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Q: Desktop computer Dell 1100

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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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 a Dell inspiron 1100 portable with a celeron processor. Is it possable to upgrade the computer with a pentium 4 processor? If so, is it possable to use a pentium from a desktop computer? I have not done much with portables so I don't know if desktop &
portable cpu's are interchangeable?

Thank you,

A:Dell inspirion 1100 cpu upgrade with desktop processor?

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this is horrible cpu went to slow to not even booting on. see i was doing something i did numerous times was switch ram slots well explaining to someone where the card was also checked wiether there was any promblem then for the first time it want boot after doing so and i will admit it was a mess in the exterior of the cpu got a bug problem managed to get them out all of them where in the power supply ewwww! but the source of the promblem isn't the power see the cpu has this diagnostic lights from the back of the cpu it looks like this that werent mentioned in the manual maybe is the power dunno:


unsure maybe a memory promblem maybe need a replacement was hoping to upgrade this pc with the little money i have to what it can possibly handle since its old also any suggestions on upgrade ram card, hardrive, etc plz help very appreciated

A:Dell Dimension 1100

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I have one, have had many issues with it, and know of many people who had many issues with it. Luckily, I paid quite a cheap price on this laptop. If I hadn't, I'd feel very robbed of my money. All in all, I've heard many, many stories (bad) about this laptop and Dell in general. I think I'll stick to building my own computer.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100

Dell had some troubles with the Dell 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, and 5160... all very similar. They were fixed for most users while under warranty. You might want to talk to Dell Tech Support on the phone.
We have several clients with this laptop who are now quite happy with it.

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I have a dell inspiron 1100 and it runs great, i put a new hard drive in it and a ram upgrade (256 to 512). It runs GREAT. BUT BUT BUT there is a small problem with it. the battery light always blinks like it is running on reserve... ex: orange-orange-orange-orange-green. It's really annoying, and stressfull on my eyes at times. Is there an upgrade to my bios i can get that will eliminate this? is there a way i can disconnect the battery light? Flat out is there any way i can get rid of this problem cause it's really bugging me. Thanks! (it even does it when it's plugged in)

A:Dell Inspiron 1100

How old is the battery in that laptop???? Sounds like the battery lagging as when it gets charged up and your using the mains it should stay green

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Hi, I have a Dell Dimension 1100, 512 MB Ram, Intel Celeron D 2.6 Ghz. I was wondering weather it was PCI-Express or just PCI. I called Dell today and the guy on the phone didn't make any sense and he wasn't much help.

Can somebody tell me weather or not the Dell Dimension 1100 from Dell Canada ( is PCI-Express?

A:Dell Dimension 1100

looks like it has 3 pci slots only

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dell dimension starts but shuts down before windows xp starts,,tried to start in safe mode with f7 but as soon as safe mode comes on monitor it again shuts down,,,thanks for any info.

A:dell dimension 1100

it may be getting HOT, it would be worth cleaning out the fans etc

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Hi guys.

I'm having problems finding the correct drivers for my friends Dell Dimension 1100.

He installed a new copy of XP and wiping everything he had but has lost a lot of the drivers and cannot get online or the display sorted.

I have listed the controllers required below. I went onto Dell website however the drivers page has 'page error' on every driver I try. Any help would be much appreciated.

Ethernet Controller
Multimedia and Audio Controller
SM Bus Controller
USB Controller
Video Controller - vga compatible.



A:Dell Dimension 1100 Help?

I put this in wrong forum. Sorry - please close.

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I was recently given a Dell Inspiron 1100. The computer itself works, but the screen is completly blank. I hooked another monitor to it and that works. Does anyone have any suggestions as to why the screen isn't working on the laptop?

A:Dell Inspiron 1100

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k i have a dell inspiron 1100 and the problems is that when i leave my laptop on for the whole just shut off by it self.
and yes i did the "power managment" stuff.
they are all set to "never".
but the weird thing only happen sometimes.
yesterday i was converting a Divx file(wich usually take's a day to process) and the next morning my laptop was off!
so i did a diagnostic test.
when it reached the "fan testing speed" my laptop went off??
so i turned my laptop on and did again the test but only for the fan and it passed.
now i want to i have problems with my fans??
my high rpm speed was: 5806
my slow rpm speed was" 4191
can anybody help me out?
this is a very anoying problem since my laptop shut off by itself and i lose all my files!

A:Problems with dell inspiron 1100

Are you getting any notices about battery power? Are you plugged into A/C when this happens? How about the bios.....have you checked in there for power management settings? When you power it back up, does it go into full boot or does it come up as if it's been in hibernation?

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Is it possible to overclock a DELL Latitude 1100?
If so, which BIOS would it require and what would the proceedure be?
Hardware mods? BIOS settings (if possible)? etc?

A:DELL Latitude 1100 Over-Clocking?

Sorry for rain you a bad news.

Dell laptop has a locked CPU and FSB, which you can't do anything about it.

There is only thing you can do is to overclock video card. That it.

Sorry to let you know.

Regards Lucan

P.S. There is a program that allow you to adjust the FSB and voltage just little bit. I recommend you to leave the voltage as default, or you will risk to lose the laptop.

Notebook Hardware Control can be found in here.

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This is hopefully a very easy question, I would like to reinstall my operating system to factory condition, on my Dell Inspiron 1100. Like how to format my harddrive, and than what order to re'install my utilites. If somebody would point me towards some documentation I would appreciate it. thanks.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 reinstall

What you should do if your going to do a fresh install is integrate your xp cd with service pack 2, it is the most stable way to install WindowsXP (sometime installing SP2 later causes crashes, but integrated SP's on disk does not)

read about that here:

If you dont want to try this, you will need to remember to install all service packs to protect your computer (it helps to copy them to a cdrom and install them offline to protect trojans from entering your system)
You will need you DELL backup disk
You will need to change your BIOS to boot from CDROM (as first boot device) then Harddisk. *you can enter your BIOS by pressing the F2 or Del key as it starts.
Once you've set the boot order, follow this:

1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive and boot computer. You will see aprompt to "press any key to boot from cd" (press anykey now) WIndows will load drivers etc, just wait a minute for a blue screen
2. At the Welcome to Setup page, press ENTER to continue.
3. Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement.
4. If an existing Windows XP installation is detected, you will be prompted to press R to repair it. (do not choose repair) continue with install.
5. The screen will now list all existing partitions and un-partitioned space for each hard disk. Use the cursor/arrow keys to choose where to create the new partition. Press D to delete the existing partition. If you pres... Read more

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Hello there. My sister recieved a Dell Inspiron 1100 for her graduation about four years ago and she's having problems with it after never mistreating it noticably. M'kay... the problem is that when the laptop is turned on and she attempts to put in her password to get on her computer the keyboard seems to recieve input from nowhere. No keys are being pressed, yet the text box for her password is automatically filled and it won't recognize any keys when they are actually pressed. Also, the mouse seems to do about the same... It won't be touched and it would creep up the screen or disappear completely. There are other times when her laptop won't even give a visual what-so-ever.

If anyone knows of anything that can be done I'd really appreciate any helpful advice.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 issues...

Hi there. you dont say whether this happens at windows logon or whether it is a system (bios based) logon. but anyway it sounds to me like virus activity and you should run a virus recovery program that boots from from a CD and then when you get the system started run a full system scan with updated antivirus software.

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I have a Dell Ispiron 1100

It won't turn on

I press the power button and if there is no AC power attached
the lights light up while I press the button, but no start up

When the AC power is attached, I don't get any lights at all

It's been happening for a while

I used to flip it over and pull out the battery, then replace it
and try again, after a few times it worked

Then I realised that just by opening the screen and trying it, then closing
the screen, then opennng and trying again... after a few times it would start

(are there any wires that would be affected by that??)

Once it started, so long as I left it plugged in, and the screen open it would always restart first go

I also think, that when it was unplugged, closed, etc so long as I started it agin fairly soon, it worked

I've just been overseas for a week in a colder climate and now I can't seem to get it started at all

I've tried with battery in, with battery out, AC in AC out

Any help would be much appreciated

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 won't turn on

Dell Inspiron won't turn on

We have a professor at our university that turned in a Dell laptop with exactly the same symptoms!

Really, with the battery alone installed, the lights flash momentarily when the power button is pressed. If the charger is connected (or the charger alone): no lights
(Just like Christoff)

The machine won't start up and there was some story about how it died last time the lid was closed. We are suspicious of a faulty lid interlock that is keeping the laptop in hibernate (or some deep, permanent sleep).

Another theory - Does anyone know if these have an internal power fuse, such that the external power brick isn't actually getting DC into the main board or charging the installed battery? We can't find any info about the power distribution or a schematic.

christoff said:


I have a Dell Ispiron 1100

It won't turn on

I press the power button and if there is no AC power attached
the lights light up while I press the button, but no start up

When the AC power is attached, I don't get any lights at all

It's been happening for a while

I used to flip it over and pull out the battery, then replace it
and try again, after a few times it worked

Then I realised that just by opening the screen and trying it, then closing
the screen, then opennng and trying again... after a few times it would start

(are there any wires that would be affected by that??)

Once ... Read more

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My friends inspiron 1100 crashed while she was working on it, and has now started to refuse to boot up. The power light comes on, and stays lit for a few seconds, then it shuts off. Nothing ever comes onscreen, and its plugged into the outlet. Any ideas as to how to fix it, or what happened?

- Nate

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 not booting up

If you can, try the parts such as memory and cpu in another known-good box.
This way you can rule out certain parts, leading you to the source of the problem eventualy.

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I was just on the Dell website configuring systems for cost comparisons. I started with an E521 then tried a Dimension 1100, which was listed with a base price $100 less than the E521.

After I ran the configurations and added the features I wanted they came out to exactly the same price!

Considering they are the same price, which is a better system?


A:DELL E521 or Dimension 1100

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I have some extra DDR2 memory, would that work in my Dell Dimension 1100?


A:RAM Upgrade Dell Dimension 1100

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Ok this is the mother of all problems,

My Inspiron has suddenly stopped working. By this I mean when it's turned on all the LEDs light up as they should but the screen is completely dead. I don't think it has something to do with the screen because I have tried connecting it to another monitor but nothing shows because the keyboard doesn't execute what I press. (the caps lock light doesn't light up when I press the key if that means anything). Well that's all about I can tell you that I have done. I tried running just with the battery reinstalled the battery tried using an external keyboard but nothing happened. Another thing is that I used to keep it on alot maybe even for several days I don't know if that might have killed an internal battery even though it used to sleep and I only had it for a year.
any Ideas?

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 dead

D... Quote

"Another thing is that I used to keep it on alot maybe even for several days I don't know if that might have killed "
Do you hear any Fans ?
Portables are not like Desktops , in that it is not good to leave them on for days at a time .I realize they shut power levels down ,If the APM is set right.
If you are not seeing any screen including boot screens ,just call Dell and make arrangements to send it back for repair (Sounds like your under Warranty)
Don't tell them you leave it on for days , just say it stopped.
BTW Welcome to Techspot!

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i really have no knowledge about laptops.
i just got this laptop called Dell inspiron 1100(its old i know) and im not too sure on
what kind of memory i need.(i want to upgrade).

i been thinking this


Only problem is it says my supported Frequencies are 100,133mhz. and my current memory cards are 133mhz. im not sure if 266Mhz memory are gona work on my laptop. any suggestion or help is appreciated. Also i couldnt find a lot of pc2100 memory with 133mhz.
Edit - Dell inspiron 1100 support 200pin memory right ?
Thanks everyone

A:Memory for Dell Inspiron 1100

anyone has a idea ? wanting to purchase the memory asap. but cant until im sure.

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:angel: :evil: i have the chip that needs to be put in but i cannot find it on the mobo please help :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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I have been wondering for a while that my Inspiron 1100 has been running a little hot - the fan is always on and running hard even when the system is idle.

I downloaded a temperature monitor which gives me a HD0 temperature of 67degrees C which seems quite high - especially as the default setting was for an alarm to sound at 60degrees C.

My system doesn't shut down due to overheating, and I have checked the fan and heat sync air holes on the bottom and side and they don't look blocked with dust.

I have heard a few suggestions about dealing with the problem but to be honest I have never had any experience with this before so unsure how to proceed.

Suggestions have included everything from buying compressed air and blasting the heat sync and fan and using cotton swabs to clean it, right through to taking it apart and adding more thermal grease between the CPU housing and the heat sync.(i have never taken my laptop apart before)

I would appreciate any and all help on this issue


A:Dell Inspiron 1100 Overheating?

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This Dell Inspiron 1100 (os xp pro, a 1gig cpu around 1gig of main memory and a 250gb hard drive) is working but it offen will reboot it self, prog's lockup and shut down and both Firefox and Internet Explorer will crash and shut down. I need to fig out why it crashes and reboots it self. I have a spare 1100 laptop that I can take spare parts off of. The motherboard in the 2nd laptop is dead. I know it is an old laptop but this is what I have to work with in a portable setup to take with me until I can afford to replace it with a newer laptop.


A:re: a problem with the Dell inspiron 1100

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Hi, I am writing on this forum and believe me that you cannot imagine how desparate I am right now. I bought a brand new Dell and it arrived just a week ago, I have been using it for max 4 days.
From the beginning, the windows could not shut down properly. I could not install updates, windows did not work normally, I could not install other programs, many error reports, etc
Restoring windows to previous points did not help
So I decided to reinstall windows with my windows recovery cd. Since I do not have a cd drive on my Dell mini, I copied all files on a memory card, started windows setup and reinstalled windows. After I deleted original windows files, the setup told me that it does not have all important install files, but it was too late. After that I could start windows just once and that was the first and the last time. I cannot even start windows normally
I know that there is a secret partition for restoring windows to factory settings but after pressing F8 and choosing directory service restore mode I get this

Checking file system on C
the volume is clean
windows has finished checking the disk

and that is it, nothing else...
the screen stays like that forever

I am travelling right now, I do not have access to my recovery cd s, so this partition was my only hope. I will come back in three weeks and meantime I will desparetely need my laptop and I wish I could repair it somehow. Can anyone please advise me what to do? Please.....

A:Dell 1100 windows restore

On Start up screen click ..


Then do a system restore.
Hopefully Dell made one before they sent it out.


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I found 2 Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop's in a yard sale (they are identical). I got a good deal on them. 1 did work 100%. The 2nd one worked 100% but only on the battery. The 2nd one has a problem with the charging circuit, the 2nd laptop won't charge the battery and won't run off the ac power pack.
The 1st laptop the video has stopped working. There is nothing on the lcd screen or an external monitor. But the cpu fan turns, the dvd drive does it's thing on start up, I can hear the hard drive working and the lights are normal. I tried swapping out both the video card and the cpu from the 2nd Dell laptop. That didn't fix the problem. I ordered a 1100 mother board from Ebay (old stock, never opened, never used) That mother board arrived Sept 3rd. Still the same problem. Nothing on ether screen. But the rest of the laptop works. The Ebay seller sent an other mother board out. That mother board arrived today (Sept-9th). I still have the same problem. I am beating my head on a brick wall on this one. I need some help.

A:a question about a dell inspiron 1100

Considering the fact they are both 10 years old it would of been a much better deal if they were both in working order.due to the ages i really dont think either one is worth fixing and putting more money and parts into them might be a lesson in futility.i think all you can do is either save or sell the ram, hard drives, and cd drives and any other parts if they still work to maybe use in another dell laptop in the future.

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Im trying to do a PC Restore on a Dell Dimension 1100. It says to press Ctrl F11 when it boots but ive done this about 10 times and nothing happens. Im using XP.
Can anyone help?
Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, it is is can you please tell me where to post this?

A:PC Restore Dell CDimension 1100

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I have an old Dell Inspiron 1100 that was given to me. Reformatted Windows XP and now I can't get on the internet through the Ethernet adapter from Cablevision. On device manager the following drivers are missing: Multimedia audio controller; PCI Modem; and USB Controller (although I downloaded a Broadcom USB controller). Would this effect internet access? If so, how do I remedy? I have already been to Dell's driver downloads and don't see these drivers. Thanks.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 -- Trying to get on internet

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Hi Guys,

I am planning to buy a laptop and am struck at these 2 options:

Dell Inspiron 14z: (key features)

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U processor (3M Cache, up to 2.6 GHz)
8GB3 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
14" High Definition LED Display (1366 x 768) with Truelife
500GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD and 32GB mSATA SSD
AMD Radeon HD7570M 1GB

HP Envy 14t-1100 (key features)

3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U(1.7 GHz) + 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7670M Discrete-Class Graphics
6GB 1600MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
500GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
14.0" diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768)
32GB mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache

So guys which one will you suggest to me? I need this laptop for programming, running programming softwares, multitasking, and gaming. Can BF4, Call of Duty 4 and other such games be played on these laptops?


A:Dell Inspiron 14z Vs HP Envy 14t-1100

I dont know much about hp computers but as far as dells for gaming and other things theres the xps, ademo, and alienware that will handle what you are looking for but they arent cheap.

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I have a dell Inspiron 1100 - Works great - I reloaded the O.S (Windows Xp Home - and updated the drivers - I believe that I update a BAD BIOS file - and the comes up with BLUE SCREEN. I have powered it off - Put the O.S. Disk in the drive - and rebooted the system. It takes me thru the steps for loading the O.S. Reads the hard drive - and starts loading all the needed drivers - and then fails . I suspect BAD BIOS. How can I get the BIOS bad to factory setting. I have searched the internet - and most of the blogs suggest the following below. Any confirmation or suggestions on how to resolve this issue would be greatly appreciatd.

DELL Inspiron 1100
BIOS - A32
Hard Disk:: 30GB
Memory: 1GB
O.S - Windows XP Home

You may find the resetting the bios to the default using the jumper or removing the cmos battery will fix that.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 won't bootup

Well if it was a bad Bios flash then your computer would not boot up at all. What you need to do is Post what the bluescreen says, usually toward the top there is a file or error that will show what the issue is.

But my guess without knowing any more info is that it could be Bad memory stick in your computer. If you have more then 1 stick remove one and try to reload windows again. If you still get the same error then put that stick back in and take out the other ram stick and see if you get the same error.

post back with results.

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I just got in a cousin's computer today to look at. It's a Dell Inspiron 1100 that wasn't powering up.

Here's what I've observed:

1) The AC to DC converter light comes on, meaning that I'm getting power as far as the transformer.

2) Removing the battery doesn't help

3) Absolutely no LEDs on the laptop come on, and no fans, etc. start.

Here's what I've tried:

1) We had a similar problem at work the other day, a lady brought in her Dell Inspiron that wasn't getting power from the DC port...the battery was powered however, and we had a few mintues of battery left to confirm that the laptop was working. We opened up the case to find that a copper connector that connects the port to the mobo was detached, we soldered it back on and it worked fine.
Thinking this could be similar, I opened up the case (and with almost 30 screws, that took a while) and saw that everything looked fine.

2) I've tried checking to make sure all the buttons work, and they do. There was nothing blocking the buttons when I opened up the case to look.

Does anyone know what's wrong and how to fix it? Or should I just tell him to buy a new laptop?


A:Dell Inspiron 1100 gets no power

So you have reated all the things, like Ram; keyboard so forth (it sounds as though you know generally about all this)

You could also try reseating the CPU, but once this is done, you will then need to apply new thermal paste to fix the HeatSink again.

If you're really deetermined, you could remove the motherboard from the case fully, and benchtest it.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 which came with XP Home. I installed Windows 2000 Server on this laptop. It worked fine for around 2 years. One fine day, the OS would not boot, giving the error message something like "Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" (I'm not sure about the exact error but it was something like this). I called Dell (because the warranty had expired, I had to pay them $50 before a human being would speak to me and even then they put me on hold for more than an hour!) and they asked me to use a Windows XP backup CD to wipe out the hard drive. But the system would not recognize the CD in the CD Drive. Dell said the CD drive might be bad. I replaced the CD drive with a new one but problem did not go away. I then bought a new hard drive but it was different from the one inside the laptop (I didn't do much research before buying a new one). I then plugged the old hard drive back into the system. But since then, whenever I turn on the laptop, it comes on for a second or so, then turns off automatically and the screen stays black all the time. It doesn't even show the boot options. I got really frustrated and bought a new desktop and am in the process of installing Debian GNU/Linux OS on it. However, any help in salvaging my laptop would be highly appreciated. The laptop configuration is:
Dell Inspiron 1100
Intel Celeron Processor
Came with XP Home but replaced with Wi... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 Not Powering On

It looks like it is definitely a hardware issue... I would bet it is the motherboard. Does the laptop stay powered on but the screen is blank, or does the whole thing turn off?
Does it beep at you?

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Just this week, my laptop starting giving me a BSOD. The error code changed with every restart. Now, after 3 days of online chats with Dell, the blue screen is gone but my laptop takes forever to do anything. I am running Windows xp OS. I finally was able to view my task manager and it is showing my CPU usage at 100%...OMG! I've also noticed that even though I have no Running Programs showing, the Processes is showing 23. There is also 8 different items showing for "svchost.exe".

I am not very computer literate, so any help that may be offered will have to be given in simple terms.

Could I possibly have a virus???

Please help,


P.S. I am not currently using the laptop because it takes forever to boot and even longer to access the internet.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 Possible Virus

Dear Selena,Pls follow this step Our hijack team will take care of you

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i reinstalled windows on my dell inspiron 1100 laptop, i have all the drivers except for the driver for my TI PCI 1510 CardBus controller.

if you can find me a link for the download it would be greatly appreciated, or even if you have a solution.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 driver help!

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Hi for my bday my son and his girl brought me a brand new dell dimension 1100/B110
I just received it oct 19 2006...

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name PATSIE
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model Dell DE051
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2527 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A01, 1/3/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2562 (xpsp.040919-1030)"
User Name PATSIE\Patricia
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 256.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 70.47 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.95 GB
Page File Space 624.93 MB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Now my problem is that I dont know that much about dell computers ( i do use one on my job) but start up seems to be slow.. after the beginning screens come on when clicking on
a browser it takes about 2 to 3 mins to open... after the browser opens everything else works fine.. I am just wondering is this a dell thing? I have dsl and I used the msconfig to get rid of the backgound stuff....i have mcaffee protection on this ...I am thinking that is what the slow up is... thanks

here is the hijack file
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:39:... Read more

A:Dell Dimension 1100/b110

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Hi I was just wondering if u can even upgrade a Dell Dimension 1100 With a new video card. but it only has PCI slots... also wondering what would be the best PCI card to buy for gaming?(To run the sims 2) With in around $100 or so canadian...

I heard that u cant disable the intergraded video card on dells is this true???


A:Need some help upgrading a Dell Dimension 1100

Please don't start multiple threads on the same topic.


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Hi everybody,

I have an old Dell Inspiron 1100 (Celeron 2.4) with 256MB RAM (two 128MB sticks). A friend of mine gave me a 512MB stick and I happily thought that I finally would be able to upgrade the memory of my old friend. The new memory I got is:

Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 266MHz DDR Non-ECC CL2.5 200 Pin SODIMM

However, when I install the new memory the laptop won't start! The LED blinks for 5-10 seconds and then the computer turns off. When I put back my old memory everything works fine again. I've tried it with the new memory alone in both of the empty slots and also together with one of the two 128MB sticks. I've tried all possible combinations but the laptop simply doesn't start whenever the 512MB module is installed. What's going on? I thought this memory was compatible with the Inspiron. Am I wrong?


A:Dell Inspiron 1100 memory

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I have a dell inspirion 1100 that got rained on, and i mean really rained on. It was on, open and plugged in when it happened. When I found it it was off. I immediately unplugged it and turned it upside down, while still open, onto a towel and left it. It does absolutly nothing, no lights or anything. Is there any hope for it? Someone said it's probably a fuse?

A:Dell Inspirion 1100 rained on

How long has it been since the rain incident? If it is completely dry and still not working then my guess would be the motherboard shorted.

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Here's the problem: While using my Dell 1100 laptop, I opened three different programs at once -iTunes, FL Studios, and a Gameboy emulator- all of which use a decent amount of RAM. The laptop was running slow, but was fine other wise until I accidentally blocked off the fan, which caused it to overheat and turn itself off. Upon turning it back on though, I found that it only displayed the opening Dell logo and loading page, but didn't go pass that. The Windows loading page didn't even show. All that shows after the Dell page is a black screen with a blinking space bar. Something similar to this has happened before and a family member got it fixed for me. That family member isn't here though, and I could really use some help with this. Anyone?? Thanks in advance!

A:My Dell 1100 either overheated or crashed doing more than my RAM allows

even though it overheated... it shounds like your hard drives bad... just because it wont continue to boot... since its a dell... turn the computer on and hit the F-12 key that will bring up a boot menu, then select either hard drive diagnostic, or diagnostics and it will go from there... should help you narrow down your problem

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Dear friends, I have a laptop that I would like to format c drive I have no Idea how to do this, if I insert windows xp cd on drive it does not read it. please if you can tell me how to format and load a clean version of windows xp it will be appreciated Thank you.

A:Help Formating Dell 1100 Laptop

To boot from a Windows XP CD, you'll need to make sure your BI/OS options are set to boot from CD. Press F2 on startup to enter the BI/OS settings, and look under System for Boot Sequence. Alter the options there so that the optical drive is selected, then exit the BI/OS (saving the settings as you leave) and restart the machine and press F12 to show the Boot Menu, then select your optical drive from the list (making sure the CD is in the drive ).

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Hi, my friend wanted me to re-install xp on his Dell Dimension 1100, I tried Ctrl+F11 to access the recovery partition, but there isnt one on his drive. Anybody know of a way to get hold of the restore cd for this?

Thanks in advance.

A:Re-installing Xp on Dell Dimension 1100

What's the service tag number on that Dell Dimension 1100 desktop? It'll be on the sticker on the case.

Is there a 25-digit product code for Windows XP on a sticker on the case, and is it for XP Home, XP Pro, or XP MCE?

(Don't post the product code here. Just advise if it's present.)


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Hello, I have a Dell Inspirion 1100. I have been trying to fix this issue for a while now to no avail, I am hoping someone can help me!!!!
I turned it off and unplugged it one night, went to turn it on the next morning, and it wouldn't turn on. Plugged in to the wall, or not plugged in.

When you press the power button, the power light quickly blinks green, then the battery light blinks orange quite a few times but that is all that happens. Nothing comes on at all. I have purchased a new battery and it still will not work. I purchased the battery off ebay and its not "dell" but is compatible. If I take the battery out & try plugging it in with only the Adapter nothing happens, no lights or anything. So before I buy a new adapter, and sink more money into this laptop I wanted to see if this would fix the problem. When the adapter is plugged in the green light is on so I dont know how to check if it is a problem with the power port itself or the adapter. Any suggestions/resolutions? Thanks I am lost without my laptop!!!

A:Dell Inspirion 1100 Power Problem

Found this interesting link to a forum of others that have had Inspiron 1100 issues.
By the way, did you install extra RAM? Trying removing it if you did, and see if the laptop will turn on. Also check the the area where the lid latches to the base.

Good luck!

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Hey all, new to the forum and hope you can help.

My laptop is about 4-5 years old and has been working fine. I pulled a bone headed move a while back and left the car window down and the computer got rained on. I dryed it as best I could and had my brother in law take it apart to check for moisture. He found none inside and powered it up. It worked fine for a couple of days. When I picked it up from him, I took it to work and powered it up. The power lights come on and you can hear it booting up. However, the screen is black. If you look very close, you can see the windows logo as it all boots up but it is very very dim, almost can't see it at all. Aside from the possible moisture problem, has any one experienced these symptoms? Any ideas are welcome as I really don't have the money to just buy a new one. My brother in law is a tv repair guy and could most likely make the repair if we just knew where to start.

I thank you in advance and hope to here from you soon.


A:Dell Inspiron 1100 screen problem

It's the Inverter board (which happens to be high voltage, and easily damaged hardware) behind the bezel of the screen. You will need to replace it.

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I recently upgraded my Dell Inspiron 1100 Laptop computer with 1 gyg of 3200 memory. I was replacing two 128 megabyte 2700 chips. The 1 gyg works like a charm and I decided to use it as my cache as well. No problems. It all runs well on Home XP Sp2 with the most recent BIOS upgrade to the motherboard as well as whatever was available from the Intel website. I've got to tell you, it certainly does pay off to install all those chip and rom firmware upgrades!

Here's my quiery:

Having the empty slot and the two 128 mg chips (zzzzz) leftover it was irresistable to see what would happen if I dropped in one of the leftover 128 mg chips. This was in spite of the original information which I had been aware of which had suggested that my laptop was limited to 1 gyg total ram. Ah.... temptation.

Long story short. Both chips were recognised in bias, as well as Windows Home XP. Computer runs fine with both. Nothing strange seemed to be happening. Of course this has been intriguing to say the least.

I did remove the 128 mg chip for now (back to 1 gyg) but am now wondering if the computer's new bios has perhaps taken away the original limitation of 1 gyg of memory.

Of course I would now like to add another 1 gyg 3200 chip to the first 1 gyg chip. I'm also wondering if unbeknownst to me... that while my laptop seems to purr like a top with extra memory installed over the 1 gyg 'limitation' (?) whether some insidious and hidden mayhem might be taking p... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 Memory Capacity is...

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Hi i have a Dell Inspiron 1100 that i use as a secondary computer. Just recently i formatted the hard drive and re-installed windows. It was fine for a while, and it still is, but recently the battery light flashes as if it is ultra low... Green, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, green. It only is supposed to do this if it is really low battery. i can't even tell if it is charging cause that light sequence never stops. your help is appreciated!

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 battery lights...

oh by the way the battery is fine... i have a cheap 4000 mAh battery that will last about an hour.

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Hi guys.

I'm having problems finding the correct drivers for my friends Dell Dimension 1100/B110 .

He installed a new copy of XP and wiping everything he had but has lost a lot of the drivers and cannot get online or the display sorted.

I have listed the controllers required below. I went onto Dell website however the drivers page has 'page error' on every driver I try. Any help would be much appreciated.

Ethernet Controller
Multimedia and Audio Controller
SM Bus Controller
USB Controller
Video Controller - vga compatible.



A:Dell Dimension 1100/b110 drivers

Since he is having some issues with loading the Dell pages... I took the liberty by downloading the drivers, unzipping it and put it all together in a zip file for you.

here you go man

About 27MB for 4 drivers. - Click here to get it!

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When left on, the computer sometimes shuts itself off. Didn't used to do that. It is not in "sleep" mode. Thanks for whatever help you can give.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop with XP Professional

Check for overheating, it's not unknown for that model to have real problems if there is any dust buildup on the fan inside.

Use a can of compressed air in the fan exhaust port.

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i've heard just a little about over clocking, but i have heard that dell 'locks' their bios, keeping one from overclocking the hard drive.

as it is, i have a 2.4gig processor, and certainly wouldn't mind bumping that up a little.

is this possible?

A:Solved: over clocking my dell inspiron 1100

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Hi guys. My brother has a Dell Inspiron 1100. He asked me to look into fixing it, but he is out of warranty, and I told him I would research his problem and see what you guys reccomended. I have the computer too in front of me for the time being, until it's repaired.

He said he turned it off and unplugged it one night. He often times I believe always left it plugged in. Not a good idea to Constantly do I know. He went to turn it on the next morning, and it wouldn't turn on. Plugged in to the wall, or not plugged in.

When you press the power button, the power light quickly blinks green, then the battery light blinks orange quite a few times but that is all that happens. Nothing comes on at all. Does that mean he just needs to buy a new battery? Or is it more severe?

A:Dell Inspiron 1100- Orange Light

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I had to partition my HD in Dell Inspiron 1100 while at school a few years ago into Windows XP and Linux (20 GB in each). However, now I need additional space for my windows work and can pretty much remove the Linux partition and get an extra 20 GB. I had used Partition Magic for the partition. Can anyone advise what would be the most convenient way to remove the partition? I can lose my Linux data but not the Windows data.
1. Do I need to use Partition Magic for removing the partition? Is there any forced way to just add the 20 GB from the Linux partition onto my Windows XP partition?
2.Should I use a backup and restore sw (say from Norton for restoring the Windows files and system back)?

Would appreciate any help.

A:Remove partition on Dell Inspiron 1100

You can use anything to delete the partition. WinXP does not have anyway to extend the windows partition into the available space though, so you'll have to use Partition Magic, or something similar, to expand the Windows partition.

If you don't have Partition Magic anymore, there are free programs that do the same but I don't have any links nor have used any so you'll just have to search, or someone else may have a recommendation

You should be able to do this without losing any of your Windows data but it's always a good idea to have a backup just in case.
If you need to save any of the Linux data (and don't have room on the Windows partition, or a way to back it up), Partition Magic (and probably other programs) will let you shrink the Linux partition and expand the Windows partition a bit at a time, then you can transfer the data from the Linux partition to the Windows partition before you delete it.



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Hi Folks,

Just looking for some advice on upgrading the spec on my laptop. I got it 3 years ago and is very poor when it comes to processing and playing games.

Pentium 2
1GB Ram
20Gb Hard drive (I can fill in the rest later)

Would I be better getting a new processor or graphics card?

Is it difficult to install these if I get the part(s)?
Is it even possible to upgrade the processor on these laptops?

Any advise welcome.

A:Solved: Upgrading Dell Inspiron 1100

You are pretty much out of luck. You cannot change the graphics; it is onboard.

Next even if you could change the cpu, you would need to deal with the extra heat the faster cpu generates. Laptops are designed to work with the hardware they have.

You CAN upgrade ram [if you have available slots] and install a larger hd. That is about it.

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hello...I dont really know much about video cards to start out just recently got a Nvidia GeForce 6200 OC PCI video card to play the sims 3 and WoW. The sims 3 would give me the blue screen of death saying I was caught in an infinite loop or something...I could always play WoW with my onboard card but ever since upgrading/downgrading WoW crashes randomly...mostly in the city of dalaran..but anyways I was wondering what a good upgrade would be for my video card to end these problems.

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I have a Dell Dimension 1100 that I would like to upgrade, if possible.. I need some advice on what exactly can be upgraded.

So far I have ordered (but not yet received) an extra 2GB RAM (1GB x 2)
Apparently that's all it can handle. So I assume if I wanted more RAM I'd need a new motherboard? And if I get a new motherboard what else will I have to upgrade?

I'd also like a bigger hard drive...but would that mean I'd need to replace the one it's already got? and put everything on the new hard drive?
At the moment it has 80 GB partitioned in 3, so the main part with all the programs on it is 20 GB and it has 1GB free.

As for price range, obviously the cheaper the better.

I have very limited knowledge of computers so I'd appreciate your patience with me.
Thanks in advance,

A:Advice on Dell Dimension 1100 upgrade

2GB is the max for that system. Installing a new motherboard can be a mixed bag with some dells. Sometimes they use proprietary connectors or parts that make replacing the motherboard difficult or impossible.

There appears to be only one drive bay for a hard drive although you could always put one where the floppy drive goes or into a free 5 1/4 slot with the appropriate spacers and cable if needed.

If you were going to replace the drive, you could use something like Acronis True Image to Copy the 3 partitions to the new drive and leave the remaining space blank or you could do something like clone the boot partition to a large partition and manually copy the data from the other 2 partitions to the remaining free space.

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I recently spilled some beer on my laptop computer. 20 Seconds afterward I took the computer apart and had it shutdown and all. I cleaned up the mess. After a little bit to let dry out, I put the computer together again to see if it would work again.

Well the computer turned on and all seemed okay, besides it saying my CMOS Settings had been cleared. That doesn't affect a computer. After hitting F2 to continue, A screen came up and said External Auxilary Failure, which I figure to be my CD ROM drive. I pulled it out and tried turning on the computer again.

All that happened is my power light (green) AND battery light (amber) is solidly on. If I just try it on battery power, to get these lights on I have to hit the power button. If I try AC power then as soon as I plug it in it has this problem.

I am pretty sure there isn't anything wrong with the motherboard. I am also pretty sure the computer should work by now. I have cleaned my computer like this many times before and never had a problem. By cleaning, I mean taking the entire thing apart and washing the parts and setting them to dry in a dry clean dust free room, with a fan to hasten the drying process.

This is why I say the the mobo should be okay. That and it turned on before also. If anyone has anything that may help me with this problem I could really use it. Thank You.

PS. I paid 2700 dollars for this, and had the computer for only a year and 8 months.

A:Problem turning on Dell Inspiron 1100

I have cleaned my computer like this many times before and never had a problem. By cleaning, I mean taking the entire thing apart and washing the parts and setting them to dry in a dry clean dust free room, with a fan to hasten the drying process.Click to expand...

this type of cleaning is not nessesary, and taking apart a laptop is just asking for trouble. if you actually periodically washed (with water or something) one or more electronic parts, the laptop wouldn't have lasted long anyways. if you spilled the beer on the keyboard, you should know that laptop makers had this scenario in mind when they put a rubber backing to the keyboard designed to keep liquids/dust from the keyboard off the internal components. regular computer keyboards have this rubber too. i actually spilled some of my home-made moonshine on a keyboard once, and the approx. 180 proof stuff didn't cause any problems, excepting the fire hazard. your best bet is to take it into a shop so a technician can get his hands on it.

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How to you connect a typical mouse to Dell inspiron 1100? I don't see any ports
for it. I have a USB mouse connected to it but it seems like my thumb drives will
not work on the second USB port. Any suggestions?

I can get both to work by connecting the thumb drive & USB mouse to a USB
HUB but I don't know why I can't connect my mouse & USB drive directly in
the computer?

Thank you

A:Mouse connection to a Dell inspiron 1100?

How to you connect a typical mouse to Dell inspiron 1100? I don't see any ports
for it. I have a USB mouse connect to itClick to expand...

can you explain further , dont understand - dont see anyports verses its connected

A USB mouse goes into a USB Socket on the PC

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Hello Forum,

I have a DELL Inspiron Laptop and the on board PCI Ehternet in Hardware device shows in yellow exclamation mark it also says unknown device. I went to system information and it shows a Broadcom 440
x100/10 ETC. On the listing it showed it was installed= YES but it did not show a driver. I went to my friend who had an ACER laptop and it was using the same PCI Ethernet ( Broadcom 440) so I copied
his drivers and put them in when ask by my Add Hardware for install of driver. It then showed up on Device list BUT it says unable to START- Code 10, I had put the driver in same place as on my friends laptop WIN32/driver and a Win LAN folder.
I am now totally lost as what to do next . I have the CD from DELL BUT it does not have the drivers on it!
Thanks for any help

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 Ethernet PCI problem

Broadcom is junk. I hate it. I run into this all the time.

The hardware will not work with just the basic driver, like other "general" hardware will.

No, Broadcom is SPECIAL. It has to have it's clunky software installed before it will give you the correct driver. Uninstall the software, it takes it's drivers with it as it goes, leaving the hardware non-functional.

And aiming Device Manager at the device will not work. I don't know how Broadcom does it, or why. I can only assume it is because they want their software on your computer.

So my guess is that either the software was uninstalled, or it got corrupt in some way.

So, first thing is to get a copy of the Network software from Dell's support site. Then uninstall the software from "Add/Remove Programs" and reboot. Then install the Network software and that should fix the problem, unless the hardware is bad.

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a dell dimension 1100 shuts down after about 10-20 seconds and wont turn on again until after 5 minutes or so.. i have added thermal paste to the cpu and replaced the memory...any other suggestions as to what i should do ??

thanks in advance

A:Dell Dimension 1100 shuts down after 20 seconds

Sounds like a heat issue, or a cpu that does not have adequate thermal paste between heat sink and cpu fan.
It is old enough to require a replacement hard drive... Good to test with another hard drive.
Is the screen any different when booted to SAFE MODE?
Do you have a separate video graphics card, or is it connected to onboard graphics?
Power supply could be failing. A power supply tester costs $10 to $15 on up to $15, but just exchanging with another power supply would satisfy that inquiry.
Other items to consider on that model: CMOS battery might be failing.
One simply test is to remove and reseat all cables. Consider replacing the EIDE 80 Connector 40 conductor cable from board to hard drive.
Clean all dust, dirt, fiber and hair out of the heat sink, if not already done.

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I have found Vista forums very useful in the past. This is the first time I post so hope I am doing it right.
I recently reinstalled my 64 bit Vista OS, including 64 bit SP 1 & 2 (which I also saved to an USB drive). Everything seems to work okay except for the Dell Laser 1100 printer. I have been unable to reinstall the driver from the Dell disc which had worked before. The Dell disc goes looking for newer drivers but the installation fails. Windows updates has a Dell update, but this also fails to install.

I have gone to the Dell website and downloaded other 64 bit drivers, but those also failed to install.

Error messages display : Windows can't install DLP 11 kernel-mode printer driver...


?.Printer driver not compatible iwth policy on your computer that block NT4.O drivers.

Now, I have looked the SP 1 & 2 files on the USB drive, and there is a compatibility mode listed but I did not make any selection before installing. I was not even aware of that.

I have tried to uninstall the services packs as per MS instructions so I could make a compatibility choice but am unsure which one it should be ? Win NT4, winserver 2003?

How to uninstall Windows Vista service packs as a troubleshooting step

but the packs are not listed. They are definitely installed, as I tried a reinstall, and was told they were already there.

Would anyone have any idea what else I could try?


A:Dell 1100 Laser printer driver

For some reason, the installation finally worked!

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I have a DELL Inspiron 1100. When I turn it on it will boot to Windows XP and then after a while the screen goes blank (black). If I shut the cover and open it again the display will come back on for a while and then go blank again.

Also the windows screen is only about 1/3 of the screen.

Anyone have an idea?? Could it possibly be the inverter?



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I was reading another thread that described the same problem that i have, it seems to be closed though.

I have a dell inspiron 1100. It wasn't registering that the AC was connected and then the battery ran dead. Now it wont start at all. When i hit the power button the lights on the front of the lap top blink green and then orange. If i take the battery out the lights on the computer are very faint, the battery light is orange and the power light is green. When i put the battery back in the lights shut off.

Is this a simple replace the battery or ac cord problem? Any advice would be greatly welcome.


A:dell inspiron 1100 wont start

Notebooks do not need a battery to run off the mains, so take the battery out, plug the notebook in and if it doesn't power up then you need to check out the power supply and/or other possibilities.



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Want to replace CD drive with a DVD drive.. Any suggestions!? Also anyone know where to buy one!?


A:Dell Inspiron 1100 FAIL CD DRIVE

A place full of Dell parts!


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Hi everybody,

I have an old Dell Inspiron 1100 (Celeron 2.4) with 256MB RAM (two 128MB sticks). A friend of mine gave me a 512MB stick and I happily thought that I finally would be able to upgrade the memory of my old friend. The new memory I got is:

Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 266MHz DDR Non-ECC CL2.5 200 Pin SODIMM

However, when I install the new memory the laptop won't start! The LED blinks for 5-10 seconds and then the computer turns off. When I put back my old memory everything works fine again. I've tried it with the new memory alone in both of the empty slots and also together with one of the two 128MB sticks. I've tried all possible combinations but the laptop simply doesn't start whenever the 512MB module is installed. What's going on? I thought this memory was compatible with the Inspiron. Am I wrong?


A:Dell Inspiron 1100 memory problem

The Dell Inspiron 1100 is infamous for this problem, and sometimes motherboards have to be replaced. The Kingston memory, even though ValueRam, is usually pretty good in that model. It does not like to have mixed memory sizes or speeds.
However, try removing all the old memory, then inserting the new module in slot one, then if that does not work, try slot two. If it doesn't work by itself, it is doomed in your machine. If it does work, then you can try adding
The Inspiron 1100 really works best with memory that is not "value" or lower tier memory, and is PC3200 (400 MHz). See if you can borrow other memory to try. Two modules of PC3200 Sodimms that are exactly the same should give you 1 GB of working memory. There many vendors sell good DDR Sodimm
memory for $15.80 (256 mb) to $25.00 (512 mb) so for $50 you could have one GB, assuming your Inspiron 1100 is working properly.
But we are now seeing so many failed 1100 motherboards for unknown causes, that it might not be worth attempting the changes.

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I have a HP Pavilion a1520n media center desktop PC bought new in Sep. 06 & a Dell Inspiron 1100 I bought about 6 years ago. I am trying to install the Linksys wireless on the Dell. I have ran the CD on the Dell first, & it failed to work, then the HP & it also failed to work. I need help installing it on the Dell so I can have wireless for my home network. All help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, papadee

A:Linksys Wireless G for Dell Inspiron 1100

I am guessing that the "CD" is the installation disk that came with the "Linksys wireless"? What is the "Linksys wireless"...a plug in card, a USB plug in...what?

It "failed to work" on both systems. In what way? What error msgs?

Have you checked the Linksys website to see if you can down load the necessary drivers?

Are you running XP?

Did you try to let XP install the device on its own?

Please try to be less vague about the makes it hard to know what is really going on!

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I have a Dell 1100 laptop that has 2 usb ports. The second port does not
work or reconized a device when it is plugged in. The first port works in which
I use a hub to plug a mouse and other usb device in.

Is there a way to trouble shoot and hopefully repair that second USB port?

I use windows xp.

Thank you,

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Currently running Windows 7 home edition and cannot install a DELL 1100 laser printer. According to Microsoft and DELL this printer is compatible with Windows 7 and to use the Windows Vista 32 driver. I have downloaded and installed the Vista Driver but it does not work. Please help.

A:DELL 1100 printer won't install on Windows 7

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Hi again.
I have a problem with my Dell Dimension 1100 desktop PC: when I run a graphics- and sound -intensive programme (by my standards anyway), the system restarts spontaneously quite regularly . It reboots with one of several messages that tell me to contact Dell and report the failure to reboot at the checkpoint named. The checkpoints are usually Imsi, Poke, PnP4 or (once only) Time. These mean nothing to me, and all attempts to advise Dell have failed. Maybe someone here can help.

Here are some details about my system:
(I'm a novice at this, so much of this info may be irrelevant).
I have a Dell "Dimension 1100" Pentium desktop pc running under MS XP-SP3.
The total Physical Memory is 1G, total Virtual Memory is 2G, and the Page File size is 2.41G (whatever all that means).
It uses a Soundmax Integrated digital sound system from Analog Devices. The graphics controller is Intel, with Radeon 9200 and Radeon 9200LE (Primary and Secondary) adapters. Drivers are ATI2dvag.dll (
Can anyone help with this very frustrating problem please?

A:Dell Dimension 1100 spontaneous restarts

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I looking for an drive for an dell inspiron 1100 notebook. What type of drive does it
take? It appears that it has a black connector in the compter that will accept
some type of parallel connection? Do they make a standard type of drive
for notebooks that could be used in that computer?
I am thinking about searching for one on e-bay but I need to know
what to look for and good keywords in order to choose a proper drive.

Thank you

A:What type of drive does an dell inspiron 1100 Take?

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This forum has given me alot of advise on speeding up my laptop. I have upgraded my chipset driver and tried to configured my Internet security (Kaspersky 7.0) so that it would not scan on startup and stopped my mail and spam watch since I don't have Outlook. This helped some, but I still have issues when I'm on the internet and downloading files or multi-tasking with other windows open. I also have received what you call the BSOD 3 times in the last month when I have had multiple windows open and the internet running for a long time. I do not know what the screen said, and after seeing the forums on the BSOD I know to see what the problem is when or if it happens again.

I was thinking of upgrading my memory. Right now I have 2 slots with 128mb in each. I was going to upgrade to 1G. After looking at my system configuration I found that I only have 11.37% of memory left. Do you think this will help my laptop run faster? It was also reccommended to upgrade the BIOS - I did this from A21 to A32. I would eventually like to upgrade my Windows XP Pro from SP2 to SP3. Should I do this now or get the memory upgrade and then do it. Any advise would be appreciated and please I'm not that computer savy so be specific.

One more thing I was trying to spell check this, but found that I needed to download iespell. I tried to do this and it would still not work - so I uninstalled it. I then decided to go to the iespell website and try again. When I tried... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 memory upgrade

I figured since I started here I would keep going...I've decided that since I'm upgrading the ram and might as well go the HD too...I have a Toshiba 30g ATA and I'm thinking about going for a Western Digital Scorpio 120G ATA. I read reviews and think this is a good product, but a trust you guys here so I would like your opinion.

I'm also going to clean the Cooling Assembly while I'm inside the computer...This will be the first time I'll do this all myself so if there is any tips or advise that anyone has it would also be appreciated. Thanks again

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hi, my name is Jon, and I'm currently using a Dell Insipiron 1100, and i was wondering how you switch to Span mode when using a vga viewsonic monitor?
Thanks for the quick help,

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This Dell Inspiron 1100 was bought off Ebay. When its turned on, the Dell logo appears, says Inspiron 1100 Series, BIOS Revision A32, the bar goes across, then it says:

This computer system, #G54Y541-A95B is protected by a password authentication system.

I get 3 tries, then it shuts off.

I see those kits sold for 60 bucks but I was wondering if there was anyway in the world to get around this otherwise. I read the giant Dell BIOS password thread, but wasn't successful with anything mentioned there.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 System Password

Having Same Problem With Dell Inspiron 1100

Several months ago my mom loaned a 'friend' a couple hundred bucks, he gave her his laptop to hold as collateral. Now nearly 6-7 months later, I am stuck with her problem. He skipped town, no clue how to reach him, even if that would help and she has a non-functioning laptop! I have been searching high and low. I am not comfortable enough with laptops to do the soldering thing and don't know where else to start. My service tag is about same as yours, at least last 4. If you figure it out, please share info? Sure wish she would have told me before completing this transaction.. I would of said "GET PASSWORD FIRST!" :knock:


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Yeah, I have a problem with this laptop and whenever I try to connect it to the internet, I get a "Network Cable unplugged" for 2 seconds than a connection for 2 seconds and then it repeats this same thing over and over and over. It is driving me MAD and I can't get on the internet with the laptop.

First of all I asked my computer tech friend and he doesn't know what to do. I asked his computer tech teacher and he doesn't know. I tried calling Dell and they gave me bull**** about, "You need to replace the mobo and it's going to cost 100s of dollars."

So, if anyone can help me I would appreciate it.

Also I did install the correct drivers so that eliminates that question.

A:Problem with connection on Dell Inspiron 1100...

Might want to look into any possible firmware updates for that card, probably not real likely to find any.

Another solution would be to buy a PCMCIA network card.

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I'm currently trying to re-install windows onto an old tablet by putting it's hard drive into an older Dell laptop, and although they are supposed to be the same size, the dell is slightly thinner and therefore the older hard drive won't fit into the bay.
I don't think I can or should force it and I would gladly accept any advise.

A:Dell Inspirion 1100 Hardrive issues

Why are you trying to put the hard drive in an old Dell? Does the tablet have a cd rom drive? I wouldn't force it you might cause more problems. If you needed to you could get an adapter that would make the 2 1/2 inch drive hook into the 3 1/2 drive ide cable (in a desktop computer) so you could format it and install Windows....
Like this..

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I have a Dell Dimension 1100 and bought a ATAPI - DVD A DH20A4P DVD/RW and installed it into the Dell. Now it has 2 CD/DVD roms. One DVD/RW (ATAPI) and one CD/RW/DVD rom(stock for it). But when I am in windows (XP - Home Ed) and go under my computer it recognizes the drive as E:/ but only as E:/ DVD RAM and wont burn dvd's or recognize and dvd's in the drive and some cd's for that matter. But it does work like a regular CD drive most of the time. It has the driver install 9p59 firmware. Help please!!!! Going CRAZY!!!! ?

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i am formating a dell dimension 1100 for a friend, ive formatted 1000 times in the past, but this pc is giving me trouble, the ONE harddrive seems to be spilt into 2, one peace being 70GB and the othe rbeing 8GB, and if i install windows on the 70GB it wont boot right and fails and if i try and install on 8GB it says i cant install it on it, how can i merge it back into one? thanks

look at pic to see what i mean by spilt.

A:harddrive problems dell dimension 1100

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Hi Everyone,
I am new to the board. I am having a problem with my Dell Inspiron 1100. The screen just went white on me. I can hear windows booting in the background but I have no visual on the screen. Do anyone have any suggestions what this could be? I tried to hook the monitor up to a external monitor and received no visual display.

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It wont even pick up from a direct ethernet. it is saying my firewall is blocking it and i have them shut off.

A:Dell 1100 xp wont pick up a network

what firewall do you have ?
dell of supply mcafee - is this on the PC and do you subscribe to it ?

lets see the following ipconfig /all and ping tests
also do a tcp/ip reset
ipconfig /all
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to paste the results into something like notepad and then copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post results here

We would like to see the results from ipconfig /all post back the results in a reply here

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD then press Enter to open a command prompt box (A new dialogue box - black with white font, will appear on screen ):

In the command prompt window that opens, type the following command:

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.

ipconfig /all > network.txt & network.txt

It will export the results to notepad and then automatically open notepad.

Now all you need to do is copy and paste those results to a reply here
to do that:
From the notepad menu - choose Edit - Select all
all the text will be highlighted
From the notepad menu - choose Edit - Copy
Now go back to the forum - reply and then right click in the reply box and paste

Ping Tests
If you cannot acce... Read more

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My dell screen has turned white. I can hear windows booting in the background but unable to view on screen. Have tried an external monitor but get no visual display. Do anyone know what could be my problem?

A:Help with Dell Inspiron 1100 screen problems


First off when you connect the external monitor do you press the relevant key combination to enable the monitor, on most laptops its the FN key (bottom row on the left) and then one of the "F" keys, on my acer its F5, on my other dell its F8.

As for the white screen this maybe caused by the screen invertor failing or the screen itself failing, most invertors (inverters) can be bought for about fifteen pounds from ebay, screens however can cost upwards of £60.

It could also be a loose connection and would require the stripping down of the laptop to get to the ribbon connector that joins the screen to the base unit.

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My laptop fan comes on briefly, the power light also comes on green briefly, then shuts down. The power light continues to slowly blink until I press it for a second, then it too shuts off. If I hold it down for a few seconds, I can hear a faint click, and it resumes slowly flashing. But it won't start.

Can anyone suggest a solution to this problem. I did have the same problem a few weeks ago, and took it into a computer repair shop for repair. They gave it back to me, saying there was nothing wrong with it. And indeed it worked fine again: until this morning.

Would this have anything to do with the fact that I recently started shutting down the power to the transformer when it was turned off? My idea was to save on the electricity being used by the transformer when the computer was not being used. But now I'm thinking that wasn't such a good idea especially given that the transformer really doesn't use a great deal of power in the great scheme of things.

If anyone could help me get machine going again I would appreciate it. This machine is now about three or four years old and has given sterling service until now! I'm hoping I don't have to retire it yet!

All my best to the tech support guys on a very snowy March morning (here in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario it's pretty snowy anyway!)


A:Dell laptop Inspiron 1100 won't stay going

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Something or another was wrong with my mom's old laptop and she decided to reinstall Windows to fix it. Now I don't know whats wrong, I don't know a ton about computers and neither does she really. Basically the resolution is stuck on 640x480 and the color 4bit. Its hard to do anything like that, it doesn't recognize the internet either if you plug it in or the video card or the sound card or anything much. I have no clue what to do at this point and we can't afford to get it repaired professionally. Is there anything I can do? Please help if you can, this is all the information I know but tell me if you need more. Thanks.

A:Reinstall WinXp SP3 on a Dell Inspiron 1100 - Now Nothing Really Works

After you reinstalled windows did you then use the "Drivers and Utilities" disks to reload all the hardware drivers?

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I have a dell inspiron 1100 that beeps at me continously on boot up. I presss F2 on my keyboard and
the system will go ahead an boot up. I think it might be a little slower that usual when I am in windows
XP but I am a little unsure of that fact.

Any suggestions to repair this problem. Does the computer need a new cmos battery? How do I
change that if needed. Does this computer take a regular desk top cmos battery?

Any suggestions.
Thank you,

A:Dell inspiron 1100 Continous beeps at me on start up.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 which, for the last 4 days, will not start using the power adapter. It will start and works fine with a charged battery. However, my battery is now out of charge.

If I take the battery out and try and start the machine, all three lights go on at the front, but then immediately everything goes off.

I think with machine switched off and power supply plugged in, it is charging the battery, but the ac power adapter makes a wierd clicking/ticking noise, so I'm not keen to leave it on/charging too long.

My Dell Inspiron 1100's warranty ran out in 2004... Dell were very pleased to tell me this and tried to sell me an adapter for £85.00. However, I'm not sure that replacing the adapter will fix it. The green led is on and, as above, it appears to be charging the battery AND all lights light up for a split second at least, so some power is getting through.

I have read other posts with similar issues, but can't find exactly the same issue. Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 starts with battery, but not with adapter

It is possible that the motherboard has developed problems, but you must try another AC adapter first. An AC Adapter is much cheaper than a motherboard

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I am trying to buy some RAM for a Dell Inspiron 1100 Laptop. On the crucial website it says that each slot shouldn't exceed 512 MB of RAM. It says there is only a maximum of 1 GB of RAM for this system. I wanted to get 1 GB of Crucial RAM for $32. The only issue is that the RAM comes in a 1GB Module. If I was to buy two 512 MB Modules the price wold be around $15-20 more expensive. Does it really matter if I put in a larger RAM module than what Crucial says the system should use. Any Thoughts would be appreciated.

A:RAM Maximum per slot for a Dell Inspiron 1100 Laptop.

If you bought that 1gb stick, your laptop would only recognize 512mb.
You'll have to do what crucial says.

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Need to remove it so I can put it in my desktop to fix.

Please help.

A:Anybody know how to remove a Dell Insprion 1100 hard drive??


This should help


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I need to connect the hard drive for the dell inspiron 1100, to a usb port in order to save somethings for my friend. I don't know what kind of an enclosure I need for it. I have a ide one, but it dowsn't work. Any suggestions would be helpful. I have tried connecting it to another monitor with no luck there either.

A:dell inspiron 1100 doesn't have a usable screen

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I have to date had no problems with this laptop but this problem is trying my patience! I normally have the laptop plugged into full power via socket so its rare I use it by battery alone. However last week battery did run out and i recharged it and it has been operating absolutley fine. However the battery light will not stop flashing amber 4 times then a green flash which holds for a couple seconds. It will continue flashing like this all the time I have it on and plugged into the mains or whether I use it via battery power only. It will still be flashing for a few minutes once I have shut the laptop down completely also. I can not find anything helpful on the web so I really really need your help before I end up throwing it out a window!

Software and security is all up-to-date, and there are no other issues with it - please help!!!

Thank you!

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 Battery light problems

The light should stay solid green until the battery starts to run out then it flashes amber, from what you say it sounds as though one of the cells is faulty and as such isnt charging fully.


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Quick background: We bought two brand new Dell 1100 Laser Printers. My husband has Win98 and uses a dos based program and couldn't get the printer to work, so gave one to me. I have Win XP, and have been thru every hoop imaginable trying to get this silly thing to work. After 3 calls to Dell support and about 2 hours of talking (even switching printers, cords and cables and Dell sending me another brand new printer) we finally tried it on my laptop and voile-it worked! BUT, since it's been determined that it will at least work on my laptop, even though it won't work on the desktop, Dell has washed their hands of it now.
I only wanted to use it on my desktop-It does me no good to use it on my laptop! UGG


Thanks in advance!!


A:Solved: Dell 1100 Printer is going to send me over the edge!

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Let me start out by saying I am no way computer savvy!
I've read that Inspirons are notorious for having overheating issues. Mine is no acception. It normally would overheat and shut down on me. After cooling off it would boot back up when I turned it on.
Well, yesterday it booted up without any display. The screen was black. I turned it off and tried again. Same thing. I connected an external monitor. No change. I took out the fan and heat sink (read up on how to do that). Blew out 2 massive dust bunnies (should have done that months ago). Turned it change on internal or external monitors. I did hit F8 when I connected the external.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to what my next step should be?
I re-posted my issue in this forum. I posted it earlier under the wrong forum. I hope this is the right one.

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 No display - overheating issues

The motherboard is probably fried and will have to be replaced

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I had a password locked HD(30Gb), that I finally gave up on. I purchased a 250Gb replacement drive. When I go into the bios to check to see if the system detects it, it show 137Gb, when it did not show anything with the locked HD. I also check to see if there was a bios update, but there was none, just the same as what's already on my 1100. I thought I'd try to use the new drive, while I wait for another replacement, it started to format at 250Gb.

I just wondering why it shows 137Gb. I know this is an issue with some older bios and P3 systems, but I did not expect it with a P4 system.

Anyone else experience this? Any problems if I keep the 250Gb installed, or should I order a 120Gb.



A:New 250Gb showing 137Gb on a Dell 1100 bios

Usually this problem is caused by formatting the drive with a verision of Windows XP that has no Service Pack, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 1a. None of those will format higher than 137 GB.
If you switch to an install disk with Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3, you can format up to 1.5 Terrabytes without problems.
Alternately, once you format at 137 GB, use a partition editor such as Ghost, Partition Magic, Source Forge, or Acronis (I recommend Acronis)... to extend the partition to the full size of the hard drive.
Either way, you have a cost.

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My copy of Windows became corrupt(due in part with my fiddling within the registry and duplicate files - I know!!!). Everything was backed up, so I reinstalled Windows, and started reinstalling device drivers.

I no longer have the original Drivers Disc so have downloaded the needed drivers. The recommended driver from Dell (and other locations online) for my chipset does not install the USB Controller required for my system. The Device Manager claims - "The drivers for this device are not installed".

I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 with an Intel I845GL chipset.

This problem has occurred previously and I found a different driver which solved the problem but I did not save it to the replacement Driver disc I created.

Dell website - only available download for my model

Intel Mobile Chipset

Release Date: 27/02/2003
Version: 4.20.1006, A02

Link to driver:


It installs without issue but the USB controller is not installed.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Tech Support Guy has been fantastic for me in the past.


A:Solved: Dell Inspiron 1100 has no Driver for USB Controller

Please, anybody?

Very few problems stump the Tech Support Guy Community!

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I have Dell 1100 laptop that is running Windows Xp Home.

I use a D-Link G650 card to connect to the Internet. Everything was fine until yesterday.

It appears that my card is not responding--the lights on it don't come on when the PC boots up and even when the boot process is done.

My system tray shows the remark "D-link card not found" and I have no connectivity. I rebotted the machine with the same problem. I haven't reset the D-Link 624 router that I use to connect.

I tried another card in the laptop and I got the same results--no lights on the PC card and no connectivity.

Please advise. I hope it's not the actual PC slot on the laptop sice I don't have a clue about how to repair/replace it??? Is it part of the mobo on the Dell 1100??

Anybody have an idea or clue..
Please advise.
Thanks. Tony

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 Laptop and PC Card Slot Problem?

d-link isn't exactly bad, but thier products aren;t that good either. my first suspect would be the card itself. can you swap it with a known good model or return it?

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I am trying to boot from the floppy drive in a dell dimension 1100 running xp pro but the bios says:
"floppy drive (not installed)"  Not sure what to do.  
Another option would be to boot from the optical drive, but the computer will not boot from a new cd (which works on other computers)  that has Ubuntu on it.  It will boot from the windows xp os cd though.  Is it possible to get older cd's so the computer will boot from them. If so, how do you find these older cd's.

A:"floppy drive not installed" in bios in dell dimension 1100

If the computer is an old one then it's possible it is non-PAE. Later versions of Ubuntu do not support a non-PAE CPU.
For the floppy problem open the computer and see if the connections are secure, both the data and power cables. Unplug the power cord. Hold the power button down for 30 seconds. Open the case and touch some bare metal first.
Are you trying to install Ubuntu on the computer? If the CPU does support PAE it is possible to boot Ubuntu from a USB flash drive using Rufus and the Ubuntu iso if the computer supports it. Attach the USB flash drive with Ubuntu and tap F12 at boot to select your boot device or make sure USB boot has top priority in BIOS.

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Are you sure you did it correctly? This fix has been reported on almost every site I've come by:

[Fix] Windows 7 Boot Screen Changed to Vista Style - Tweaking with Vishal

- Fred

A:7 boot animation reverts to Vista on Dell Inspiron 1100

Yeah I've tried both commands given but will try, try again.

Notice the comments from those who couldn't get fixes to work.

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