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Q: Dell Computer ?

I have a dell inspiron model 3276 computer. If any one has a dell computer I have a question for them. I have two sound ports on the front of the computer and 3 at the top of the computer one of those in the back is a line in(?) can you tell me what the three on the back does and the two on the front as well.

In the past I have been able to copy music from my external cd player to the line in on the back of the tower.
For some reason this is not working, so if someone can give me information on my problem would appreciate it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Dell 8900, Gaming Computer, Dell Alienware Aurora

There is a power issue with the external hard drive.

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

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

A:Loading Older Dell OS To Newer Dell Computer

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

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

A:Dell computer occasionally stuck on Dell screen

I would run a memory tester

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Can anyone suggest a way to get a dell 770 printer to work on a non dell win98 system?

My friend was given the printer from his friends, but it's a dell and it's pretty muh brand new so he doesn't want to throw it away. It's also better than his current printer

Anyway, he uses the dell install disk but once it begins and runs the setup app it gives a message akin to pirating. Saying something like -this computer does not support dell , or something like - this computer is not a dell.

Can anyone offer advice. I did a search on google and dells' site and here.
I couldn't quite find anything that might lead me to an answer..?


A:dell printer for non dell computer??

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I have connected my old Dell printer AIO 924 to my new Dell XPS 8500. I can't seem to figure out how to scan. I had no trouble with my old computer, but can't scan since connecting to my new XPS 8500. Can anyone help me please? Do I have to get A new driver? If so, where do I get it? Thanks for any help you can give me.

A:new Dell computer/old Dell printer

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I have a two year old Dell PC with Windows 7. I got a virus in my computer that by phone and computer takeover Norton located in my MBR. When they cleaned it my computer will no longer boot up. Norton worked with me for three days on the problem but we were unable to fix the computer. I followed other web sites and repaired my MBR but it still will not boot up. I tried System Repair, Check point, Image, and Dell system restore and all failed. I have tried to use the Windows install CD and all I get is a black screen with a flashing cursor and then after 3 minutes the compute attempts to boot again and fails. I tried everything to try and wipe the drive from C prompt and it will not let me. I have very weak computer skills but I can follow directions and I have wiped a previous computer I owned. (I confirmed that my CD drive is working) I also should mention I have a second hard drive on my computer that I backed everything up to.

A:Dell Computer PC will not load Windows install CD from computer crash

See if you can reset the BIOS hardware/software connections and then clear the CMOS to access your Windows 7 install disc.
Resetting hardware/software connections in the BIOS and clearing temporary memory of corruption:Shut down and turn off the computer.
Unplug the computer from the wall or surge protector (then remove the battery if it is a laptop).
"Remove the computer from any port replicator or docking station, disconnect
cables to printers or devices such as external monitors, USB memory sticks or SD cards, headset or external speakers, mouse or auxiliary keyboard, turn off WIFI and Bluetooth wireless devices." (Use Hard Reset to Resolve Hardware and Software Issues HP Pavilion dv5000 Notebook PC series - HP Customer Care (United States - English))
Hold down the power button for 30 seconds. This closes the circuit and ensures all
power from components is drained to clear the software connections between the BIOS
and hardware and clear any corruption in the temporary memory.
(If it is a laptop, plug the battery back into the laptop and then) Plug the computer back into the wall. Do not reconnect any unnecessary peripherals; monitor, keyboard,
and mouse should suffice and be the only peripherals reconnected.
Turn it on to reinitialize the software connections between the BIOS and hardware

Clear the CMOS:Use your system manual to find instructions for accessing the BIOS...
In the BIOS, go to the EXIT screen...
Choose load setup/optimized defaults... Read more

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I just wanted to know about how to reload my computer because i forgot the password and user name. I also wanted to know , my adobe reader want work it keep saying it ecountered a problem and it must shut down sorry for inconvenience. send report to microsoft. I need it to pull up important pdf files to read.

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i recently bought a dell desktop but i cant use the right side of the keybord to type numbers also on the desktop when u double click on an item nothing happens any suggestions?

A:dell computer

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I got a dell computer running 512 and about 150 hdd. i switch hdds and cleaned the old one. well when i get to install windows vista or xp it says this blow in this picture:

then i cant boot anything up. I have NO FLOOPY it didnt come with one. so i thought i could install and boot from cd but i was wrong. i dont know if there a reformat the bios or something please help.

computer picture:

my dell computer didnt come with a floopy disk.

A:Dell computer Help

Have u looked in the BIOS and mad sure the CD is the first boot device, this should be installable (changeable) in the BIOS, altho your BIOS might not have that option, and u can leave it that way as it will not mess up anything. Once u boot to the Windows CD u should have options to format or anything u need to do.

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Started complete restore by symantec windows, only partly done. The screen says(loading PBR for descriptor 1 Done. Starting Windows 95... Only thing I can do is turn computer on and off. HELP. jhaas41

A:dell computer

and welcome to the Forum

What model is the Dell?

Why was it only partly done? . did it stop?

What caused you to try the restore?

Starting windows 95??? Did it have win95 loaded?

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My computer stopped working giving me a black screen and everything and when i entered Safe Mode and uninstalled the Video Driver for my Geforce my computer started working again but when i reinstalled the driver my computer suffered the exact same problems and ideas how to fix this please

A:My Dell Computer

Which graphics card and driver are you trying to use? Have you tried older or beta drivers with your GeForce?

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Hi, I am new to this forum and not a brain on computers. My question is my flat screen goes black after I boot up. it shows the dell logo and than xp but than after that it goes blank. The computer is running in the back round. I could boot in the safe mode, but that is it. I need to know what has happen and how to fix.

A:Need help on dell computer

In Safe mode, go to Device Manager or Add/Remove Programs and remove the Display driver
Go back to Normal mode
Go to Dell support drivers page and download your updated video card driver

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I would like to install a new video card for my dell machine. Here is a list of my specs...

Dell Inspiron 531s
Windows 7 32-bit
Power Supply Unit: 250w
1 PCI-Express slot

Current Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
(motherboard gpu)

Here is the GPU I'm looking at: - SPARKLE SFPX95GT512U2L GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
I am concerned about the weak power supply and the motherboard GPU interfering.

Should I be considering a external power booster?

I would love to hear your suggestions.

A:New GPU for Dell Computer

I would look at the power supply and see if a normal size new power supply would fit into that case, if not I would "re-case" the whole machine when I add the new video card so I wouldnt have any power issues.

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my dell computer keeps cuting it self off i have cleaned the fans and my monitor is not picking up now.and it is still shuting off.please help?

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My mom has some kind of adware running and I notice that the "Explorer.EXE" file is probably the culprit or Macafee not helping out since it demands something called a renewal for a subscription. She has XP Service Pack 3 installed too. Also, her toolbar in Internet Explorer does not show up at times and each website she visits always have an ad pop-up window:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 9:18:29 AM, on 9/9/2008Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exec:\program files\\agent\mcdetect.exec:\PROGRA~1\\vso\mcshield.exec:\PROGRA~1\\agent\mctskshd.exeC:\PROGRA~1\\PERSON~1\MpfService.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WI... Read more

A:Problem With Mom's Dell Computer

I apologize for the very long delay. We have a huge backlog of HijackThis Logs to handle and it has been taking us greater time than normal to get caught up. If you are still having a problem, and want us to analyze your information, please reply to this topic stating that you still need help and I will work with you on resolving your computer problems. If your problem has been resolved, please post a reply letting us know so we can close your topic.

Unfortunately, if I do not hear back from you within 5 days, I will be forced to close your topic. If you still need help after I have closed your topic, feel free to create a new one.

Once again, I apologize for the delay in responding to this topic.

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Tryin to work on my wifes Dell Gx-280 computer. It has a Intel Pentium 4 - 2.8 Ghz cpu. Here's the problem. Left it on 1 night to run anti-virus scan & the next morning power light was yellow instead of green. Tried to reboot several times but power switch light only stand yellow instead of green w/ no HDD light activity. I did get it to turn green on 1 attempt & it started to boot but then just shut off. Thought it was power supply so odered 1 from Dell & replaced it. Did not solve problem. Put old power supply back in & tried again w/ same problem. Finally I did get it to boot up & got message sayin' last shut down was normal & due to a thermal event or something to that nature. Ran machine for several hours & shut it down & rebooted it several times sucessfully. I did notice that sometimes when it boots the cpu fan is runnin' slow but picks up speed as it has run for a bit. Other times it is runnin' like a jet airplane as soon as it starts to boot up & stays runnin' at the speed the whole time machine is on. Thought the boot up problem had magically fixed itself. Put it into stand-by mode yesterday & restarted it this morning w/ no problem. Ran machine for awile & then put back into stand-by mode & when I went to retart it suddenly back to same problem again. I thought I had finally got it to boot again because power switch light went green & HDD light came on but stayed on & did not flicker. ... Read more

A:Need help w/ Dell computer problem

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 2:52:05 PM, on 7/20/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Dell\EUSW\Support.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exe
c:\Program Files\Dell\Support\Alert\bin\NotifyAlert.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Broadband Networking\MSBNTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Nikon\NkView6\NkvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Web_Rebates\WebRebates1.exe
C:\Program Files\Web_Rebates\WebRebates0.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Jeannie\My Documents\Download\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = Read more

A:HiJackThis for my Dell computer, please.

PLease follow the directions below:
Download the programs below, make sure they are updated, and when they are all downloaded, boot into safe-mode by restartibng your computer and continually tapping on the F8 key. It will prompt you to open in safe mode. Once you are in safe-mode, run the programs below, as well as the other instructions.
Download AdAware 6 181 from here:
Before you scan with AdAware, check for updates of the reference file by using the "webupdate".

Then ........
Make sure the following settings are made and on -------"ON=GREEN"
From main window :Click "Start" then " Activate in-depth scan"

Click "Use custom scanning options>Customize" and have these options on: "Scan within archives" ,"Scan active processes","Scan registry", "Deep scan registry" ,"Scan my IE Favorites for banned URL" and "Scan my host-files"

Go to settings(the gear on top of AdAware)>Tweak>Scanning engine and tick "Unload recognized processes during scanning" ...........then........"Cleaning engine" and tick "Automatically try to unregister objects prior to deletion" and "Let windows remove files in use at next reboot"

Then...... click "proceed" to save your settings.
remove anything it finds. when you are done, please go to and download Spybot 1.3 ... Read more

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I am sort of befuddled as to why a friends computer will not turn on. There is a green light on the mobo indicating that there is power to the computer, but no luck starting up. I have replaced the power button switch on the front of the computer, checked all power connections to the power supply and motherboard, made sure the outlet was good, and am at a loss as what to check for. She says that there was not a storm before having this problem, but did tell me her daughter shut down the computer by just pushing the power button. I didn't think it was that much of a deal seeing as how the computer is 3 yrs old, but I could be wrong. Any help would be much appreciated.

A:Dell computer will not turn on

Dell computers have a nasty habit of "locking up" at times. sometimes unplugging the computer and letting it sit for 30 minutes then plugging it back in will solve the problem and sometimes you have to strip the components and add them piece by piece until you get it working again.

the process is to remove ALL components except the processor( including disconnnecting monitor, keyboard, mouse). plug in and power up shut down unplug, add memeory plugin and power up, unplug add hard drive plugin power up, power off, unplug, add video card( if there is one) power up at this point you should be able to tell if it is booting or not. (actually once you start getting beeps during the add component\power up process it should be able to boot once all components are reinstalled.

it is a pain in the rear but it is the process Dell tech support would lead you thru if you called them. ( I had to do it three times. with my 4 year old dell, once it locked up after I switched a optical drive.) oh yeah before i forget each time you shutdown during the adding component process, after you unplug hold in the power button for several seconds to drain any residual power.

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I think my Dell Vostro must have a proprietary block to cloning to a non-Dell machine. I have tried spotmau, Macrium,Aeomei, Microsoft and maybe another. I can get the clone to load on the new machines hard drive, but I cannot get it so I can access it. Is there any way to overcome this? I have tried it on an Asus and Sony computer.


A:Cloning a Dell Computer

you cannot use a clone from a dell computer to another. It violates manufacturers oem license from microsoft. besides different computer, different motherboard, different drivers. windows would have to be reinstalled if it was a legit transfer.

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I have a new Dell computer P4 2.0 60 GB with Win XP Home version and having problems accessing Hotmail. Computer less than 2 months old. Using IE 6.0. When logging onto Hotmail, the computer sits and slowly progresses (meter moves 4 spaces) then nothing happens. No messages, just nothing. It also has McAfee Security system installed w/ firewall, antivirus. Don't know if this is causing computer to hang up.

A:New Dell computer w/XP - problems

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My dell computer does not connect to the LAN or Internet , the icon of local area connection is found in the right hand on the task bar and no red X on it but the front lamp only flashes and the other lamp of it does not flash , i tried to change the settings of the Internet protocol TCP / IP but no way .

i heard that dell computers have some confusions with Windows LAN

Osama Geris

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So, I lost my windows XP disk long ago...I was curious if it was possible for a Dell computer (We got it around 04 or 05), would be able to use a windows 7 disk?
If there are other factors that would decide that let me know. xD

A:Can a Dell computer from 2005....

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Moms in Fl... says all the sudden her computer won't boot up, it acts as if it wants to boot, all the lights come on, such as the keyboard and all, but theres no video at all, then the computer shuts back down....

I'm a long way away, and at a loss as to what I should tell her, without looking at it myself.... and I'm no guru thats for sure, I'd probably try to see if it would boot from the disk, but I'd be lost after that!

Any ideas?

A:Dell Computer Won't Boot

No video?

First thing I would check would be the connection between monitor and system and the power cord.

The fact that the system shuts down would seem to indicate a PS problem, with no further info (IMO).


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just got a new dell xps computer and it looks like a lot of items on the hijack log. is there any i can delete ?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:31:15 PM, on 8/11/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\iaantmon.exe
c:\program files\\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\sdhelp.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\IntelDH\Intel(R) Quick Resume Technology\ELService.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\iaanotif.exe
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A:Solved: dell computer

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Hello all, I'm newer to RAM and things like that and wanted to know before I buy if these sticks of ram will run in my Dell DImension 4700. I was hoping someone knew the specs of the stock motherboard and such because I have no idea what it is. THanks

A:Older Dell computer

Follow the instructions here so we can help you better:

Are you lookng to add RAM or just replace it?

According to google, the Dell Dimension 4700 has DDR2 RAM at 400 MHz. Both links you posted have DDR2 RAM at faster speeds, so while you can add both of them, I believe, they'll still run at the slower speed unless you take out the older RAM.

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I wanted to buy a bigger case for my computer so I can upgrade my psu and get a full size graphics card will my motherboard fit inside any standard case?

A:New Case For Dell Computer

It should...but we need the specific details of you Dell PC. If you would fill in your system specs in you profile area then we can get a better picture of your needs.

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lighting hit my old computer so hubby bought me a new dell with vista on it,can't get half the web site to open and some of my downloads want download. its a dell 1gb shared dual channell sdram
250gb hard drive
amdathlon 64x2 3600+ dual core processer

can't get my dsl to work been with them on phone all day

what do i do thanks oh yes im useing dial up now and so slow

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Just got a Walmart Dell pre-loaded with Windows Vista. I will be putting windows XP Professional on the drive instead. Only problem is there is no way to get the damn machine to boot from the CD rom so I can clobber the current format and re-format the drive NTFS and then proceed to load XP.

Even tried using a USB bootable cd drive instead of the SERIAL ATA DVD drive that comes with the machine. even after specifying the boot sequence order in the DELL cmos, still no luck... any suggestions? Machine is a Dell e521 model.

A:Walmart Dell Computer

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

Thank you,


A:Dell Desktop computer

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I recently tried to install service pack 2 on a dell computer, and about half way through I get a message telling me that installation cannot be completed, and that windows may not work correctly. Every time after I get the BSoD, and a message which tells me their is a problem with the ram. I read about this problem, and I have figured out that the install messed with the ram settings. I don't know how to fix it though. I can boot up with linux cd though. What should I do?

A:SP2 install on Dell computer

Attempting to install XP SP2 in a computer has no effect on how RAM modules function.

What is the model name and model number of that Dell, and how much RAM is installed?


Are you using an actual XP SP2 CD?

Have you deleted all current partitions, created a new C partition, formatted that new partition with the NTFS file system, and then attempted to install XP SP2?


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I am having problems with this laptop. This computer crash, so then I Installed the original version of windows vista CD that came with this computer. The problem is that it won't let me install windows updates it shows an error code 8007001f, and also it won't let me install anti-virus programs, flash player or any other important programs. I installed some of this programs on my usb pen drive but it didn't work. I also loaded all the drivers and updated them. I have never had a problem like this. I did a scan on this computer with windows defender. it scanned the computer for about 1 hour, and 1 trojan virus came up and it was deleted. I also did safe mode with internet but nothing has help. Please help!


A:Dell Laptop computer

you could try this

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Okay, I've got a few day old Dell 8400 with XP Home. I have deleted my cookies, temp saved passwords and usernames, and history in Windows Explorer. I use Firefox 1.0 now.Before this log I ran Ad-Aware SE with all the new updates and it detected 0 pieces of spyware. But my HJT log appears jacked up. Here it is:Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0Scan saved at 8:35:58 PM, on 1/18/2005Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Application Accelerator\iaantmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Application Accelerator\iaanotif.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exeC:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXEC:\Program Files\Windows AdControl\WinAdCtl.exeC:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.exeC:\Program Files\Windows AdControl\WinAdAlt.... Read more

A:Brand new computer from Dell and here's my HJT log!

It would be helpful if you updated your HJT to the most recent version, and then post a new log please. 'Hijack This!'.

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I am still having problems with this computer . I cannot download updates and i get an error code (8007001f)
(a device attached to the system is not functioning) please help I have tried every thing i can think of. please help!again


A:Dell laptop computer

You already have a thread started here for the same problem? Only on thread allowed for same problem.

Use this thread....

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JohnWill said:

I always make the recovery disk as the first step. Then if there's any question about the configuration, you can always knock it flat and start out with the factory configuration again.Click to expand...

hey JohnWill,

I also have a Dell Dimension 2400 with XP-home on it. I bought the PC almost new at a yard sale last summer. The lady that owned it Even transfered the warranty for me. When I got it home (came with all the disks), the first thing I did was was remove all of the Norton's software from it.

A BIG MISTAKE I found out later. Dell has a "PC Restore for Window XP" that I found out later.

Here's the link:

Basically, "When the Dell splash screen appears during the computer startup process, press and hold <Ctrl> and then press <F11>. Then, release both keys at the same time.
NOTE: Some systems like Inspiron Mini 9 (910) do not support System Restore as they do not have <F11> nor any substitute."

In the Dell PC Restore by Symantec window, click Restore. Alternatively, press <Tab> to highlight Restore, and then press <Enter>.

I didn't know this !!!

I right clicked on "My Computer" icon to the "Microsoft's Management Console" window and I have 3 portion's.

The first one is a "Healthy EISA Configuration" that is FAT 31MBs., the 2nd one is "... Read more

A:Dell computer issue

So you are saying Ctrl+F11 does not work??

If Ctrl+F11 is broken it can be repaired sometimes but is not easy, lots of reading to do.

Your uninstalling Norton Software while in Windows did not break it, the most common cause of this problem is Installing XP from the CD, Dell uses a proprietary Master Boot Record (MBR), when you reinstall XP from the CD, it replaces this MBR with a generic one and breaks the Ctrl+F11 functionality. If the Dell image is still on the ""healthy Unknown Partition" that is a FAT32 3.49 GB's", then you can repair it in most cases following Dan Goodells instructions.

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My xps 410 Dell computer won't turn on. What happens is I turn it on it says to start normally or startup repairs when I click startup repairs it says it can't fix it. When I start normally gets to the multi-colored flag (windows loading screen) and sits there for about 30 seconds to a minute than it either restarts or goes to a black screen and than it has yellow letters surrounded by a small blue rectangle saying "Out of range" I don't know what to do, but what I do know is that I can boot my computer into safe mode which I'm in right now (safe mode with networking) I've tried looking for solutions but can't find any that work please help and thanks.

A:xps 410 Dell computer won't turn on

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having nothing better to do, i decided to take apart my computer and finally install a new hard drive i have kept for almost a year. so i decided to give myself a challenge and take the thing apart completely, taking almost all the things off of the motherboard and stripping the shell of everything except for the motherboard. i then used an air duster on everything, but as i dusted the geforce driver, some of the liquid inside sprayed on it but then quickly evaporated. i pieced all the pieces as they were(or so i think), and turned the computer on, but my monitor did not turn on at all. i unplugged the monitor, and it said it was searching for a signal(after i unplugged it from the computer.

i am not very experienced with computer hardware, and right now all i know is that it is a refurbished hp compaq desktop.

A:Dell computer won't stay on

That liquid is most likely duster propellant and it won't hurt anything. You probably didn't attach the front panel wires properly back to the motherboard and hopefully you didn't damage the motherboard with a static electricity discharge. Take the computer to a friend or someone that knows how to repair computers. If you have damaged something by doing all this yourself, chalk it up to experience

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dell lattitude d610

i need to fix my bios via dos for my computer
due to a previous potential hacking of my computer

i dont have cds

so i need to use my usb cartrige flash drive or whatever.

A:Need to fix BIOS via DOS for Dell computer

Hi, and welcome to Techspot.
Your question is a little confusing, bios and dos are two completely different things...
Maybe you should read a little about BIOS on this website.
If you need to enter BIOS you probably have to press F2 when the DELL logo shows up right after you start your computer. You don't need any CDs or USB flash drives to enter BIOS.

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I have just reformated my dell inspiron 1150 laptop with a windows xp disk and i dont have any drivers for the latop so there is no sound the internet doesnt work and all that. Does anyone know where i can get the drivers from.

A:dell computer has no drivers!!!!!!!!!

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Good evening, I tried to help a friend out, unfortunately, I ended up messing up his new computer from Dell.
I deleted all drives onhis hd and repartitioned using PM7 and when I try to load the OS, it just shows and inderneath a message,
then the cursor just blinks.
Any way to fix this? TIA for any help in this matter.

da nerd

Feel this will be better served here.

A:partitioning a dell computer

Quick question. If this is a fresh install, Why use partition magic?

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I just bought a refurbished Dell Dimension 4400 Pentium 4, 1.7GHz, 256MB, 30GB from It came with no operating software or monitor which was fine because I had my own. However, I can't seem to be able to start up the computer. This is what I'm doing;

I turn on the computer with the "Dell Dimension Resource CD" in the computer. (It does say on the top of the cd that "You must boot your computer from this CD to run the diagnostics, which may require changing your computer's boot sequence.")

I) It starts to run & at first it says "Invalid system disk replace the disk, and then press any key." I do so & it then gives me an option to either boot from hard drive or cd, and I select "2" which is cd. It then shows "starting Windows 98 which is a bit odd coz there should be no OS on the computer. I will be installing XP.

II) I then get a list of choices 1)run graphics 2) run 32 bit bell diagnostics 3) run 3com nic config utili 4) create SATA RAID driver diskette 5)Exit to dos 6) Reboot system.

III) I tried chice #1, it passed

IV) Choice 2 it said, "system error this system is not recoginzed as a supported dell pc. these diagnostics may not be run on unsupported sustems. I click "OK"
It then goes back to "I" above and on to the 6 choices again.

V) Choice 3 "Error No 3C90X NICs are installed in this comp. I click "OK"

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A:Dell Computer is a mess

The monitor shouldn't affect it, have you tried just running from the WindowsXP cd?

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Hi, I recently reinstalled XP on my Uncle's Dell Dimension 4550. I installed everything and the drivers and I noticed in the device manager that there is one device with the dreaded yellow question mark. The device is the pci simple communications controller. What exactly is this driver and how do I fix it? If it has something to do with an internet connection he has a cable modem with a router as well. Not sure if that would help or not.

A:Reinstalled XP on Dell Computer

Did you install the chipset drivers?

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One of my coworkers brought in one of her personal machines, which is completely new (still packaged up and everything); an HP ProDesk. After going through the initial setup and installing AVs, changing IE settings and all that good stuff, I ran Windows Update. For some reason, a Dell, Inc. update showed up.

Should there be any reason for this?

Thanks in advance.

A:Dell, Inc. Update on an HP computer??

Are there any Dell peripherals attached to the machine? I'm thinking something like a monitor, mouse or keyboard.

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I a currentlly concidering buying an older used Dell model # DHS computer. I have tried searching online to different Dell sites and can not find what this computer accually is. MGHZ, Meg bites, etc. It to my knowledge is a 2000 model, with only one Ethernet port on the back, no telephone hookup ports. When can I find more info on this computer?.......txtrker

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Machine is slow -- I can hear the HD running continuously during normal computer use. This is an older machine -- 2005; wondering if install/uninstall of programs has slowed down machine. Added additional RAM last year -- 1Gb. Perhaps too much is running at once? help is appreciated.

When computer is left on too long, computer freezes. Currently the "install/uninstall shield" remains in my system tray without installing anything. thanks!

Express Service Code: 950-936-014-9
Service Tag: 4D9ML91

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name DELL
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Dell DV051
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2793 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A03, 10/8/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name DELL\Paul
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 2,048.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 875.90 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.95 GB
Page File Space 2.72 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 9:24:29 PM, on 12/20/2010
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MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
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A:Slow Computer/Dell

It seems that your virtual memory is quite low, Go to your uninstall and try uninstalling programs and such that you rarly or never use. Low space on your hard disk usally is the cause of a slow computer. Also, try and remove some unimportant things (i.e old document, Power Points, things of that sort) to an alternate hard drive or USB Storage Devise...that should help

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Have a Dell 410 XPS with vista that I would like to reformat. What is the proper procedure for reformatting both the C and D drives. My reinstallation disk has more options than the reinstalation disks that came with my old Compaq(it had 2 cds and no otions). The manual that came with my computer is rather vague about this. I know this can be a long drawn out affair, and have backed up all my info and would like to clean my computer out and bring it back to like it was the day I got it. Yes I do have some major issues with my computer that requires me to reformat, mostly caused by me.
thanks mike

A:Reformatting A Dell 410 Computer

I did a Dell today that used F8 to access the recovery partition. That should be the quickest way to reformat your Dell and will leave the recovery partition intact (along with the Tools partition if you have one).

If you'd like to get rid of all partitions, then you'll have to delete the partitions and create one partition to hold everything. Then you can install Vista with the Operating System, Drivers, and Utilities disks that came with your Dell.

Personally, I'd go with the first option above - it's quicker and you won't have to install all the drivers and applications.

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I can't remember when this first started but my computer shuts down by its self. I know this is serious and microsoft sent me an message saying this was due to having the wrong driver on one of my programs but how do I fix this problem? It happens in different programs.

A:XP Dell computer shuts off

Does this happen after a certain amount of time? Or is it really just random?

Can you give examples as to what programs you are running when it happens?

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I had to reinstall Windows XP on a Dell computer. The owner of the computer didn't have the original reinstallation disk so I used a Dell reinstallation disk that I have used to install Windows on many other Dell and HP computers in the past without a problem. This time it installed but seems to skip past the part near the end where it asks for all users names and the part where it checks for connectivity. That itself may not be a problem. However when I boot into the desktop I can't get onto the internet. I went into network connections and don't find any local area connection or net adapter.I don't know what to do at this point. Any suggestions would be great!

A:Windows XP on Dell Computer

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How far can you expand your average dell computer?

hey all, could someone tell me if i can change the motherboard in my factory dell vostro 410 desktop, so that i can replace it with a motherboard that is SLI enabled?

If so what motherboards should i be looking for, is there a specific one due to the size of the case?

Also, being a dell computer i realize your limited into what your changing, does that apply to the PSU and CPU?

Thank You, look forward to your replies

A:HELP: Expanding Dell Computer

The case is standard ATX size so a standard ATX motherboard will fit. Find one that is SLI enable. Since you are switching the motherboard out, why not build a PC from scratch? You'll have to look in the case but the PSU should be interchangeable.

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Yo, my father has a Dell Dimension 2400 as his office computer(see bottom of this post for tech specs) and I want to upgrade it to an AMD Athlon 64 3300+ Socket 754. What I wanted to do was place the new upgrade into the same case as the Dell. Here's what I plan on purchasing...

AMD Athlon 64 3300+ 2.40GHz / 256KB Cache / 1600MHz FSB / OEM / Socket 754 / Processor

My problem is that I want to get a motherboard which will fit the ATX power connector in the Dell computer and that the Motherboard will be able to use the amount of power in the Dell computer (not sure of the wattage of the PSU). Any ideas for a good Mobo is appreciated.

Tech Specs (Dell Dimension 2400):
Pentium 4 - 2.4 Ghz
Some Intel Mobo w/ integrated graphics
2 x 256 MB PC2700 333Mhz
...etc... lol, nothing much else matters

I'm ASSUMING that the Power Supply is 20 pin (I'm not at my father's office so I wouldn't know). If you're missing any info that you need to help me let me know.

A:Upgrade a Dell Computer...

What is it you plan on doing with the computer? gaming? if the present motherboard has a AGP port you would be better off spending your money on a graphics card.

Your also going to need a copy of XP once you switch the motherboard from a intel chipset to a amd chipset your not going to be able to boot from the existing hard drive. you also wont be able to use the dell recovery disk to reload windows once you swap mobo's.

Most of Dell's PSU's with P4's are 300watt

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I have a dell computer running XP professional. A few days ago it died completely, my daughter said a few weeks before that it was acting funny. Like pop ups were occurring and web pages were redirecting.

A new power supply fixed the dying part of the problem. It booted fine after installing the new power supply but lots of little error pop ups were occurring. Tried to do liveupdate of symantec and it said it couldn't reach the server. Then tried going to the site, symantec, and macafee sites .... they all were blocked saying the browser could not get to them.

Then I let "microsoft security essentials" install. It said there were several malware/spyware/trojan horses on the machine. After reboot it know goes through BIOS just fine but then goes to a blank screen. Doesn't look like it even is booting into the OS .....

I don't know what to do at this point ....If I don't here from some body in the next day on this forum I am going to go ahead and just wipe the drive and install XP professional again.

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This is Proview74. I recently bought a new computer and used a "secure delete" program to clean all files off the old Dell computer (4700). I still have the Operating System (XP Media Center Edition 2005) reinstallation DVD for the Dell 4700, which I tried to reinstall by inserting it into the cd drive and rebooting the unit. However, the screen asked me for a password which I cannot remember (from 2005) when I first bought the computer. In fact, I don't even remember using a password at the time.

Is there anyway to over-ride the password, or use a substitute password, to get the computer to accept the reinstallation disc? I tried pressing f12, got into the BIOS section, but I have to enter a password to change the password to a new one. I am at a loss, and if I can't get it reinstalled, a perfectly good computer will have to be scrapped. Would love to get it going so my grand kids could use it.

Appreciate any help to get this going. Thanks for your help.

A:Re-installing XP on Dell computer

We don't generally offer help with password issues here for obvious reasons but F2 should get you into BIOS where you'll be asked for a password. F12 simply shows you the boot menu so you can boot from the CD and I'm surprised if the password is necessary at that stage.

You could enter the Service Tag, which is printed somewhere on the case, into the Dell website and enquire whether they set a password and on satisfying them you were the purchaser, they should tell you but if you set it yourself and forgot it, you're lost. I have to say it would have been an unusual thing to do - do you have a recollection of doing it?


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I have a Dell Inspiron 1200 Labtop with window vista installed, My labtop has a VGA connection, and i am trying to connect my vga to my 32 inch flat screen TV but when i connect my tv says no signal.
please help.


A:Dell labtop computer

Many Laptops allow you to switch the video.
Mine allows Panel only, VGA only, or Both.
Look for a Function key combination to switch it. My Dell uses FnF8

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I had a virus and must have messed up my computer in trying to fix it. Now my computer won't boot. I can't get it to boot from the XP CD. In the set-up, boot sequence I set it only for the cd and I get "strike f1 to retry boot, F2 for setup". if I turn it off and on and hit f12 I get 5 choices; 1 normal, 2 ide cd-rom device, 3 system setup, 4 ide drive diagnostics, 5 boot to utility partition. None work. the diag says hd is fine. I'd like to reformat/reload xp on hard drive and can't. On another computer I can get the comuter to boot from the xp cd and it works

A:Dell XP computer won't boot

You can try resetting the BIOS to default temporarily removing the CMOS battery...and that might allow a boot.

What is the system model?


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I have a Dell XPS 410 that is 2 years old. I started getting blue screen errors and called Dell they said it was the hard drive. I replaced it and still kept getting the errors. When I called Dell again they said it was the mother board so I took it to Best Buy and they said it was the mother board. I had them replace it and have had it home for just a little over a week and today I got the blue screen again. It did a couple of restarts on its own and then today just the blue screen. Does anyone have any ideas on what else might be causing them?

A:dell computer problems

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I can buy from a friend a used Dell computer which has been refurbished for $430.00. I probably would put in an SSD. Is this a good deal or something to avoid?
It has Win7 HP but I probably could talk them into Win7 Pro.
PROCESSOR Intel- 17-920. 2.66. 8MB. BLM, DO
Card, Graphics, 512, 4350. M1 13
Dual In-line Memory Module, 2G""1066, 256X64, 8, 240, 2RX8
Card, Wireless. Network, DW1525, Full Height
Dual In-line Memory Module, 2G""1066, 256X64, 8, 240, 2RX8

A:Used Dell Computer. Bargain or something else?

You might be able to get a better barebones deal at with there holiday sales this weekend - Daily Deals on Computer Parts, Laptop Computers, Electronics, Digital Cameras, Unlocked Cell Phones and more!

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My mother has a new dell computer windows 8 bought a month ago. It has given her trouble from day one but now is becomming unbearable to use. Simple tasks like browsing the web will hang or crash. Desktop based programs become unresponsive routinely. The computer has some serious memory issues that occur from the second it is booted up fresh. I cannot even open task manager because the comp has no free memory. Metro interface seems to function properly even when the desktop was just having so much trouble. I have no idea how i can solve this problem because i cannot even get the computer to open simple troubleshooting programs like task manager to try and diagnose. I am at my wits end and just about to the point where I am going to install W7 over her computer bc it never gave me so much trouble. I am sure this has something to do with W8 or drivers memory leaks. I just dont understand how it is performing so poorly essentially running on default manufacturers settings and drivers. I know for certain this is not how W8 is supposed to run. Please help me fix this. Dell XPS 15 Win8.

A:Windows 8 Dell Computer

It could have been something she installed or even a virus.

If your just going to install Windows 7 anyways make sure the laptop has drivers from Dell.

Don't forget to also back up her data!

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Hi, I have had a lot of trouble on my 6 year old Dell Desktop Dimension 2400 computer, it is too complex to go into detail here' but it has been a nightmare for nearly 4 weeks and I am still going to have do it all over again as in reinstall Win XP / or the drivers at least.

It crashes to Bluescreen every time I Insert a USB stick, Connect and start my Printer, or connect my Western Dig Ext HD which has all the stuff I backed up on.

The major problem was that I missed the "install order list" the first time (my own inexperience) but I have found another DELL list and it Contradicts the First order List anyway' Sooo! Is there a site where I can find out what I need the Order to install them and download them onto a Disk or USB as I had no internet when I first installed Widows XP that was the beginning of my downfall. I have been to DELL Forum's and tried to do the things they suggest but you cannot delete all the USB,s in Disc Manager/ Devices/ USB's/ as you have no Keyboard or Mouse half way through? Thanks if you can help Dasha

A:Can I use other drivers on a Dell computer

Wow. Yea. Sounds like your machine is currently "quite the mess"!

You should certainly start with the drivers on the Dell web site.

Always start with the chipset drivers. I'd do network and storage (IDE) drivers next then the others. Install drivers before installing the applications.

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im using a dell [well its my cousins] she has high speed cable and her son messed it up and im trying to fix it but cox cable support cant help me because it can get the ip to reset i went to start-run-typed cmd in box -then i went and put ipconfig and the ip wont come up need help!!!!!!!!!

A:dell computer cant get a connection

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For the last few months our new (about 9 months old) dell computer running XP has begun to freeze up, theres no apparent pattern to it, but what we found is that if we right click and get the task manager, light up the program DAMon.exe, and click end process it does free it up every time.

We think the program DAMon.exe has something to do with Dells help system and did go to them and ask twice, we got two different solutions neither of which sounded right and we didnt do them. If its there program I assume we might consider eliminating it but are afraid to do that if it would result in their inability to assist in some other future problem.

I am a novice and have been a little leery about doing anything, what ever solution you might think of would have to be simple but if anyone could suggest a simple thing I would appreciate it.

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I have a dell computer that keeps shutting down before it even has a chance to start up.
It just started shutting down every now and then. Now it won't even start up. It gets to the opening dell screen, then shuts down.
I noticed the cooling fan started to run really fast so I decided to checked the CPU and found that it gets hot in seconds after I push the power button. Could this be a bad CPU or mother board?

I am running windows XP sp2
Hyper thread cpu
The system is about three years old

A:My Dell computer will not start

Actually the cpu is probably the issue. Normally we would look at the heatsink fan but Dell uses a fan for case cooling and to cool the heatsink and it may be that fan also.
Can you get into the bios and see the temps and fan speed? Hard drives are also warrantied for 4 years but you really aren't getting far enough to have it be a bad hard drive.

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I just purchased a new XPS 8900 desktop delivered on 5/25/2016 and is restarting itself.  No new hardware installed or program except World of Warcraft and Ventrilo.   Just really started using this machine late last week since I was really busy after it arrived. 
I research the web and it said it maybe PSU related issue.  It is under warranty but any idea why a new computer is restarting it self?
Thank you.

A:New Dell Computer Restarting by Itself

Windows 10?
There are many possible reasons, both hardware and software: PSU, RAM or hard drive problem, overheating, corrupted OS or other software... 
Does it just restart? Any errors on the screen? You can look in Windows Event Viewer for errors around the time of a crash that might point you in the right direction.
If you bought it directly from Dell, I believe you have 21 days from invoice date (not delivery date) to return it so contact Dell Tech Support ASAP. 
If you got it from a big box store, you can probably return/exchange it under whatever policy they have. So get going.
Either way, be sure to reset Windows to the factory image before you return it.

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I have a Dell P-4 computer with windows 2000 operating system{lap-top}and I am going to turn this computer in for an upgrade. I have lot's of information on this machine such as personal data, billing info., credit card info., and the like. I would like to know how to remove this information from the computer so that the new owner/owners will not be able to retrieve this data. I hope a procedure is available to remove the information without destroying. the operating system. Thank You Any help will be appreciated. Bullmap

A:dell computer trade-in

so you have a windows2000 CD - reformat and re-instal windows - that way all the programs that you want to keep and have licence for will also be removed.....
IE MS Office etc

I assume you will be given them the OS, CD etc and not using it yourself...

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Unable to log on. Firefox proxy server refusing connections. Problems with firewall. pLEASE HELP?

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

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

What do you all think.


A:new dell desktop computer

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My computer had a virus, which I believe I corrected. I'm trying to start up windows in safe mode and it just goes to a screen that says: multi(0)disks(0)rddisk(0)partition(1)windows/systems32/drivers/acpt.sys etc on on and on down the page...and I can't esc or anything. tried to start with last know config and it just show xp page and then goes blank

A:Dell computer with XP problems

and welcome to the Forum

How did you correct the virus?

Do you have the Dell Reinstallation disc?

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Help I have a dell inpsirion 5559 BIOS Revision 1.0.6 and I restarted the computer but then it had said it failed so I pressed cancel now my computer turns on and only gos to the dell logo and repeats the whole dell logo screen again I already took the 3 hour test it says its fine please help

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I am helping a friend who has a Dell Inspiron N5105 laptop running Vista Home Premium.

It was supplied only recently as part of an insurance claim settlement - she was told it had just been built for her specifically so she expected it to be problem free.

The internet works fine and she can check her email and facebook, etc - but although Skype 4.2 is pre-installed she cannot logon to the service using her ID and password, and neither can I, it just says for ages "Signing in" and eventually "Skype cannot connect to your account - for help click here" but that link doesn't work either.

She has asked for a password reset and logged onto the Skype website to complete this successfully, but the client still does the above - and the same with my own account.

Also, the screen to activate her copy of MS Office XP is corrupted (just showing as blank box!).

To try to resolve both problems, I backed up her files (only a few) and did a factory reset from the recovery partition. The Skype problem remains.

The Office activation wizard now offers to activate over the internet ... but says it can't make a connection to the server, and when I try to use the telephone method it refuses to give us a phone number to call.

I have connected the laptop to a different internet connection and the problems remain.

She tells me that her boss is also unable to activate the latest version of Office that they have too, so this isn't just a Office XP iss... Read more

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What security software is it running anti virus, and firewall?

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I down loaded Windows 10 PRO two days ago upgrading from Windows 7 PRO which was running fine. I made no changes what so ever and now I cannot get the printer or FAX to communicate with the computer. Any suggestions on how to solve this problem would be greatly appreciated.

Bud Rose

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Yes. Goto the manufactures web site for your printer and download windows 10 drivers and run the install. Do the same for the modem that you were using for fax, and make sure it shows up in the device manager without a yellow exclamation point, and then make sure the Windows Fax software is installed.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 computer that is about 3 years old. I just got a new battery for it about 3 or 4 months ago. I'm having trouble with it because I'll have my computer plugged in and it says, (plugged in, not charging). The second I take it off the charger it starts to lose it's charge, but while it's plugged in it holds it. I'm down to 13% and I really don't want to lose my computer. What should I do?

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Hi and welcome to TSF did you get the battery from dell or elsewhere as batteries bought from after market sources do not always perform well and if your adapter works then you can still use the laptop admittedly somewhat limited, contact the seller and complain

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I was wondering if it's possible to transfer all the components from my Dell computer into a new computer case, or would I need a new mobo and what not?

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I forgot my password and I want to upgrade my OS from vista to windows 7. I have a dell desktop and can't log in. I can't seem to upload the new system from startup. What do I need to do?

A:forgot password on dell computer

Do you have a password reset disc around? Or perhaps another administrator account on the system?

You could 'restore your system to factory defaults' if it comes with a recovery partition or similar, but of course this means you will lose all your data and programs installed currently.

You say you have tried booting from the disc on startup, did you edit the BIOS settings? Are you sure you have a bootable upgrade disc?

I am not sure if upgrading removes your password, if it doesn't, you'll still have the same problem.

You may have a hidden administrator account you could access, to reset passwords. Try booting your system in safe mode (press F8 then select safe mode), select the administrator account, it may have no password by default (if it is enabled and if it hasn't been altered).

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My HP computer crashed and I bought a used Dell Optiplex GX620 Pentium D 3.00GHz. I tried to connect my HP monitor (vs15c LCD), and it doesn't recognize it. Do I have to get a Dell cord in order for it to work or is it something else? Since I can't use the monitor, I have no idea if the dell computer even works, just that it powers on. (I do know my monitor is working fine.)

Any suggestions?

A:Dell computer not recognizing HP monitor

Hi Hehoward, and welcome to TSG.

1) Do the computer's diagnostic lights show a normal boot up of the motherboard?

2) When you say you know the monitor is working fine, do you mean that the same monitor and same VGA cord work OK on another computer?

3) If the answer to the first two questions is "Yes", with the monitor connected and turned on, try turning on the computer and tapping the F8 function key right away. This should display a low resolution Windows start selection. If you do get a display of the menu, then choose Safe Mode.

You should then be able to try different higher resolutions to see if one works on your display.

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I have a Dell computer which the sound comes out crackily - its not the speakers as tried a different set of speakers that work fine on another computer and the sound comes out all broke up too.

I have changed the sound card and no improvemt.

Do DELL computer have know problems with known sound issues?


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Do you have the latest sound driver?

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Dell Optiplex GX620 computer, about 2 1/2 years old, has suddenly started running really slowly. I couldn't even open two web browser windows at the same time. I ran Malwarebytes' Antimalware, and it was running so slowly, I rebooted ran it in safe mode, no problems found, also no problems found by AVG 8.5 pro version.

I decided to do a chkdsk on it, and it found some bad sectors, after fixing that, a week later, I'm having to go through this all over again, more bad sectors.

I called Dell, (computer is still under warranty) they had me run diagnostics and I get a message "FAIL - Dell Hard Drive Diagnostic Return Code: 7"

They are telling me to reinstall the OS, but I'm not happy, that's a ton of work, considering all the software I'd have to reinstall on a failing drive???

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

thank you,

A:Desktop computer Dell 1100

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

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

This should be the audio driver for it.


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

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


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I just got a second-hand Dell Optiplex GX260. The original purchaser bought it with XP pre-loaded, and had only the reinstallation CD, which I got. Unfortunately, the CD says "This CD is not for reinstallation of programs or drivers." This apparently is true as I'm finding that I have to use the device mfr's disk to get drivers whenever I attach something to the computer. I was wondering if there's a separate driver disk that came with computer (the guy I bought from doesn't recall), and if so, where I can get one. I tried calling Dell, but got tired of pressing and holding.

A:Driver for WinXP Pro on Dell Computer

dell supplies a cd with drivers and another with applications

dell will supply one

dell support calls go to the other side of the planet

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My computer recently began to freeze, about the time when I updated to Firefox 3.6. At first I thought it was just the internet that was messed up, but it began to freeze even though I wasn't using the internet. Randomly it would just freeze, sometimes after a few minutes others after a few seconds. I have to hit the power button because leaving it alone for a while won't work. I tried to clean the registry but it didn't work. I have a Windows XP, its a desktop computer, I have Intel, and its about 4 years old. if you need any more info please ask! I've had many problems with this computer but I can't afford to buy another one for another two years. Please help! I don't know what else to do.

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I have an old dell i want to put my music harddrive into. I was able to log into windows then it froze up and now I am getting a program software error after it tries loading windows. I have tried F8 and last known config and safe mode neither work. I need a windows xp boot cd/recovery cd. My service tag is FLXSB21. Please help.

A:cannot boot into windows xp dell computer

The only thing that I can suggest at this time would be to call Dell & try to obtain a reinstall CD. It's been a few years back, they furnished me one free of charge for an old Latitude D610 that I purchased & needed to reinstall the OS on later due to massive file issues.
There is no way to legit download XP, you'll need reinstall CD.
Hopefully the folks at Dell can assist with this.

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Woke up, tried turning on my dell computer. Everything was going alright until the Windows Xp loading screen. it loaded, then the screen just went black. I tried reseting it a few times now it freezes on the opening Dell screen when i turn on the computer. I was unable to get to the log on page which was at first annoying, but now its more annoying that i cannot get into my computer setup or boot options through the opening dell screen. Any suggestions?

A:Dell Computer wont turn on

Please try this in Safe Mode:

Manual steps to run Chkdsk from My Computer or Windows Explorer

Open My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
Click Properties, and then click Tools.
Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed
Use one of the following procedures:

? To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, click Start.
? To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors check box, and then click Start. (^^tick)

? To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.

Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:

The disk check could not be performed because the disk check utility needs exclusive access to some Windows files on the disk. These files can be accessed by restarting Windows. Do you want to schedule the disk check to occur the next time you restart the computer?Click to expand...

Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.

Wait until Chkdsk finishes Checking / Repairing any faults
Windows will then either restart your computer or continue loading Normally.

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I just bought a used Dell Dimension 8400 Series Desktop Computer with Pentium 4 running Windows XP, and had it running for about a week. Then I shut it down and when I tried to reboot it up it gives me a message that says
'Type the system password and press <ENTER> Enter Password:' I don't know the password and I don't remember ever setting one up. I can't even get into setup.

Please Help. In desperate need.

Thank You for anyones input into this.

Slammed in Spokane


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Okay, well my sister has moved out to Colorado and left her computer here. It seems to have several problems. After about 5 minutes of using it, it just shuts off. If it lasts longer then that, it starts to sound like a airplane about to take off. Then when i shut it down (on my own) it sounds like it is trying to start back up but doesn't actually start. It just keeps on making the noise unless i un-plug it. Any help would be great.

I know it is a Dell Desktop computer using Windows XP. I don't currently have it set up so i cant look at the information but i will do that tomorrow morning once i wake up. How would i find out more information about it though? As i said i'm not sure how long it will stay on for, for me to get alot of information.

Thanks again

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Would someone please help me on this.
I built my own puter about six years ago, after wiping and formatting the older 32 BIT WINXP O.S. and installed a OEM version of WIN 7 PRO 64. I then had to search out 64 Bit drivers for my older Epson all-in-one NX300, (printer,scanner) Realtek Audio, CS5, etc.) I don't have any problems, to date, but I am in need of a faster i7, and More DDr3 to replace a very tired Q6600, 2.4, and 8GB DDR2 RAM, and replace my Nvidia 8600GT......OK....ENOUGH ABOUT ME.

.........My older sister Cathy, who continues to buying DELL products, just got tired of the old slow 32-Bit

I accidentally posted the following post on another thread, but saw this TOPIC Line, and thought more appropriate to be parked here. (ADMINS..Please feel free to move it or let it stay right here)

WinXP, and recently purchased a DELL, with WIN7 64-Bit O.S. I don't live close to her, but wanted to help her out, since she is NOT very computer all!

She had the GEEK squad come over today to hook up her computer and network Wi-Fi, but he left, without loading any programs, so basically, she doesn't have anything on her computer, except for the WIN7 O.S.

I believe she has a few software titles, like Microsoft OFFICE, she needs to install, and an older DELL Laser printer, but she does not know how to go about it. I told her to go to the device manufacturers websites to download the latest WIN7 Drivers for her hardware, and/or software to work...LIKE DE... Read more

A:Old Hardware/Software on NEW DELL Computer W/64 Bit

Your question is too generic. For what exactlu do you need help - in 3 sentences or less would be fine.

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Having a tough time with this. Running an aging (gracefully) Dell Dimension 2400 computer with a Gateway EV910 monitor. Looks fine for normal internet surfing, emails, news, youtube, etc. but runs very dark in video playback on programs like hulu and especially dvd playback. Using PowerDVD for that (version 5). I don't want to get super complicated with this and most sites I've been too are a little too heavy on the cyber-techy-ness of it. Even the program I downloaded for testing (Passmark) wasn't what I was looking for. Have already tried brightening the main monitor settings and that doesn't seem to be the problem. I think maybe it's in the settings of the card somewhere. I'd rather not go out and buy a new monitor, because I know I can just pump up the bright to wash everything else out if I want to watch video (works but not real well) and then switch back. But if there's a way to fix it without learning a new language to do it, I'm game. Do I need to update drivers? The ones I have are Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Any help greatly appreciated.

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I don't have any expertise in this area but I am aware that version 5 of Power DVD is probably more than 7 years old and might not be capable of handling the latest video formats properly. You could try searching for new drivers that will work with Version 5 but you might not be able to find them or, if you did, the upgrade could make things worse.

Do you have a newer media player installed that you could use to check your video card and monitor's performance? VLC Media Player works well for me and I know it has settings for adjusting gamma etc; If you do decide to try VLC , or any other newer player, you will need to pay special attention during installation so that any new program does not make itself the default for all file types (unless you want it to of course).

One way to avoid any potential clashes between players would be to uninstall Power DVD first, but you might not want to risk that unless you have the software on disk or still have the .exe file somewhere on your hard drive in case you want to reinstall it.

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Hi guys, I have a Dell Dimension E521 desktop with XP Pro SP3, fully updated, and devoid of any malicious software. It works almost perfectly, except for that sometimes when I restart it, it hangs up halfway through the dell screen. If I shut it off via button and start it back up again, it works fine. It's never done it more than 1 time consecutively. Any thoughts?

A:Computer sometimes hangs up on dell screen

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