOSTRO220 running windows vista

the tower iv just cleaned out, never seen so much dust in my life lol its sound smooth when running now as all the fans have been taken out and cleaned and even the power supply as that had quite a bit of dust in i.

havent got another monitor to test with, was trying to find a way to use my laptop on the monitor i will re install windows once i can get it up and running..

A:DELL Desktop problem

Have you tried booting into safe mode?

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I have not been able to find a fully customizable Desktop on the
Dell web site. Ex: They offer a 500 MB hd. I want a 1T hd. No option available.
Ex: I don't want windows 8. They offer window 7 and windows 8.
The option "NO" is not present on all choices. Ex: I don't want Windows Office.

Now the Precision desktop does allow some customizing but not completely.
All in all I am unhappy with Dells turn of events.

A:Dell customizable Desktop

Ex: I don't want Windows Office.

That's Microsoft Office, they also produce it for Macintosh OS X.
I looked at one Dell offering with Windows 7 at XPS 8700 Performance Desktop | Dell, some things had options.

One thing about Win7, Microsoft probably/likely is limiting sales to stock on hand so if a suitable machine is found it'd be best to get it. That applies to all brands/OEMs and maybe Custom builders.

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I have an older Dell Dimension 4600 that suddenly stopped powering up. When I hit the power button, all I get is a flashing amber light to the left of the power button. I checked all my connections and all are good. I did a little research and I tried jumping green to black on the 20 pin mb plug, to see if any fans would run. Nothing. Also neither of my drive bays will open. I'm thinking it is possibly the power supply that has failed, but from reading online it sounds like it could also be the mother board. Can anyone walk me through any other procedures to narrow down the problem please? I don't have the extra $$$ to start randomly replacing components. Thank you in advance, John

A:Dell desktop won't power up

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DELL Desktop PC Vostro 230 MT just upgrated from 4gb to 8gb no issues

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I am trying to help a senior citizen friend who has the FBI virus on her desktop running XP. Every time its starts, the FBI virus comes up and locks the coumper up. I cannot boot from the safe mode or any other mode. When I try to boot in any mode it justs goes into a loop. It lets me pick a mode and then choose the operating system and then just starts over again asking to select the boot mode. I do not have the XP software disk. I have tried several sites to get information to remove this problem but they want money and she doesn't have the resources to pay.

O yes, there is no virus protection on the computer.

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While I'm waiting for the CD's to reinstall the OS, I press the power on button & I see a faint light show up on the monitor & the keyboard lights flicker on for a bit too but thats it.
F8 didn't work so when reading from this link
I tried the Shift & F8 key to no avail. Any suggestions on how to get it to the desktop in hopes of doing a system recovery?

A:Dell W8 won't boot to desktop

If the computer is not posting to the bios. I doubt a restore disk will help. There maybe a little more wrong with it.

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I am trying to clean up an old Dell machine that is running XP. It had AOL and Norton Ghost installed on it and was running quite slow. I uninstalled these items and it has improved the speed.

Can someone suggest the protocol for removing all the spyware, etc? It's been a long time since I have used this site. I would like to remove all the garbage, then post a HJT log for some further help.


A:Cleaning Up Old Dell Desktop

Removes unwanted preinstalled software from Windows XP and Vista machines. Free for personal use, commercial version includes automation capability.

For any pre-installed stuff still left on.

Then try RevoUninstaller to remove any other progs.
Revo Uninstaller is a freeware uninstaller, which you can use to uninstall programs and scan after uninstall for leftover registry keys, files and folders ...


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I Have the dell Inspiron 3847-3850BK and its the inspiron one with the i3 processor. And my question is, can I replace the PSU on this desktop.. I know the PSU is a l300nm-01. And also is the PSU I own ATX Form? NOTE: NOT THE MINI TOWER.

A:Can the PSU on My dell desktop be replaced?

I Have the dell Inspiron 3847-3850BK and its the inspiron one with the i3 processor. And my question is, can I replace the PSU on this desktop.. I know the PSU is a l300nm-01. And also is the PSU I own ATX Form?
Yes, the Dell Inspiron 3847 Mini Tower can use generic ATX power supply units, with either a 24-pin or 20+4-pin main motherboard power connector, with or without the on/off switch.You should be able to buy a compatible power supply from either a local or online computer store.Note: You require a power supply with four SATA power connectors.

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OK, I am pulling my hair out. I have a Dell Vostro 200 that came with Vista. I am trying to install XP on it. It starts going through the setup routine and then tells me it can't locate the hard drive.

I know when XP came out sometimes you had to install the SATA during the install, but I haven't had to do that in ages.

Is there a setting in the bios or something??

A:Can't seem to install XP on a Dell desktop

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My dell desktop recently has been randomly freezing, and when connected to an audio device, emits a loud monotone buzzing noise. The only way to end this noise/freeze is to force shut down the computer. My computer also is running ESET Nod32 antivirus. Please help! Not sure what to do.

A:Dell Desktop keeps freezing. Please help!

Both the freezing and the audio problem could be caused by a bad power supply. Post the specs of your computer, particularly the power supply make, model and rated power output.

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I have a dell dimension C521 it will not start up even in safe mode it'll load to a point in safe and stop . I have tried F8 and every option on the list still nothing what can I do ? plz

A:Dell desktop won't start up

I hate to just give you a link, but here is what I would do (see link below). I assume you have Windows 7. First off get your windows 7 disc, put it in the cd drive, and boot the computer to the cd. To do this you would press F12 (I think it is on Dell's, or whatever key it says for boot options) when it is first starting up on the first screen. Select CD drive.

Do this first (starting at method 2):

Follow the tutorial below.

Let me know if I can clarify anything, or if you have further questions.

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I have a dell desktop computer and we cannot get it to turn on. We've tried different monitors in case that was the problem and that didn't work. It used to say that it was in power save mode and now it won't do anything. The computer itself will turn on for a minute then the screen goes black and the light on both the computer and the monitor go yellow. We can't get it to work!

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dell deminsions 2400 series (I believe) desktop....kept turning off on its own, I scanned it, it had like 30 imbedded virus's, kept necessary files, wiped out the hard drive, and re-partitioned n can not get it to take os...tried 2 different HRDD's with 2 different OS's keeps freezing during installation of MS Vista, and will load the files n do auto restart and all, then keeps freezing on the refire when installing MS XP? Any suggestions on where to start?

A:Dell Deminsions Desktop Help???

What's HRDD's ? (you mean the hard disks?)

From my experience, the only reason a hard disk won't take OS is if it is having bad sectors, what you should try, is connect the hard disk to another working machine as a secondary hard drive,
Install Speedfan , click on the S.M.A.R.T tab and check the following items :
Raw Read Error Rate
Spin Up Time
Reallocated Sector Count
Seek Error Rate and Spin Retry count.
If you a green "OK" next to them, then you should consider changing the SATA Cable, or perhaps try plugging the hard disk in a different SATA port. You should also try getting another Windows Installation Disc, even try to install it from a USB using a free program called WIn2Flash.

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When I purchased this machine new in about 2007, it would not boot and dell sent a technician to repair it. He replaced something, could have been the graphics card, I do not remember and it has worked perfectly until about a month ago. Now it will not boot. I can hear the hard drive spinning but the monitor shows absolutely nothing. It could be the graphics card again and if so would you recommend a replacement. I only use this machine for business, No Games. I removed and replaced the ram but it still does not boot visually. That is why I think it is the graphics card.
Thank you

A:dell xps 210 desktop will not boot

Run the Dell diagnostics "extended test" to determine what hardware may be causing this issue. See the link below for information on how to do this

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Hi ,

I have a Dell desktop with XP operating system
ram:- 2gb
it hangs up when you have offce database open, miscrosoft outlook and IE open.

Its strange how it happens only on my particular desktop and it doesnt happen when I access my profile on a different PC office.

As soon as it freezes. Then it would nt work even if I log out and log in into my pc.

A:Dell desktop hangs when on IE

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Hi All.

Our 3 year old Dell Desktop has begun shutting down "randomly" during
start-up (cold-start). Sometimes it will get to the windows log-in screen, other times
it won't even go that far. Could this be an overheating problem? Where
can I look to find out what it's doing and why?

Thanks in advance.


A:Dell Desktop Shuts Down

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When I bought my desktop about a year ago (Inspiron 3847 model), I could click on the Dell Audio app and get the Equalizer control with about 6 or so sliders to control the various tone ranges on my music sound.
Recently, I have lost ability to exercise that control.  Now, the word Equalizer does appear on my screen, but it is dead- does not respond.
How can I restore that control function?  Thanks i advance for help.

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i have a question about my Dell Inspiron 545 desktop. We have the 22" monitor, so naturally it is nice to use because it is so large, but now we have had to resort to using one of our old monitors because of and issue with the current 22" one. Currently when we turn on the monitor it shows what you are doing for about 2 seconds and then it goes black, the power light is still showing that the monitor is on, but it will not show anything.i have checked that the power cord and VGA cord are both in correctly and have a good connection, and they do. it does this EVERY time we turn it on. help???

A:Help with Dell Inspiron 545 desktop!

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Hi everyone!!!

I currently have a Dell Dimension 2400 and I want to upgrade it by getting a new motherboard that has an PCI-Express slot and more RAM slots than 2. Any suggestions to a good motherboard?

Oh..I forgot to mention, I believe it is a Micro ATX motherboard I am currently using....


A:Upgrading my Dell desktop

What OS are you going to run and are your upgrading for game use or just a little more speed.

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Several weeks ago, I noticed my firewall was disabled. I tried to turn it back on and was unable to do so. I tried checking security settings and was not allowed access to any. Any attempt I made to enable my firewall was blocked.
Then my internet access was disabled and all attempts to enable were also blocked.
I believe my desktop has been infected. Please advise. Thank you.

A:DELL desktop locked out

Hi, if there is anything I can add to help, please let me know. I am in a bit of a crisis. I'd really appreciate some advise or help asap. Thanks so much.

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I need to purchase one of these, I have used both HP and Dell in the past but not specifically for graphics, I was satisfied with both. However, since I am purchasing a new system, which main use will be for graphics, I am not sure which to choose, I've searched many forums and blogs, still can't get a result. Basically what I am seeing is that both computers are good however since HP's after sales service is much better than Dell's, then HP takes the lead. Dell's after sales help has been doing much better as of recent. I just want the better brand. The only difference in the configuration below is that Dell has room to increase the memory from for 8gb to 16gb and HP is only 8gb max. Please help me, any information, suggestions or feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot!

HP Pavilion p7xt and Dell XPS 8300 both are priced at $750 - Desktops

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2320 quad-core processor [3.0GHz, 6MB Shared Cache]
8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
No secondary hard drive
Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
No additional security software
1GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT520 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]
SuperMulti DVD Burner
Wireless-N LAN card (2x2)
15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, audio
No TV Tuner
Integrated sound
HP keyboard and optical mouse

A:HP or Dell Desktop, which is better for graphics?

moved to hardware forum
which main use will be for graphics,Click to expand...

what type of graphics ?

appears to be a choice of graphics on the HP

where are you seeing the prices and specs ?


The 8300 appears to be discontinued and replaced with a 8500
again you have a choice of graphic card

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In practical, easy-to-understand terms, what will be the difference for me between the Dell Inspiron 6300 and 9000? I don't play games, will be using it for Photoshop and other graphics stuff, maybe some music editing.

A:Dell Desktop Replacements

Please post the Specs of the two machines that you are comparing.

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Please help. I have a DELL desktop which I want to restore to factory settings. I have done the following
- F8
- Repair Computer
- I have selected a language
- Screen comes up with User Accounts and password box
- When I try and enter the Administrator details it says the password and account have been disabled
- I try one of the other accounts but it says the password is incorrect (don't know how because there are no passowrds on them
- I can't boot into safe mode from the HDD in order to create an administrator account
- I have a caddy to use on another computer but not sure if I can actually do anything with it to help

Can someone please help? Am I best to formatting the drive and reinstalling Vista?



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My old PC's still doing fine for me, fast and decent, but I want it faster now that all these new PCs are coming out. I also thought it'd be a good upgrade to something that can actually render quality videos from Adobe After Effects/Premiere, and it'd be a nice bonus if it could multitask applications.

It's 6GB RAM right from the get go so I'm thinking it's fine. What do you guys think? Total cost would be at $700 but it comes only with a default Intel HD graphics card. I like to play Civ 4/Civ 5 on this old PC of mine and I don't need super intense graphics like Crysis maxed out, but good-very decent quality would be fine with me.

My main goal is for it to render quality videos (doesn't have to be super HD godlike videos, but quality video that's around a level or 2 below HD would be expected), is it capable?

A:Looking to buy Dell Desktop PC (mainly for videos)

Well since its a dell inspiron it should be just fine for what you need. as i have dells and lenovo/ibm computers you wont get any arguments from me against buying!if you dont really want a desktop inspirons also come in laptop models and some even have 17 inch screens.

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hell for some reason my dell inspiron 580 desk top with windows 7 will not giver me any other option to connect to the internet other then broadband. i would like to connect wirelessly but there are no options. please help

A:dell inspiron 580 desktop

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Hey Y`all ! Hope every is safe out there? Got SiTuation with new Dell 8300 XP+ Bell Sympatico Dialup service. Can`t get connected ? Been talking 2 Dell+ Bell service techs for TWO WEEKS to no avail ?!? Checked all systems drivers thrice with DELL+ network,modem settings more than thrice with Bell ?!?Now my Dad made a definate mistake thinking he was getting AOL for free-HUH!! Told him not install the shite ! I`ve uninstalled it but think its still in registry or system somehow interfering with his "normal" Dialup connection hes trying to get connected to?!? Plz Guys or Gals any ideas would be more than helpful. Thanks Dean P.S. This system has been replaced once -meaning this is the second puter with same Prob. Sry didnt say that Modem is dialing out but comes back BUSY then cannot connect. Hints?

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Hello Tech Support Guy brethern...

I am trolling the web for a Good Dell (or other brand) desktop deal.

My wife is nagging the crap out of me for a desktop that she can do all her multi-media stuff plus my 7 year-old is now getting into gaming.

So, I'll need a system with a min. of 1 gb RAM and a 19" LCD monitor would be nice.

Anyone out there know of a killer x-mas deal that I can't say no to?


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I recently bought a used PC from a National rental company which has a few oddities.
The model is a Dell 531S.

Presently the browser is IE7 and I want to install (safely) IE9. I thought I could do this from Windows Updates, but that does not show IE9 as an update.

Where can I get IE9 installer that is safe to update from IE7 to IE9?

Thank you

A:IE 9 with a Dell 531S Desktop

There are two easy ways. If you wait, you will get it through the updates
You can just get it from here
Internet Explorer downloads - Microsoft Windows

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I have wore myself out trying to figure out how to connect my dell xps one desktop to my hdtv. Can anyone PLEASE tell me what cable I need and how to do this?!

A:connecting dell xps one desktop to tv

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I have a Dell desktop, only a few years old, fairly new. It has gone through a cyclone of viruses and it's basically almost impossible to enjoy now. 
I keep getting blue screen at random times. I also noticed the Privatize virus lurking around. The internet runs slow and sometimes stops working when it wants to.
I had issues when the router would just basically disable and stop streaming internet every two mins. I need this computer back into great health like it was when it was first bought. Can anyone help? The computer is used to pay bills, tumblr, facebook, etc. We also use frostwire which I think adds on to the issues. 

A:My Dell Desktop issues

Please download TDSSKiller from here and save it to your DesktopDoubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then click on Change parameters

Check Loaded Modules  and Detect TDLFS file system.  Do not check Verify file digital signatures (even though it is checked in the example)If you are asked to reboot because an "Extended Monitoring Driver is required" please click Reboot now

Click Start Scan and allow the scan process to run

If threats are detected select Skip for all of them unless I instruct you otherwiseClick Continue

Click Reboot computerPlease post the contents of  TDSSKiller.[Version]_[Date]_[Time]_log.txt found in your root directory (typically c:\)in your reply===================================================aswMBR--------------------Download aswMBR and save it to your desktop.
Please disable your real time protection of any Antivirus, Antispyware or Antimalware programs temporarily. They will interfere and may cause unexpected results.If you need help to disable your protection programs see here and here.Double click the aswMBR.exe file to run it. Please allow when you are asked to download AVAST antivirus engine defs.Wait until the AV update is done, then click on the Scan button to start. The program will launch a scan.

When done, you will see Scan finished successfully. Please click on Save log and save the file to your desktop.

Please post the contents of the log in your next reply.NOTE:  aswMBR will create M... Read more

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running xp pro media edition. Just had to have a new hard drive put in Dell 4600. I'm not an advanced user!!! The original desktop had a dell icon that had all the info about my machine, help topics and all the clicks to go for Dell help. Since the new install I can't find any of this. There is a file called Dell under documents and settings that has folders of drivers and some icons for support etc. but they are just pictures and I don't see any set up, install or anything. Does anyone know about this? Thank you very much.

A:Dell info on desktop

Did you use the original Dell disks to re-install? Is the Media Center a new version of XP that you purchased? The Dell stuff is specific to Dell installs, not something that comes with separately purchased operating systems.

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Hello, I have a Dell xps 400 and have never had any problems to speak of. I tried to turn on computer and nothing. After checking all the obvious, I took side panel off and noticed a green light on the mobo. I have checked the power button and all cables, nothing. Replaced battery 3 weeks ago but had no problems after wards. I hope this is an easy fix and would appreciate any help. Thanks, oh, when I say no power, I mean monitor will not power up either.

A:Dell desktop won't turn on

The Dell power supply has failed... or hopefully not the motherboard. Try replacing the power supply first though

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I have a HP Laptop running Vista and it is running slow. It is on a home network with a Dell Desktop running Vista also.
Here is the HP Laptop log.
Can you see if anything is here.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:59:51 AM, on 7/17/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18248)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\QuickPlay\QPService.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\9.0\SharedCOM\RoxWatchTray9.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Roxio MyDVD Basic v9\Media Experience\DMXLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Seagate\SeagateManager\FreeAgent Status\stxmenumgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\HP Connections\6811507\Program\HP Connections.exe
C:\Windows\System32\run... Read more

A:HP Latop & Dell Desktop


Are you still having this problem? If so, can you do the following:

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here or


Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.
Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediatly.
Download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free for Home Users

click SUPERAntiSpyware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, up... Read more

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I am running a desktop that freezes within 3 minutes of Windows XP and showing the desktop. Keyboard won't work and sometimes mouse cursor is able to move. I tried system restore, recovery console (which caused me more grief because it overwrote my Vista MBR), NOD32 scans, Ad-aware scans, Spybot scans, and ClamWin scans. I don't know how this happened. A few days ago, I came back to my computer from watching TV and it was frozen. I had to manually reboot with the button and it's been like this ever after.

D:\ is my Windows XP partition.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:04:13 PM, on 5/22/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
D:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Fomatik\TrueImageTryStartService.exe
D:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
O2 - BHO: (no name) -... Read more

A:HJT log - Desktop computer freezes within 3 minutes of loading desktop


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I have a Dell desktop and when the Dell popup told me I had problems with my OS and that I should install Winfix 2005 to resolve the problem --For Free--. Now it is looking for my credit card to complete the installation. I tried to quit by hitting the X to close, but it continues to pop up on the screen. I have even gone into add/remove software and removed the program, but it pops up again once on the Internet. I have tried this on 2 machines, 1 had AOL as the Internet and other is just the local cable company using IE to attach. How can I get rid of this annoying software?


A:Winfix installs itself on my Dell Desktop

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- I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place; I hope so

My problem is

* I have a DELL Dimension 3100 (purchased in 2006).

* My Windows XP Home crashed (seemingly because of malware)

* I've installed another Windows - parallely - on my second HDD. It's only temporary solution: what I'm going to do is move all my data from C: and re-install Windows on my primary HDD

* I heard that Dell computers (including desktops) provide the "System Restore" option - restoring the operating system to the out-of-the-box state, from hidden partition.

* It doesn't seem to work though: I'm pressing Ctrl+F11 (I tried F11 as well) when the computer is booting up, but it doesn't do anything.

* I haven't found any "recovery disc", nor a Windows disc among the CDs I have got.
I'm not sure if the computer was shipped with anything of that sort (I can't remember), I have to assume it wasn't.

* I know that I can, and perhaps I should contact the Dell support, but I hoped I could get a quick answer here...

My questions, precisely, are:

1. How can I check whether I have this hidden "system recovery" partition at all?
(I've certainly never removed it, since until now I haven't even known such a thing may exist).

2. Do I need any CD to perform this System Recovery?

Thanks in advance for any help

PS. I tried to search the forum first, but with every attempt I was ending up on the Read more

A:System Recovery on Dell desktop PC

Look under Disk Management to "see" if you have a Recovery Partition
You may not have one. In that case you will need your Dell XP CD

To use the PC restore:


Using Dell? PC Restore by Symantec
NOTE: Dell PC Restore is not available in all countries.
Use Dell PC Restore by Symantec only as the last method to restore your operating system. PC
Restore restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer.
Any programs or files added since you received your computer?including data files?are
permanently deleted from the hard drive. Data files include documents, spreadsheets, e-mail
messages, digital photos, music files, and so on. If possible, back up all data before using PC
NOTICE: Using PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any applications
or drivers installed after you received your computer. If possible, back up the data before using PC
To use PC Restore:
1 Turn on the computer and watch the keyboard status lights.
2 Immediately upon seeing the lights flash, press <Ctrl><F11>.
If you do not press <Ctrl><F11> in time, let the computer finish restarting, and then
restart the computer again.
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with PC Restore, click Reboot in the following step.
3 On the next screen that appears, click Restore.
4 On the next screen, click Confirm.
The restore process takes approximate... Read more

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cannot get picture from desktop to tv. with hdmi. can get  tv picture with dell laptop

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Does anyone know if the new GTX 1080 card will have any issues with a Dell XPS 8900 Desktop?  Since the power requirements are lower the PSU should support it but I would like to verify before making an additional purchase.

A:Dell XPS 8900 Desktop and GTX 1080

Nvidia is recommending a 500w power supply. The GTX 1070/1080 will not be validated by Dell on any systems shipping with the 460w power supply. I am scanning the Desktop Video board waiting for users to buy and test the video cards on our 460w systems.

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Hi all, i'm trying to upgrade my Dell Dimesnion 3000 Desktop (due to tight budget and being unable to buy a new computer) so it's able to play some more modern pc games (i.e. civ iv or civ v) but i'm not really much of a tech geek when it comes to computer hardware upgrades and i was wondering if you guys can recommend what i should get to upgrade the dimension 3000 best.
My PC Specs:
CPU: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.66GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller
Sound Card: SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
70 GB of Memory Available


A:Need help upgrading Dell Dimension 300 desktop

Well I hate to be that guy, but your PC really outdated. I understand being on a tight budget but upgrading that machine would cost much more then buying something a bit more modern.

The motherboard (Socket 478) will limit you to the older Pentium 4 CPUs.
You are also limited to DDR RAM and a PCI (not to be confused with PCIE) video bus.

Honestly it is not be possible to upgrade the machine to play Civ 5.

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i have a dell 8300.. im planning on changing the CASE ... the dell uses a power suppply of 250 watts... the case that i want uses 420 watts.. if i change the case will my motherboard burn?

A:Dell 8300 Desktop burn?

Hi fro,

not burn, but the case fans won't shut off. Dell uses proprietary motherboards and power supplies you would have to change the motherboard too, or get an adapter. I googled it and found a couple of places that make them.

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Hello I am having problems with a friends Dell Vostro 400 Desktop. She has Windows Vista Basic 32bit, 3 gigs memory.

The problem is for the last week her computer has been running high CPU'S and the fan goes crazy, but the memory stays low.

I just got off the Virus Malware forum on here and we did all the malware scans ect.. They pointed me here in hopes someone can now help me with the high CPU issue.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much.

A:Having a High CPU Problem On Dell Desktop.

Do the following in that desktop:

Click Start, then type MSCONFIG in the search or run box, then press the Enter key.

When the small "System Configuration" window appears, click the "Startup" tab.

Write down ONLY the names in the "Startup Item" column that have a checkmark next to them.

If the "Startup Item" column isn't wide enough to see the entire name of any of them, widen the column.

Submit those names here in a vertical list.

Make sure to spell them EXACTLY as you see them there.


Is that desktop running okay, speed-wise and performance-wise?

Which fan are you referring to that's "going crazy"?


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I'm having a new hp desktop with vista delivered today but I bought it without office 2007 installed. However, I still have the reinstallation disk of office 2007 that came with my dell (with vista). Can I use the dell provided microsoft office 2007 software to install on my new hp or is there some sort of embedded identification that would stop that? Thanks.

A:Using dell provided software on a new hp desktop

If it is OEM software then it is only legal if used on the actual computer it was purchased with (not even another computer of the same make and model). So the short answer is, even if it is possible, it is illegal and thus not a topic for discussing on here.

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I am trying to fix a computer for my girlfriend's mother so she can have a family computer in her living room so her family will stay off of hers, but that's beside the point. Anyway, what computer I am trying to fix is a Dell desktop, not completely sure the model of it at the moment (although if it is required I can find out). When trying to start the computer up, it says disk read error: 0 or something to that degree. I shut off all of the disk drives in the system setup and what do you know the computer started right up into Windows Vista. However, it randomly shuts off (it was doing this from the beginning before I could get it to boot into Vista). I have since deleted the partition and to install Vista from scratch like I was intending to do, however I cannot complete the installation before it turns off. Forgive me if I am posting in the wrong section, it's just there are a few things that are going wrong for this disaster I didn't know where to put it. Any suggestions? My thought is a hardware problem, but it could be something so simple to fix that I have been overlooking it.

A:Help with Dell Desktop and Windows Vista

" disk read error: 0 " refers to an error in the Windows bootloader.See if this link helps:Windows Repair

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when i plug the desktop in the power indicator blinks but the system will not turn on

INFO: (Brand) dell (model number) DHM

A:Solved: Dell desktop not turning on

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I have a dell desktop less than a year old. It suddenly refused to start today. There was nothing new added from last shut down until start up(that didn't start) I have no idea where to start since I am useless with computer issues. Any ideas to start? I did run the start up repair...useless. Please help!! Thanks!!

A:dell desktop wont start

and welcome to the Forum

Try starting in Safe Mode . . Tap F8 repeatedly from the time you press the power button . . choose Safe Mode

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I have an issue with an insanely slow Dell desktop running XP. I had installed Revo Uninstaller, and ran the 'Evidence Remover'. After 24 hours, it seemed to have froze, so I rebooted. Since then, the slowness has been extraordinary to the extent where it is unusable. I have tried

- booting in safe mode (still slow)
- clearing the registry
- reverting to the system restore point

There is 768Mb of RAM. In the task manager, there is one system process that is showing 143K of memory being utilized, though this higher number is not present in safe mode.

How should I proceed from here?

Thanks so much.

A:Super slow Dell desktop

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This is a real nightmare. I was on usenext and d/l some music.... I clicked on something, I should know better and it is bad. It's some crazy reboot program in German that executed causing the machine to boot into some program that executs and then restarts the pc. , at first I could not boot at all then I got into system and restore and it will now boot. It would not let me F8 into safe safe mode. I'm running my paid version of malware bytes now. Would someone please walk me through getting this cleaned up so I create a good restore point. This pc is the one do all my home work on, I really need it to work properly. I know stay off usenext... please help me. again. My next desktop will be a mac.

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Hi this is my first post please excuse any errors I may make due to lack of expierence. Thank you in advance for your time.
My Dell dimension xp os, boots up but does not show the desktop. It shows my backround picture but nothing else except this error message Explorer.exe-Application Error The application failed to inialize properly (0xc0000005) click on ok to terminate the application. booting into safe mode i get the same msg.
can anyone help?

A:Dell dimension desktop hijacked

when you are at that screen, hit "CONTROL+ALT+DELETE" to bring up the Task Manager, then click on the "Applications Tab". Then Click On "New Task" then you have a few options...1) you can do a System File Check to repair all critical system files (including Explorer.exe), To do this once you click on New Task, type: sfc /scannow (note that this will require your windows disk...follow the steps and wait until it asks you for the disk)2) or you can Try to restore your computer using System Restore. To Do this once you click on new task, type: msconfig and then hit ok, then click on "System Restore" and pick a date when you know your computer was working properly to restore to. 3) or you when you click on "New Task" you can click "Browse" You can then browse through your folders on your computer and go into your C:/Program Files/ and then locate a program you want to run (possibly your virus scanner, or Spyware scanner).Hope that Helps!

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