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Dell Dimension 9200 WinXP MediaEdition Wont boot

Q: Dell Dimension 9200 WinXP MediaEdition Wont boot

On a Dell Dimension 9200 I downloaded and installed the latest MS updates for the WinXP Media Edition. After the install the computer had to restart to complete the install. I let it do its thing while I got a coffee. Half an hour later the computer still had not shut down and was on the last phase of it. I let it go for another 2 hours to come back to find no progress had been made so after not getting any response from Ctl, Alt, /Delete I resorted to helping the shutdown by using the power off button. Since then (5 days ago) I have been trying everything to get it to boot up again; it only boots to before the bios. That is the CDs lights come on along with the numbers at the front bottom and from then the power fan runs at what seems full speed. The numbers showing at the front panel are 3 and 4. Pushing any of the F keys has no effect. Could someone help me here please?

A: Dell Dimension 9200 WinXP MediaEdition Wont boot

Do you know what updates were installed? So you power it on and it can't get to the BIOS? Nothing is displayed on the monitor?

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Two Dell Dimension 9200 Desktops:
Machine 1 BIOS set to "SATA ON" and thus benefitting from AHCI
Machine 2 BIOS set to "RAID Autodetect / ATA"
I want both machines to use "SATA ON" so on Machine 2 have made appropriate change in BIOS and done a clean install of Windows 7 64 BIT. Having done the reinstall during the boot it gets to the message:
"Press CTRL-I to enter configuration utility"
then hangs for about 30 seconds before I then have to select the only OS on the system from the boot menu that being "Windows 7".(It will default to this if left unselected).
On my Machine 1 which has always been set to "SATA ON" there is no delay at all after the:
"Press CTRL-I to enter configuration utility"
Any help appreciated in solving this mystery on Machine 2.
Thank you

A:Long delay during boot on Dell Dimension 9200 with RAID set to SATA ON

Reset the BIOS on the one that is not working correctly. To reset the BIOS (CMOS memory), power off the PC, open the case and remove the CR2032 CMOS backup battery for AT LEAST 10 minutes (Intel says 15 minutes). Reinstall the battery, observing polarity, and then restart the PC and configure the BIOS how you want it. This may take care of the problem.

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I have a new dell dimension 9200 running xp2 sp2 and its a core2 duo.

It has 2Gb of ram and an ATI Radeon X1300 PCI Express graphics card.

The problem is a speed issue, its slower than my old P4 with 1GB of Ram

I have updated the ATI driver and done all the Windows updates but it still seems slow.

Also applications seem to hang, ie Outlook 2003 often needs a reboot before it will receive emails! Nero Photoshow wouldnt open today until i rebooted.

Any clues to where is should look?

A:Dell Dimension 9200 Core2 Duo on XP SP2

Power supply specs?
Please post your anti virus/malware and firewall programs.
Did you try removing ram 1 stick at a time? Device manager clean?

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hi, i have a dell dimension 9200 ( with intel qx680 and 6gb ram), can i upgrade the gpu?
can i run geforce gtx 750 ti or best?
sorry for my bad english

A:Geforce gtx 750 Ti on Dell dimension 9200 / xps 410

IMO it would be a waste of money. Save the money for a new computer. Look at the specs:

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OK after much searching and research I cannot verify which of the bios updates is newer version 2.5.3 from Dec  07 updated in 2011 or 2.5.1 from Aug. 07 updated in 2012.. does anyone here know for sure if the 2.5.3 version is actually the newer updated bios<>?

A:Dell XPS 410 (Dimension 9200) bios

The higher the version number, the more recent the file.
Sometimes "Last updated" changes even when file is older, possibly because the file was reloaded on the website, or a change was made to its "package" (the software that installs it), etc...
If you already have 2.5.3 and try to flash 2.5.1, you'll likely get an error message. But you should be able to update from 2.5.1 to 2.5.3.
Keep in mind that BIOS updates are recommended only when the update fixes a problem you actually have. So if you don't have the NIC problem addressed by 2.5.3 , you can stay with 2.5.1.
And there's always a small chance a BIOS update will fail and turn the motherboard into a useless brick...

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First off, let me introduce myself to this forum as I am a new member, My name is Nath Williams, from Bristol, England and i'm 23 years of age.
Okay now thats over with I am in need of some help which I hope you guys can help me with.

Does anyone own a Dell Dimension 9200, have you upgraded it?
If so I hope you can help me with some questions.

I'm hoping if I can to slowly upgrade my new computer bit by bit, i'm hopefully going to be getting a new graphics card for it first, then maybe something else and something else.. etc.

Also if anyone knows much about upgrading these machines it would be awesome if you could help me in advice on where to get parts and upgrades.
I am not at all good with computers, I want to hopefully by the time ive upgraded it quite a lot to have a real great performance machine.

Kind regards
Nath Williams

A:Dell Dimension 9200 Upgrade Help

i didnt no u cud upgrade them, a computer techniqion told me that dell built them so people could change parts in them? :S, unless they was 'dell' parts

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Is it possible? I have been searching the net and have heard multiple times that you cant do it, something about the BIOS... bleh. Can anyone fill me in on this please?

A:About overclocking a dell dimension 9200...

You can do a little overclocking, but it isn't designed for it, and can significantly shorten the life of the computer... You will void your warranty in the process.
If determined, take a look at the motherboard, then use the numbers in a Google search to figger out what board from which manufacturer it really is... then go to that manufacturer's web site to see what you can learn about how to do it.

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hi, i have a dell dimension 9200 ( with intel qx6800 and 6gb ram), can i upgrade the gpu?
can i run geforce gtx 750 ti or best?
sorry for my bad english

A:Geforce gtx 750 Ti on Dell dimension 9200 / xps 410

Yes 750 Ti works fine.

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As you can tell a Dell Dimension 9200 is kinda old this generation of computers, but i want to max upgrade my PC and from my calculations, when i upgrade this baby to the max, it might possibly better than today's PCs, so my first most important question:
1: Can i upgrade my PSU? My current PSU has only 350w, am i able to upgrade this to 500w by installing a new one? Is it possible to even install a new PSU in my PC? If so which company is the most reliable?

Thank you for you help, once this question is answered, i think my PC is gonna be one game munching PC

A:Dell Dimension 9200 MAX UPGRADE

Yes, the power supply can be upgraded to a 500w+ unit.
The Dimension 9200 does not use a Dell proprietary power supply, you can install most standard ATX power supplies with a 24-pin or 20+4-pin main motherboard power connector and this can be purchased from most local, or online computer stores. The 9200 has an open back panel, a power supply with or without the on/off switch can be installed. Note: You need a power supply, with six SATA power connectors.When buying a power supply, check the manufacturer's warranty, longer the better, look for one with a minimum of three years.  Personally I prefer Corsair PSU's.

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Hi, I have an BSOD issue while installing XP on a preinstalled Vista Dell Dimension 9200.
Dimension 9200 with RAID on 2 - 250GB drives.
I did the AUTO detect on the RAID option in the BIOS like they explained in other threads, but no success.
I still receive the BSOD while doing the install. Maybe the SATA drivers not loaded. I do not have a floppy drive installed, is there a way to avoid installing the SATA drivers from the floppy drive?


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I was curious to find out how to overclock a Dell because everywhere on the net it is said that it can't be done.

Well, i managed to do it! Yes you read that correct, it can be done

So if you are interested, visit my page about it at

A:Overclocking a Dell Dimension 9200

can u help me starless?

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hi, i have a dell dimension 9200 ( with intel qx680 and 6gb ram), can i upgrade the gpu?
can i run geforce gtx 750 ti or best?
sorry for my bad english

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hi.i am new to this.i want to know the best processor in the market today thats a reasonable price that i can use on my dell dimension currently runs a intel core 2 duo,this is a few years out of date i believe.i want a a significant upgrade in speed.any help would be great?.thank

A:Upgrading Dell Dimension 9200 processors

Do you know which CPU you have in your machine? I believe those came with Core2Duo E6400's at one point.

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Hi I would like to answer a question or two about memory.

I use a Dell Dimension 9200 with a quad-core q6600 2.4GHz Viiv CPU, 768MB 8800 GTX graphics card and 4GB 667MHz memory. I use Home Vista 32bit and know that even though Vista only uses 3GB ram, all 4 modules are being used. I am really wanting to play the game Flight Simulator X at high settings mainly (which for those of you who are familiar is extremely demanding).

Firstly I know what overclocking and such is out of the question and that doesn't concern me and I know Dell are quite rigid about upgrading but say I wanted better memory... Where should I look and what should I do?

Say I bought 4GB of memory (1GB modules) at 800MHz instead of 667MHz. Firstly will my p.c. accept the memory? And secondly will it make a difference. I have heard that there is some relationship between cpu and ram. With the cpu I have got will it actually run at 800MHz or what? How about that super powerful Corsair memory that runs at 1Ghz+? How would that effect my system if it is accepted?

Any help on this subject would be much appreciated.

Btw for those of you who know about the Windows Experience Index, my p.c. has 5.9 for cpu and graphics and 5.6 for ram - overall 5.6.

Also my motherboard is a Dell Inc. 0CT017 with Intel P965/G965 chipset if that helps at all.

A:Memory upgrade for Dell Dimension 9200

I really doubt if increasing from 667 to 800MHz would do anything for you. The motherboard in your system may be the weak point, or bottleneck

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Iv'e just been given a new computer to be used as a gaming computer, but I need to replaced my Nvidia GeForce GT8800 GTX card. You may think "WOAAAAAAAAAAAH! That card's perfectly powerful as it is!" But I really just need to get a 1GB one instead of a 768mb one for stuff like Il-2 Cliffs of Dover. But i'm worried which card's will fit and i'm on a tight budget (£0-40). Im currently looking at a ATi Radeon 5450 but I don't know which will fit. Ill list some more that I can consider in my price range (already including the previously mentioned ones)
Evga NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
Palit GeForce 8400GS
ATI AMD Radeon HD 6450

Out of them please tell 1) Which could fit and 2) Which would be best (out of the ones that would fit if there's more than one)

A:Replacement Video card for Dell Dimension 9200

My name is Savinder and I work for the Social Media and Community Team at Dell.
You can use any of it but do not forget to check the hardware requirement for the video card before purchasing.
Because if you buy a video card which is not compatible with your system configuration then that may create more issues to it
Hope that answer your question
Dell - Savinder S

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I have a Dell PC running Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 with Nortons 360 AV running. I believe I have spyware infection/s on this machine, I have been recomended to run ComboFix by my business's IT consultant but read here that you wish to assess this before committing to this application.

I notice that the machine is slow and will not run Adaware despite having this correctly downloaded.

Your support would be appreciated.

Many thanks,


A:Spy Ware on Dell Dimension 9200 OS Windows Vista

Hello and Welcome.


I have been recomended to run ComboFix by my business's IT consultant but read here that you wish to assess this before committing to this application.

Correct. No one who is not trained in the use of ComboFix should be advising others to run it. Additionally, ComboFix is a private tool, and not intended for business.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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I bought my Dell Dimension in November with a upgrade to Vista.
Have installed the upgrade and since then my pc wont start everytime.
I have managed to start it for the first few days did some work etc etc, now everytime i start the pc i have to have 3 or 4 attempts to start it and then try to start in safe mode which eventually works, i then have to do a system restore to a point where i know it will work.

Have spoken to Dell for the last 2 weeks trying to sort this out and they keep telling me pc is not compatable and need to restore back to win xp.
My argument with them is why sell me a win vista pc that is not compatible. They keep have suggested i pay for software support which i did once, this did nothing at all. Didnt get my money back either.

What could be my problem.
How do i know when the drivers i need are updated onto the microsoft site for vista to download. As this seems to be the biggest issue.
Also I think that Mcafee is one of the problems as i just cant get it uninstalled,
Surely someone here has an idea as to what is happening i do not have any additional hardware except my printer and that works ok, although i do get a warning, but i think that is for software and the auto update feature with HP

A:Dell Dimension 9200 upgraded to vista probs

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I had my computer in storage for about 2 and a half to 3 months and I got it out, and when I plugged it in and it just stayed on the black booting page. It has a flashing underscore sign and that's it. I left it on all day to see if it was just slow and nothing. I even called Microsoft and asked them but they said to check the website and it said to call them and I don't have the money or time to ship it to them and pay to fix it. PLEASE HELP!!!

A:DELL Dimension 5100c wont Boot?

and welcome to the Forum

Can you boot into safe mode? . . Tap F8 repeatedly from the time you press the power button

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I am not really a computer genius or anything but I know something. Yesterday I found this really old game called Opening Night by Mecc. Those game can obviously only be played on old desktops, and since we had one I did nit bother going through all the crap to play it on a modern computer. The desktop is a dell dimension 2400 and has not been used in like 3 years. I hooked it up to the monitor and it got to the Bios Revision A05 screen and did not get past there. After trying to turn it on a few more times it finally got to the error screen and it asked me to select either a safe mode or to start windows normally. I selected to start windows normally and then it got to a black screen. I tried to turn it on after that a few times but it did the same thing but the screen turned off all together. After that the hard drive or the little cylinder light went on and nothing really happened from there. How can I get my desktop to boot to windows xp to play my game.

A:Dell Dimension 2400 wont boot - HELP

I have decided to just throw the machine away all together. Along with 2 others. Our thrift store always has lots of old desktops, there must be a working one. Sorry for your inconvenience.

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Computer will not boot tried last known good config still nothing im stuck

A:dell dimension 3000. wont boot

We are going to need more information. Where does the boot process stop? Are there any error messages or Blue Screen errors? Does it just get to a point and auto-reboot? Can you boot in safe mode?

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Okay, so i was given a dell dimension 2400 from a friend who didn't need it anymore. While i was picking it up from his place we tested it to make sure it was working. I brought it home and the first thing i did was open it up and vacuum it out because we noticed while we were testing it it always came up with the same message at boot, "Fan error, press f1 to boot"
I put it all back together but when i tried to start it up the power light was a steady amber and the cpu fan was on full speed. No diagnostic lights were on except d and that was orange.
Any suggestions appreciated !
Thank in advance !!!

A:Solved: dell dimension 2400 wont boot

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About three days ago I started my computer and was hit with the dreaded blinking amber lights on startup. I had read that taking the battery on the motherboard out and then putting it back in was a fix for it, it worked but I was afraid to turn off my computer so I didn't.Then yesterday morning the amber lights were back when I wasn't on the computer. I did the battery thing again and I no longer got the amber light, I got no lights and it still doesn't start. The motherboard light is on,I replaced the battery, tried removing different components and trying to start it again and just about any other solution besides buying a psu that I found in a google search. I just want to see if there is any other possible way before I have to buckle down and buy a new psu. I'm sure the button works because it flashes when I hold it down with the AC unplugged so that I can make sure the MB is off. Although I have to hold it down for like 40 secounds rather than 4 like its supposed to be.

A:Dell Dimension E510 wont boot and has no lights

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Hi. 9200 won't boot. Has light 3 and 4 lit up, but I have reseated both memory and Graphics cards. No beeping. Power supply seems okay. Just whirrs, (and not very loudly - when it goes into boot usually, it cranks up noisily - but doesn't seem to get to this stage). Tested hard drive on another PC and is okay. Suggestions?

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After my PC getting slow and having loads of problems with Vista I decided to clean install my PC and install Windows 7 for the very first time, I installed it with my new ordered Windows 7 Professional 64 bit CD. It was very cheap 35? on ebay so I bought it immediately, the seller was genuine and trusted by the ebay community, very high rated. I got my CD which looks like my old Vista OS Recovery CD. The CD I bought is like this:

After having problems for my Disk Drive to recognize the CD, after taking out the CD a few times & hop it in again it finally recognized the CD. I rebooted my pc, changed boot order etc and Windows was installing after being away for some time some error popped up at the early stage of installing ... windows 7 installation cannot find device drivers etc, I searched on some forums, many different opinions so I choose one which was to change it from SATA to IDE or sth, but after that & some other things I did to try to fix it everything [Admin NOTE: Profanity removed as per TOU] up, I can't even boot up my pc properly anymore. Also in BIOS no bootable devices are present, so simply means no bootable device in installed, everything (drivers) got erased or what, so everytime I boot up my PC it says: "No bootable device found: Press F1 to continue, F2 to Setup Utility(=BIOS). I managed to restart and pull F2 Boot Device Menu and I executed Hard Drive Diagnostics which provides me following: information:

Floppy Diskette seek failure

Ha... Read more

A:Dimension 9200: No bootable devices found, no boot devives are present(Vista -> 7 installation)

Welcome to the forum. We need the exact message it gives is your pc a genuine Dell as a lot of dell dvds are locked to dell bios is it a 64 bit pc?

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I am using two very old Dimension 9200 Quad Core Desktops which perform very well indeed and do everything I want.
I was contemplating removing the heatsink and fan to clean all the dust and dirt out but not sure if this is a good idea or not. I am aware that if I do this I will need to clean off the old thermal compound and replace.
Am I taking an unnecessary risk in doing this and maybe it is just better left alone?
If I do do this what is best to use to remove the old compound and is there any particular type of thermal compound that I should reapply?

A:To clean or not to clean. Dell Dimension 9200 Quad Core

With computers that are working OK, the best choice is leave it alone. Look at the inside to see if any dirt, dust or pet hair has built up. Clean that up carefully and leave the cpu alone.

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I have 2 Dell Dimension computers, a 2400 and a 4700, both running WinXP SP2, and both with Intel chipsets. The 4700 has been hit with a virus. I have a spare HDD and want to put Windows, etc on the spare 7using the 2400, and then put that spare into the 4700, discarding the infected HD. I have the reinstall CDs that came with each machine. My questions are:

1. Which reinstall CD should I use?
2. Can I set up the HDD in one machine and then use it in the other?
3. Or should I just remove the infected HD from the 4700, put in the spare, and set it up there?

The reason I want to do the setup in the other machine is because the 2 computers are in
different towns, and I'd like to leave the infected one where it is (it's still somewhat usable).

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

A:Which disc to use to Reinstall WinXP on DELL DIMENSION??

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This computer was just continually rebooting itself so I was preparing to try to get into safe mode or something. Now however, it just boots to a Dell screen and stayst there with the blue globe with the word Dell on top of it and www. on the bottom of the screen. I removed power from the machine for a few minutes, and tried booting again to the same situation. Has been running now for 15 minutes with no change, just the dell screen. All advice welcome!

A:Dell Dimension XPS T650r wont get past initial dell screen.

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Hi, hoping for a Dell Guru!

I have a problem with a friend's machine and unfortunately I have 'more accomplished user status' than him and somehow got roped into this problem.

We live in China, he bought a new Dell 2010 with Chinese UBUNTU onboard - everyone assured him he could put on English Windows XP when he bought it so he scrubbed the harddrive and loaded on XP (original disk, an amazing discovery in China!!)

So he got it working ok, but of course it has some issues in missing drivers (no resource CD, because UBUNTU OS). And the place he bought it from will only service a Chinese OS, not English OS, so we are a little stuck.

Drivers missing are
1) audio
2) One called SM driver which I believe is 'chipset' and should have been installed first, but I don't have a copy!
3) PCI (no internet/network card connection working so probably that!)

Issue is that we don't have a Dell Diagnostic disk for this machine or a partition backup (it was UBUNTU). And Dell seems to recommend Win7 as the desired OS on it's websites.

Win7 is not most desirable solution (old system, can't update machines and previous compatibility issues make my friend 'unhappy' to do this) - so looking to see if we can get drivers from somewhere that are applicable.

Any ideas most welcomed!

A:Dell Dimension 2010 Ubuntu to WinXP conversion

We looking at the right model >

Dell lists drivers for Vista and Wn7 only on that model.

Lets go with the DEV & VEN numbers form Device Manager>

To open "Device Manager", right click on "My Computer" (Computer in Vista/Win7) select Properties, On the Hardware tab Select Device Manager, if you see any yellow question marks, right click on the device and select properties, on the Details tab select Hardware IDs copy the PCI/VEN and DEV numbers and post them on your next post.

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I'm trying to reinstall Windows XP on a Dell Dimension 4600 using the WinXP Home System Recovery disk. I'm not sure if that disk was the one that came with that computer or not, but the reformatting procedure was going fine until the screen changed to a black screen with "Gateway" displayed on it in large white lettering with a white scrolling progress bar that animated for a few seconds, then froze. I figured that the reformatting process would take a long time, so I walked away, but several hours later, I found that the screen hadn't changed at all and the computer didn't seem to be doing anything aside from just sitting there, displaying that same image.

Am I doing something wrong, or is there something wrong with the computer itself (e.g., I'm not using the correct System Recovery disc)?

EDIT: I almost forgot -- I'm planning on donating this computer, so I'm not concerned with losing any data on it.

A:Solved: Reinstalling WinXP on Dell Dimension 4600 - lockup?

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Hey guys!I've posted in many other forums but I haven't received much of a response at all! Hopefully I will will get one here! My problem is:I was scanning my computer with Malwarebytes on my user account. I told the rest of my family not to log on to their accounts as I am scanning, but another member of my family forgot and logged onto their user account, and came told me that the screen is just black. There was nothing I could do so I held the button on the processor to shut it down. I waited for a bit and then turned it back on. The processor started up but then it shut down and a blue screen appeared! I have posted what the Blue Screen shows below. I have noticed that when I restart and it appears again, some of the information sometimes changes, like the file windows says is causing the problem!What the Blue Screen shows:"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.The problem seems to be caused by the following file: ati3duag.dll <- this bit sometimes changes to something else when restartedPAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA <- This bit sometimes changes when restartedIf this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed.If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.If p... Read more

A:Blue Screen - anti3duag.dll & win32k.sys - WinXP - Dell Dimension 9150

Hi .

Do this...Start/Run...type msinfo32 and hit Enter. Click Components/Display. Post what's listed in the right screen for the 1st, 3d, and 4th lines.

Do you have your Dell drivers CD?

Don't do any of the following yet . I need to figure out the correct drivers you need first.

The ati3duag.dll error...should be your video drivers. They are probably damaged, maybe not. In any case, I suggest uninstalling them (using device manager)...then running the chkdsk /r command...then reinstalling the video drivers.

Start/Run...type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter. Click Display Adapter, double-click the specific item now displayed. Click Driver tab, click the Uninstall button.

To run chkdsk /r....Start/Run...type chkdsk /r (exactly as shown here) and hit Enter. Type Y in response to new screen and hit Enter. Reboot the system.

The command will execute...then boot into XP.


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It wont come on the green light inside the case is on but that's all
I did the trick with the 24 pin plug were u take a piece of wire and stick in it and nothing

A:dell dimension 5150 wont come on

Welcome to Bleeping Computer Mrmopar.
You removed the 24 pin PSU connector, placed a jumper between the green wire (pin #16 in a 24 pin connector) and a black wire to initiate the start of the PSU and had no success?
If you have a multimeter use the instructions below to check the rail voltages.
Reading Desktop PSU Rail Voltages
Caution: Please read this before continuing.

Since it will be necessary for your computer to be on during this procedure, you need to be aware that you will be working with live 12Volt DC potentials, which if handled improperly may lead to electrical shock. 


There are electronics inside the case that are very susceptible to electrostatic discharges. To protect your computer, touch the metal of the case to discharge yourself of any electrostatic charges before touching any of the components inside.


If you are not comfortable doing this procedure, then I would suggest that you not use this tutorial. The risks involved are minimal, but are there nevertheless. Anyone who uses this tutorial will be doing so at their own risk.

There are two devices commonly used to read the rail voltages: a PSU tester, and a multimeter. 
The PSU tester is the easiest to use since all that is necessary is to plug the different connectors into the tester and read the results on the LCD display. The problem with most of these is that they only perform a pass/fail test.  The... Read more

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Im not sure if this is in the right section.
Apologies if it is not.
I have a problem with my pc, recently Ive started to encounter a problem with my home pc.
Its a Dell Dimension 2400 on win xp.

When i click the button to turn the tower on, the light comes on, you can here the whole tower boot up for about 2seconds.

It then automatically turns off and goes silent.
Then it automatically starts back up and light comes on, but thats it.

All i can hear is the fan and the noise of tower and screen stays black.
I know the screen is workign as i used it as a 2nd monitor lately with my laptop.

Im wondering as to why it starts up for 2seconds, cuts out, then restarts and not once do i see anything on the display.

Any ideas?

A:Dell Dimension wont start up.

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i have a dell dimension and the dvd rom in it is detected in the bios but not windows and it will not read anything from it in windows of start windows installation

A:DVD rom from dell dimension 2400 wont work

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My dimension 2400 wont do anything all of a sudden. When I turn it on the only light that comes on is the green power light on the board. There is no sound, and no activity whatsoever. I tried reseting the jumper, changed battery, plugged and unplugged everything. The power supply is good on my tower for sure. Is it a goner or is there anything else I can test?

A:Dell Dimension 2400 wont post

Please read the FAQs:

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I get a flickering amber light when I try to switch on. Nothing else happens (no screen, no boot up). I've tried unplugging all cables. The light will remain on for about 20-30 seconds even after disconnecting all cables (including power)

Inside the box I have tried unplugging/replugging the memory then the hard drive. This doesn't make any difference.

There is a small orange light on the motherboard just beside the motherboard battery. This remains constant orange whilst the power button flickers orange.

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Sometimes this computer will start, sometimes it wont

When it doesnt, the On button just flashes orange, when it should be solid green. Sometimes it will start up and get to the log on screen and then just shut down and flash orange. It works fine when it does turn on. Iv been through the dell help and support stuff and that doesnt help, this is my last option before i send it away somewhere. Anyone have any ideas???


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any1 able to help???

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Dell Dimension 3000
XP SP2 ( cant update until i can connect to internet)
Internet not working, even if hard wired with a LAN cord, after factory reset.
The icon for internet wont show up in the tool bar.
The driver shows that the port is there.
Internet options list is empty, every time I try to add connection it doesn't work, I have also tried a LAN connection between my two PC's, but I believe that my newer PC is too advanced for it.

Help... I am trying to set this thing up to give away.

Thank you

A:Dell Dimension 3000 wont conect to internet

Is your internet connection working for your other computer?

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My Dell Dimension 8400 won't power up.
There is no noise, no fan, no lights - its dead.

So I changed the power unit, but when i connected it to the mains all i got was a brief light on the DVD drive, but that was it (maybe a small power surge?).
Now I cant even get that - it continues to play dead.

Any ideas?


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I have an old Dell Dimension I'm using because my laptop broke. I plugged in some Logitech speakers and they computer just wont recognize them. I've tried Device Manager or whatever and it had the little yellow exclamation point. It was there were no drivers or something. Help?

A:Dell Dimension 4500 Wont Recognize Speakers

Well...did the sound on this old computer...ever work before you connected the speakers?

Did you run the Windows Sound Troubleshooter, available via the XP Help menus?


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Hi All
I have an older Dell Dimension 9200 which has a Geforce 7900GS graphics card (PCI express x16 Bus 375w) and has worked perfectly for quite some time (a few months) after the Windows 10 upgrade but in the past few days it has developed a problem in that the screen is ultra bright and cannot be altered. We DON'T play games on the computer at all.
I have talked to Nvidia and they say that the card is not supported or tested for windows 10.
I talked to Dell and they tell me that the card is no longer supported.
So, I rang Microsoft and asked them to sort it as I have a warranty with them from almost a year ago when I upgraded to windows 10. They took nine hours (over four occasions) and four phone calls to tell me that the card will now not work since the recent windows 10 updates. My only option is to roll it back to windows 7 - which I don't want to do - or get a new supported graphics card.
My question is: Does anyone know of a graphics card that I can safely use with windows 10 on this machine, and, importantly, I'm NOT IT savvy but could take the old card out and put a new one in if it were a simple process, so would it be simple to do this with a new card?
Thank you all for your help (anticipated help!).

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I have Dell Dimension 9200 with the following specs
Intel Core 2
1G Ram
2 - 160G Hard Drives. Raid is turned on, but no drives are defined
OS is complicated: When we purchased this a few years ago, it came with XP Home Edition. But the application needed to run, did not run on home edition. So we purchased a boxed version of XP Pro and installed it.
My problem is I need to replace the OS hard drive and install XP Pro. We did not make the Recovery Disks. When I try installing XP Pro with the CD that came with the boxed version, I get the following error on install. A PROBLEM HAS BEEN DETECTED AND WINDOWS HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER. I also get the following stop codes: 0x0000007B, 0xF78E2524, 0xC0000034. Here is the kicker: I talked Dell into sending me recovery disks but they came with XP Home, because that is what it was purchased with (I had thought maybe I could upgrade to Pro). Home edition installed no problem.
I tried replacing the video card and the memory and disconnecting the second hard drive.
Any idea how I can get XP Pro installed. Remember I donít have the recovery CDís for pro.
I hope this all makes sense. Email me if you need any more information.

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My ageing Dimension 9200 is giving me 2 beeps when i turn it on and not outputting anything to the monitor. My understanding is this means that the graphics card needs replacing, am I right in thinking that?
Can anyone recommend one to me as a replacement, ideally available on or maybe ebay UK. I do some photo editing, but no gaming. Inexpensive as well if possible as I think I will probably upgrade to a new pc soon
Thanks for any help!

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I've got major problems with the above, it won't boot, it comes up with  "Strike the FI .....ect ..... when I do that it comes up with a rapid clicking sound, which appears to be coming from the mother board or the CPU, I'm not sure. If any one can help I really would appreciate it.

A:major problems with Dimension 9200

The clicking is a dead hard drive.  Motherboards do not make this sound.

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I'm happily running Windows 10 1607 on my Dimension 9200 (vintage 2007), which has a 32-bit OS on a 64-bit processor but only 2GB of RAM.  Am thinking of moving from standard broadband to fibre to improve download speeds.
Would it also be worthwhile: i) to install additional RAM, to increase the total to 4GB or 8GB, and ii) also to move from 32-bit to 64-bit operation?  Are those changes possible with this PC?  Should I move from 32 to 64-bit before buying the extra RAM?  Would I do best to buy a new PC (probably the most expensive option)?
Would be very grateful for any advice.

A:Worthwhile to upgrade Dimension 9200?

Max RAM for this system is 4G total, making a 64-bit OS relatively pointless (you don't gain much).
If the system is sufficiently powerful otherwise, and particularly if it's still running its original hard drive, replacing the hard drive with a solid state drive will make the biggest overall impact on performance.

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I am trying to overclock my newly-installed Q6700 by fitting new higher speed RAM.

I currently have PC2-4200 533MHz RAM, and I think my machine accepts CL5 (whatever it is - I know it is latency). Would it accept CL6 or CL4 too? I have my eye on this: and they are CL6

Before anyone shouts, I want to say that it has recently been discovered that XPS410/Dimension 9200 machines CAN accept up to 8Gb of RAM contrary to what Dell themselves say.

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Hello All,

I have a year old Dell Dimension 310 and I got a virus on it. After several attempts to remove it my screen just locked up. I tried reformating the seagate hd and even used seagates diagnostic tool but it is gone.

I have a WD 500GB that I bought with a Beyond Micro eSATA external enclosure. I reformated that and I got a Windows Media Center disk from Dell.

Well when I place the CD in it will not even boot? I even made a boot disc but that will not work either. I thought maybe it was a error because I have a video card with a 27" monitor hooked up to the DVI so I hooked up another with the original card and that did not work. I also thought it might be the CD drivers so I tried an external USB DVD and that didnt work either.

I have tried all the F2, F8, ctrl F11 tricks and nothing seems to work.

Does anyone have any ideas? I got it to go into safe mode once but cannot remember what I did to get it to go there.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



A:Dell Dimension 310 will not boot

goto BIOS (press delete key at starting) and see whether cdrom is first boot device.u cannot boot from USB HDD or DVD unless ur BIOS support it.

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Hi, all! Can someone please advise on this?

I have an older Dell, the XPS Dimension Gen 4, running Intel Pentium 4 (I know, I know, it's a dinosaur..) at 3.4 ghz. For everything that I do with it, it's just fine

I starrted to have this problem. When powering up, the power supply fans run up, the video card fan run up, but the machine will not boot up. The fans will run at high speed for a few seconds, then the 'puter will shut off. Few seconds later it will try starting again, and the process will repeat. Cannnot boot up.

Does anybody have any ideas on what's causing it? If it can be repaired?

Thank you so much in advance!!!

A:Dell XPS Dimension Gen 4 will not boot

If possible, try to borrow a different power supply and see if that's the culprit.

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My grandmother recently told me her pc (dell dimension 3000) screen would not turn on. I tried to help but there is nothing really too do. ABCD lights flash when the tower beeps. The monitor flashes with the boot up screen help idk what too do. Windows xp..

A:My dell dimension 3000 will not boot up

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Hey all, I have a Dell Dimension 8200 desktop running WinXP Home however It won't boot to the hard drive. I replaced the drive with a known working one and it still doesn't boot, says Diskette Drive 0 Not Found, however I figured that was referring to the floppy drive. Tried switching the ide cables around and that didn't work either. The power supply is working, as well as all of the fans. Its running a 1700mh processor. Cd-Rom works fine, and I can boot to a CD, I can browse the files if I boot to Knoppix, however it simply won't boot to the Hard Drive. I ran FixMbR and FixBoot in the recovery console, to no avail. Bios is configured properly, and I haven't touched the jumpers. Just to be sure I tried the hard drive in another system, and it wouldn't boot in that one either. Might be the mother board? Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Thanks in Advance

A:Dell Dimension 8200 won't boot...

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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!!

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I was just given an old Dell Dimension 5150 and whenever I press the power button, it turns on but nothing shows up on the screen and it just beeps. Any ideas?


A:Dell Dimension 1510 Won't Boot

You can work through the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start,

but you'd probably be better off skipping to the step run to run Dell Windows 7 PC Restore, or for even better performance do the a Clean Reinstall Windows 7 with the Product Key on the COA sticker - unless Dell provided a Reinstallation DVD with SP1 which is the same but includes self-activation.

Be sure to read the Special Note for Dell owners at the end to determine if Dell Hardware Diagnostics from F12 Menu will still run from boot so you can save it's small partition during the booted reinstall. I would also run those now to see what they find.

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All of a sudden when I start my dell - it does not boot. I just get an amber blinking light on the start up button. Nothing on the monitor. We have had many power outages in my area after which this happens. After a day or so the Dell will boot up. Yesterday I just pressed restart and since then all I am getting is the amber blinking light again on the start up button and nothing on the screen. Any tips or ideas will be greatly appreciated.

A:Dell dimension 310 desktop will not boot


I&#8217;m at Dell Headquarters in Austin, Texas and I just came across your thread. I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble and hope I can be of some help. Which model of desktop system do you have? Also, if there is a "four pack" of little diagnostics lights anywhere on your system, what pattern are they showing?
Dell, Inc.

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Hello. I just got a Dimension 8100 computer from my brother, and after taking it apart to clean it, I plugged everything back in, and turned the power on. The computer seemed to start okay, and it appeared that it booted the cd drive, but nothing happened after that. There was no action from the hard drive, and nothing came up on the monitor. I tried to put in a newer graphics card, thinking that it was the issue, but the same thing happened with the newer card. Opening up the computer, i noticed a steady amber light coming from the motherboard that I do not believe was there before when the computer was working. I looked at other troubleshooting sites and checked the diagnostic lights in the back of the machine, they showed all green. I had also read that a steady amber light on the computer power switch indicated a power supply problem, but my light is still green. What could possibly be my problem? Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Dell Dimension 8100 does not boot

What exactly do you mean by " booted the cdom drive".
Are you saying that the bios boot screen only shows the cd rom drive ?
Did you double check power connectors ,IDE cables and card seating? I have loosened a connector or two during my spring cleaning.
Do you have the diagnostic disks that come with Dell's ? They are pretty informative and they are bootable.
P.S. Welcome to Techspot!
I would also try the Dell recovery disk.
Also if you cannot boot to the O/S how are you able to install drivers for the new card and uninstall old drivers + switch to standard VGA? Which is the correct way to switch Vid cards.

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all i have is a green light on the board try different power supply from same computer have 2 theharddrive is good also the memory is good took out sound card.try other video card still will not boot up any help where to look or try
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A:dell dimension 8300 will not boot up

Be sure the on/off switch is good and connected to the board. If the power supply is good and you're sure about that, the board is probably dead.

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My girlfriend has the above named computer. It has not been modified in any way since she bought it 18 months / 2 years ago. She runs XP home on it and recently decided that she wanted to install XP SP3, so hit the button and installed it. Since she has done this we have not been able to boot the computer. It will boot to the loading page of windows and encounter an error and close to a blue screen. We get the following two error messages depending on what I've been doing, these are




Her DVD drive does not appear to work, in that it does not read any data from any disks and hasn't done for some time. It will spin and flash a green light but won't pick up any data. Her PC does not have a floppy drive, but does have a multicard reader in its place.

We have an external USB DVD drive that I know boots (I installed XP on an asus eee pc from it), but I cannot seem to get the dell to recognise it. Each time it tells me that there is no device connected. I have made a number of changes in the BIOS and followed the advice from the user manual to try and achieve booting from the usb drive, but so far no joy.

I am considering borrowing the internal dvd drive and floppy drive from my computer and using those to try and boot into dos or another environment (I think there is a dell utility that allows access to a HD if you can't boot the OS).

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A:Dell Dimension 3100c Won't Boot

Is Safe Mode a possibilty?

Is Safe Mode a possibility? When in the window asking about the safe mode you can go to the 'Systetm Restore process. Use the System Restore process
Note Before you use System Restore, make sure that you have restarted the computer at least one time after you installed Windows XP SP3. By restarting the computer, you allow for any remaining servicing processes to finish.
1. Click Start, and then click Run. (after you are at the system restore window)
2. Copy and then paste the following command in the Open box, and then press ENTER:
3. Click Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next.
4. Click the date on which you installed Windows XP SP3, and then click Installed Window XP Service Pack 3 in the Restore Point box.

Good Luck!

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I have an old Dell Dimension 47000 that will not boot up. When I push the button to turn the machine on it begins the start up process but, after a few minutes of trying to boot up, it eventually shuts itself off. The machine worked fine one day and then the next this problem appeared. Any suggestions?

A:Dell Dimension 47000 - Will not boot up

Possibly a faulty PSU. They are not repairable so you'll need to fit a new one. Use the opportunity to fit one with a higher wattage output than the one it's replacing as original OEM ones are typically cheap, low-wattage units with nothing left in reserve for hardware upgrades and add-ons.

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Hi all,
Hope someone can help not exactly sure what is wrong with my computer but it doesn't seem to boot up. when hit the power button, it shows the dell logo with the quick progress bar at the bottom and then it blinks to the next screen with a narrow blue bar at the top with dell in the blue bar, then it's suppose to flicker off and show the XP splash loading screen but when it flickers off it shows a black screen and the hard drive shows no acticity and it seems to have crashed becuase capslock or numlock doesn't light up on the keyboard when pressed.

I have tried F8 startup and tried last known good configurationbut it does the same, i've also tried boot in safe mode and again seems to crash when it tried to boot up. I have tried booting with an XP CD and tried CHDSK /R in the recovery console which didn't make a diffference and also tried repairing windows on the XP setup screen using the disc which hasn't made a difference.

I know my harddrive is fine becuase i did Hard drive short and long tests using Maxtor diagnostic software and I have also run Ram memtest to see if there was any problems but it comes back pass.

I am out of ideas. any help wuld be appreciated.


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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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Well that's not strictly true. I can sometimes get it to work by sitting there for half an hour pressing the on button hundreds of times (if I'm lucky) When it does boot everything seems to work OK. Other times it just won't boot at all. No fans turn on. No diagnostic lights on the back of the unit. There is a green LED on the motherboard which always glows when I turn it on at the wall.

I've replaced the motherboard with an identical but new one and same problem. I took out the hard drive and had it checked at PC world - they say it seems fine.

Anyone any idea what the problem is? Is is the Processor? (Pentium 4) Is it the Power supply? Anything else?

Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.

A:Dell Dimension 3000 desktop will not boot

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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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it has never done this before,but the other day when i turned on my computer it worked fine then a man from the internet company came and tried to install a wireless internet connection and when he tried to restart the computer it woud turn on and you would see the windows xp loading screen then it would go tthe boot up screen, stay there for a while and then it would restatrt and do it all over again. it was doing this until i turned it off. after a couple of restarts it works fine now. i wasnt able to install any internet service that day and i am going to have to call them again, but i would like to know what happened first so it doesn't happen again. He tried to install a linksys wireless g usb network adapter.
thank you for your time.

A:dell dimension 3000 boot up problems

Woner why nobosy has reoplied.

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I've got a Dell 8200 that gives the following erorr when I power on:

Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [EMem]

Can't get past this screen in POST.

Anyone ever seen this before?
Anyone ever fixed this before?

Help Please.....

A:Boot Error Dell Dimension 8200

I googled your error msg, and found this same recommendation in several articles:

"Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [nnnn ]. For help in resolving this problem, please note this checkpoint and contact Dell Technical Support"

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Whenever i try to start up the computer it comes up with the blue screen saying:


***STOP: 0X000000ED (0X82F64980, 0XC0000006, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)

and all of the suggestion (all of which i have tried but just ended up back at the blue screen)

It also comes up and asks whether i want safe mode/normal or last config. None of these 3 work. Just blue screen...again

I managed to access the utility partition and ran a hardware diagnostic which said:

ERROR CODE 0F00:0244

MSG: BLOCK 7113393: Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected



MSG: BLOCK 7113393: Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected

I think that the problem is related to the C drive or the BIOS, however i can't access the configuration to either as it blue screens.

Please help,


A:Dell Dimension 4700: BSOD on boot up

Welcome to TSG....

If this does not work you will need a new hard drive in my opinion and I hope I am wrong but do the backup of all your important data first.

If needed:

Dell Ordering New Recovery/Installation disks On-line
You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or Thumb drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable and do the following:

REGISTRY WARNING: The details that follow require an above-average understanding of the technical topics involved. If you do not understand the Registry material presented here, either find a technically knowledgeable friend or do not attempt to repair your system Registry yourself. Improper changes in the System Registry can render all data on your hard disk inaccessible.
I hope you have the Windows software for this machine. Please give this a try and print it out for reference
How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install with IE6 Installed =
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Dell Dimension 4400
Windows XP Home
Intel P4 1.6ghz
256mb Ram

I have a Dell Dimension 4400 that is about 3 years old. This computer has given me no problem until recently.

If the computer is off and I start the computer, it will go through the normal start up screens (bios stuff) but when it gets to where the Windows boot screen should appear it is just blank. The computer is still running (fans, etc.) but there is no Windows boot screen. Windows never loads. If I restart the computer and go into the bios to make sure it still recognizes the hard drive (which it does) and just exit without saving any changes, then the computer starts fine.

Do you think it is the hard drive, power supply, ????

I've tinkered with a lot of computers but thought I would post here before I put much money into this aging computer. I would like to get it running though.

I don't know why this would have anything to do with the current problem, but I had just reformatted the hard drive and did a fresh install of XP Home. I didn't modify any hardware or software other than this reinstall anytime recently.

Thanks for your help,

A:Dell Dimension 4400 has a boot-up problem

After you reinstalled windows did you install the motherboard drivers, video drivers, etc? are there any devices in device manager with ayellow question mark or yellow triangle beside them?

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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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I have a Dell Dimension 4100 system which I purchased from a friend. When I first booted it up it ran fine. However, I decided to change the hard drive, and ever since I've done that I've had nothing but problems. To start with, I could not get the system to boot at all. It would lock as soon as the Dell splash screen appeared. I now have that problem fixed, as it is now running fine. However, I cannot get the system to boot from the floppy, CD-Rom, or CD-RW drives. This wouldn;t be such a big problem, excpet that the HD I put in has an OS on it, and obviously I cannot boot from a HD that came from another system because it has all of that system's configurations on it. Even though it won't boot from the drives, it does recognize them all in the BIOS, except for the burner. I read that Dell sytems require that all drives be set to cable select, so I did that and it did not solve the problem. I've tried every other troubleshooting step I can think of including trying different IDE cables. I've also tried tweaking the settings in the BIOS a bit, but still nothing. I am not very familiar with Dell's so perhaps there are other changes I need to make in order to make it recognize all the drives. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Dell Dimension 4100 will not boot from floppy or cd

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Starting a few days ago my Desktop would freeze at the Dell boot up screen.. Id have to turn it off then back on to get anywhere.. The 1st time this happen I turned it off an back on twice an got through.. I didnt think much of it.. Today I was working on the computer and everything just froze.. At that very moment the last thing i did was change the screen saver to none.. then it all froze.. This time when booting up it jus kept freezing i didnt think i was going to be able to get through but on pwoer up i heard a beep an got an error saying it was having trouble booting up at checkpoint[Ithr]

I havent really tried to fix it in any way thiniking i could mess it up more and not be able to get through at all .I looked at the Dell support site but i couldnt select what exactly is happening.. And Ive tried to run dell diagnostics before and i always got an error for that too so im kindve stuck.

A:Dell Dimension 8400 Boot up Error

This error can be anything from faulty USB devices that are plugged in during Boot to a failing motherboard to a bad RAM chip. Most common on that particular model of Dell is a failing motherboard as indicated by swollen (domed) capacitors on the motherboard..

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You said there is an easy fix if a Dell 2400 Dimension will not boot if there is video but will not load. What is the easy fix? Mine does the same as of today. All lights (ABCD) on back are green. After you push the power button, there is video of graph line to 100%, then screen goes blank. Need help! Need the easy fix! message edited by no-show

A:Dell Dimension 2400 desktop will not boot.

Who is the "you" that you refer to. If you refer to another thread here at CN you need to provide a link to it.What do you mean by a graph line?

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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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hi there:

so, i've got a dell dimension 9100 i purchased circa 9/04. it runs windows xp. just before i went out of town on memorial day, it was running just fine. turned it off that afternoon, and when i returned a few days later, nothing.

i pulled the case apart, thinking maybe it was the power supply. re-connected all the cables, etc., and nothing. the green led on the motherboard stays lit, however.

i can't remember any of the specs on the machine past what i provided. sorry i'm less than helpful.

any suggestions on how to get this bad boy running again?

A:dell dimension 9100 refuses to boot.

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I have a Dell desk top PC (tower type) When I depress the power button it has a solid amber light on , and the hard drive light does not illuminate at all. The internal fan for the mother board runs full blast until I hold the power button down again to shut it off. The four lights on the back do not light up at all.
This is a windows XP operating system. The service tag is : 8SDXD61 what can I check?
I know how to use a DVOM, and read electrical schematics, I am guessing a power supply? Or Mother board? There is a green little light on -in the mother board. I don't want to guess whats wrong and spend the wrong money on a 5-year old machine.

A:Solved: Dell Dimension 4700 will not boot up

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I have an old dell dimension 4300 and it will take about 5 minutes to boot and and when it has finally started and up and running it takes 15 to 20 to get almost any program to come up. I have reinstalled and tried virus scan and pc optimization I am just at a loss. I have another pc that I am running but I can't sleep at night know I can't fix it. So please suggest anything even if it is to toss it I just need some kind of a fix

A:Dell Dimension takes forever to boot and run

it sounds like the hard drive might be failing. Sounds like it might be time to reformat. If that doesn't work I would try to run a program like spinrite (it isn't cheap)

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I have a Dell Dimension 8100 computer that I inherited from my stepdad. I know for a fact that he bought two new sticks of 512 rambus mem. as an upgrade before he gave the computer to me.

The reason he gave it to me was because he said it was "on the fritz" and he had bought himself a new computer anyway. (AMD Athlon with 64 bit architecture).

After shutting down the computer it will not reboot for about an hour to sometimes about an hour and a half. It sounds like it is booting up but never powers up the monitor.

I have read similar posts to mine and have followed the recommendations in them. I am getting a yellow A-B and green C-D which means it is not booting the memory correctly and i have tried over and over to reseat the memory and it still does the same thing.

Once it does actually boot i can go into the bios setup and see that is recognizes the memory as two sticks of 512 rambus mem. but then when i look at the total memory count it is only 960. Coversely, when i right click on my computer in windows it says I only have 960, but when i go to the system information window it says i have 1024. So what gives?

Is this a motherboard problem, a memory problem, or possibly something else.

My friend has a theory. he says that heat can casue the pins in the memory slots to droop and not contact the memory correctly and therefore that is why it seems the board must go through a cooldown period before booting again.

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A:Dell Dimension 8100 Will Not Boot After Shutdown

Oh yeah, I ordered a new Dimension 8100 specific 410 watt power supply from to replace the existing Dell 250 watt stock PSU.

I know the mobo diagnostic code is saying it is a memory problem but i am still skeptical.

I really need some help here!! Here is some more information about my pc:

Dell Dimension 8100
Stock 250 Watt PSU
Pentium 4 1.4 Ghz Processor
1024 Megs Rambus Ram
2 7200 RPM 60 Gig HDs
Nvidia GeForce 3 64 MB GPU
USB 2.0/Fireware (3 and 2 slots respectively) PCI Card
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Sound Card
56k modem (just collects dust)
DVD ROM Drive (LG)
DVD Burner (Sony)
Zip Drive (is not hooked up to power supply though)
3 1/2 floppy drive
Windows XP Home Edition


Altec Lansing Power Cube Speakers
19 inch monitor
Standard Keeboard
Microsoft Intellimouse Optical
Saitek X52 Flight Control System (Awesome, You need one)
DVC 150b Video Capture Device
Net Gear 54mbps Wireless Router
Compaq Pocket PC
HP Photo Printer with data card reader (SD, etc.)
Visioneer Scanner
Cable Modem
Creative Webcam

And probably more stuff that I am forgetting. As you can see I love my computer and I love computing and especially gaming. I have over 150 PC Games in my collection with new ones like HL 2, COD 2, Far Cry, Battlefront 2 etc.

I am upgrading to the 410 watt power supply and a new ATI Radeo X800XL video card (or possibly a slightly better model).

My computer works fine when it boots. It's getti... Read more

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I'm a little baffled on what's going on and hoping someone can shed some light... I bought a couple things for xmas to upgrade my little brothers PC and everything works fine except for the video card I bought him. I had installed 2gbs of ram and a new power supply to work with the video card however when I put in the card the computer turns on but nothing loads up. There's no beeps and the monitor doesnt even turn on.

I put the card into my pc just to make sure it wasnt the card and it works fine for my pc so the card checks out.

The video card is a EVGA 8600gt 256mb ddr3 and the power supply is 500w which i think is plenty for this card.

Basic specs for the pc are 2.8ghz, 3gb ram
And the power supply is a APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 i believe 12v1 -16a and 12v2 - 18a.

A:Dimension 4700 Wont Boot After Installing 8600gt

do the fans spin up, are all the power cables connected, is there power going to the video card

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XP Professional pent.4
I have a Dimension I'm working on and when I try to boot, I get a blue screen and this message: "unmountable_boot_volume" Under details it shows:
"stop:0x000000 ED"
I went into setup and the bios is A01 (5-25-05) I have not updated XP or changed anything...
can anyone help? Thanks

A:[SOLVED] Dell Dimension boot failure question

You could be getting this for a few reasons! Your computer might use a Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) hard disk controller and you might be using a standard 40-wire connector cable to connect the UDMA drive to the controller instead of the required 80-wire, 40-pin cable.
It could be that the basic input/output system (BIOS) settings are configured to force the faster UDMA modes. Or the most probable is that the file system is damaged and cannot be mounted.

The best way to fix this if it is a damaged file system then follow the steps below:
1. Start your computer by using the Windows disk, it may have come with your PC when you first bought it.
2. When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R to select the repair option.
3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the Windows installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
4. Type the administrator password when you are prompted to do this. If no administrator password exists, press enter.
5. At the Command Prompt, on the drive where Windows is installed, type chkdsk /r, and then press enter.
6. After this has finished type exit, and then press enter to restart your computer.

If this procedure does not work and you are unable to boot still then repeat the process but this time for step 5. type in fixboot instead of the chkdsk /r command.

Report back about this if this does/n't work!

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I have a Dell Dimension 5150 Desktop that is giving me fits.

I have tried three different SATA Hard Drives and nothing seems to fix my problem.

I am able to boot from CD/DVD to install Windows XP, and reboots are fine through SP1 and 2. When SP3 is installed, computer cannot reboot from Hard Drive. It will however boot if CD is still in the drive and runs fine after.

This has happened on all three drives, ranging from 80 to 160 to 320 GB's.

Anyone know of a route to go so I don't have to boot with a CD every time?

Again, boots fine with the CD, but will not boot without it.

Bios is running A07.

Thanks in advance!

A:Dell Dimension 5150 Sata Boot Problems

Where are you getting your SP3 install?

SP3 does nothing to impact the ability of a system to boot from the hard drive.


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When I turn it on, the LED light comes on, but goes off, then it comes back on as if to finish the boot process. Then all I get is a blank screen. No signal is all I see on the monitor. Would you say the video card has failed or does it have something to do with power supply, if not that I'm thinking it's the fan on the power supply. Has anyone experienced this problem?

A:Solved: Dell Dimension 2400 Delayed boot

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Customer's Dell 4400 tower boots normally when cold then shuts down 2 to 3 minutes into run, usually just after XP comes up.  Total sudden shut down, however, MB light stays on and on/off toggle switch becomes inoperative.  Fans (P.Supply & case) run until the shut down and stop along with HDD.  A second or third attempt to boot while still warm from prev. boot are useless, fans come on and HDD kicks in for 1 or 2 seconds, then everything shuts down before OS starts.  Wait 15 min. or so, and it starts and runs for 1-3 min. thens shuts down again.  Replaced power supply with known good unit, no change!  Replaced CMOS battery, no change!  Reseated all cables, no change!  While running all lights on back of case are on and green, everything is up, but just briefly.  All drives start on POST.
Customer says machine ran two days ago and started yesterday twice then went into above condition where it remains!  I'm thinking MB problem, any thoughts?  We've had a few severe electrical storms in this area over the past week, no evidence of surge burnout, other than this problem.  HDD runs fine when hooked to another machine via Sabrent kit.

A:Dell Dimension 4400 early shut down at boot up on Win XP

It sounds like it is overheating.
Have you taken a look inside the case to see if the fan and heats sink are clogged with dust?

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Replaced power supply, didn't help.

A:Dell Dimension 4600 6 beeps, won't boot. Any suggestions?

You might check here ...
6 beeps does not look good... points to issues on the main board.
Maybe a replaceable chip, maybe not.

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System is a dell dimension 4600. Came to me dead. User said it'd been making some funny noises for the last week or so.

I tested p/s & sure enough it was dead. I ordered another & put in machine. Booted up once. RPC errors & the like shut it back down very quickly. I knew it had viruses so I left it shut down over the weekend to deal w/ on Mon.

This morning plugged back in and it started to boot & shut right back down. Started defined as I heard the p/s come on. I took out RAM & reseated one by one. I do get Dell lights on the back of computer indicated memory not installed am I to assume that the ram might have been taken out with the p/s? The ram is PC2700 and I have ordered some. I don't have another pc that will take this ram to test.

Any suggestions on how I can further test machinť? I already tested out processor. heatsync. I test p/s again and that is still good.

A:Solved: Dell Dimension 4600-Boot Up Problems

video card if it's onboard. Sounds like a power surge did some damage

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I have a Dell Dimension 2400 with Windows XP installed. Whenever I start it up, the BIOS screen goes fine, but then it gets to a screen like in this picture: . Whenever I press enter on the "Start Windows Normally" or "Last Known Good Configuration" options, the screen just freezes and doesn't boot into Windows. I also cannot use safe mode because when I choose it, it loads files up to "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\system.log" and then just stops. Any ideas on how I can get this thing to boot? I cannot repair or reinstall my version of Windows, because I don't have a Windows XP installation CD.
Specs of the machine:
512 MB RAM
??? GB PATA IDE (I can't check the amount)
Windows XP SP3
I don't know the other specs (Video Memory, Graphics Card, etc.) as I cannot start Windows to see.

A:[SOLVED] Dell Dimension 2400 Boot Problems

Hi welcome to TSF

I would run the hard drive manufacture diagnostic tool to check to see if hard drive is good. if you don't know what hard drive is in their you can try seatools for dos works on most drives. SeaTools for DOS | Seagate

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Please be patient, I am technologically challanged. My Dell will not boot up, not even in safe mode. I also tried booting from the windows CD, and from an external hard drive with UBCD4Win (ultimate boot cd) and nothing. I tired changing the Boot sequence to go only to USB and still nothing. The message I am getting is "No boot device available - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility."

Can anyone help, again be patient - I am still learning here? Thank you.

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Hi everyone,

I recently installed Windows 7 in a partition of my hard drive along with XP. No problems at all with that but...

I recently purchased a DVB USB Dual Tuner Stick to work with Windows Media Centre. Been having problems with it from the dot but I think that is mainly down to the signal from the aerial.

What's happened though is I left it plugged in when I restarted my PC and now the BIOS takes for ever to get to the Windows loading screen and I can't even get into the BIOS for the reasons explained below.

I have a Dell Dimension E521 which has no PS2 port, yes no PS2 port! So I can't plug one of them in. So at the initial screen I can't press F2 to enter system setup to make sure 'Enable USB Legacy Devices' is checked. I've downloaded the latest BOIS flash form the Dell website which is the same version as the current one and applied that. When I switch on the PC my KB's lights doesn't come on straight away either like there is no power going to them. Also when Windows 7 is inactive for a while is goes into the locked mode and the KB and mouse won't work then. It's obviously a USB failure/problem?

I've seen people talking about taking the battery out of the Motherboard and clearing the CMOS, is that not risky and I could lose all my information or end up having a defunct Motherboard? How do I do that?

Any help will be greatly appreciated, I'm so annoyed!

A:USB Keyboard not working during boot - Dell Dimension E521

I was looking at a friends Dell Dimension e521 yesterday and it's associated problems.

Virii infections/spyware bad javascripts etc.

After a few attempts to run spyware and AV proggies, and have them halt with bogus errors, I decided to boot into safe mode.

OK rebooted pressed F8 and when the safe mode choices appeared the Ketboard and mouse were NFG in selecting any of the choices.

The only option was to wait for the timer to count down and "Start windows normally"!

Just what is it that freezes the keyboard till the LOGON screen?

Oh and there's no F2 or F12 execution at post to get into cmos/bios setup either. (KB is frozen here too).

There are no ps2 KB/Mouse ports on this machine only the USB port where the combo KB~Mouse single usb plug is inserted!

I did eventually get other, AV and Spyware proggie's on to the machine (Eset and Malwarebytes to replace McAffee) and they did find 3 virii and 46 pieces of spyware, one of which was the AV2009 crap, Which slipped right by McAffee!

Even after removing the above, the KB/Mouse stays frozen till "Logon"!

I thought possibly the virii and/or spyware had somehow been the culprit!

Just what is it that is disabling the KB/Mouse until "Logon"? Has anyone else had this problem with the e521?

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I'd been getting RAM failure errors one my Dell Dimension 8400 so I took out one of the 512MB sticks of ram to see which stick was causing the problems, and it appeared to be the one I took out as I didn't get another error.

So I then put back the "bad" stick and left out the "good" stick to see if it worked, and I got the error again. So I then placed the "good" stick back in, leaving out the "bad" stick, and my computer doesn't boot up now.

All that happens now when I turn it on is a beeping sound about every 2 seconds and the fan speeds up to a very fast speed. No image appears on the screen. I've tried to turn it on 3 times now and have had to pull the power as I've got the same results each time.

Any help is much appreciated. Thank you.

A:Solved: Dell Dimension 8400 RAM and boot failure

Problem now solved. I realised that the little side clips/holders on the RAM slot were not sitting the side notches of the ram stick properly. Therefore, the sticks really was not installed at all. It was all just because I didn't fit them to the RAM slots properly.

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Greetings,As I am unable to start in Safe Mode (and XP Home came OEM-installed), I am planning on doing an in-place/repair install. I am able to get into the BIOS (ver. A10) and the keyboard works just fine. However, once I get into the Boot Sequence pop-up box, the + and - does not respond. The box looks like this:✓ 1. Floppy device (not installed)✓ 2. Hard-Disk Drive C:✓ 3. IDE CD-ROM DeviceI am able to use the up and down arrows to highlight each of these choices and also am able to use the SPACE bar to deselect the checkmarks; it's the +/- that does not work. For example, when I have option 3 highlighted, then type in <shift> + nothing happens. Pressing <enter> closes the pop-up and leaves me back in the BIOS with the "Boot Sequence" line highlighted.The F1 HELP dialog states that pressing <+> or <-> should raise or lower the device, but no-go for me.FWIW, the keyboard model is SK-8110.Thanks one and all in advance for any assistance.Reuben

A:Dell Dimension 4600i BIOS Boot Seq - not recognize +/-

I know this sounds simple but have you tried using the [+] or [-] keys on the number pad without using the [Shift] key? That's how it works on this 4600i, same keyboard.

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Thought I'd share my experiences with my 11 year old Dell Dimension 3000 desktop, which obviously doesn't owe me a thing. Recently, it stopped booting completely, all 4 status lights off and no preboot screen  ... .
I tried everything, reseating RAM, CPU, reconnecting all interconnect cables etc. Nothing worked. Seemed to fail at preboot. I concluded it was probably a MB or HD failure.  I have a good more recent Dell I5 Studio laptop, but this Dimension desktop has a very good Creative X-Fi Elite Pro PCI sound card installed that I have used extensively.  So I determined it was time to upgrade to a newer PC. But no new PCs that I could find have PCI slots ... they are all PCI-e (except for some older Dells  7010, 9010, 9020 as per a post in this forum). Therefore I started to considered the refurb market.
The "dead" Dell Dimension 3000 owes me nothing, but I decided as 1 last check to remove the 2 installed PCI cards,  a D-Link wireless adapter, and the Creative sound card. I removed the D-Link card first, tried powering up and VOILA ... it boots up with no problems!! Unbelievable luck. Reinstalled the D-Link card and won't boot. Reproducible results. Without the D-Link PCI card installed, everything works exactly as expected including the PCI sound card. Put the D-Link in another available PCI slot ... same problem.  
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I inherted a Dell Dimension 8100 from niece that would not boot.
She said she had replaced hard drive 3 times. I noticed on setup that only
floppy drive showed up in boot sequence section. Could not boot from floppy.
Placed xp install cd in cd drive and it came up and I ran repair section. It worked
and I was able to reboot from c drive. About a week later, system crashed and am back to same problem. The only real clue I have is that after it rebooted the first time, a number of directories had the same creation date as when I ran
the repair. Any ideas? Thanks, Gary

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hi and thanks for info

i have a dell dimension 5150 with xp media center. when i start my system my computer takes 2 minutes to be fonctional. the boot seems ok but when i get my desktop screen my system goes into somewhat of a freeze for 1min and 30 sec before actually being able to use it. during this laptime my system is idle and no activity is going on. i cant open most of my programs beside solitaire ... i call the dell technician who perform all kinds of stuff and told me that this waiting time was "normal". i have serious douts of the normality of this waiting time but dont know what to do next. can you tell me if this is normal? thx again

A:dell dimension 5150 long boot time with freeze

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I have an older Dell dimension L1000R Pentium III. It is running ok but is kind of slow. I am fairly knowledgeble with restoring computers but this one is driving me nuts.

I am currently running XP and am trying to restore to XP.

When restarted and the Dell splash screen pops up i hit ESC and then delete to enter BIOS setup

The desktops uses BIOS Version A11

I have attempted to move the ATAPI CD Rom to the top of the Boot Device list, move floppy to last and even remove floppy completely but on startup instead of information to delete old partition and install new OS it pops up " Invalid Boot Diskette" Insert boot diskette into drive A.

I have the disk in the cd drive and i know it works as a boot disk as i have used it just yesterday on a different pc.

I have even attempted to make the computer recognize the cd rom as the primary IDE Master under IDE controllers.

All this and I still recieve the same message of invalid boot diskette in drive A

Any help at all or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

A:Dell Dimension L1000R - Boot Disk Failure During Restore

There is an option to "disable" the floppy drive in that Dell bios somewhere.

Be sure the jumper on the back of the Hard Drive and CD rom drive is set to CS cable select, they must be on a Dell. The hard drive must be connected to the end of the IDE cable and the other end of that cable connected to ide 0 on the motherboard.

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The boot menu and the setup options seem limited in that you can only tell the system to boot from the "onboard sata drive", but you cannot specify which sata drive has priority (other than by its physical connection). I wonder if I'm overlooking a setting here.

A:How do you choose which SATA HDD is the boot drive in a Dell Dimension e520?

Bios is not a boot selector this is not dos.

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