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Solved: Reformatting Dell Dimension 4550

Q: Solved: Reformatting Dell Dimension 4550

Hi, I am trying to reformat a Dell Dimension on Windows XP Home, and have never had a problem like this, don't know what I am missing, the machine was purchased with XP home on it, and there is a reinstall disk. When you do the reformatt when it comes back up and runs through the process it does not ask for the product key? It reformats and when machine is supposedly all set up and ready to go half the information such as ethernet card, audio drivers etc is not there. If you are doing a complete reinstall should it not ask for the product key??? This really has me puzzled, I have reformatted 3 times, and am not coming up with the proper setup. I am going to work now and will not be back until this evening, but anyones input into this would be greatly appreciated.

Tks Chris

A: Solved: Reformatting Dell Dimension 4550

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Unable to use the reinstall disk that came with computer. The bios will not allow me to make the cd boot first. The control F11 does not work. When I boot with win 98 boot disk at the A prompt the c drive is inaccessible, message is failure. Downloaded "" to fix the F11 key only worked at saving unable to restore. The partion is mess up and only went back to last december and that was bad. The operating system is Win xp home.I have all disks from dell. If i try to use the reinstall cd in windows it tells me I have a newer verison and will not load. When I go to details it tells to boot with cd, control F11 not working and this cd can not be loaded from dos.

A:Solved: Recover Dell Dimension 4550 to factory

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system model

Dell Computer Corporation Dimension 4550
System Service Tag: CXXV421 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: CXXV421
Enclosure Type: Mini-Tower


2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
code name northwood
brand id 9
package Socket 478 mPGA

main circuit board

Board: Dell Computer Corp.
Bus Clock: 400 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Computer Corporation A08 09/23/2003

memory modules

2048 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM_A' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM_B' has 1024 MB

hard drives

240.06 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
197.87 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

WDC WD1600AAJB-00WRA0 [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAS26342810, rev 58.01H58, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD800JB-00JJC0 [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WD-WMAM9AWK2606, rev 05.01C05, SMART Status: Healthy

A:Solved: Dell Dimension 4550 processor upgrade, possible?

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I am trying to take an old Dell of mine apart. I want to take the MOBO which is ties to my copy of Server2003 and put it in a new case. I have a dremel if it doesnt line up right. The only problem is the front panel headers. I need to find out what is what. Has anyone solved this yet? Ive seen some other Dell models done this way. The Intel MObo in it is an E210882.

Thank you in advance

A:Solved: Pin Diagram for Intel E210882(Dell Dimension 4550)

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Would anyone know where I could download the appropriate driver for the Dimension 4550 Ethernet? I formatted the system and the drivers were negatively affected.

Currently the Device Manager has a big question mark next to 'other devices' with further question marks below, under Ethernet Controlled and Multimedia Audio Controlled.

Please help. ya'll.

A:[SOLVED] Need to download driver for Dell Dimension 4550 Ethernet adapter

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my mate wants more ram for his dimension and I need to check exaclty what type he needs.
Could you please tel me what type of ram it needs?

A:Dell Dimension 4550 RAM

look here, use the drop down menu's to select the correct computer

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I am planning on upgrading my old Dell Dimension 4550 to Vista after Christmas.
I am sure when you first read this you'll think, blimey what's he doing that for, but it only came with an 18Gb hard drive and 256mb of RAM.

I am planning on replacing these components with at least a 160Gb hard drive and 1Gb or RAM

Question 1;
- What kind of hard drive does it take?
#i.e; 2" hard drive or 3" hard drive

Question 2;
- What kind of RAM does it take
#i.e; DDR etc...

Question 3;
- Is this completely insane or can it be done, and done well???

Thanks very much and have a very Merry Christmas

A:Dell Dimension 4550

I have just looked at the specs and I dont think that I would bother, IMHO it would run crap.

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I have a Dell Dimension 4550. Please Help! I am wondering if anyone can give me detailed step by step instructions or give me a website to REINSTALL the entire system. To delete everything so I can start over brand new. Dell tech support is way over priced. Please HELP!!!

A:Dell Dimension 4550


did you get restore disks with the computer when you bought it?
or an xp disk with a motherboard disk

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I have an old Dell 4550 desktop that I would like to restore and add some memory to
it currently has 256 MB and I would like to get it to at least 512 MB.....would I be
better to add an additional 256 (would there be room) or simply replace the 256 with
512? How hard is it to replace the memory myself??

A:Old Dell Dimension 4550

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I have a DELL Dimension 4550 that is giving the following error at bootup:

lsass.exe - System Error

"The endpoint format is invalid."

You hit OK and the pc reboots and message comes back each time. The strange thing I have noticed is I have 512MB ram installed in this pc and the system is reading only 32MB. It boots to safe mode fine. I even tried the memtest on bootup and it is only seeing 32mb of ram! I have removed the module and reseated and cleaned the contacts. No good. Is this a case of just buying new ram? Or could it be deeper than this?

A:Dell Dimension 4550 issues


I was doing a little research and found out that lsass.exe is a system process of the Microsoft Windows security mechanism. More than likely from what I read you have a virus of some type.

I would recommend you get the following scans done in safe mode:

PS: Check out this site for a lot of information about lsass.exe (I used it to help you):


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I have a Dell Dimension 4550 that will not recognize the hard drive, I have tried all the settings (master, slave, cable select) it was working yesterday but seemed to get a virus from facebook (from what I am told) and the screen went black. Does not sound like a hard drive problem to me since I was able to hook it up externally and extract the data. Will not boot to my cd either. it is running windows xp and everything is stock on the machine.

A:Dell Dimension 4550 error

Does it recognize said drive in the BIOS?

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I saw a few threads about this stuff and saying it could be the power supply. It could be that but I wanted to make a 100% sure before I bought one. Here is the story, my girlfriend was taking apart the computer to clean it, it had worked before she just unplugged it any everything. She ended up cleaning up the computer from the inside and outside, but when she put it back together it won't turn on. When I plug the power cable to the power supply a little green light will light up on the mobo. But thats about it, I've tried a different socket and different wire with no changes. The light by the power button doesn't light up at all. Wondering if you guys think something could have messed up. I tried to check the connections and everything seems to be please!!

A:Dell Dimension 4550 Won't Boot...

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I know I have to take this computer with old OS out of service, but I wanted to know if this is a good candidate for ubuntu or a NAS server or media server. It runs well and has maximum RAM. It does have SATA.
Are people using this as a movie server in their homes? Can this be a file repository and then automatically sync with the cloud to backup files? I have a router that would allow me to access remotely, but thought if its mirrored in the cloud I could access files from my onedrive. I am also considering moving to google doc, or amazon or some other cloud server for my files, but I thought if I kept syncronized files on my home network it would speed things up and reduce bandwidth.
Thanks for yout help in advance.

A:Dell Dimension 4550 running XP

I guess it all depends how well it performs under any of these tasks.  I use my old but well kept up to date Dimension 5000 to backup my wife's Surface Pro 4 via home network on Windows 10.

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I have an old DELL Dimension 4550 that I am trying to experiment on. I would like to know if I can upgrade the CPU to this:

I know that I will need faster RAM right? Like Pc3200? That is fine because i want to max this thing out.

Also.... What types of RAID offer backup capabilities? Does it start at level 5 or is there lower levels that offer mirroring?

A:Will this work in my Dell Dimension 4550?

It only takes DDR 333 or 266 memory and Pentium 4 processor.

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I got this computer like 5 years ago I think and I just upgraded my computer ram to 2GB and on the dell spec's it says it can only hold 1GB of ram. Did 1GB sticks not exist 5 years ago or what?

Sorry I didn't know where else to post this at if this is the wrong place.

A:Question about my Dell Dimension 4550

If you right click on my computer and go to properties does it show 2 gigs?

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can anyone help me on how to format my computer? i know that i will lose all my information. thanks

A:How do I format my Dell Dimension 4550

Do you have recovery disks that came from Dell?

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Hi. I'm new to all this over clocking stuff. I recently found this 7 year old dell I had and it didn't have good ram or gfx card, so I got 512mb ram for it, which boosted it up to 640 >_>, and also got a 256MB ATI Raedon x850 gfx card for it. I was playing this game the other day, and its not that much of a game that needs really good specs, its just Counter-Strike. I should have had 100 FPS constant, but it was really bad. The game was skipping a lot, like I would try to step forward, it would freeze for like 2 seconds, and if I help the button to keep going forward, after the 2 seconds, I might have actually moved, but whats the point if the guy is behind the door, and then it lags for 2 seconds? He pops out and shoots me in that 2 seconds my screen is frozen... Also the keyboard was lagging a lot, like if you were to type, Hello, it would take about 2 seconds to actually show up. So I'm guessing there is something wrong with some ****... the CPU is only 2.00GHZ, Pentium 4. I tried to over clock it, but when I went into the BIOS, it didn't have any options for over clocking... so I am guessing Dell locked the BIOS so you cant OC it... so is there anyway to unlock it so I could OC it? Thanks.

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Alright. Here's the deal. I have a Dell Dimension 4550 desktop at this moment. I want to upgrade this, on the theory that upgrading the old system will give me a workable (if not spectacular) system. My total budget is preferably around 300 dollars, though I imagine that I could go over that if needed.

(Oi, it won't let me post the link to the documentation... how annoying.)

I have a Radeon 9500 Pro video card in it at present, and the rest is pretty much stock-it's a 2.4 GHz processor, I believe, with nothing else spectacular. It came with 256 MB of DDR SDRAM, and I've added a 512 stick as well, for a total of 700-something.

My current possible intentions:
I want to upgrade the RAM-if I can get it at a good price I'll replace one or both of the ram modules with 512, for 1 gig of ram. I think I read someplace that this particular model of computer doesn't support dual-channel ram, anyway, so...

I want to upgrade the video card. It is, as the link will state, a 4x AGP slot, and I want the best I can get within reason. The current power supply is 250 watts-I can try replacing it if absolutely necessary. (Does the video card need updated that badly? I'm not good at comparing them.)

Bear in mind that I don't need a high-end gaming rig here, I just want to be able to run some newer games. I'd like to be able to run Oblivion or Fallout 3, for example. Lot of newer games (for me) that I'd like to be able to run.

I'm curren... Read more

A:Upgrading a Dell Dimension 4550, need help


as a newbie you cant post links, as for Dell PC's why bother upgrading it, just sell it and buy a new unit, easier in the long run and cheaper, from what i remember Dell use specific PSU's in some of their machines so if you wanted to swap it out it would have to be a Dell PSU.

You can pick up a good spec PC for a few quid nowadays as they are getting cheaper all the time.

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Hi again,

In a nutshell - have an old Dell Dimension 4550. Trying to wipe it clean and restore it for one of my kids to play games on.

I have the reinstallation CD, and have tried every webpage solution I can find. Still no bueno...

CD in drive

Computer will not boot from CD

Changed boot sequence in BIOs
Still no luck

CD will load/open find if chosen from MY COMPUTER option, but it will not boot or be recognized upon a reboot

Any ideas or tips?

This PC appears to have some issues too, so just wanna do a clean wipe and restore....any tips or walk-throughs would be appreciated. Tried for a whole day and still not NOTHING.

(Here's the last website solution I tried:

A:Wiping a Dell Dimension 4550 Clean


Does the drive read the OS disc in the current windows.

Do not forget to either have the Dell Drivers disc handy or download the drivers from dell to a flash drive.

If you are using the Original Dell OS disc it is bootable.

If the drive is working the pressing F12 when the Dell logo appears should get you to the Boot Device Menu. At that point it couldn't hurt to run the drive diagnostics Since you mention issues with windows. (Boot Diagnostic Partition) or you can boot the Dell drivers disc for the Dell Diagnostics.

if the disc is bootable and the drive is operating properly then you should be able to boot from it in the boot device menu.

You could test the disc in another computer too.

I am familiar with the Dell Dimension 2350 through the Dimension 4600 and if the disc and the drive are good it works.

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Well, I had to reinstall WinXP a few months back. I actually want my sound to work again, and I have been at it for four hours...

I have tried any and all techniques and methods for doing this that I have ever learned for the past twenty years. I found a driver on my installation CD, copied it, extracted it, and attempted to install it...
oh, an unknown error occurs. The installer tells me to reboot my computer, and try again, which does not alter the outcome...

I found this page, looking through your archives:

Oh, it is an updated version of the file I found on my installation CD...
it creates the same outcome. I get the SoundMax installation screen, and then it fails after going through a few screens, telling me a driver has not been found... it tells me to reboot, and try again. Which changes nothing.

I do not know if this is a clue, but there is no volume control in my system tray, and if I attempt to open the volume control through the start menu, under accessories-entertainment, I get this message:

"There are no active mixer devices available. To install mixer devices, go to control panel, click Printers and other hardware, and then click add hardware."

I can utilize a readme file, which opens a browser window for the driver titled, "Analog Devices 198x Integrated Audio Driver." If I select open and enter the proper path, I get to the same place... the SoundMax instal... Read more

A:No sound on my lovely Dell Dimension 4550.

Have you check the device manager on your computer, check if the sound card there are installed. You may see yellow exclamation mark on them.
Try updating the drivers from there ,intead of installing it using the setup utility of the soundmax.
BTW is this a built-in sound card?

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I've got a Dell Dimension 4550 desktop that I've had for 7 years. It has worked fine but lately, I've been having problems related to the monitor and I hope someone can offer some advice (besides buying a new system).

For some reason, my monitor goes into "sleep" mode shortly after booting up my system. The only way to avoid this problem is to go into safe mode but I can't access the internet in safe mode. Any ideas on how to resolve this problem? I've already tried restoring my system (several times) to a previous date (going back several months) but to no avail.

Any ideas on how to resolve this problem?

A:Dell Dimension 4550 desktop problem

Maybe it is too old to work any more

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can any1 help me here iam at my wits end with this now it i ahve a dell dimensin 4550 with a E210882 MOBO it was fully nworking i shut it down went 2 bed when i got up and tried to turn it on i got nothing no beeps no lights or anything i checked everything and it seemed to be fine then my freind said change the psu so i bought a new 1 and all i get is the light on the MOBO comes on no fans no hd and i no its not the cpu as i have checked it on my other pc coz they are the same socket 478 and it had new capacitors on the mobo about 2mnth ago iam ready to sling it through the window if no one can help me on here and go and buy a full new pc

A:Dell dimension 4550 mobo e210882

Look on the motherboard at the Northbridge heatsink as shown in the attached pic. There will either be one or two wires than run across the heatsink that connect to "loops" or "eyelets" on the motherboard (the red arrows point to the "loops" or "eyelets"). See if one of the "loops" or "eyelets" has pulled loose from the board.

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(ON DELL DIMENSION 4550)so i just reinstalled windows on a new hard drive and im at the point where i have to install/update drivers. On the device manger there are 3 devices with a ?and! : Ethernet Controller,Multimedia Audio controller, and PCI Input device. I have the resource cd but i don't know how to update the drivers. any help is appreciated

A:Installing drivers on Dell dimension 4550

Put the resource CD in and Device Manager Right click on the device and select update driver, when prompted select the CD drive as the target to search.

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Due to my kids constantly plugging things in and out of my USB ports 2 are now broken. I wanted to remove the motherboard so that I can replace the ports. I removed all the screws that I can see holding the board to the case, but it still is being held in by something else. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Removing Dell Dimension 4550 Motherboard

Dell 4550 Manual

I too have a Dell 4550 & I also know how hard it can be to navigate thru the Dell site But if you click on this link
& select Replacing the System Board You will see that the mobo slides out on a tray.
Look for a green tab to slide it out then once out one would remove all the screws & then give it a lil push to the left ,kinda like you would on a side cover of a tower.
Good luck I hope the link is of some help!
PS: I need a replacement board for My lil girls 4550 since a power surge fried it & it's no longer covered be Dell.

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I have a Dell Dimension 4550 that I've had to reformat the drive and reinstall Windows XP. Now I can't get any sound from the system. The diagnsotic test work fine (including sound) but nothing from any media players, itunes, etc.. problem seems to be that I do not have any Audi devices installed. The system only has what was shipped as standard so I assume this is some sort of inbuilt device. When I look in the control panel under Sound & Audio, there are no default devices shown for Sound playback, Sound recording or MIDI music playback.
Any help in how I can reinstate these much appreciated.

A:Audio Device Problems On Dell Dimension 4550

Do you have all the original discs that came with the computer? If so, you'll have to reinstall the drivers for the onboard audio from the appropriate CD. There should also be a manual with instructions on how to do it. You could also go HERE (links to Dell website for 4550 downloads). From here, download whatever you need and install it on your computer. Let us know how you fare with this, and we'll go from there!

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Hello there,

Iv got a dell dimension 4550. I had to re format my computer, and after i did it, i got trouble installing the ethernet controller..

I googled it , searched this forums and couldnt find a solution. Did find some links, but they have expired. Would be great if anyone could help, thanks

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Hi all. I currently have a dell dimension 4550 which I have upgraded several times (ram, hdd etc.). however, my geforce 4 mx 420 graphics card can no longer support even basic games like fifa08, hospital tycoon etc. i'm thinking of an AGP x1650XT, but my proprietary psu is only 250W -- not enough to support the card.

any suggestions on a decent gfx card that can run on my dell rig? thanks

A:upgrading graphics card on dell dimension 4550

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Hi, I am trying to figure out what graphics card to get for my computer. I'm pretty sure that my computer has AGP and PCI slots but I do not think that my computer has PCI-Express and this makes me sad because I was wanting to get a NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT.

My computers specs are:

I have 2 Gigs of Ram and a GeForce FX 5500 Graphics card right now.

I would like to know what kind of graphics cards I can get and if my computer really has a AGP and PCI slot for a new graphics card. And if I can get a NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT.

I mostly play World of Warcraft and Battlefield 2, my budget is around 100 to 200 dollars

Another thing I would like to know is should I even upgrade my graphics cards since my computer is so old. It's at least 5 years old.

A:Upgrading my Dell Dimension 4550 graphics card?

4x AGP
250W PSU

7600GS about the best with your psu:

8600GT AGP's are comming, but don't know when exactly

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hi guys

got a green light,but dead to the world.
changed power supplies but same story.

must be either the switch,the control board where the switch is plugging into...or the cable running to the main board...
or the main board itself.

when i work on a standard pc i use a screwdriver to touch the pins and power up a pc without a switch.
how can i do this on a dell desktop.


A:dell dimension 4550 green light...but not powering up

which green light? Does the fan turn on? Does it send the video to an external monitor?

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Hi on my Dell Dimension 4550 I just recently reinstalled Windows XP (Home Edition SP2) and I am trying to get my internet working. In Device Manager I see a (!) beside "ethernet controller" (Code: 28). I am assuming this means that I am just missing a driver am I correct? What driver do I need, or what else should I be doing to get my tower on the internet? It is a DSL connection thru a router and generally any of the computers in my home work fine by just plugging the wire in the back.

I should also add that I do not have any of the CDs that came with my computer.

A:Dell Dimension 4550 Ethernet Controller ERROR

Hello donjlegacy,

Since you don't have the Driver CD for your system you can download the drivers from the Dell website and then transfer them to the system.

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Ive been getting a blue screen lately and this is what it entails

0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x85B9B020, 0x85B9B194, 0x805F9F88)

Anyone know?

My specs should be in that section that I filled out when i registered.

A:Dell Dimension 4550 Blue Screen 0x0f4

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downloaded and installed the chipset, downloaded soundmax (R56339) and when it starts the installation it says "Driver not found! Reboot your system, and run this setup again." no audio device is found in the control panel ( it was working until my girlfriend installed a logitech webcam if that helps any) any help would be appreciated, tried downloading all kinds of drivers, nothing seems to work

A:Dell Dimension 4550 Windows XP, no audio device found?

Check BIOS. Is onboard sound listed? Is it enabled?

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I recently formatted my Dell Dimension 4550, and have got it working pretty well except for one thing; the USB controller. I have no idea what it does because my USB ports seem to be working fine, and I can't seem to find the right drivers to get it working. I get the trademark giant yellow question mark in my Device Manager next to "Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller". Could someone please help?

A:Need help with USB Controller drivers on recently formatted Dell Dimension 4550

Your dell should have a driver disk, run it and install all the drivers. If you don't have this disk you can download the drivers at, click on desktops then home and office, then the support tab on top. Then pick your model from the list and follow the instructions

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This is a Dell Dimension 4550 with a floppy disk drive. It works well except that about every 4th time taht I eject a floppy from the drive, the computer crashes immediately. It shuts down.

Has anyone heard of this before or have an idea of what could be wrong? I'm wondering if it's hooked up wrong or just a bad floppy drive.

A:Dell Dimension 4550 crashes when I eject a floppy disk

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I updated my Dell to Windows 7 last night and I realized that I don't have any sound drivers or cards. I have been Googling for about 3 hours now without any luck. Can any one help me?

A:Dell Dimension 4550 Upgrade - No Audio Driver/PCI Input Device

Read your other post !

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I updated my Dell to Win7 last night and I realized that I don't have any sound drivers or cards. I have been Googling for about 3 hours now without any luck. Can any one help me?

A:Dell Dimension 4550 Upgrade - No Audio Driver/PCI Input Device

Quote: Originally Posted by ZeroManArmy

I updated my Dell to Win7 last night and I realized that I don't have any sound drivers or cards. I have been Googling for about 3 hours now without any luck. Can any one help me?

Have you tried Dell?

If they dont have a win 7 driver an earlier one can be used if it is installed in compatibility mode.

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I solved this problem myself after spending days searching on the web but since the solution seemed completely unintuitive, I thought I'd post it for any other frustrated user.

The problem

Last year, I installed a PCI card in my Dell Dimension 4550 to allow me to swap an old IDE drive for a new Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA hard drive. The drive worked fine for a while but then it periodically failed to be picked up on boot - the Silicon Image 3112A controller would fail to find the hard drive and then the grub loader would fail. I figured out that if I physically switched the connection to the other SATA port on the PCI card, the drive would be recognised on the next boot most of the time. This was a very annoying solution. Recently, the drive started disappearing while I was using Windows XP which was particularly worrying so I set aside some time to finally fix the problem.

My setup

The SATA drive is set to SATA/150. Besides the SATA drive, I have an IDE drive set to master (on the master cable) which is my main boot drive. I have an Ubuntu installation on the SATA drive. The system dual-boots using grub. I've disconnected one of my CD drives and my floppy drive just in case to avoid power problems.

Things which didn't work
Changing PCI slots for the SATA adapter card
Changing IDE drive to cable select
Updating BIOS or chipset from Dell's website
Crying like a little girl

The solution

I disabled the built-in ethernet adapter supplied by Dell b... Read more

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I'm trying to solve a sound problem on someone else's computer, and it's driving me insane.

Symptoms: No sound playback in Windows at all. The problem started out of nowhere, no one has any idea how it happened. It's an integrated sound card, and I'd have chalked it up to a dead sound card if it weren't for the fact that the audio still works on Dell's diagnostics tool accessed during boot-up. Integrated sound is enabled in BIOS. The sound device is recognized by Windows and shows up in Device Manager, but doesn't report any problems at all, it just won't play sound at all.
Almost forgot to mention: Sigmatel HD audio, and yes, Microsoft UAA bus driver is installed too. Windows XP SP3.

Things I've tried: Uninstalling and reinstalling all manner of drivers. Updated bios, reinstalled chipset drivers, reinstalled sound drivers about a hundred times. Thinking it was a driver conflict beyond my reckoning, I backed up all data and did a factory reformat. Still no sound.

So, it can't be a dead card, since it plays the test song just fine in Dell diagnostics outside of Windows. But if a complete reformat can't fix this problem, what possibly could?

A:No sound on Dell Dimension even after reformatting

1. re: hearing sound from Dell;s diagnostic vs hearing "sound"
Your computer can create mono-tonic tones without needing a sound card or audio drivers and codecs. I'm going to guess if you run the Beepex tool in Windows you'll still hear simple tones (just not audio files)

2. Check Problem Devices report

Make sure all your devices are connected and powered on
Click Start->Run, enter: msinfo32. Click the + sign next to Components to expand it
Click Problem Devices. Anything appear?
If yes, click on it, Ctrl-A to select all, Ctrl-C to copy it, Ctrl-V to paste into next post
3. Generate and attach a DirectX report

click Start->Run, enter dxdiag
Notice progress in lower left window corner
When done, click Save Information button and save to your Desktop
In TechSpot, use the paper clip icon to attach the report. (If you don't see icon you may need to first click Go Advanced)
4. click Start->Run, enter services.msc. Scroll to Windows Audio. Verify Status=Started and StartupType=Automatic

/* edit */
I should clarify: The computer can play monotonic tones directly to an internal speakers - which, ummmm... no pun intended "sounds" like applies to your case

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The system's fan was very loud so I put in a new power supply and then everything booted up fine. Unfortunately, that didn't solve the problem. It was the Motherboard fan making all the noise.

So, I put the old power supply back in and now the system doesn't power up at all. I checked all connections & I replaced the power cord and tried a different electrical outlet.

I even put the new P/S back in and nothing changed. It still doesn't power up. It's dead!

Any suggestions?

A:My Dell Dimension 4550 won't power up. New P/S, power cord, etc. doesn't help.?

gbsdirect said:

It was the Motherboard fan making all the noiseClick to expand...

Do you mean the CPU fan ?
If so then I wonder if the CPU has been cooked

I would start by dispersing all internal voltage.
Detach the power cord
Press the power button in for 20 seconds
Re=attach the power cord
Try again

If it didn't fix then remove all addons, usb devices really anything attached (except screen and keyboard and power cord)
And try again

If it didn't fix then, confirm all internal connections are secure (even detach the dvd drive{s}

If it didn't fix then try disconnecting all fans (what !) for about 10 secs (turning on) I once had a fan of all things, that stopped my computer from turning on (unbelievable, I know)

Lastly, check the CPU for heat damage !

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hey guys. after a good 5 years of use i think my processor has pretty much had it. with noticeable heat damage and poor performance, im ready for a switch. but im having trouble figuring out what will actually work with the computer properly, and the last thing i wanna do is order something that im just gonna have to send back. so some input will be appreciated

the computer runs off of a intel 845pe chipset (im not sure if that matters) and im pretty sure its socket type 478. on the dell website it says on the system information that the mobo will support up to a 3.06 ghz processor (a speed that i would be satisfied with honestly). here is the rest of the information on the systems processor.

Microprocessor type
IntelŪ PentiumŪ 4 microprocessor that runs at 1.80, 1.90, 2.0, or 2.20 GHz internally and 400 MHz externally; or 2.26, 2.4, 2.53, 2.66, 2.8, or 3.06 GHz internally and 533 MHz externally
L1 cache
8 KB first-level
L2 cache
integrated 256-KB or 512-KB at full microprocessor speed

so yeah any suggestions on what would work properly on my computer would be cool. links to websites that sell it, even better. thanks guys

A:cpu's compatible with dimension 4550

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Any links to a Dimension 4550 compatible PSU, preferrably 350 or so watts?

I've searched the net and only found one site that has dell compatible PSU for sale and id like some other options before purchasing.

Thanks for the help guys, this forum pwns!

A:Dimension 4550 PSU upgrade

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I have a delll 4550 with 2.00 ghz P4 400 cpu and 2 gigs ram. A friend gave me a 3.06 P4 533, which will only support 1 gig ram. Given the different RAM capacities, am I better off installing the the 3.06 P4 533, or should I keep the 2.00 ghz P4 400?

A:Solved: dell 4550 which is better cpu and ram combo?

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i took the heatsink in my dimension 4550 out recently and i cant seem to get it back in can anyone help me?


A:Reseat heatsink dimension 4550

Please list the type of installation that you removed. Were there 2 plastic keepers put through holes in the motherboard that needed to be removed? Was it held in by tape or what?

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Today I reformatted my Dimension 4550 computer, but I have misplaced my driver CD and must download and install all my drivers. This is, of course, impeded by my ability to find a working Ethernet Controller driver.

I have used the Dell website for the Broadcom driver for the Ethernet Card but it gives me the message "This zip file is part of a multidisk zip file. Please insert the last disk of the set."

(Note that I bought my computer in 2001. I have never heard of "Broadcom" before today and I'm wondering if newer 4550 models use a different ethernet controller than the one I own.)

I googled for other fixes but none of them seem to work.

Please note that I have no drivers for any other devices installed beyond basic Windows installation. According to my Device manager, I am missing drivers for all of the following components.

-Camera (Probably the USB webcam I have plugged in but haven't bothered to install.)
-Ethernet Controller
-Multimedia Audio Contoller (I'm not so worried about this. I know where to get it.)
-Network Controller (Possibly my wireless network card?)
-PCI Input Device

The Dell website is confusing and there are a lot of drivers up for download and I need help figuring out which ones I need. Almost all of them say "Optional" so I can't figure it out.

Please help?

A:Need help finding drivers for Dimension 4550

Lets see what we can do.

First install the Chipset Driver:

Lan Driver:

I know you have downloaded it before, but please do so again. I had the same issue the other day. I ended up redownloading it and had no issues.

Once you have internet access run Everest under my signature and attach the report to the thread. The report will tell me what hardware you have.

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My dell when i unplug it and plug it back in won't keep the bios settings. I replace the battery with a new one and the jumper is on normal. But it will tell me my cmos battery voltage it low but it's brand new. I can't figure it out. The jumper said normal or setup. I can't even find a service manual for it. Well thanks for any help i can get.

A:dimension 4550 bios battery help.

Hi GWB21471
Thanks for writing to us.
After changing the battery is the BIOS saving the settings?
Have you replaced it with the same part# as the original one. If yes, then possibly we are looking at the connector on the motherboard is faulty.
Do provide us your system tag#, email address and name via private message,by clicking on my name in blue and then select send a private message

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I have a Dimension 4550 with 256 mb of memory. I'm ready to upgrade at this point and i know that only certain types of memory will work. Anyone have any ideas what kind i need and or links to the proper items at a reputable online store?

A:Dimension 4550 memory needed

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1.Ok, so, here's the deal. My church just bought a brand new hp this last january. It has Vista. We upgraded the graphics card to an ATI Radeon X1600 Pro. We also upgraded the Power to a 450 watt Maddog. The reason for upgrading this card was so that we could run S-Video from the computer/card to an HD TV. So, we turn on the computer and when we go to turn on the TV and active the extended desktop, the computer screen blinks acouple of times then nothing. It just goes back to where it was. We can make the HD TV be the Primary screen but we want it to be an extended desktop and run a program for words and scripture and that sort of stuff. we've tried everything. Called HP they said that this card wont work for that pupose. But the circuit city guys promised that it would work. So for the last couple of months we have been using a laptop to do all of this. And of course the graphics card isn't the best and we have a brand new computer just sitting right there. So, if you have any info that will help us with this that would be outstanding. Now.

2. We are willing to swap the HP for the 4550 Dimension that is at my Pastors house. But this card will not fit in the Dell. So, we are kind of in a pickle.

Please help, i've been to forum after forum about this subject.

-Thank you in advance.

A:4550 Dimension Graphics Card Upgrade

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I receive a CPUO Fan Failure message everytime I boot up. After a period of usage my icons become very large and I have to RE boot
I haven't cleaned the insiode of the CPU for a while . Will this help or do I need new fans?

A:dimension 4550 has CPUO fan Failure message

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Hi:I read several messages in forum about problems with some video cards. For a Dimension 4550, NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT and GeForce 6800 GS are the best options. Somebody is using ATI video cards for Dimension 4550? I know that ATI Radeon X1300 is not working for this model, but what about other ATI models? What about ATI Radeon X1600 or ATI Radeon X800? Please let me know.Thanks for your help,szarate

A:Compatible Video Cards for Dimension 4550

***   ***  UPDATE  ***  ***
It would appear that forum poster, wizard2u, successfully installed an evga 6800gs in his 4500.  I can't speak for other brands, but that card worked.  So disregard information you see below except for the benchies.
I'm going to give you an update on using 6800gs cards in your 4550.  It appears that the 6800gs is too long and bumps into an ide hard drive connector on the motherboard.
This picture posted by Pro depicts the mobo of a 4500.  The case dimensions and motherboard diagrams of the 4500 and 4550 are the same.  Thus the 6800gs will not fit as Pro states.
The next links show the relative speed of the 6600GT in comparison to the  Ati offerings you mentioned.
Granted these benchies are run in computers with faster cpus, faster memory,  than a 4550, and with pci-e vid cards.  The only point is to demonstrate that the 6600GT is faster than the ATi solutions.
The only hope is that nvidia will release the 7600GT as an agp card and make it shorter than the 6800gs.
Good Luck
Dimension 4550Intel P4 2.53GHzA08 Bios768Mb DDR 333MHz RAM533Mhz fsbSapphire OEM Radeon 9800Pro w/128MbSoundBlaster LiveD-Link 524 Wireless RouterLite-on... Read more

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I did a format & reinstall of XP on my mother's Dimension 4550 last night and came to find that there were problems with the network adapter. Tried using the Resource CD to no avail. Then I did a google search and came upon a thread here which I followed. I actually followed the process described in the post 20 on that thread.

I still have two problems. I now get a message stating that a network cable is unplugged, and the Multimedia Audio Controller still shows up as an alert w/ the yellow ? mark / exclamation point that distinguishes problems areas. Any ideas what could be wrong?


A:Dimension 4550 ~ Network adapter problems

I actually have a second problem which is the front usb panel is dead. I have tried plugging flash drives in both slots and nothing happens, I don't get the beep, nada. Any ideas?

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I know this looks like it was previously solved, but it seems intel does not publish the driver i need anymore.

I just reinstalled my operating system on my dell 4550 dimension. I am getting "The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)" for my ethernet controller, multimedia audio controller, pci input device and usb device.

I have seen the other posts in closed threads about the intel site and the fact that the dell drivers don't work for the ethernet controller. The problem is this linke
does not take me anywhere good.

I also cannot work out where to find any of the other drivers.

I have run PC Wizard. It tells me my network card is 82801/DB/DBL (ICH/ICH4-L) PRO/100 VE network connection. I am running Windows XP Home v 5.1 SP1.

I wasted an hour calling Dell. The dude made me run a scan to see if my hard drive was working. It is. Then he gave me a phone number where another dude tried to charge me to get the right drivers. Thanks.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



A:Solved: dell 4550 drivers ethernet not working

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The Service Tag comes up, along with the Express Service Code and Ship Date...but everything else is blank.
Is it just because it's old (2003) or could it be something else?
I cannot do the "Current Configuration" analysis because the system does not have a working hard drive.
How can I get the system configuration information?

A:Why doesn't the Service Tag for Dimension 4550 not show any system information?

You cant remote get current configuration on a machine that has no hard drive from another machine.
F2 Bios various menus will show what is in the machine.
There isn't any way to do what you are asking from a remote machine.
CPU info, Ram Info,  Video Card Info etc can be seen from bios.

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I like to hear forum members opinion.
Just recently fixed the issue with Dell Dimension 4300, machine didn't power up when power switch pressed. I replaced original dead 250W PSU with new 430W dual fan and now comp is running. This PC is:
Intel 845 1.6 GHz internally and 400 MHz externally. 4 DMA channels and SDRAM PC133 512 mb of memory.
I also upgraded USB to 2.0, nice 128MB video card and some other goodies.
Now, I got another stock Dell Dimension 8100 without papers, but I check and this particular one has:
Intel 850 1.4 GHz internally and 400 MHz externally. 8 DMA channels and 384 mb RDRAM of memory. Nothing was done to this machine, and it also have original working 250W PSU.
What better to do? Keep the Dimension 4300 or remove goodies that compatible with 8100 motherboard, including fabricating in, new, dual fan PSU and excluding memory, I assume SDRAM and RDRAM not compatible and transfer to Dimension 8100?
Is 8100 machine more advanced then 4300? I know they both pretty old and outdated. I personally bough 4300 for my dad in 2001. Is 8100 was produced later? I see that CPU is Intel 850 vs 845..
Guys, opinion welcome.

A:Dell Dimension 4300 vs Dell Dimension 8100

"Opinions Welcome".......You're Sure Now.....?

I think you should concentrate on finding a computer that is still relevant in this century.

If you'll check put this publication from Dell , you'll see the copyright date is 2000, and by 2001 it is in the 8th revision.

So no, I'm not just being mean.

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My question is simple. My Dimension 2400 has an IDE hard drive and the 8400 has SATA. Rather than spend days re-installing and tweaking all of the programs on the 8400 I tried the following. I used Acronis Easy Migrate 7 to Image the IDE hard drive to the SATA hard drive and installed it into the 8400. It would not boot, I tried a repair install, then while booting I get a blue screen stop Error 0x0000007B. What do I have to do to fix this so it will boot? What else is it looking for?

A:Clone IDE to Sata from Dell Dimension 2400 for Dimension 8400

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A:Solved: RAM for Dell Dimension

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A friend's Dell P-4 w/120g HD computer is giving me a fit. I scanned it for viri and it was loaded. Every time you went to start it up it would freeze. When I went into Safe Mode and came out for reboot would do the same thing. I ended up disconnecting the ribbon cable and power from the Dell and connecting it via 40 pin to USB adapter cable to my computer. I then proceed to format. Once formatted and hooked back up, regardless of reinstall Dell XP or boot disk, I can't get it to accept anything. Comes up Windows 32 file missing or NTLDR missing. What should my next step be? I was thinking about hooking back up to my computer via USB from HD and try to partition it.

A:Trouble w/Dell 4550 HD

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A friend's Dell P-4 w/120g HD computer is giving me a fit. I scanned it for viri and it was loaded. Every time you went to start it up it would freeze. When I went into Safe Mode and came out for reboot would do the same thing. I ended up disconnecting the ribbon cable and power from the Dell and connecting it via 40 pin to USB adapter cable to my computer. I then proceed to format. Once formatted and hooked back up, regardless of reinstall Dell XP or boot disk, I can't get it to accept anything. Comes up Windows 32 file missing or NTLDR missing. What should my next step be? I was thinking about hooking back up to my computer via USB from HD and try to partition it.

A:Dell 4550 HD Problem

You are obviously not booting from the CD. Go to BIOS setup and set the boot order so that CD-ROM comes before the hard drive.

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i want to format my computer to where it's like brand new. can someone give me a little step by step?

A:How to format Dell 4550?

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was thinking something along the lines of this{dNs+LlfS7...Jh33+5MuA**.node2?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG


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    Hi everybody, and thanks in advance to anyone who may offer some advice. What I want to do is upgrade my memory and possibly my processor. I believe my specs are at the bottom of the page. As far as I know I can have up to 2 gigs of memory. Right now I am running with 1 gb. Also, I want to upgrade my processor if possible. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. Ok, here are my specs.
    Dell 4550 400Mhz FSB
    Intel Pentium 4 @2Ghz
    1 Gb ram
    128 mb ati rage graphics
    intel motherboard socket 478

    A:I need help upgrading my Dell 4550

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    Thank you

    A:Dell 4550 dead - need help

    Hmm, what kind of motherboard are you trying to boot off? What PSU do you have?

    I'm not sure if the Dell PSU is able to run on non-dell motherboard.

    Did you borrow your friend's power supply and try it out?

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    I have an older Dell with a keyboard that I have cleaned out a few times, but I am finally ready to scrap it. With all the food and drink in there, it's just too sticky. Can I just buy any keyboard from a computer store or online, or do I have to figure out if it's compatiable? the current keyboard is a Dell Quietkey model number rt7d5jtw. I did a quick online search, and saw some of that model in the $90-100 range. I was hoping to pay a lot less.

    Any suggestions?

    A:Solved: New keyboard for old Dell Dimension

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    A:Solved: RAM in a Dell Dimension 1700

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    After a long line of BSOD errors ( ) I finally had a crash during windows boot that... as far as I could tell, corrupted Windows vista.

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    Current problem: The computer is overheating and shutting down. This is happening within the first two minutes of me launching windows... like clock work.

    I can get it to run if I open the side panel, put a fan directly on the system then... Launch windows in regular mode, wait two minutes for it to overheat then shut down. Then I let the desk fan cool it off for ten minutes, launch windows again in safe mode. I let safe mode run for about ten minutes, then I can reboot into regular mode without it over heating... as long as I keep the panel open and the desk fan blowing.

    To try to fix this I have: Basic cleaning of fan vent intake, all the internal fans are spinning, including the fan on the graphic's card. Downloaded and installed the updated BIOS version. I have checked the ram for memory problems but, it did not find any. Tried to call Dell tech support but since I am no longer under warranty (comp is 1.5 years old) they will not assist me.

    The only error message I am seeing at all is this before window is launched:
    Floppy disk(s) fail (40)
    Alert! Audio Cable not connected.... Read more

    A:Solved: Overheating: Dell XPS/Dimension 730

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    I had to load XP (clean, formatting hard drive) on a Dell 4550, Went on to to replace network and soundrivers, the network driver is actually in the dell folder located on you c: drive. I had trouble locating the soun card hours of Dell BS. So I typed in my service tag number, it came up with the sound card download all by itself, I downloaded it and it worked.

    A:Dell 4550 Sound Drivers

    Hello & welcome to TSF,

    this is good / great

    so are you having any issues ?

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    2 days ago I reformatted my computer, reinstalled Windows XP and I do have the recovery cd's. I can't get anywhere with them. I go to Network Adapters and there are big yellow question marks. I have an MSN ethernet connection with a Linksys router. I've read and read posts about the same thing but am totally confused. I installed the chipset driver from the recovery cd and it wants me to put it in the network adapters, but like I said, there are none. I really want to get that computer onto the internet, please help!

    A:Dell 4550 No Network Adapters

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    Hi Everyone. I really need your help.

    I have a Dell Deminsion 4550. I bought it last year from someone I used to work with. I did not get any of the back up cds or paper work with it.

    A few months ago the hard drive went bad on it. I replaced it. I got a friend to reinstall Windows XP and we thought it would work fine.

    I have DSL, but I am unable to get on line with the Dell computer. Right now I am using a friends computer and its hooked up at my house.

    The problems I have found are:

    I have NO LAN settings - None. When I go to network connections for are NONE.

    Then I go to devices, hardware and are bright yellow questions marks ?????? next to

    ?? Ethernet controller
    ?? Multi Media Audio Controller
    ?? PCI Input Drive
    ?? Texas Instruments RNDRS Adapter

    I went to Dell's support site and I have no idea what drivers to download.

    I downloaded some of them, but it did not help.

    What do I need to do? Which ones do I download? Where do I need to get them from?

    A:Need help w/ Dell Deminsion 4550 Drivers

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    Hi Everyone. I really need your help.

    I have a Dell Deminsion 4550. I bought it last year from someone I used to work with. I did not get any of the back up cds or paper work with it.

    A few months ago the hard drive went bad on it. I replaced it. I got a friend to reinstall Windows XP and we thought it would work fine.

    I have DSL, but I am unable to get on line with the Dell computer. Right now I am using a friends computer and its hooked up at my house.

    The problems I have found are:

    I have NO LAN settings - None. When I go to network connections for are NONE.

    Then I go to devices, hardware and are bright yellow questions marks ?????? next to

    ?? Ethernet controller
    ?? Multi Media Audio Controller
    ?? PCI Input Drive
    ?? Texas Instruments RNDRS Adapter

    I went to Dell's support site and I have no idea what drivers to download.

    I downloaded some of them, but it did not help.

    What do I need to do? Which ones do I download? Where do I need to get them from?

    A:Need help w/ Dell Deminsion 4550 Drivers

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    2 gig ram mx 420 video dell 4550 desktop slow with xp home edtionsp3 but is very slow on att uverse.trying to speed it up it also has mozillla firefox latest browser.still slow.would it help if i added a 1 gig pci network card still has the original 100mbps card from factory.Davidwmessage edited by Davidw

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    ? OS - Windows XP Professional SP3
    ? x86 (32-bit)
    ? What was original installed OS on system? Yes
    ? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? Pre-Installed
    ? Age of system (hardware)- 6 years
    ? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? No Reinstallation

    ? CPU- Intel Pentium R 4 2.80 GHz

    A:[SOLVED] Dell Dimension E310 BSOD

    Hi Vincent0225,

    Please provide a bit more info on your problem. When does the BSOD occur? Can your computer boot up to Windows at least? Can your computer boot up to safe mode?

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    My daughter called me in panic, as her PC would not power up. Diagnosed PSU (Power Supply Unit) had failed. Obtained and fitted new PSU and PC powers up now. However, after initial screen showing XP is loading the screen goes blank and a few seconds later we get a blue screen saying: -
    STOP C00000218 {Registry File Failure}
    \SystemRoot\System32\Config/DEFAULT or its log or alternative
    IT is corrupt, absent or not writeable.

    I am sure that initially the error said that the problem was with a hive file but that does not come up now, only the above error.

    I tried rebooting using Normal, Safe ad Last Know Good Configuration without success ? still get same failure.

    Her PC is a DELL (UK build) DIMENSION 5150 and is loaded with XP Home Edition and, I THINK, is at SP3.

    Problem is that she cannot find the restore discs so cannot try anything yet.

    Assuming that she does am I OK to use to recover. I am concerned that this KB entry says: -
    Warning Do not use the procedure that is described in this article if your computer has an OEM-installed operating system. The system hive on OEM installations creates passwords and user accounts that did not exist previously. If you use the procedure that is described in this article, you may not be able to log back into the recovery console to restore the original registry hives.

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    A:[SOLVED] Registry corrupt DELL DIMENSION is it OEM XP

    Before you do too much surgery, boot off of any XP CD. Get to the Recovery Console and type chkdsk /f/r. The Check Disk Utility will try and fix any error. If that fails then you can try the other repair method.

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    My brother gave me a Dell Dimension 2400 to rebuild so he could give it to someone but I cannot, whatever I try, get it to boot form CD or floppy despite the fact that the boot order is set to Floppy --> CD --> HD.

    I've looked around the net and I see I'm not the only one who has this problem so ...

    1. Does anyone know a way round this? My aim is to put a clean XP build on the system so removing all traces of the old build ... when in Windows the system can see the XP CD fine and ...

    2. Why the hell do companies like Dell do this kind of thing (I recently had a similar problem with an Acer Media Centre PC)?


    A:Solved: DELL Dimension 2400 Boot


    Maybe I'm a numpty, maybe I'm not but I know I've never seen anything like this before in a BIOS ...

    Not ONLY do you have to set the boot order as per usual, you have to enable the device for boot (puts a check against the device) ... this isn't something I've seen on any BIOS before.

    At least I have the answer


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    First, I have NO CLUE if this is the correct forum, so I hope you'll guide me if not.

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    Among the hidden files on C is Dell>Backup. I have a number of Dell CDs that came with the computer, but over the years have lost the manuals telling me what to do. I could reformat and install an OEM version of XP Pro (never opened), but I'm not sure of the best way to go.

    Would like to have this done by the end of the week, so she can start training with LiveOps, who my brother and sister-in-law work for.

    Thanks for any help you can give!

    A:Solved: Dell Dimension - trying to do a good deed

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    My Dell Dimension E510 motor appears to be out. I have power but no power up with no signal to monitor. The power light on the tower is on and I can hear audio power pop but no motor or fan sound powering up. Can anyone help? Clould my power supply be out ?

    A:Solved: Dell dimension e510 motor out

    Have you tried Dell Community Forums? I have found good response there.

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    What are the LIN and AC outlets for on the back of a Dell Dimension 2400. It has an Intel Pentium 4 processor made for Microsoft XP and a DVD Rom Rewritable Ultra Speed CD player?


    A:Solved: What are the LIN and AC outlets for on a Dell Dimension 2400?

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    If the start button is pressed again the cpu fan runs then stops.
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    Hey, i've tried to install a fresh XP on a Dell Dimension 3000, It will not recognize the cd drives even though I have them first in boot priority order.. I reset the BIOS by way of CMOS battery out. After reboot it appears to refuse to Search CD drives for my install disk, and so I cannot reinstall OS. I also tried external USB CD/DVD Drive, and BIOS will not recognize that either.. Grrrrrrrrrr

    A:Solved: Cannot reinstallon dell dimension 3000

    I got it.. One of the CD drives was bad, I changed the primary Ide connector to the good CD Drive and it saw the disc and is currently installing... THANKS Just The Same!!!

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    Maybe someone can come up with a few suggestions to help me speed up this Dell PC. It has 54.5GB used space with 16.4GB free space and takes about three minutes to load upon startup. What I've done to date:
    1. Defraged drive
    2. Installed 2GB additional memory (2.56GB total)
    3. Deleted some programs.
    4. Used MSCONFIG to remove some items upon startup.

    Run the latest version of HIJACK THIS (log attached)

    Any help or suggestions most appreciated.

    A:Solved: Slow Dell Dimension 8400

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    I just restored Windows XP for a friend whose computer was full of viruses. I'm trying to get my Comcast Hi-Speed Internet to function on it so I can install an antivirus program for her.
    Any suggestions?

    A:Solved: Set up my Comcast Hi-Speed in a Dell Dimension...

    this thread is marked solved, but with no responses, do you still need help?

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    I have a Dell Dimension E520 and the crucial scan says that I have 2-256 DDR2- pc2 4300 sticks in the computer. When I run the memoryx scan it shows that the sticks I can put in are pc2-4200 sticks. Is there a difference and can I put the pc2-4200 in?

    A:Solved: Dell Dimension E520 Memory

    boo5790 said:

    I have a Dell Dimension E520 and the crucial scan says that I have 2-256 DDR2- pc2 4300 sticks in the computer. When I run the memoryx scan it shows that the sticks I can put in are pc2-4200 sticks. Is there a difference and can I put the pc2-4200 in?Click to expand...

    I wouldn't necessarily trust scan results, if it's done by someone ready to sell you stuff. Maybe go to the manufacturer's support page and check with what's compatible...

    Looks like yours will take:
    533-MHz = pc4200
    667-MHz = pc5300
    800-MHz = pc6400

    dual DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM

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    Hello everyone. I've opened many a computer to install new boards, drives, etc., but never ran across this problem. I have an old Dell Dimension computer ready to be discarded, but I would like to remove the hard drive first. I cannot find a way to open it. The back of the computer does not have the usual screws holding the case to the inside compartment. Instead it has many small round metal objects each with a hole in the middle. How do I open this thing?!!! Maggie

    A:Solved: How to Open an Old Dell Dimension computer

    There's likely buttons on the top and bottom that you press and it opens like it's hinged on the front.

    Other models just have a latch that releases the side like this:

    However that's just a guess as there are thousands of Dell Dimension models and you haven't mentioned which one you have.

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    Its an old Dell Dimension. I've upgraded the cpu from 600 to 1100, given it more ram, a bigger hard drive and now I'm replacing the DVD which didn't work. The machine recognized the old DVD but now the new one I've put in.

    Are there any tricks to this? I have the CD as the master and the DVD as the slave. That was the old configuration.

    Hard drive is attached with a PCI slot.

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    I have a dell dimension l933r pentium 3 that I got back in 2001. I have made a few upgrades to it over the years including a bigger Hard drive, upgraded memory to 512, added a ethernet card to it and better sound card.

    I have windows xp home edition on it, with service pack 3. This will probaly sound a little silly to some but I upgraded my windows from xp to Vista knowing that I had memory for it but not knowing if the pc could handle it. I gave it a try and it worked for at least 10 minutes, then the pc froze so I restarted.

    Then eventually it was telling me the pc didnt have enough memory for programs to operate correctly. so I went to restart again and right before windows logged off the screen turned blue and started loading a bunch of wierd numbers and said something about an error not sure what because before i could read all of it the pc turned off. Now when i turn on the pc it gets stuck on the dell screen. It wont boot into ms-dos mode or anything. I have tryed a few different hard drives on the pc thinking that might be it but no luck. I tryed the key comand by hitting delete to boot into msdos, sometimes it says entering setup and gets stuck on that or also hitting delete causes the screen to say hit <del> to enter setup but when I hit del it wont even change the status to entering setup.

    basically i need to figure out what can be done. if this is a basic fix or possibly a motherboard error that can or cant be fixed. Plz help.


    A:Solved: Dell Dimension l933r will not boot Plz help

    u need more than 512 of ram to run vista. im assuming u want to reinstall windows xp again?put the windows xp cd in and restart the computer and keep tapping F8 and u should see a black screen and in the left side corner it will blink in white press any key to boot from the cd. hit enter and go from there.512 of ram is perfect for xp.on a dell computer changing the boot order is easy if u have to get it to boot from a cd. hope this helps u.

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    Ok, this should be a very simple question and maybe my brain is just defragmented and I can't find the info.

    I'm trying to boot my brand new Dell XP Pro system to the BIOS so that I can set the BIOS to boot from a CD. But I can't seem to figure out how to get into the BIOS, as hitting the Delete key doesn't seem to be working. I've tried hitting it at various times to no avail. I also can't figure out when to hit F8 to even get the system to boot into Safe Mode. So not sure what I'm doing wrong because never in the boot cycle does it state to what my Win98 machines do for accessing the BIOS.

    For the record, the reason I'm trying to do this is because I made an ISO image of The Ultimate Boot CD so that I can boot my new Dell from this CD (as I do not have a Floppy Drive in it) so that I can then run Ranish Partition Manager and split my 80GB hard drive into 4 partitions.

    However, I'm having a slight issue getting the machine to boot from this CD. I'm probably just doing some simple thing wrong.

    A:[solved]Can't boot to BIOS in XP Pro on Dell Dimension

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    Hi, im running a dell dimension 4600 and just today there is no sound from my speakers. I tried re-installing my driver, checked to see if it's muted, checked BIOS. It was working yesterday... Any help would be great

    Can anyone tell me how to check my Sound Playback device and playback programs? I'm using Media Player and iTunes

    I tried other speakers and there is still no sound

    Also, forgot to mention that my speaker makes a static/fuzzy noise when i turn it up.


    A:Solved: No sound, dell dimension 4600

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    Earlier today, I tried to turn on my computer and check my email. Well as it was loading, I was interupted by a blue Stop screen with the error code of like 0x00000050 or something rather. I searched the web for any remedies and such..none of which had worked. Upon further research i discovered that one of the newest updates was deamed the "pc killer". So i come home from work to discover that my roommate, who claims to know a lot about this kinda "techy" stuff..simply put in the "Microsoft Windows XP Professional Including Service Pack 1a." disc to restore my computer to factory. Well, it did in fact load up, but my monitor seems distored (as in icons seem enlarged and such). but i cannot connect to the internet and when i went into device manager, the section titled "Other devices", which include, Ethernet Controller, Multimedia audio controller
    PCI simple communication controller, SM bus controller, and Video controller (VGA compatible), was all in a yellow question mark.

    So me, being the noob to this sorta stuff as for any and all assistance. Why am i not able to connect to the internet and such? I have all the cds which came with the computer. I tried to run the 32 bit dell diagnostics thing but it stopped in the middle and gave me this message

    "system error!
    msg: system_error. this system is not recognized as a supported Dell PC. These diagnostics may not run on unsupported systems.

    A:[SOLVED] Dell Dimension 8110 XP Restoration

    There should be a drivers cd, run the cd and install all the drivers starting with the chipset

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    It's a little over three years old and just all the sudden Windows froze. I forced did a hard turn off and went to turn it back on and it wouldn't even try to start, only a flashing amber light. I unplugged it, opened her up, vacuumed up all the dust, checked the cables, and still, nothing. The power cord is fine I tested it. But now the amber light won't even turn on, i hit the power and nothing, just nothing. It's out of warranty and I don't know what to do now. Any ideas?

    It's XP Home ad a desktop by the way.

    A:Solved: Dell Dimension 4700 won't start

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    Hello everybody! The last 4 or 5 month I have a problem with my Dell Dimension E520. I understand it already a little bit old machine, but with my financing situation I cannot afford to change computer every 2-3 years!
    System: Dell E520 model DM061
    OS Vista Home Premium 32 bit
    Internet explorer 9, HD 250 GB,
    Physical memory 4 GB
    Total Memory 3GB
    Available memory 1.4 GB
    Total Virtual memory 4.65 GB
    Page File Space 3.29 GB
    Antivirus ? Avast Free, Malwarebyte (free), Spybot-Search (free), SuperaAntivirus(free), CCleaner (free) Advanced SystemCare 7 (free). Constantly run on background only Avast, Windows defender and Firewall. The rest of these programs I run to perform cleaning. About once a month I run ESET online deep cleaning. Third party cookie is disabled. My search engine is Yahoo for many years! I don?t like Google and use it very seldom. I don?t use any extra tool bars. I don?t play any games online at all!
    1) I have a problem with Internet explorer. Often it stops working and in box I got message to check for solution online or stop program.
    2) When I closed Internet my desktop icons frizzes and doesn?t respond for 2-3 minuets!!!?
    3) To open any Internet site sometimes it takes a long time!
    4) Many video sites point me to upgrade Flash player to the last version and I try to do this. I fallow procedure on the Adobe site and end up with bad results.
    5) I constantly get a message from ?Secunia PSI? ?Secunia PSI Agent has stopped working. Windows can ch... Read more

    A:[SOLVED] Dell Dimension E520, problem with IE 9

    Wow! You have a lot going on. First of all you're running XP. I don't think that Microsoft is supporting XP any longer, which puts you at a very high risk. I'm not sure which version of Internet Explorer you have. No you do not need Secunia. Secunia is a software that checks programs for up dates. It's a good program, but IMHO it is not needed. If you up date Java, be sure you uncheck the Ask tool bar!!
    This is what I use to up date Java and Adobe.
    Verify Java Version

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    Hi all

    I had a bad stick of RAM causing BSOD's on my Dell Dimension 8400. (8MZQT51) I removed the offending componant and the computer is working fine now. Since I have to replace it, I figured I would upgrade at the same time. It had 1GB DDR2 RAM, in the form of 2 sticks of 512 mb, 533mHz PC2 4200, 240 pin memory. The motherboard has 4 dimm slots, it has a 3.0 g pentium 4 processor, and running a 32 bit system. Based on my research, I should be able to upgrade to 4GB max RAM, based on what I read on Dell's site for my computer.

    Here is my question...will any 4 sticks of the same style 1GB, 240 pin RAM work, or do I need to concern myself with things like mHz, etc?


    A:Solved: RAM upgrade for older Dell Dimension

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    Right now I'm repairing a friend's Dell Dimension 2400 computer with a XP installation disc with service pack1a. Since her computer is old, she had SDRAM DDR PC2100 with 256 MB, and a old hard drive with over 1,000 KB of storage space.

    At first, I tried the XP reinstallation disc, the blue screen appeared and at the bottom everything loaded until the words "Windows XP is starting up". This stayed on the screen without ever changing. I cannot use Last Known Good Configuration, or any of the safe modes.

    When I installed the diagnostic disk, there was hard drive problems. So, I installed a new hard drive with 250gb of storage and the same problem occurred. So I installed windows with the new hard drive on another system and it worked. However, I accidentally installed Windows twice to the hard drive. The first xp installation windows worked, while the second had a blue screen error. I know I can easily delete the second one. I'm just mentioning this just in case this can cause another problem.

    So, when I installed the drive backed into my friend's system, I still cannot boot. For this entire problem, the only thing that will stay is the black windows XP loading screen. I even installed some new 1 1gb PC2700 SDRAM DDR ram and the problem is still there. I ran another diagnostic and everything appears to be fine. For some reason I was able to enter the XP desktop once, and when I turned off the the computer and reboot, I cannot enter the desktop again.

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    A:[SOLVED] Dell Dimension 2400 won't boot

    and welcome to the Forum

    What "Other diagnostic" did you run? Have you run diagnostics on the Memory? Did you use the Dell Reinstalaltion disc to install from?

    You can't install XP on one pc and move it to another, unless they are identical. I would start over with antoher clean install:

    You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here

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    I'm wondering if anyone knows which 2 krys are needed to boot into OS recovery to original condition.

    A:Solved: Dell Dimension 3000 OS Recovery

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