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Dell Inspiron 531 - Windows Vista

Q: Dell Inspiron 531 - Windows Vista

Hey, Tech Support Forum - Experts.

I'm having so many problems with my P.C., I don't even know where to start. I contacted an expert on Craigslist yesterday and explained what was going on. I asked how much it would cost to fix everything and he said $150.00. If I had the extra money to spend, I would, but I don't. So... my question is, can any of you guys help me? I just want it to be like very first time I turned it on.

Thanks, LastKings.

A: Dell Inspiron 531 - Windows Vista

It should have a reinstall partition to reinstall Windows and all the programs it came with, You'll need to back up any data(Documents, Pictures, etc) that you wish to keep first.> Restoring Your Dell Computer to Original Factory Installation with Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 | Dell

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Not sure if this is the appropriate place to start this thread, but at the moment I can't trouble shoot far enough to tell. Help greatly needed tho

System specs off of the System Information page:
Dell Inspiron 1545
Installed Memory: 3072MB
Available: 3032MB Speed: 800MHZ Channel Mode: Duel DDR2
Processer: Celeron(R) Dual-Core 1.8GHz
1MB Cache 1.8GHz Clock Speed
Hard Drive: 250GB
Integrated NIC: Enabled w/PXE
Boot Sequence:
CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive *I changed that myself to try and boot off of CD* Internal HDD Diskette Drive USB Storage Device

Recently I have received a laptop to attempt at getting back to proper working condition. From what I was told about the laptop that it went from working perfectly, to it not properly loading past the black screen with the flashing white _. After getting the laptop I ran it through all possible tests that I was capable of running at the time (diagnostics, system search, and a problem tree) all of these issues ran through the parts in the computer and the only failure that came up was in the hard drive. So going off of this I tried to boot off of an install disc but even that got stuck on the flashing _ screen, both processes (regular boot and drive boot) had all of the fans running as they should of, the cd drive's gears were heard starting up like normal, internal fans are flowing smoothly. System is running at a healthy internal temp.

After fixing many other laptops, it greatly bothered me th... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron: Windows Vista 32bit

Will it start in safe mode with command prompt
If so try rebuilding the master boot record

Start the computer in safe mode with command prompt
Open command prompt and Type C: and press enter
at the C:\ prompt type cd boot
At the C:\Boot prompt type the following and press enter after each
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /rebuildBcd
Close command prompt and resart your computer in normal mode.

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my desktop pc will not let me do anything once loaded. I have tried safe mode and restarting without success. The mouse still works but it will not click on anything, left or right. Ctl Alt Del does not respond also. Please help.

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Ok im not very smart at computers but i know where to locate Run on a computer, you go to start then run, but i for some reason cant find the Run link in the start menu on My Dell Inspiron 1501...this is so i can type in things to lower ping plzz

A:Where to locate Run on Dell Inspiron 1501 Windows Vista

you can hit on your keyboard the following combo to make it pop up:

Windows + R

I've used that on both Windows Vista home Prem and Ultimate

I think if you right click on the start menu and access its properties you can enable the run icon..I'm not really sure on that one though

hope that helps

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had windows vista home on this I believe. I did a windows 7 upgrade I bought and installed from the microsoft store. now Id like to go back to the factory partition/settings that has vista... but I cant' seem to load it. I see the files are there...

how do I get win7 off of here and install windows vista from the restore partition? F8 isn't working it seems. it's as if with windows 7 installed, it dont see the files on the partition. so I'm stumped.

A:how to downgrade from windows 7 on dell inspiron 531 back to vista?

Try hitting F8 repeatedly after you restart your system. You must do so before windows starts to load.

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I am having the same issue. I just bought this laptop from somebody who had completely erased the laptop before selling to me , telling me I had to reinstall windows vista onto it. I tried putting disc in and as the laptop (Inspiron1545) reboots, it loads to DeLL screen and option for setup and boot pressing f12 comes up and when selected, options come up where I select CD\DVD then the entire DELL screen comes back loading over and over again. loads, goes black like its trying to boot , white blinker comes up at top right, then just reloads over and over again.
I have run a diagnostic and everything has passed including extended diagnostic. What do I do ?! I just purchased this laptop and it is not working ? Please help if you could. If directly emailing me will make this easier please, feel free to !!

<ADMIN NOTE: Email id removed per privacy policy>
Thank you !
-Chelana Vandusen


Thank you for writing to us!
We would suggest you to boot into BIOS and check the Boot options.:

Start the computer 
Choose to enter BIOS setup. ...
Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab. ...
To give a CD or DVD drive boot sequence priority over the hard drive, move it to the first position in the list.

Let us know if this works.
Kindly private message the service tag and email address.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 32- bit laptop with 2 GB RAM and windows vista basic
I had to install a new hard drive since the old one had failed.
I have installed windows vista basic using installation CD from dell that came with the computer and all the drivers but one (as mentioned below) by using drives CD from dell.
I have installed all the windows update as prompted.
The only driver I could not install ( do not have an idea how to ) is
Serial ATA drivers ? intel matrix storage manager
Because it gives the option of selecting 32 or 64- bit version but then no option to install it ( I did not see an exe file). I tried to download this driver from Dell website but same issue.
I am also having issues with internet explorer (currently it is IE 7) and when I select to download IE 9 it gives me message that it is not compatible with 32-bit computer.
I have tried to open and download IE from other websites, even tried to install google, fire fox but keep getting the message on all webistes that
IE cannot open the internet site ?http//???
Operation aborted.

Please advise.

A:Issues with IE and windows Vista reinstall on dell inspiron 1545

See if the Intel Driver Update Tool can find what you need on your system:

Intel? Driver Update Utility

About IE, sounds like IE has something wrong with it in its current state. Where are you finding the IE 9 download? See if a full reset of IE helps with anything.

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I was recently given a Dell Inspiron 1720,but the hard drive was bad,so I bought another one,and now I need to do a clean reinstall of windows vista home premium,which is the origional operating system. I have the product key code for the origional windows vista home premium,I need step-by-step instructions,someone please help.

A:Clean reinstall of windows vista on dell inspiron 1720

Contact Dell and see if you can order the installation disc's. There's usually a minimal charge for them....last time I order any was from Dell and for XP Home....and those ran me $20 plus tax/shipping.

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Hi All,

I bought a new Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista Home Premium just before two months (Sept 2008) and facing a problem of Black Screen only mouse is active since last three days I just asked Technical support guy to help me out the same but he asks for charge though I have three years warranty even for Physical damage (complete cover).

I have tried to diagnose it and found the following error&#8230;

Error Code 0F00:137B
Msg: DVDW_4-Disk is missing/blank, insert data disk (Examle:RCD)
The given Error code and message can be used by Dell Technology Support to help diagnose the problem.
I don&#8217;t want to reinstall the OS as I have some important Data on C Drive.

Speedy help will be appreciated.

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I am going to preform a factory wipe and reset  on my Dell Inspiron 530 which has windows Vista Home Premium installed. My question is will I have problems downloading any of the factory software and drivers or update the system if windows is not supporting Vista ? This is my first time doing this and any advice will be appreciated. Thank You.

A:Does windows support windows vista after a factory reset on Dell Inspiron 530

Microsoft have ditched support for all IE versions earlier than 11 and only allowed up to version 9 on Vista. Google have also ditched Chrome support for this operating system. Office 2013/2016/Windows Live Essentials all do not support Windows Vista.
Consider the Operating System at End of Life.
Theres no official free upgrade path to Windows 10 TH2 however you may use the unofficial 10130 Upgrade path. The Inspiron 530 runs Windows 10 64 Bit TH2 well.

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I have no idea why my computer is extremely slow. Takes forever to open a webpage, to download attachments, videos, Youtube and keeps constantly loosing the wireless conection. I am using a EXTERNAL LINKSYS CISCO WIRELESS DEVICE. Being so slow is already driving me crazy. Please help me to find a solution, Thanks!!!
Here are the specs:​DELL INSPIRON 531S​​​​4.00 gb RAM​​64 Bit Operation​​Processor: AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core 5000+ 2.60 GHz​​ Windows Vista Home Premium SP 2​​

A:Solved: DELL INSPIRON 531S-Windows Vista Home Premium SP 2 64 Bit

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? OS - Vista/ Windows 7 ?
Vista home premium sp2

? x86 (32-bit) or x64 ?

? What was original installed OS on system?

? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)?

? Age of system (hardware)

? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS?
Never re-installed


AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4400+
Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM 800 MHz
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
ATI X1300
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
19-1 Media Card Reader
PSU Dell/Asus 300 Watts

? MotherBoard
A Dell version of ASUS M2N61-AX


Around 2 week ago my computer started getting bsod once a day in random situations. But from the last 3 days it's getting the blue screen several times a day, specially when it boots. The Windows loads, then the bsod comes. After 3 or 4 reboots, the system finally gets stable and I'm not having that random bsod during the day.

All requested files are attached.


A:BSOD Windows Vista Home Premium 32bits sp2 - Dell Inspiron 531

Hi -

33 BSOD kernel memory dumps processed.

As you mentioned, they suddently started just 11 days ago. All dumps have the same probable cause listed -


gbpkm.sys Wed Mar 24 17:11:10 2010 (4BAA7FEE) - GAS Tecnologies GbpKm GbPlugin Device Driver
Remove the offending app.

Update NVIDIA nForce drivers -

nvraid.sys Tue Oct 03 20:25:15 2006 (4522FF6B)
nvstor32.sys Fri Oct 26 14:50:16 2007 (472236E8)
nvmfdx32.sys Mon Aug 27 15:46:06 2007 (46D329FE)

Update ATI video and Realtek HD audio driveers -

atikmdag.sys Mon Jan 08 12:16:47 2007 (45A27C7F)

RTKVHDA.sys Mon May 14 05:01:07 2007 (46482553)
Realtek -

Update your Primax USB mosue drivers -

pmxusblf.sys Sun Oct 15 03:58:28 2006 (4531EA24) - Primax USB Mouse driver - Fri Jun 01 01:41:01 2007 (465FB16D) - Primax USB Mouse driver -

If BSODs persist, run the Driver Verifier --

Windbg Logs

Regards. . .





Built by: 6002.18267.x86... Read more

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I received my new laptop yesterday, it is a Dell Inspiron 1420. The stats for the laptop are as followed. Please skip the quoted part if not pertinent.

Processor Intel® Core&#8482; 2 Duo T5750 (2.0GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
Operating System Genuine Windows Vista&#8482; Home Premium Edition, English
System Color and LCD cover Pattern Midnight Blue Color with Microsatin
Memory 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 Dimm
Monitor Glossy, high contrast, widescreen 14.1 inch display (1280 x 800)
Video Card Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
Video Memory Windows Vista&#8482; Premium
Hard Drive 160G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Integrated NIC and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 7.0
Optical Drive 8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write
Sound Card Integrated High Definition Audio
Wireless Networking Cards Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini Card
Integrated Webcam Integrated 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
Productivity Software Microsoft Works 9. DOES NOT INCLUDE MS WORD, English
Security Software Trend Micro Internet Security 30-day trial, English
Primary Battery 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Hardware Services BRONZE - 1 Year Return to Depot Service and Technical
Optional Support Services DataSafe Online Backup 3GB (included with price)
Processor Branding Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
Click to expand...

This is the bsod error. I tried looking at the ... Read more

A:Solved: Windows Vista, Dell Inspiron 1420, BSOD error

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hi there,

i am a new user, and since past week my laptop has not been operating correctly. I am not a techie person, but feel I am fairly good with computers in general, but this problem I have is a strange one.

I am using a Dell Inspiron on Vista, and recently every time I start up my laptop, I see the big Dell logo load up as normal, and then it goes to the blue updates screen, and then runs the timer saying 'update 1 of 3' and it will run up to nearly 100% complete for the first update and then the laptop will turn off by itself, restart and then its back to the same updates screen again. This will keep happening continuously each time I switch the system on. Its nothing to do with the power either as this happens even when its plugged in.

One time I actually switched it on (after it being off for 3 days) and it loaded onto the normal Windows menu screen, and I instantly loaded my Kaspersky software to run a scan, which it started, and then the laptop shut down and then again back to the blue updates screen, which it has been doing constantly since then.

I even tried the Diagnostics scan which you do on start up by pressing F12 (I think), which didn't come up with any problems, and then when Diagnostics scan was finished, it again went back to the blue updates screen.

I even tried pressing Ctrl + F11 on switching on the laptop, trying to get it to erase everything and go back to factory standard, but even that wasn't working. I don't mind losing ... Read more

A:Help! Constant windows updates running then shut down! (dell inspiron vista)


Can you boot into safe mode?

Switch on your laptop and instantly start tapping F8, if you get to the selection screen, select Safe Mode.

If this works trying restoring your laptop back to a day or two before you downloaded the latest updates for now.

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Dell Inspiron 1525 with Vista. Bought Windows 7 and followed all the online and book instructions to install.
Now when I turn the computer on, the pretty Windows 7 screen opens and asks for my password then immediately turns to a black screen where all this information is scrolling so fast I can barely read it.
I can see something about Windows did not shut down properly...and crash dump files...


I can get into Safe mode but "run windows normally" takes me through the same loop as above over and over.

What am I missing here!?!!??


A:Dell Inspiron 1525 Vista upgrade to Windows 7 = crash dump

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Hi guys

I have a Dell Inspiron, 4gb, 64bit. Windows Vista, home premium.

First issue;
The system would freeze and flash and turn off at the slightest flick, such as a slight tap on the keyboard.

Second issue;
I took it apart for a clean, and thermal paste renewal, once I put it all together, I tested it and still the exact same, but now it's developed a NEW problem...I ran it all night without an issue, the next morning I turned it on and there was a problem... The screen wouldn't turn on, no back lights, not even the slightest suggestion the screen was on. Completely dead.

I took the power button section out, turned it on, worked perfectly, put it back on, back to square one.

Then I removed the keyboard plastic surrounding, and it worked fine, then put it all back together and same problem...

It's completely free from any virus. The laptop is using a 65w charger when it should be using a 90w charger, (not my laptop).

I've received the follow message a few times; "timer chip counter 2 failed" Explanations?

The screen is my main issue at the moment, it's on with no pressure, then off with pressure.

Thanks for your time


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hi all. i have dell inspiron 1545 , windows vista . i have a blue screen, STOP Error 0x0000007b ( windows recovery error ). a recent software or hardware change may cause . i am unable to reboot . even when i use dvd for re-installation, again same sceen is poping up, even i choose safe mode same blue screen is poping up. i do not have any option . i am unable to passthe system recovery error screen . please help if anyone has information

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My PC gives a very long beep when it starts up. But it does start up. More over, it automaticall types the / character in the password field sometimes.
sometimes behaves upnormally by not letting to type any character....
Y is it so?

A:Beep Sound while Booting Dell Inspiron 1525 windows vista home basic

Try running the Dell Diagnostics Test (the full version) to see if it detects any problems. Here's how: How to Run the Dell. If it does, contact Dell Support for assistance (there's a link near the bottom of the above article).

I hope this helps. If the test comes back completely clean, then post back and we'll try something else (or if your computer is still under warranty, contact Dell Support anyway as they should be happy to assist you and know more about your computer than we do).

Good luck!

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Hello I am requesting help and advice on preforming a factory reset on a  Dell Inspiron 530 running windows Vista Home. I have never done this before and I am new to this . I appreciate any help I can get . Thank You.

A:Request help on performing a Factory reset on a Dell Inspiron 530 running windows Vista Home

Thank You,  Robin

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I just got my friends laptop yesterday because she got a BSOD and wants me to fix it. I can't get anywhere, it won't boot in any mode. Any help is greatly appreciated. i tried booting from the XP_RE_CON.iso and went to boot options so it would boot from the CD and it gave me a different blue screen. stop:0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0xF748E0BF, 0xF78DA208, 0xF78D9F08) pci.sys - Address F748E0BF base at F7487000, DateStamp 3b7d855c

what other information can i post that will help assess the issue?

thanks so much!

A:BSOD on Dell Inspiron 1545 with windows vista, wont even start up in safe mode

What was she doing when it quit working?

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Copied title here for ease of reading. ~ OBI have a Dell Inspiron 530 running Windows Vista Home Premium and am having all kinds of problems. I can not install SP1 slow computer IE7 stops Help, Here is HJT log as well as dds log which I was instructed to use.End of title.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:18:08 PM, on 12/5/2008Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exeC:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exec:\PROGRA~1\\agent\mcagent.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEUser.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLLoginProxy.exec:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\msc\mcuimgr.exeC:\Users\Steve\Downloads\HiJackThis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = Read more

A:I have a Dell Inspiron 530 running Windows Vista Home Premium and am having all kinds of problems. I can not install SP1 slow...

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a description of your problem, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below a staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results, click no to the Optional_ScanFollow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.Please note: You may have to disable a... Read more

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I've seen this problem on this forum but can't find anything that I haven't tried yet. Here’s my problem; I've spent the last 3 weeks talking with Dell to resolve the issue. They have taken remote access, replaced my mother board and Ethernet cable + I have made numerous changes with Dell guidance and nothing has worked. I have also talked to my service provider who replaced my router and still nothing.

I am now at the point where i still have the DNS look up issue and neither Dell or my service provider are accepting responsibility for the fault..........
My only work around is to unplug my Ethernet cable and plug back in. This seems to interrupt a signal and get me on line.
I would really appreciate your help.

A:Vista DNS Look Up Failure. Dell Inspiron Vista.

sounds like a firewall issue to me
first step

follow advice here and post the logs those programs make

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Need to know if my system is recoverable. I was not getting response from my computer, went into Safe Mode and was able to access restore point, however it appears that the restore point I slected was not a good one and now, it appears to boot up, but have blank screen with an arrow on it

A:Dell Inspiron with Vista HELP NEEDED

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Hi, I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 with vista and whenever I turn it on the dell logo shows up and then it turns into a black screen with a flickering white line in the top left corner. Also can not click F8 to restart my computer from an earlier date or use safe mode. The only F keys that work are F2 for setup and F12 for boot menu and control alt delete only resets the computer to the black screen. Please help me fix my computer.

A:Dell inspiron 1525 w/ Vista

Do you have a vista install disc? If you do you can try the startup repair.

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had the "great" idea of downloading some up-to-date drivers from Dell Support Center a couple of weeks ago, and the result was no sound, even though the sound was working perfectly before. Never updated any drivers in this 4 year old laptop before. Now I have a red cross over the speaker icon and when I click on Open Volume Mixer it says "no audio device is installed". Steps I tried in order....
-rollback the drivers....couldn't do was greyed out.
-uninstall and delete the driver software in Device Manager and let Vista install whatever drivers it had in store for it....didn't help
-did a restart holding the Fn key to check if the sound card had been damaged and was no longer working.....passed all the sound tests....sound card is OK.
-tried some free tools from the net regarding driver repsir, registry repair, PC repair, etc....didn't help
-tried some crazy solutions from the net (Microsoft Techie Forum) such as doing a "scan for hardware changes" under Device Manager and turn the machine on and off many times in sequence......didn't help.
-for some reason I had no restore points saved in order to restore the entire machine to a previous date......I think nCleaner, a free tool from the net, cleaned my restore points as well.
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A:Dell Inspiron 1720 + Vista 32-bit

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can't start windows ..a process or thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly, exited or been terminated???????? Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed? Disable BIOS memory? How? Can't get into SAFE MODE-F8. Please help with Dell Inspiron 1525 one month out of warranty. Thanks

A:Dell Inspiron 1525/ Vista 32-bit

Lets start with backing up your important data.

Once this is done, then we can try some things.


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I need to reinstall windows Vista on my Dell Inspiron 531 but every time I try to reinstall it
Vista does not find my drivers and I don't know how to make it look at my drivers. When I scan
vista never finds my drivers. Can anyone step me through the reinstall proceedure?
Thank you,

A:Can't reinstall Vista on a Dell Inspiron 531

exactly what are you doing to re-install ?

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gday ladies and gentlemen. I have just signed up to your fabulous forum to help find a solution to my current problem.

i have a dell inspiron 1525 with windows vista and am currently experiencing problems with the sound. Specifically i have none and want to know why.

I have checked the sound settings in the control panel, device manager and taskbar and have had no success as yet. Everything says its all AOK.

So any help or tips would be very much appreciated.


Lost in Computer Quagmire.

A:vista no sound dell inspiron

Hi roger.ledger, welcome to TSF..

Best thing I can advise is to uninstall your sound drivers and install the latest available from Dell:

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When I start the computer, I get this error:This computer system (computer name) is protected by a password authentication system. You cannot access the data on this computer without the correct password.I don't know the password. How can I bypass this to be able to make the computer boot up? I want to rebuild the computer with Windows XP.

A:Dell Inspiron 9400 With Vista

Unfortunately this violates the rules of Bleeping Computer. We will not assist with the defeating of password protection.From the Rules ( ):No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user.This topic is closed

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Hey guys, I recently ordered a dell inspiron 1420.
I wish to install vista ultimate 64bit on it, however, I want to know if its even possible?

Since, I do not see a 64bit section for Dell's driver download website.

Here's the specs.

Intel Core 2 Duo T5750(2.0GHz, 667Mhz, 2M L2 Cache)
High Resolution, glossy widescreen 14.1 inch display (1440x900)
4GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 Dimm
NVIDIA ? GeForce TM Go 8400M GS with 128MB
120G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, English
Integrated 10/100 Network Cardand Modem, for Inspiron
8X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive for Inspiron
Integrated High Definition Audio 2.0
Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini Card
Integrated 2.0 mega pixel web cam
56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery, for Inspiron 142
Intergrated Bluetooth.
AVerTV Expresscard TV TUNER TVT11 + Remote Control

A:Possible to Install x64 Vista on a Dell Inspiron?

i have same problem. i have same configuration from lenovo. and not able to find any 64bit drivers.

pls help

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Hi I am hoping someone here can help me and I am not sure if I should be posting here or in the Vista forum, so apologies if I am in the wrong forum.

My friend bought her son a Dell Inspiron 531 with Windows Vista, to cut a long story short, after encountering problems we spoke to Dell who agreed to send her XP and told her they would not support the software and she would need the drivers.
Now more problems, she had someone put XP on it but he said he needs the drivers for the following

Video Adaptor

SM Bus

NIC Adaptor

PCI Device unkknown

He said that she might need someone with the same pc to find out what was needed but as she ,hubby and son are novices they had no clue where to begin. and the Dell helpline is closed all weekend.
I am not that much help to her as I am not clued up on such matters plus I live quite a way from her so I am posting here to see if anyone can either help or point me in the right direction
Thanks in advance

ps: I did go to the Dell site but wasn't sure what I was looking for and was unsure about posting there as it is not my PC that I am enquiring about.

A:Help with Dell Inspiron 531 with Vista changing to XP

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I have been given a dell inspiron 531 with 64 bit AMD processor, running 32 bit vista home basic, that has responded well to RAM upgrade to 4GB.

I want to install 64 bit win 8 pro media centre which I have on an original MS CD. either over current vista or on separate partition as dual boot.

For some reason the dell wont read the MS win 8 64 disk (or any other original MS OS disks I have (vista-32/7-64/8-32)) but reads pretty much everything else (DVD's excepted as currently has no DVD reading software.)..either through explorer or during is not only original ms discs that are a problem as dell won't read win8-64 enterprise trial iso I burned myself either.

I have tried turning off security software (MS security essentials/MS firewall) change.

CD's all read fine via explorer on my lightly hopped up HP tx1340ea running win 8-64 pro media centre.

Can anyone help/advise?

kind regards


A:win 8 64 won't install on 32 vista dell inspiron 531

Sounds like the DVD drive needs to be replaced.

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Friends, I have dell inspiron n5110. It had geniune windows 7 home premium. There was dell data restore option in F8 boot menu option to restore my windows. a week ago i installed new windows 7. i didnt deleted recovery partition on my computer but there in no more option of dell data restore in f8 boot menu. Kindly help me to restore my windows. Plz help..... If there is any way to do it using comand prompt or any other way to restore that option in f8. Plz reply..

A:Dell Data restore windows seven home premium Dell inspiron n5110?


Post a screen capture image of your Disk Management screen.


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I have recently upgraded to windows 10 and everything seems file except one problem I am facing which is the wifi card connectivity issues. My connection to router drops very frequently, curently the generic driver which windows think is appropriate is installed. I wanted to undate that with Dell's driver which I can't find on driver download section. 64 bit WiFi driver is NOT there. 32 Bit driver is but that won't install on my machine.
Can someone from Dell help? either to give me the link for correct driver download or confirm driver is not available in which case I would need to downgrade to windwos 8 as the system is unusable in its current state.

A:Dell Inspiron 15R 7520 SE - Windows 10 64 Bit WiFi Driver not available on Dell Site

On the Drivers & Download pages for the Inspiron 15R 7520 there are only 64-bit options for Windows, whether 8.0,8.1, or 10.   So those drivers are the ones for the 64-bit version of Windows 10, as long as you filter the operating system option to Windows 10 64-bit. 
The file name may state "Win32" but if you click on the "View Details" link, and then check "Supported Operating Systems" near the bottom of the page you'll find that the driver supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
You don't mention which wireless card you have in that system so I can't link directly to the specific driver.  Which card do you have and what error are you getting when trying to install the drvier?
I would also recommend updating the firmware on your router.  Many routers need an update to be able to handle Windows 10 specific drivers and cards reliably.   What router brand and model are you connecting to?  And do you have problems with all routers or just this one.
Lastly, here is a link to the Dell Networking & Wireless Support Center.  You will find a few support articles in there that may be of help to you.
Let me know which card you have and when the last time you updated your router and, if you can't get the connection to work, I'll see what else I can suggest to help you.

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I've been browsing around and I'm not sure where to post this question. I'm hoping someone has some ideas or can lead me in the right direction.

A friend of mine is thinking to purchase a Dell Inspiron 530, although a little stuck on the specs. One system is using an Intel C2D E4600 with 3GB RAM, and the other Q6600 with 2GB RAM. The Q6600 is a little over the budget, but is it really worth it? How significant would the difference in performance be? The E4600 is 2.4GHz, 800 FSB, 2MB L2 Cache) and the Q6600 is Quad-Core (2.4GHz, 8MB L2 cache, 1066FSB).
This is for home use but wanting it to be future-proof as well.

I suggested considering a system from the Vostro 400 line (small business system). E6550 (2.33GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 1333FSB) with 2GB RAM but Windows XP.

Please share some thoughts to give us an idea of which is a better route.

A:Dell Inspiron 530: E4600 or Q6600..Vista or XP

Best bang-for-the buck
only things you would need
-better video card (2400Pro included)

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Out of the seeming blue, my computer will now turn on, but will not initiate Windows Vista.

One of the the three small lock icons above the keyboard (the one with the '9' in it), is lit up, and I presume that is the key to the problem. Am I right? Is there a way for me to fix the situation? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.


A:Problems with Dell Inspiron 1525 and Vista

it is on while booted up on my 1525.

Have you tried a startup repair?
Hit the power button start tapping f8
try a startup repair when the menu appears

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turn computer on and it says BOOTMGR image is corrupt. The system cannot boot.

I went into f2 and made cd/dvd drive first bootable option and placed Dell Operating System Reinstallation DVD into cd drive and restart.

I wait for press any key to to boot from cd/dvd and hit any key as instructed and get: The file is possibly corrupt. The file header cheksum does not match the computed checksum.

I have stuff on this computer that I need to get access to....please help me someone!!!! =)

A:dell inspiron 1525 with vista premium

You can take the Hard drive out and use an 2.5 to USB adapter and hook it up to another PC and hopefully access the data

Have you checked the Boot disk for dirt or scratches

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One of my friends' laptop is being a bit temperamental. It's a relatively new Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista Home Premium (32bit) SP1 installed. Anyways, the computer turns on normally but when the OS goes to load it gets stuck at a black screen with just the mouse cursor moving around. Safe Mode doesn't work and the same thing happens if I select "Last Good Config that Worked." I've seen this problem before with updates, but my friend said it was working fine and he didn't install anything.

I popped in the Dell OS disk so I could try a repair/recovery but that was unsuccessful as well. The setup program didn't detect any problems with the OS and there were no restore points to revert back to. I have no idea what the computer is doing when it sits on the black screen. There is a little bit of HDD activity here and there but I think that's the normal behavior. Any ideas? I'm sort of at a loss here...

Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Dell Inspiron 1525 not booting (Vista)

If I get a Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 OEM disk can I perform a repair install without being able to boot the OS normally? I can't do anything with this computer at the moment--it just sits and does nothing. I slaved the HDD to another system and was able to read and write normally, so it's definitely a problem with Vista. Problem is I have no idea what is causing the computer to hang so I can't pull any errors and startup repair says there's no problems.

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I have this notebook and after three years of usage it became so slow, it would take 30 min to start.

Last week I formatted its hard drive and reinstalled Windows Vista.

As soon as I went on the Internet my computer crashed again.
Another complete reinstall and another crash after I tried to access the web. This time the crash happened while I was attempting to install Avira !

Thinking I may have a hardware problem, I did a third complete reinstall and started to use the computer off line. It works perfectly! No crashes in a whole week.

My question is, what is the antivirus software I need and how can I install it off line.

As a second question, I noticed that a group of drivers is missing under "Other device". The group includes 3 drivers. There is no way for me to figure out which this "other device" is so that I can download the drivers for it. I know I installed all recommended drivers from my resource CD.

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Upon trying to load my laptop up, just after the Dell screen and Windows loading screen, it goes to a blank black screen with white mouse pointer.

Pointer moves, however just stays stuck on this page.

I have tried starting in Safe Mode, same thing happens.

I have read I could try to do a clean install of Vista, however I cannot find my disc

Is there anything else I can do?

Any help appreciated.


A:Problem with Vista on Dell Inspiron 1525

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Ok here it is on my dell 1545 it has a window vista tag its suppose to be running vista but its running xp 64can i get vista back and if not could this be with my device's,like my dvd doesn't work it say it need a decoder, my wireless doesn't work my network controller has a yellow exclamation point by it and so does my video controller and standard vga graphics adapter. And on top of all that what every time i go to a site it say "server can not be found" until i reload the page

A:Dell Inspiron 1545 vista big problem

and welcome to the Forum

I guess you installed XP on it? You can find the XP drivers by going to the Dell support site, enter your Service Tag Number and download the drivers. Be sure to use IE and do not use the Dell Download Manager!

Just download the driver file, save it to the desktop and double click to install

On the list of drivers, click on the driver file:

Then the download button here:

See this for the order they should be installed:

Depending 0on how you installed XP, you may be able to recover the Vista installation . . If you have the Dell System restore ( not all Dells do ) you can use that and you will not need a install CD

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Purchased Dell e1705 a few years ago and the hard drive just went out. I purchased a new drive and tried to reinstall Vista using the Reinstall CD from Dell. The Install starts just as the directions say but the instlaation does not go to the screen for the Serial code and when the system finishes installation, the system hangs up and the computer will not boot up.

A:Reinstallation of Vista on Dell inspiron e1705

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Hello, i recently installed a new copy of WIndows Vista 32 bit. The cd came directly from Dell so I know the program isent corrupt.
After i download Vista on the computer and the computer is running I can insert the drivers disk and all that comes up is a HUGE list of...stuff, and checkmarks by a few hundred of them it seems like.
Anyway, It seems like my computer isent even recognizing that i have a wireless card or even an ethernet port.
Because i connect to my router via Ethernet and nothing happened.
This is what the screen looks like in My Device's menu

i dont know what to do.

A:Dell Inspiron 1525 Vista-32 No Internet

You need to install those drivers specifically from the driver disk. The check marks will help you find them. It looks like you mainly need the chipset drivers, both wired and wireless network drivers and your video driver from the image.

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Hello to who ever may solve my problem with me laptop, my laptop has a wireless network card but a couple days ago i got a virus that i cloud not get rid of it so i had to reformatted it, so i installed the VISTA CD back on her but now my laptop say's This computer does not have a wireless network adapter installed and configured.
so if any one can help me ASAP,

Also my computer hard drive disk is the other way around such as, DRIVE (C has 14.6GB on it which it not meant to be and my OS (D has 277GB free out of 283GB i need help with these the easy way. I also installed the CD's that came with it which is DRIVER AND UTILITIES which is for Reinstalling Dell Inspiron and Dell Studio Laptop Computer Software. thanks to who ever answers the problem to my question. Gervarod. and i dont want to get rid of it or buy a new one I've had fun on this laptop sench i bought it. i want to get it up and running

A:Dell Inspiron 1545 VISTA only NETWORK

Hi Gervarod and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

These forums are for W7 systems. For more assistance with Vista matters, please repost this on Vista Forums (you will need to register) and someone should be able to help you.

In the meantime, have a look at these:

32-bit Drivers and Downloads

64-bit Drivers and Downloads

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I have a Dell Inspirion 1525.
Somehow, I have messed up the video settings I think.
If I hit media direct everything is fine, I can play a dvd no problem.
BUT, I can no longer get into Vista, I only get a black screen. The cursor is there and I can move it but the screen is totally black.

I called Dell and surprise, it's not hardware, it's software and I have to pay $$$ for them to help, and according to the tech, he may have to restore it, which I can do myself for free.

I have searched several forums, I found some people who fixed the issue by removing the battery and powering it up that way for a couple of seconds but that didn't work for me.

I also tried the suggestion of hooking it up to an external monitor but since I can't access anything I had no way of initiating the second monitor.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance

ps, haven't been here in a while, love the new look

A:Dell Inspiron Vista Black Screen!!!!

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Please advise if I can install windows 7 premium on my Dell Inspiron 531s running now WINVISTA 64 bits.
Your most valuable help will be greatly appreciated.

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When I set taskbar to auto hide and apply change it works ok but when I reboot the change does not hold. Also, same problem with icon sort on desktop.

A:Solved: Vista taskbar Dell Inspiron

Similar issue here, and a fix if you feel comfortable about manually editing the registry

this "NoSaveSettings" registry value controls many settings in the explorer shell, so it is most likely your issue.

Others have stated some security softwares can cause these issues also, by locking settings, so malware cannot make changes, but neither can you.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 531 desktop with a Vista 32 home premium operating system. Some time ago, the CD drive stopped working, even though all the diagnostics say it is functioning properly. Recently, after a normal shutdown, the computer will not complete a reboot. It will turn on, go through the Dell logo screen, and Windows will begin loading. It will proceed through the "Please wait" screen, and the "Welcome" screen, and then goes to a black screen with the white cursor arrow. I can move the arrow freely with the mouse, but nothing else will happen. Eventually, it goes to the screen saver, and if you move the mouse, it will go to the sign-in screen. The computer will reboot in "Safe mode." Diagnostics in Safe Mode say that there were errors in the Drive that were supposedly fixed, but it still will not restart. I can't reboot with the installation disks because it won't recognize the CD drive. Any thoughts or help will be greatly appreciated.

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Hi, I can't seem to get anything higher than 1920x1080 in the list of available resolution options when I connect my Dell U2713HM monitor to my Dell Inspiron 15 laptop. I've run this monitor at 2560x1440 on another laptop over HDMI in the past but that was with Windows 8. The Intel HD Graphics 530 Control Panel doesn't offer any resolutions above 1920x1080 for the external monitor and adding custom resolutions results in the error "the custom resolution exceeds the maximum bandwidth capacity". I'm using the same high speed HDMI cable that worked at 2560x1440 with this monitor on my previous laptop. I'm fully up to date on all of the drivers for the laptop.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm not sure what else to try. Could this be a Windows 10 issue? Should I try the standard Intel HD Graphics 530 drivers from the Intel website?

A:Dell Inspiron 15 7559 connected to Dell U2713HM monitor over HDMI can't do 2560x1440 resolution in Windows 10

Hi JonoBloo,
The hardware on the system supports the 2560x1440. It should be a software issue. I would suggest you to uninstall and reinstall the video card driver from Dell website as these drivers are tested on the Dell system. Please follow the steps mentioned below to uninstall the video card.

Press the Windows key and Start typing devmgmt.msc and then press enter.
Select the Display adapters listed and right click on it.
Now select properties.
In the properties window, under Driver tab, click on Uninstall button.
Check “Delete the driver software for this device.”
You want to delete the driver click OK.

After the uninstall finishes restart the system. Then reinstall the Intel video card driver for issue resolution. Please enter your service tag # on the link below, select the OS, then download the video card drivers from Video section onto the system and install it.
Please let me know if this helps.

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Laptop model number : Dell inspiron 1525

OS : Windows XP media center

Problem : When i open this laptop it always open in dell media direct. i tried to exit it from there it just shut down my computer after exiting.

I tried it on internet, i tried both buttons on panel. one is for media direct and other one for regular starting up.

i have tried reseating the cmos battery but did't help.

PLease help what else i can try ..

A:dell inspiron booting in dell media direct, cant go to windows .. please help ??

Take a look at the threads below.

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I have a problem with my new laptop and it happens only sometimes. It is around 1 month old and it had this problem from the beginning . The laptop is a DELL INSPIRON 3552
1. DELL LOGO appears
2. Screen backlight is ok
3. Windows won't start ( window's logo doesn't appear ) and if i plug an external mouse the cursor is on the black screen.
If I shut down the laptop from the power button and the start it again it works. It's very random. Once I had to restart the laptop for 3 times before the windows started.
Any ideas ? 

A:DELL Inspiron Windows screen black after DELL logo

Thank you for writing to us!
As we understand that the system doesnt not boot and just goes up to the Dell logo and after multiple restarts the system works fine.
In that case ,Can you boot the system into " Safe mode " and check if the same happens..You can also perform a system restore and also check for updates pending .

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So, I just installed Vista Business 64 bit on my Dell Inspiron 6400. However, I didn't realize that Dell didn't have any drivers for 64bit Vista. Can someone help me out? I know a lot of people have been having this issue as it's all over Google searches I have made, but I can't seem to find any recommendations on what I should do to fix the problem. Can someone point me where I need to go please to get these drivers? Mainly I just need the touchpad drivers and ATI mobility drivers. I tried the touchpad drivers from the synaptics website, but they didn't install for some reason and ATI does not release any 64bit mobility drivers yet, they say you should get them from the manufacturer of the laptop. Help?

A:Vista Business 64bit drivers for Dell Inspiron

Ok nevermind, I found a hacked up 7.10 driver that works for the mobility cards and figured out how to get the synaptic pad driver to work. Not sure what the problem was with it but it all works now. Thanks anyway guys. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions since I'm sure there will be plenty with this new OS.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 Laptop running Windows Vista. I was getting the occasional BSOD and decided to reformat the Hard drive back to Factory Image. I was hoping that this would end my BSOD problem, but it did not. While installing some windows updates, I received a BSOD. Below is some info that could help us solve this issue. Thanks for the help!

Dump File : Mini073110-01.dmp
Crash Time : 7/31/2010 9:09:56 PM
Bug Check Code : 0x0000001a
Parameter 1 : 0x00004000
Parameter 2 : 0x86a0b690
Parameter 3 : 0x80000000
Parameter 4 : 0x0017dfed
Caused By Driver : ntkrnlpa.exe
Caused By Address : ntkrnlpa.exe+cdb8d
File Description : NT Kernel & System
Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company : Microsoft Corporation
File Version : 6.0.6002.18209 (vistasp2_gdr.100218-0019)
Processor : 32-bit
Computer Name :
Full Path : C:\Windows\Minidump\Mini073110-01.dmp
Processors Count : 2
Major Version : 15
Minor Version : 6002

Dump File : Mini073010-01.dmp
Crash Time : 7/30/2010 9:48:40 PM
Bug Check Code : 0x1000007e
Parameter 1 : 0xc0000005
Parameter 2 : 0x81ce88d9
Parameter 3 : 0xa8a35780
Parameter 4 : 0xa8a3547c
Caused By Driver : dxgkrnl.sys
Caused By Address : dxgkrnl.sys+73110
File Description : DirectX Graphics Kernel
Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating Sy... Read more

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" Just bought a dell inspiron 1521 with the ATI Radeon 1270 chipset and sigma tel sound card. I configured to dual boot windows XP and Vista. Like you I lost many XP dirivers and was frustrated by Dell tech support. Here was how I solved the problem. Nobody tells you but the Dell latitude notebook D531 ships with the same ATI RAdeon 1270 graphics and sigma tel sound, yet runs windows XP ! go to Dell tech support page, choose download drivers, select latitude notebook D531 and then select windows XP operating system and search for drivers. Sure enough a downloadable driver pops up for the ATI Radeon 1270 and audio drivers. I put them both on my Dell 1521 and they run perfectly in windows XP. I get sound and good video, and the device manager recognizes them. I am not a techie but this took me 12 hr of internet research to figure out and it works fine on my dell."

I just did the same thing. I wiped Vista from my system, installed XP Pro, and have had trouble finding the Video drivers. I tried the above, but keep getting these error messages when i try to install:

Application Install: install package failure!
Application Install: failed
Application Install: install package not supported on this platform
Application Install: failed

Any advice? I chatted with Dell, they sent me a link to some driver, but it didn't work. I tried this method, quoted above, and it also didn't work.

A:Installing XP on Dell Inspiron 1521 to replace Vista

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Hello, I am working on a friend's Dell Inspiron 1750 with Vista Basic, I don't know any other specs right off. He brought it to me because it wouldn't boot and startup repair couldn't fix it. He said He just renewed his McAfee.

Normal, Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Net, Safe Mode with Command, Last Known Good Configuration, and Disable Driver Signature Enforcement all fail with STOP 0x7B before rebooting (safe mode BSOD's right after CI.DLL, I tried replacing it with a copy from the repair disc, but it didn't help)

I ran Windows Defender Offline, it found some adware but thats it.
Startup Repair Fails with "BadDriver"
System Restore Failed with "Catastrophic Failure" for all 4 points I tried
sfc /scannow wont run something about a pending repair
sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows found corrupt files but couldn't fix them

I have tried changing between ATA and AHCI

All Dell Diagnostics Passed
I only have access to a repair disc and I don't know what his backup habits are so clean Install is a last resort

Any Idea What I Should try Next? Thanks

A:[SOLVED] Dell Inspiron 1750 Vista Won't Boot

Hello Shadow4.2,

Your error, INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE, can be caused by many things.

I suggest running Memtest86+ for at least one pass, then run the HDD manufacturer's drive diagnostic software.

I suggest downloading the UBCD. If you do PC repair on a regular basis, it will come in handy as it contains most HDD diagnostics, Multiple memory diagnostics and other tools...

You can download the latest .iso from the link in my signature.

I wouldn't put too much stake in the Dell Diagnostics. It only runs a cursory memory test and a S.M.A.R.T. HDD self test... A full media scan is recommended at this point.

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I need some help on my Dell Inspiron 1571. Vista is O/S, 2 GS Ram, 260 G , AMD Dual Processor.
At the point of booting up the black screen ask for the restore utility disk. I have tried it several times. Did the Bios to start from CD/DVD- no go. Also, changed to DOS to find the directories of the Dell utility disk and it does not see it. Do you know the fix? Any more information needed? Thanks a million.

A:Dell Laptop Inspiron Vista Restore problem

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop with Vista Basic.

1. Push the power button.
2. I see the Bios screen.
3. Then black/blank screen.

4. I insert a flash drive that has Sardu and RepairDiscWindows 7 Bit (Grub) ISO.
5. Restart.
6. Window is loading files...
7. Microsoft Corporation progress bar appears then disappears.
8. Black screen with white arrow cursor in the center of it.

Any help appreciated getting this working!



A:Dell Inspiron 1545 Vista Basic won't boot!

I ran BootMed and now have the following error when the computer boots up:

Windows Boot Manager:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have the disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc0000001

Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

When I hit enter, it just restarts my laptop and brings me to the same screen. My laptop did not come with a installation disc.

Any ideas?


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i have a dell inspiron 1420. i've had it for about 1.5 years. i can honestly say i don't treat it very well: i'm a highschool student that procrastinates a lot so every late night i have is a late night for my laptop too.

today i tried turning on my laptop, however, it got me to a black screen with grey text telling me: windows recovery error. it's saying stuff like windows failed to start, and it's asking whether i should launch startup repair or start windows normally. when i launch startup repair, it tells me the problem cannot be solved and just restarts my computer. when i try starting normally, it goes to the black loading screen and then the screen just goes black and stays black. sometimes i get the occasional blue screen of death when i try the startup repair. it says:

stop: c0000218 {registry file failure}
the registry cannot load the hive (file):
or its log or alternate.
it is corrupt, absent, or not writable.

i tried rebooting it with my dell windows vista cd, and it lets me install vista except if i do i will lose all my files which i do not want to do. if someone could please help me that would be great!! thanks!!

A:vista startup error on a dell inspiron 1420

Hello felawful,
Have you tried starting in safe mode ?, (press F8 at bootup), if you can, then try a system restore, also on the Vista disk before it goes to install there should be a repair option, take a look and post your results, good luck.

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Hey guys,

I purchased a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop today and I'm having trouble connecting it to my wireless network. I have a D-Link router and it lets me log onto the network and says I have an excellent signal, but it won't let me access the internet.

Any ideas what could be causing this problem?


A:Dell Inspiron 1501 + Vista + D-link router

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I've recently installed Vista Ultimate (update) over XP (on Dell 9200 Inspiron) and got the expected driver problems , one being the touchpad (Alps Electric) scrolling stops working. Dell don't seem to have a specific driver update for my pc so after a bit of searching found a site with a comment to try using
and it seems to be working fine. Dell says it's meant for some Latitude's but no probs so far.

A:Touchpad driver for Dell Inspiron 9200 Vista

Hi Adaminevit,

Welcome to the Vista Forum.

The driver you can download here Alps Touchpad Driver 7.0.301.4 Driver for Windows Vista Free Download - Softpedia

Hope I could help.


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HI i have a dell inspiron 531s and i donwgraded it to windows xp sp2... but dell doesnt have the drivers for windows xp becoz they have some agreement with Microsoft w/e..... i would like to know if anyone can help melocating the drivers... all of them ethernet chipset audio video etc... pls help
thanks for everything

A:Downgrade dell Inspiron 531s from vista to xp no drivers!!

do you know the manufacturers and models of the extras? If not, pull the cards and get that info, then go to the manufacturer sites and download them.

You make it sound like it dells fault, its not. Its yours. You should have pulled that info off the running vista build before you crushed it.

You might also try, once you know the manu/model of the cards.

If its a laptop, dells site may give you the list of whats installed is you search the model number, then go to the manufacturer sites, or google the model number. But dont count on it, since dells are not always the same. If you have the service tag, you might be a bit luckier.

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Hi i am trying to install vista on a dell inspiron 9400, whenever i install i it gets to a certain stage then i get a bsod, i have tested the hard drive it is fine, and i can install win 7 no probs, i have used killdisk to fully wipe the drive but no luck, also when the pc starts up the screen looks corrupt/ graphics artefacts or something this only happens on the boot screen and in the bios soon as i boot from a disk it disappears, i also updated the bios any idea what this is?

A:Solved: Cant install vista on dell inspiron 9400

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Hi; new to the forum so apologies in advance for being clueless.

Massive thanks in advance to anyone who can try to help with my problem!

I've had this laptop just over a year and had no problems until recently, when I restored the machine to factory settings on the advice of a friend who works in IT (I'd had some problems, possibly AVG-related and couldn't boot up at all). No other changes have been made to hardware or software - in other words it's the same setup that's worked fine up until now.

Since restoring the settings the laptop boots to Windows but freezes up completely 2-3 minutes later and I have to power off and try again; I've tried changing power usage and sleep / hibernate settings but the outcome is the same again and again and the amount of time before it freezes isn't sufficient for me to download updates or drives in case that is the problem. Once it freezes I get no response from CTRL+ALT+Delete but if I C/A/D before the freeze I get a black screen (only the pointer visible) for 30 seconds, then an error message box saying "Logon process has failed to create the security options dialog - Failure - security options".

The specs are:

Dell Inspiron 1545
Vista Home Basic
Version 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1 Build 6001
Intel Celeron CPU
Bios: Dell A05 25/2/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Installed RAM 3.0GB
Total Physical Memory 2.96GB
Available Physical Memory 1.69GB
Total Virtual Memory 6.12GB
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A:Dell Inspiron Vista laptop freezing 2 min after startup


Left the laptop on overnight to boot windows normally, since I'd noticed on occasion one or two functions did seem to be working, just extremely slowly. Now I have BSOD w/ messages and can't eneter Safe Mode (the computer restarts and offers me Startup Repair and Boot Normally, both of which lead to the BSOD). The blue screen comes with an error message, sometimes 'This application has failed to start because user32.dll was not found' and the rest of the time 'This application has failed to start because basesrv was not found' .

A few days ago I ran a boot test (diagnostics) at startup and got the following:

[Memory - March U Test]
ErrorCode 0123
Error Code 2000-0123 Memory integrity test failed

Error Code 3600:0749
AC_Adapter_Invalid AC Adapter detected

I haven't physically touched the RAM or any other internals and the AC adapter is the one that came with the laptop, which I've been using without any problems for over a year.

Again, any help would be much appreciated.

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My Dell Inspiron 1525 crashed two months ago, the screen completely froze so I had to power down from the power button as the screen was completely frozen. I then couldn't get back in, I got as far as a black screen with cursor, Windows Vista would not re-load or go in to systems recovery. I had to call Dell and they charged me £60 to go through a clean install of Vista which wiped all my files. Now two months later the same problem has occurred, I wondered if anyone could shed any knowledge as I refues to pay another £60 for the pleasure of a call to Dell and I cannot afford to lose my data this time round. What happened this time was that my computer completely crashed again, there's no way to shut down when this happens but to 'power off' and this seems to snooker everything up..... help, I think a new laptop should be a bit more robust than this

A:Vista & Dell Inspiron 1525 Black Screen

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Hi i am trying to install vista on a dell inspiron 9400, whenever i install i it gets to a certain stage then i get a bsod, i have tested the hard drive it is fine, and i can install win 7 no probs, i have used killdisk to fully wipe the drive but no luck, also when the pc starts up the screen looks corrupt/ graphics artefacts or something this only happens on the boot screen and in the bios soon as i boot from a disk it disappears, i also updated the bios any idea what this is?

A:Cant install vista on dell laptop inspiron 9400

If you can install Windows 7 but not Vista it seems to point to your install disk.

If you can install Windows 7 why bother with Vista.

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I am constantly having this problem with my laptop. As I plug in and unplug my headphones throughout the day, I've noticed that after a couple times the bass gets really quiet and almost completely drops out. Since I have some pretty decent audiophile headphones with really great bass, it is super annoying and noticeable. 
One workaround I have discovered is to go to the audio settings (either in Windows or the Dell Audio app), and switch the Default Format (the thing with 24-bit, 48000Hz in it)  to something else, play some audio, then switch it back. 
A little word on my setup: I have the latest drivers from the Dell download page installed. I am running Windows 10 64-bit with all the updates. I have Waves Maxx audio "enhancements" disabled. My Default Format is usually set to 24-bit 48000Hz, but the problem eventually happens no matter what I set it to. The "headphone size" option is set to "Medium", but as far as I can tell this option does nothing if I do not have Waves Maxx enabled. Switching it also does not fix the problem.
If I play audio using WASAPI (this basically means that the music player takes over the sound card completely, and bypasses whatever audio processing Windows and the driver has) the problem does not happen. 
How do I fix this problem? It's incredibly annoying, and most likely has something to do with the audio driver, since this does not happen in Linux, and it did not happen when I was runn... Read more

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Im having a problem with a Dell Insprion 1545 laptop, which is running Vista.
I can connect the laptop to WiFi okay, but the problem is the internet connection randomly stops then when I hover the mouse cursor over the network icon in the taskbar, it says "Access: Local Only".
Im connecting to WiFi using a Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone.
I don't think it's a problem with my internet provider because when the laptop's internet connection stops, the internet still works okay on the phone itself. So this narrows it down to a problem with the laptop and the WiFi connection.
Is there any solution to this problem?
Thanks for any advice.

A:Dell Inspiron 1545 - Local Only WiFi problem in Vista

Have you tried using the notebook with another network other than the phone? The notebook may not be configured correctly for the phone. Before doing a lot of troubleshooting sometimes it saves time to just try connecting to another network and see if you have the same problem.   
In case you notice the problem for all networks the following document has basic WIFI troubleshooting  here. 
You can check to see if the notebook is getting an IP (Internet Protocol) address. Open a command prompt, start - search cmd - and it should open a black text box.  In the command prompt type ipconfig and press enter. 
This should list both the wireless and ethernet adapters and if they currently have an ip address. Something like IPV4 followed by a series of numbers. For example IPv4 address....
Next type ping space and the IP address listed running the ipconfig command and then press enter.. for example ping enter.  It should read out that it is pinging the ipaddress and it should list that you are getting replies.  
Try safemode with networking, start the system tapping F8 and choose safemode with networking. Boot to safemode and try the connection there, is there a difference?
If the notebook is not getting an IP address, and it doesnt matter if you are in safemode or not and you cant connect no matter where you go then I am going to suggest uninstalling and reinstalling the wifi driver. You will want to completel... Read more

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OK, so im working on this computer (DELL Inspiron 531 w/ m2n61-ax MB) that someone tried to restore and the DVDRW died in the middle of the restore. Replaced the DVDRW, slap the vista disc in... BAM no HDD. Now i know this HDD is fine because I stuck it my machine and blew it out, created new partition, formatted NTFS, set ACTIVE. When I boot and go into the BIOS there is no AHCI MODE vs RAID for the SATA settings, Just DISABLE, SATA 1, SATA 1+2. It sees the HDD and the DVDRW np. Boot off the Vista disc, tell it to load drivers, point it to the external drive with the drivers I got from the DELL website using the service code on the back, I even tried downloading the nforce 4 drivers, and STILL doesnt show the HDD in the list to install too. I dug EVERYWHERE on google, for MB drivers, NVIDIA, DELL, tried every sata port to even see if it made a difference. I still cant get this thing to detect the HDD, as if its the wrong driver. BIOS sees it, even enabled the RAID to see if the RAID mode picked it up and it does, so i turned that back off because its not in a raid. Anyone got a CLUE?? help me out i been at it for 2 days on this thing lol.

A:Dell Inspiron 531 sata drivers not working VISTA install

magically started working, booted up the pc with a different sata drive, vista saw it (no drivers loaded/OEM dvd) i hot swapped the drives, and POOF, it came up. installed vista home premium with no issues. Just for clarification, all the research i did said it was a geforce 6100 with nforce 420. WRONG it was a nforce 430.

Just info for all the googlers that may be in the same boat as me .

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

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

- Fred

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

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

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

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Please help. I have a laptop Dell Inspiron 1420, Vista Basic. Two days ago, I downloaded a song from limewire. When I tried to play it, my mediaplayer automatically popped out and I guess it asked for something to be updated. I cant remember the file extension. Not sure if it is wmp. My screen froze for 20 seconds but I managed to stop it by clicking on the X button numerous times. I left the laptop on overnight until it became empty. I just turned it on only after work. The computer resumed and I saw that something has been updated. I closed it out immediately. After about 5-10 minutes of surfing the net, I noticed that my Avira Free anti-virus has detected a malware. When I clicked on the "remove" button, it automatically scanned for a virus. I have noticed that while scanning, the page freezes and becomes slower not until the scan has been fully completed. After 2-3 minutes, Avira notified me again of a malware--same file. My mistake is that I failed to copy the said malware. Avira kept on saying that I have to remove the file because it is malicious. I clicked on remove again and my anti-virus tried to scan the file again. It happened more than 3-4 times and I kept on doing the same thing. The screen problem started from there. The actual screen resolution fades slowly and gets back to normal resolution slowly as well. It continuously happened for 5 minutes. And then the screen suddenly begun to blink up and down like when we blink our eyes (that's the best way ... Read more

A:Blinking Screen Problem on Vista Dell Inspiron 1420

Hi -

Proceed to the Security Center, Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help Forum, to have your system reviewed by a Security Analyst. Be be sure to follow THESE STEPS carefully before posting your logs in the Security Forum.

Please be patient as the Security Analysts are very busy and one will get to you as soon as possible.

Regards. . .



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well guys, i was trying to clean up my laptop as id just bought a new external hd and went about it by trying to do the dell factory inage restore to restore it to its original settings an totally flush my hd of lose programs eg.
i got a error message when doin that so tried again to no avail. then my system couldnt boot up by the intial dell boot scree. i got worried so put my vista disc in to boot from that fearin some files had been corrupted. but it says that i cannot detect my hard drives or more accurtaly that there are no drivers for them.
i got the sata drivers form the dell web but they were no good.
i called tech support, they know of this problem ( its rife in 1500 and 1700 model laptops)
apparently they can easily fix it but at a massive cost to me. which i think is bs as i was just following their instructions to clean up my computer.

please can someone help with this before i have to pay those douches for whats seems to be a inbuilt fault to squeeze cash outta computer illiterate chumps like me


A:Dell factory restore failure for inspiron 1721 with vista

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Hi all. I just want to start by saying that I'm completely clueless about computers, so don't feel like you're patronizing me by speaking in layman's terms. Also, I apologize if this is in the wrong section or has already been dealt with in another thread but I did look and couldn't see anyone with the exact same problem as me.

I've been using Malawarebytes Anti-Malware for all of my spyware/virus scanning stuff for about 6 months and it has been brilliant, vaulting very threat I've encountered and my laptop has been running perfectly.

Two days ago, my Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop (running on Vista) turned off while I was using it.

I started normally, but nothing worked. The cursor moved, but clicking desktop icons did nothing. I shut down (using CTRL, ALT + DEL) and tried again. In normal mode, I tried to run Malawarebytes Anti-Malware, but the whole computer froze after 1 second of scanning and I couldn't get any programmes to work.

In SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING, I tried again and Malawarebytes Anti-Malware worked for about 11 minutes before freezing. I tried it a few times and it always froze while scanning the same folder:

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A:Freezing during virus scan (Dell Inspiron 1545/Vista)

Hi,Please do the following:Please download DDS from either of these linksLINK 1 LINK 2and save it to your desktop.Disable any script blocking protection Double click dds to run the tool. When done, two DDS.txt's will open. Save both reports to your desktop.---------------------------------------------------Please include the contents of the following in your next reply:DDS.txtAttach.txt. NEXTPlease download aswMBR ( 511KB ) to your desktop.Double click the aswMBR.exe icon to run itClick the Scan button to start the scanOn completion of the scan, click the save log button, save it to your desktop and post it in your next reply.

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I cant find my 64bit vista drivers :S, i just installed it on my cousin PC and i cant find the network and VGA drivers. And when i find them it doesnt say if they are 32 bit or 64

A:[SOLVED] Dell Inspiron 1525 VISTA 64bit drivers

i CANT FIND THE Intel graphics media accelerator X3100 driver fopr 64bit, i think is not made for 64bit ._.

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Hi; new to the forum so apologies in advance for being clueless.

Massive thanks in advance to anyone who can try to help with my problem!

I've had this laptop just over a year and had no problems until recently, when I restored the machine to factory settings on the advice of a friend who works in IT (I'd had some problems, possibly AVG-related and couldn't boot up at all). No other changes have been made to hardware or software - in other words it's the same setup that's worked fine up until now.

At first (for 48 hours or so) everything seemed fine. Then, for several days after restoring the settings the laptop would boot to Windows but freeze up completely 2-3 minutes later and I had to power off and try again; I tried changing power usage and sleep / hibernate settings but the outcome was the same again and again and the amount of time before it froze wasn't sufficient for me to download updates or drives in case that is the problem. Once it froze I got no response from CTRL+ALT+Delete but if I C/A/D before the freeze I get a black screen (only the pointer visible) for 30 seconds, then an error message box saying "Logon process has failed to create the security options dialog - Failure - security options".

Finally I left the laptop on overnight to boot windows normally, since I'd noticed on occasion one or two functions did seem to be working, just extremely slowly. Now I have BSOD w/ messages and can't enter Safe Mode (the computer restarts and offers me... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron Vista laptop BSOD / freezing / crashing

A. If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting/running computer with one RAM stick at a time.NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option AB. If you have only one RAM stick memtest...1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)2. Unzip downloaded file.3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-....iso file.4. Download, and install ImgBurn: Insert blank CD into your CD drive. 6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:8. Locate memtest86+-....iso file, and click Open button.9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run. The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.The following image is the test results area:The most important item here is the ?errors? line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.

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I loaded Vista 32 onto a Dell Inspiron 8200. I updated the video driver online from Dell's website, but even at the highest setting I cannot get a full screen image. There is a black border up both the left and right sides of the screen about 3/4 " wide, and a black border top and bottom about 1/4" wide. Can anyone please point me to a video driver that will enable me get a full screen image?

Thanks in advance!

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A few months ago I uninstalled my webcam because I was having problems with it. When I reinstalled it, it said that parental controls were enabled and now I cannot use my webcam. I am an administrator on the laptop and I never set a password. How do I disable the controls ??


A:Dell Inspiron and Vista Home Basic ... Webcam problems

To disable the User Account Controls:
1. Open Control Panel
2. Type in "UAC" in the search box (without the speech marks).
3. Click the link "Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off".
4. On the next screen you should uncheck the box for “Use User Account Control (UAC)”, and then click on the OK button.
5. You’ll need to reboot your computer before the changes take effect.

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Very frustrating. Dell Inspiron 1420 becomes dim anytime I go on battery power. I have been in Power Options many times to adjust power management settings for battery consumption. I have all settings for 100% brightness on battery power -- no change. Any time the laptop is unplugged, the screen brightness dims to a low level -- impossible to read withough scorching headache. Please help if you have recommendations on solving this problem. Thanks - Derek

A:[SOLVED] Display problem - Vista on Dell Inspiron 1420

I'm having the exact same problem. What is the solution?


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I'm sorry I didn't know what to put for the subject, and I hope I'm in the right forum. Forgive me if I'm not.

My Dell Inspiron 1420 (Vista) laptop is two years old. About 4 months ago, it started doing something weird. When I'm typing an email, I get a few paragraphs down and the cursor suddenly jumps back up several lines into what I had previously typed and starts typing there. I have to delete the letters and move the cursor back to where I had left off and begin typing again. This happens repeatedly. When I'm writing a private message in Facebook, the same thing happens plus I can only type a few paragraphs and then I can't type any further. Actually, I am typing but the lines are "jumping" and I can't see what I'm typing. It's so hard to describe unless you've seen this in person.

About two months ago, my hard drive crashed. I went to a computer repair guy and he put a new hard drive in and reloaded the software that was on it (which wasn't really anything, as I never did even install my word processing software). Anyway, I was thinking that would solve the problem, but it still does it.

Has anyone come across this or do you understand what I'm explaining that you could help me? It's very frustrating.

Thanks for any help!

A:strange problem w/ Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop (Vista)

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Hello everyone,

Both the laptops Dell Inspiron 15R and Dell Inspiron 7548 came with 6 GB of RAM. I'd like to upgrade it to at least 12 GB by replacing the 2 GB dimms in both laptops with 8 GB dimms.

Was wondering whether it is safe and okay to combine different memory modules from different manufacturers.

I'm also leaving the US next week and so would prefer getting RAM that's more reliable and wouldn't mess up the laptops.

Could you guys please recommend which ones you'd get? I've bought Samsung and Crucial in the past and didn't have any issues.

Here's the existing RAM information from CPU–Z:

Inspiron 15R:

Inspiron 7548:

Based on the above information, could you please recommend the sticks that you would get, preferably from Amazon?

Dell's upgrade page for Inspiron 15R recommends this one:

Dell 8 GB Certified Replacement Memory Module for Select Dell Systems - 1600MHz LV SODIMM : Memory | Dell which is 1600 MHz.

So can I get this one for that laptop: Kingston Technology 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L (PC3-12800) 1.35V Non-ECC CL11 SODIMM Intel Laptop Memory KVR16LS11/8 at

This would match the manufacturer of the existing stick (Kingston).

Dell's upgrade page recommended the same stick for Dell Inspiron 7548 as well.

Since I wasn't able to locate Hyundai's 8GB stick, is it okay if I get Kingston or Crucial's stick:

Kingston Technology 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L (PC3-12800) 1.35V Non-ECC CL11 SODIMM Intel Laptop Memory KVR16LS11/8 at ... Read more

A:Upgrading RAM on Dell Inspiron 15R and Dell Inspiron 7548 laptops

Can't comment on the compatibility, however, make sure laptops support 8GB RAM in a single slot, with 16GB total.

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Over the last 2 days I have been having a problem as indicated in the title of this post. The fault has rectified itself 3 times, but again today, it is back to "battery plugged in, not charging." As I am running the laptop (Windows Vista Home Premium; 32 bit) on the adapter without problems, I assume that the adapter itself may not be faulty.
I also have a Dell Inspiron 630M laptop running Windows 7.  Can I safely use that adapter with the Vista laptop, without causing damage to the Vista ?  If it is safe to do so, and the battery on the Vista starts charging, then it would indicate that the Vista adapter/charger has some kind of fault.
Hoping someone can give me some guidance. Thanks.

A:Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. Battery plugged in not charging. Can I use adapter from a Dell Inspiron 630M laptop ?

If the adapter has the same plug and the same or higher power rating, you can swap them.
Check to see whether the 1545 recognizes the AC adapter or whether it shows unknown (F2 at powerup).  If it shows unknown with two different adapters, you have a bad power jack or a bad mainboard.

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Hello.  My daughters laptop has something weird going on.  I suspect it's a virus and/or malware.  I have done everything and you are my last hope.  I have run about six different virus/malware softwares and all of them say I am Virus (malware) FREE!!  Yeah!  But it still has this stupid radio station running the minute it connects to the internet.  Sometimes there are two or three stations running over top of each other... very annoying and she can hardly use it.  PLEASE, can you help me?  I am not all that computer educated and I need help!
It is a Dell Inspiron running Windows Vista Home Basic with Service Pack 2.  It has 3 GB of memory abd a 32-bit Operating system.
Thanks for ANY help you can provide!

A:Dell Inspiron 1525 (Vista Home) is Playing Radio with no Program

You have a reply to your duplicate topic here: continue in that one, to avoid confusion for everyone. Once we see you have responded to that topic we will delete this one. Thank you for your understanding.

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i need the folders in d:\sources\recovery, like recenv.exe and others. cause i accidentally played around and delete some folders of the partitition, :P, as i posted here as well.

Anyone know where can I get Dell recenv.exe? - Laptop General Hardware Forum - Laptop - Dell Community

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My dell inspiron 1420 model is approx 9 years old. I have formatted the disk and reinstalled vista 32 bit home basic OS with the CD provided during purchase. However, there is no sound in my laptop. the sound icon shows red cross symbol and the message pops up as -   "No audio output device is installed". have installed drivers and chipset as well using the dell resource CD provided by dell but no help. 
in device manager, sound video and game controllers, sigma tel HD Audio codec shows error mark with yellow tick and reads the message - 
This device cannot start. (Code 10)
Click 'Check for solutions' to send data about this device to Microsoft and to see if there is a solution available.
however, check for solutions tab does not respond.

Also brightness of the screen has diminished. however, the external display on projectors is perfect.
Please advise me the solutions ASAP

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i have followed all the ipconfig resets and netsh resets on other posts but i still get local access only. i have tried to hard wire to modem but it still says local access only. please help.

A:local access only on vista home basic dell inspiron 1501

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I have an inspiron 6400 which came with four primary partitions
1 dell utilities 55mb
2 recovery 10gb
3 os 137gb
4 dell media direct 2gb
I would like to install even xp on this system with out loosing vista for which i need to make a primary partition but all 4 primary partitions are filled as above.Any one please help me in which partition to delete to make a new primary partition for xp?

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My Dell Inspiron 6400 is 13 months old - has Windows Vista Home Basic Edition. My grandson tried to uninstall Vista and replace with XP. It didn't work so I reinstalled Vista HB. I have a 19 GB folder "Windows.old" that I don't want. I don't find where I can custom an install without having that file. Help?

A:Clean Install Vista Home Basic On Dell Inspiron 6400

Windows.old is a backup of the old OS (in this case, it's probably the XP installation). I'd suggest exploring it first to see if it contains anything that you want - then delete it to reclaim the space on your system. Also, run a defrag after deleting it so that they system will effectively utilize the space right away.

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Dell bios screen stops loading @ about 80%. When I restart and try and use ANY of the "F" keys or Ctrl Alt Delete or my OS disk or Diagnostic/utilities DVD's that came with my laptop... nothing happens. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Hey, I recently had to re-install Windows due to some issues stemming from the aftermath of a virus and the subsequent removal. I honestly don't know how it came about, but it's behind me now as I've installed my new Vista on my laptop.

I went through the normal installation of drivers and have had no problems except for two issues, my video drivers/display adapters.

When I check the Device Manager there's exclamation points next to the Display Adapter > Standard VGA Graphics Adapter and Other Devices > Video Controller.

I tried to install the ATI M92 Driver I need from Dell's driver site, installed it smoothly, and scanned for hardware changes. Windows picked up a new hardware and tried to install it, I obviously didnt have the CD so I directed it to where I installed the ATI M92 driver at, under Program Files > ATI. That didn't work and the hard drive installation failed.

Has anyone encountered this problem before? I need to know how to resolve the problems in both my Display Adapter > Standard VGA Graphics Adapter and Other Devices > Video Controller issues. Please help Sad , I'm trying to get my screen resolution past a 1024x768.

Thanks, Darrin.

A:Dell Inspiron 1545 Video Controller and Display Adapter Problems (VISTA)

Generally the drivers from Dell will install themselves.
Just double click on the file that you downloaded and it will do the rest.

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My computer has power, but will not respond to F8 or F12.  No curser, nothing but black screen.  No beeping for codes.  Fans runs real loud.

A:My Dell Inspiron 530S, with Vista OS will not boot, black screen, fans running

Do you have a CD in the drive by chance? USB stick plugged in?
Has the machine been dropped or hit or fluids spilled on it?
Any power surges lately while machine was connected to power?
Try reseating your RAM. It should be fairly easy to do. Google it if you have difficulties.

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To whom it may concern...
My brother in laws daughter was playing games and has accidentally pressed some wrong button on his laptop changing the orientation of the monitor image. I'm a MacUser running Vista on Parallels... and I have been trying to figure out how to fix it for them. I have gone into Control Panel and then into Monitors... as I was hoping there would be a setting to rotate the monitor view.... but no such luck. Can anyone tell me how I can fix this... as his daughter also needs to have it working for school assignments.

Any comments most welcome...

Yours sincerely,

A:Problem with Screen Orientation on Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop running Vista ?

Ctrl + Alt + <an arrow key>

It can probably also be done where you are looking, but only for those monitors/cards/drivers that allow it.

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I just received a Dell Inspiron 1420 and it did not have an OS on it. I installed Windows Vista Home Premium which was the original OS on the laptop. Everythng seems to be working fine however the touchpad freezes. The buttons work fine.

I've tried different drivers and nothing. Please help me.

A:Dell Inspiron 1420 touchpad acting erratic after reinstalling Vista Home Premium

did you run Windows Update?

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