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Q: Dell home computer

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

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Hi, I am having a problem booting to Window XP Home Edition sp1. I have a Dell 4600 Computer. It scenario went like this. My husband would sometimes get on the puter and it would hang after he logged on. The only way I could get out of it was to reset my APC UPS. Then it would reboot and I would get a blue screen. I would reboot again and It would be fine. Now this never happened when I logged on so I don't know what was up with that. I never upgraded to sp2 or 3. Maybe dumb but I make stationery for Outlook and Outlook express and build a few little web pages with applets and vbs scripts, so did not want the settings to mess with my applets on the upgrades. Now last night I stupidly decided to download a program called Driver Max. I figured maybe I should update any drivers that may be causing the freeze and blue screen. I ran it and it said there were about 8 drivers that it had new versions of so I started downloading. First was a hard disk controller driver. I made a system restore checkpoint. Then installed the driver and rebooted...or tried too. Of course, and went to hades in a handbasket real quick. It boots up to the black screen that gives me options how to start mode, last know good config. etc. so I tried all to no avail. When I tried the safe mode it did the multi (0) disk (0) rdisk (0) partition (0) and the different boot ini files all the way down the page. So can anyone help? Also when I choose normal boot it gives me a blue... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Computer won't boot xp sp1 home...Dell

and welcome to the Forum

Sounds like you have multiple issues . . the hanging when first starting may be a weak power supply . .

Look at the diagnostic diagram here to see if anything jumps out . . particularly the diagnostic lights

Knowing the exact error message will help a lot.

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I have a Windows XP Home CD I got from dell with my laptop (almost 2 years ago). Well I uninstalled it from my laptop and started using Windows XP Professional right away, and haven't touched the XP home since. One of my friends is having me build a computer for her on a budget, and if I get another license, it'll throw her over the budget. So I have one question: Will I be able to install the XP Home I got with my dell onto the computer with any activation problems? I know I shouldn't, but just to be on the safe side, I thought I'd ask...

A:Installing Dell Windows XP Home on another computer

Welcome to Techspot

Do everybody a favour and install Windows 2000 Pro, if you have that lying around.
No activation problems, and (in my opinion) much more stable than XP.
Install W2K/SP4, update IE to version 6/SP1, then do a full windows-update.
Now take an image of that install, using Drive Image or Acronis TrueImage.
Then install whatever else.

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I use a Dell 2010 laptop. I have consistently been able to use wifi. On 1 Jan I moved into a new apartment shared with a friend. My friend allows me to use the wifi by sharing the password. My friend's computer is a MacBook. But I cannot access wifi! Why is that? I am able to see the available connections and to see the one that my friend is using. But I am unable to access it. I tried manually adding the new wifi network. It shows up with "limited access" -- it does not enable use of internet.

A:Unable to connect to wifi on a macbook from a dell computer at home

What exactly happens when you detect the network and try to connect?

Please attach a screen shot of the Networks page (don't collapse the Radar, Connection or Signal History) of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector. If you need help with that see TSG Posting a Screenshot. FWIW to take screen shots with Windows 7 or Vista I prefer to use the built-in Snipping Tool.

Identify the network if it is not obvious.

Also show ...

Open a (black) Command Prompt window:
Hold the Windows logo key and press r; in the Run box type cmd and click on OK.

Type the following command:


[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.

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I have a home network with an computer using an XP operating system and it is networked via a Linksys WRT54GS router. I also have another desktop that uses windows Vista Home Premuim. Between the two machines we use either a Lexmark e232 and or a HP G85 printer. There has never been a printing or shring issue between these two computers. I was recently given a Dell 922 Printer and bout a Gateway M-Series laptop running Vista Home premium. For the life of me, I can't get the laptop to print via network with the Dell. The laptop doesn't have any problem adding and or printing to the other 2 printers.
The error I keep getting is 0x0000000d. I tried the registry fix that Microsoft recomments, but with no luck. Any help or guidance is appreciated.

A:Can't network a Dell 922 between and XP server computer and a laptop with Vista Home

This is a procedure that I've had success with installing Vista printers when the normal install didn't work.
Temporarily connect the printer to the Vista machine and install it as a local printer using the proper Vista drivers.
Disconnect the printer and move it to the XP machine it normally connects to and make sure that it's configured as a shared printer.
Open the Printers and Faxes folder on the Vista machine, right click on the printer and select properties.
Create a new Local Port for this printer with a name of the full network path name to the shared printer, i.e. \\computer_name\printer_name.


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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'm considering upgrading an old 530s from VISTA Home Premium 32 Bit to Win 7 Home Premium 32 Bit. Will an OEM version work and where can I get a fair deal on Win 7?

A:Dell 530s upgrade from VISTA Home Premium 32 Bit to Win 7 Home Premium 32 Bit

You are best to take the unofficial upgrade path to Windows 10 via the expired 10130 Insider Preview:→-windows-10-free-upgrade/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi all techno's,

I had a lightning strike at home, damaged several appliances. I have a home LAN cat5 network in every room, all coming to a 24 port patch panel, connected to an ADSL router / hub. I had to replace the ADSL hub, as the LAN ports got damaged during the strike. Now have a brand new SMC 4-port hub / ADSL router in.

Funny problem : the house computer does work if I plug a long fly lead from the house computer to the hub, but not if I plug it into the wall socket which then is connected through the patch panel to the same hub.

So, conclusion: the LAN / patch panel got damaged as well.

Only problem is, if I plug my newish T500 Lenovo laptop into the same wall LAN socket that is not working with the home computer, the laptop does work. It seams the network connection for the Laptop on the LAN runs at 300MB/sec+, but the home computer, with a 1.5years+ old LAN adapter at 100MB/sec.

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE that the LAN works with the Laptop, but not with the home computer?????

A:Mind boggling - home LAN working on Laptop, not Home Computer after lightning strike

jro said:

It seams the network connection for the Laptop on the LAN runs at 300MB/sec+, but the home computer, with a 1.5years+ old LAN adapter at 100MB/sec.

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE that the LAN works with the Laptop, but not with the home computer?????Click to expand...

The home computer may "report" that its running 100MB/sec, but the best way to tell what each of them are actually doing is by running a >> speedtest

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

A:Dell 8900, Gaming Computer, Dell Alienware Aurora

There is a power issue with the external hard drive.

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I ordered a Dell complete package because I needed XP Pro for work. But the sales rep wrote down XP Home. The big problem is I asked for French (never again) and impossible to find a French upgrade in North America. I found and bought the complete XP Pro in English, and was ready to try and install it when I was reminded that I'll loose the guarantee if I change something in the system.As I chose only a 1 year guarantee, I wonder if it's a big thing to loose it. Another Question : Should I format the wole hard disk and start anew with my XP Pro CD? I'm not sure if it will run by itself if there's no system left in the computer ....), or if should try and make a new partition on C:/ to install it there. The remaining space on hard disk seems just about sufficient... What do you suggest?

A:Xp Pro/home And Dell

Well...I never worry about guarantees/warranties on hardware...and I don't buy whole systems.

My question is...have you talked to anyone at Dell about what happened and what you'd like to do?

I have never interpreted changing the O/S as a "change", since I thought that such warnings only applied to people like me who like to open the system and fool around with components.

I suggest you talk to someone at Dell, first and foremost.

Let's understand something...there is only one C: partition on any system. No such thing as creating "another."

You can dual-boot operating systems, but only one of those will be on C:, while the others will have different drive letters.

As to your question...does it make sense to have an operating system installed that you don't want, don't use, and don't need? If not, why even consider dual-booting?

IMO, there are very few things that go wrong with a computer system...where correction requires "support" from a box-maker. Between forums and the various informational items available at Microsoft and other websites, it's all there waiting to be read, understood, and executed.

And when all else fails with a problem, a clean install manages to solve any O/S situations .

My two cents .


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I am unable to enter "clear browsing history" or "internet options" via the TOOLS button

Nothing whatsoever happens, except the menu disappears on clicking

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This computer will lock until it is turned off manually and restarted. There is not a message about having to pay 300 dollars or any other message, just the computer locked. It has never been locked and a few times it would open when just click 'ok' without entering any password. Now it hasn't been working with the 'ok'. I have run, Malwarebytes, CCleaner, Ad-Aware and Microsoft Security Essentials.
Thank You, for any ideas you may have.

A:Dell XPS 400 XP Home

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link.

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

A:Dell computer occasionally stuck on Dell screen

I would run a memory tester

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


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

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

A:Loading Older Dell OS To Newer Dell Computer

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

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I have a home desktop computer, and a work laptop. Over the years I've changed laptops and home computers, and have always been able to get network sharing working so I can transfer files between them by using \\<hostname>

I've had my current setup for about 6 months now, and have been able to share files. Let's call my home computer "alien" and my work computer "laptop".

A couple of days ago, I found I was not able to connect to alien from laptop, but I could connect the other way. Also, alien can ping laptop, but NOT vice versa. alien has a static IP of, and laptop has an IP address of via DHCP.

Any ideas about why laptop cannot ping alien (which would explain why I can't connect to it)?

A:Can no longer connect to home computer over home network

Quote: Originally Posted by mbh9700

I have a home desktop computer, and a work laptop. Over the years I've changed laptops and home computers, and have always been able to get network sharing working so I can transfer files between them by using \\<hostname>

I've had my current setup for about 6 months now, and have been able to share files. Let's call my home computer "alien" and my work computer "laptop".

A couple of days ago, I found I was not able to connect to alien from laptop, but I could connect the other way. Also, alien can ping laptop, but NOT vice versa. alien has a static IP of, and laptop has an IP address of via DHCP.

Any ideas about why laptop cannot ping alien (which would explain why I can't connect to it)?

You may want to disable the antivirus software for testing. With the ping not working it would seem like something is blocking the connection. Do the machines appear in the network folder under network?

Obviously you should make sure that Network Discovery and File and Printer sharing are turned on in the Advanced Sharing settings.

Make sure they are on the same Workgroup etc. and that file sharing is enabled through the sharing tab >Advanced Sharing> of the C:>Users folder.

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Forgive my ignorance.

I am currently trying to reinstall Win XP Home on a Dell Dimension 2400 from the Dell reinstallation CD following the instructions in the Dell User's Manual. Here is where I have got to so far:

Put CD in machine.
Rebooted from CD.
Win XP Setup screen appears and I choose 'To set Up Windows now' option.
Accept the EULA.
Press ESC to install a new copy of Windows.

The manual then says 'Press <Enter> to select the highlighted partition (recommended), and then follow the instructions on the screen'.

On the screen is a box saying

76294 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]

-: Partition1 [FAT] 47MB ( 40MB free)
C: Partition2 [NTFS] 76238MB ( 68371MB free)
Unpartitioned space 8MB

and the 'Partition1' line is highlighted.

What does this mean, and are the instructions correct, i.e. do I just press Enter, or do I need to highlight the 'Partition2' line?



A:Reinstalling Win XP Home from Dell CD

You need to insatll it to the Partition2 NTFS section of the harddrive so highlight that section then press enter.

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I have recently added myself as a new user on my PC as I intend to close down the original one I had set which has too many files deleted etc on it. All is well apart from the fact that I can't change my home page on the new user log in - every time I log on it brings up the Dell myway page. I have gone through the usual procedure - tools/internet options/general/homepage/use current etc but as soon as I exit this window it reverts back to the Dell my way page, how can I alter this which is bugging the hell out of me ? Thanks if you can help!!!

A:Dell home page

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A:Xp Home Preinstalled (dell Dim)please Help!!

try booting into DOS and at the C: prompt type in chkdsk /r /p. I had the same problem and this worked for me

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Hi Guys
I have a Dell Optiplex 170L P4 [2.8 ] & H/d fully formated .
Can I use my normal XP Home disc to re-install XP to this PC ?
Or does Dell supply a fresh copy if I gave them the Ser NO & XP Activation NO on set ?

Thanks in advance Oziwombat

A:Installing my OEM XP home on a dell pc

Dell usually will supply replacement restore CD's for your system if you give them a call.

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My friend's Dell Dimension 8250 had so much malware I had to reformat the drive and start over.

The Problem: I insert the Dell Recovery CD to reinstall Windows XP Home, and after a minute or so, I get a Blue Screen of Death with the following:

STOP ERROR: c:\systemroot\NTDLL not found

(Or something like that; I'm doing this from memory)

Unfortunately, because of this, I can't get to the Recovery Console or to a command prompt.

All suggestions greatly welcomed.


A:Can't install XP Home on Dell

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i have reloaded windows xp on a dell dimensions 2400. i used the software that come with the computer. it took over 5 hours to do and now the computer is so slow i cannot do much for it takes forever can anyone help me....


A:dell dimensions with xp home

Hello and Welcome to TSF

Did you notice if it formatted the drive when it reinstalled? Is all your information still on the drive?

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Okay, so while I am not a computer genius I can move around kinda easily. I have huge problems on this computer. I don't know what has happened lately but some things keep going nuts. Anytime I log onto the internet some stupid site like..... keeps making my computer go nuts, also another site called also does it. Locks the computer up and shuts down my IE6. As if that isn't a big enough pain. Now I am having problems with my outlook and other programs.

I am so tired of it that I wanted to restore the CD drive back to factory status, but each time I attempt to do this it won't let me. I have never owned a DELL before and because of the complicated recovery process probably never will. I have way too many things to deal with and want it restored back to factory. That is what i need help with. How do I recover this computer. I have all my discs but none of them say that they are the recovery CD, they are all the secondary discs once I start the process.

If anyone can help figure out what I have to tell it to do to make this work, I would be the happiest person alive!!!!

A:Dell WIN XP Home Edition Need Help BAD!!

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Have a dell optiplex gx150 w/ windows xp home the pc says it has 7.8 gb of hard drive space and shows we r using 7.5gb with nothing installed but xp when started pc ask if we want windows or windows xp what does that mean. Also the specs on this pc say we should have 20gb of space whats wrong

A:Plz help dell with xp home having trouble

Please do not start multiple threads on the same topic. Continue here.

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Getting BSOD on all attempts to start windows XP home (unk SP#). Normal boot to windows I get the windows loading logo and progress bar then the BSOD. safe, safe w/network, safe w/cmd, and last known good all get instant BSOD
I can boot to BIOS and (F12) Boot menu without a problem. F12 is a Dell diags suite. All tests pass. fairly comprehensive including HDD tests.

BSOD Error codes
tech info: STOP: 0x00000024 (0x00190203, 0x82F8A008, 0x00000102, 0x00000000) (normal)
tech info: STOP: xx(xx, 0x82F68420, xx,xx) (safe)
(google search didnt return any hits)

xx=same as above
Using repair (Dell OS disk supplied with system), Install windows, (F8) agree with license.

At this point I dont have a choice of OS to repair.

38147 MB Disk 0 a Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]
-: Partition1 [FAT] 47MB (37free)
C: Partition2 [unknown] 34507 MB (34506 free)
E: Partition3 [Fat32] 3585 MB (1377 free)
unpartitioned 8mb

I tried to delete (-: ) partition but it hung

It seems to me that everything on C: has been deleted and a format of HDD and a reinstall of all software is needed. Is that correct?

A:BSOD on XP Home - Dell

It seems to me your file system is corrupt, the best thing to do is delete all partitions, and start afresh

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

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

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

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

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

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Dell keeps chaging my homepage to I have tried everything to change it: editing the registry, runing hyjackthis, it keeps changing back. Here is my hyjackthis log. Help is appreciated. ($*&% DELL!)

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Trying to fix my dads computer. Its completely trashed.
First, when you start it up, it goes to the blue windows screen with the windows logo and it says starting, then it just sits there for 15 or so minutes. When it starts, the wallpaper shows up, no icons, start bar or anything. So i went to tskmgr, and did new task explorer.exe, this seems to work, but so, my tskmgr has literally 30 or more svchost.exe processes running from 15000 k to 16k? I have no idea what that is for? He has spyhunter on it, I'm running it trying to see if it does anything, doesnt seem to help much. I can't even open internet explorer or anything by clicking on it, the way I got spyhunter up, and control panel was by going start>run>system>then i backed up to program files, and did spyhunter and opened up the program. Its running now. I also was able to side click for control panel to open

I tried to open firefox and download hijack this to even begin trying to get a log, but instead of it going into the typical firefox download window, it just puts it on my desktop, with the name and no program (in properties its 0 mb, empty) I cant figure out why its doing this, and I can't open it to try and run anything.

I have the DELL operating system, already installed on your computer, reinstallation cd with mirco windows xp home edition including service pack 2, we are completely ok with just completely wiping the computer out and just having it all factory default, but I put the disc... Read more

A:To many issues to name.. Home XP Desktop DELL

Hello, let's try to run MBAM (MalwareBytes):NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to save it to your desktop.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" ... Read more

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Running XP sp3 w/ IE7. I cannot change the homepage from Not sure if this is some "genius" marketing or not.I deleted:R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = hijack this and regedit, but it keeps coming back. It can not be change via normal means in IE7 nor can it be changed by resetting IE7.I have run Malwarebytes and Norton AV full scans with no indication of malware.Any help would be appreciated.

A:Persistant Home Page @

METHOD #1: Disable Pre-loaded Toolbar Extensions:- a) In IE, click on Tools>Internet Options>Advanced tab, and scroll down to the 'Browsing' section.- Uncheck the box next to "Enable third-party browser extensions (requires restart)"> 'OK'. This will disable all IE extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects (BHO's)- some of which you might want to keep. You can re-enable the wanted ones later.- c) Close all instances of IE, then restart it.- d) See if you can now reset your homepage to the URL of choice, using the standard method.- e) If you can, and the Homepage you want 'sticks' after subsequent restarts, then one of the IE extensions that you disabled is responsible. To determine which one, you will have to disable them selectively, one by one, til you find the guilty party.- f) To selectively disable extensions, first re-enable all by reversing step above. Close/restart IE. Click on Tools>Manage Add-ons. Hi-lite a selection to enable/disable it using the radio buttons at the bottom. It likely will contain one or more of the following terms (or similar): Dell Google AFE redirector assistant CBrowserHelperObject BAE.dll- g) Close/restart IE. Check if your Homepage is still locked.- h) When you find the culprit, just leave it disabled.

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I have this reoccurring problem when I open I.E. on my Dell, Google is the home page. I've tried changing it under internet options, but when I open it back up, it resets to the Google Home Page. Is there anyway around Dell dictating what my home page has to be?

A:Can't change Home page on Dell pcs

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i am currently running an acer laptop with windows 7 ultimate. I have ordered a new computer which should arrive in the next few days.

it is coming with windows 7 home premium but i'll install ultimate on it. can i then go and install the home premium version on my laptop.

A:Dell version of windows 7 home

Probably not, The new computer will most likely have an OEM edition. That means it cannot be moved from that one computer.

OEM only one computer
All others one computer at a time.

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I have added some details to clarify the post after reading the first response( in a different font )I am fixing a system for a friend.The machine he brought to me was a Dell Dimension 8400 loaded with XP PRO the last time I saw it running. ( It probably wasn't legal and there was no install cd for it. )The hard drive in it crashed fatally.I bought a Dell XP Home edition Reinstallation Disc to match the coa on the side of his case ( It is for Home Edition ) thinking that he would just need to update the coa in the OS install at some point to match his.I have installed all XP updates and at no point have I been asked for a coa key. The machine is already activated as far as I know from installing MS Security Essentials and previous updates. It was a requirement.The coa code I found using Belarc Advisor doesn't match the one on the side of his case.Should it?If so do I need to use the microsoft site to change the key information or some other tool?

A:Dell xp home Coa update question

You cannot legally install either XP Home or XP Pro...without the respective license for each.

Home licenses are not transferable to Pro installs...and Pro licenses are not transferable to Home installs.

Been that way for years, they are different versions.


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OK...I have the Dell disks (the reinstall CDs), there any way to simply copy (it's legal...just read a thread here on that) JUST Windows XP to keep as a back up (I don;t ever want to reinstall all of that Dell porpietary stuff!)

A way to fully copy and back up just WinXP?

A:XP Home ED on Dell Inspiron 1505

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My Dell Inspiron 1100 is going extremely slow and even with adding RAM and deleting just about everything off of it, it still creeps along. I'm thinking of wiping the computer and re-installing windows XP. I have the Dell re-install disc but I'm wondering what I have to do once the reinstall is complete (drivers etc). Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thank You.

A:Reinstall Windows XP Home on Dell

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I have a Dell Dimension 4500-P4, 40gb hd, 128mb, I had to reinstall windows XP home from the factory cd. I reinstalled the os , drivers and software that came with the original pc. Now I am having internet connection problems, but not all of the time. I can sometimes get into Yahoo, msn and microsoft but other times I can't. I notice that the svchost.exe- system seems to use alot of my system resources. When I end this process, the pc runs great, including the web. The nic is showing to be working properly. I have already some with Cox Communications and they are able to receive a signal. I seems that when the pc starts up something is blocking the tcp/ip protocal. Oh, I also sometime get a "write delayed error to a specific files". I don't know if it is my harddrive that needs to be replace or something else.

Please help!!!!


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Here's my problem. I got a Dell inspiron 580 it came with windows 7 home and I upgraded to ultimate after I got it. This was February. For at least a few months when I put it to sleep it'll blue screen in it's sleep and crash and when I turn it on it'll say check for solutions which always turn up nothing. Recently it finally came back with the solution "ACPI IRQ Holder isn't compatible with this version of Windows." I contacted Dell and they say my system may not support the upgrade and they said to revert to factory and try a compatibility check to see if my hardware will support ultimate. Does anyone have any advice other than wiping my machine or downgrading to home? Dell basically told me to pound sand it's not their fault my machine gets Freddy kruegered in it's sleep every night.

A:Dell upgrade from home to ultimate

Have you tried updating the BIOS if there is one?

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My question is at this time is it possible to upgrade to windows 7?  I have run the check and the Dell xps 435 does have the capability to run Windows 7.  
*  Also, is there anywhere at this point in time I can get an upgrade as opposed to a clean install, so as to not lose my programs, files and settings?   
*  There are retail/upgrade versions available on ebay.  Most are open packages.  If purchased and opened, would these work if they have been used prior on another person's computer?  

A:Windows 7 Home Premium x 64 on Dell XPS 435

Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or from a 64-bit version of Windows 7 to a 32-bit version of Windows?You can use the Upgrade option during Windows 7 installation, which preserves your files, settings, and programs, only if you're currently running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista and you want to upgrade to the 32-bit version of Windows 7. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only perform an upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows 7
Below are some links to help you upgrade your computer. When purchasing from Ebay you may want to read the information associated with the sale to make sure that the Windows disk has never been used.
Ebay Windows 7 Disk
Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 (custom installation)
How to Do a Clean Install with an Upgrade Windows 7 Version
How to Do an In place Upgrade Installation from Vista to Windows 7
Upgrading to Windows 7: frequently asked questions
Dell Drivers and Downloads-Choose your computer and OS to download drivers for your system
Dell Drivers Install Order-Very Important
FAQs- Drivers and Downloads
For me to better assist in troubleshooting, please click my DELL-Dell-Jesse L and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your Dell Order number

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I recently bought a Dell XPS 15 L502X Laptop which has Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS.
It was having only one drive and tried to make a partition.
Without knowing the consequences i clicked the Mark Partition as Active in the Disk Management. Next time when i restart the computer. It showed BootMgr is missing.
So i could not get into Win 7.
So i tried using the Dell Data Safe Local Recovery disc which i created (Unfortunately i did not realise it is not complete and i burnt only one disc).
I chose the option reinstall So it asks for the supplementary disc Insert Disk 2 which i dont have.

Now when i start it shows Operating system not found.

Not able to use the F8 key also.

I desperately need a solution.

Any help to restore my laptop to factory settings would be much appreciated.

Thanks and regards,

A:Win 7 Home Premium OS not found in Dell XPS 15

Quote: Originally Posted by Thiru23


I recently bought a Dell XPS 15 L502X Laptop which has Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS.
It was having only one drive and tried to make a partition.
Without knowing the consequences i clicked the Mark Partition as Active in the Disk Management. Next time when i restart the computer. It showed BootMgr is missing.
So i could not get into Win 7.
So i tried using the Dell Data Safe Local Recovery disc which i created (Unfortunately i did not realise it is not complete and i burnt only one disc).
I chose the option reinstall So it asks for the supplementary disc Insert Disk 2 which i dont have.

Now when i start it shows Operating system not found.

Not able to use the F8 key also.

I desperately need a solution.

Any help to restore my laptop to factory settings would be much appreciated.

Thanks and regards,

Hi there
this is something that SHOULD BE OUTLAWED -- I HATE THESE "HIDDEN PARTITION" OS installs / backups -- the O/S should ALWAYS be made available via separate media -- if the PC doesn't have a CD then the software should be supplied on a USB stick -- these are cheap enough these days even compared to the price of a CHEAP PC.

I'm sure you can get a replacement disk from DELL.

However all might not be lost yet --- if you didn't actually delete any data then you can fix this provided you have access to another computer.

Download a copy of GPARTED or a similar part... Read more

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so i got my brother's old computer and i want to reset it to brand new, but i don't have the discs that came with it. he got it in 2001, so it's not brand new but it's much better than my previous pentium2. anyway, it's a dell dimension 4400 desktop and i want to do a factory reset to erase anything of his info that might still be on it, but i have no cd's and haven't had any luck searching the internet. everything i've found so far says to use 'Dell PC Restore by Symantec' but their instructions don't work because it was shipped before 2004. i've also talked to a friend about something called the restore partition but had no luck finding info about it. is there a way to make a boot disc or something?

A:Completely Reset A Dell With Xp Home

You buy the restore CD's from here-

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Can you install a Dell oem XP Home cd on a custom built computer? The site mgr said I could not.

Product link

A:Solved: Dell oem xp home cd install

No, you can't. The disk and the license are tied to the Dell computer.

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hi i recently brought a Dell Optilex 150 off e-bay as a second machine for internet.
it did not come with a hard drive.
When i recived it i put a 80gb 7200rmp ide hard drive and replaced the cdrom with a dvd RW.
I started it up and put the xp home disk in the machine.
it starts up reads the disk fine and starts windows setup.
After it installs the drivers it then says windows is starting.
Then the computer turns off.
this has happened about 15 times and it is always the same point.
Have i done anything wrong or is it a common fault?
Can someone Please help me
It Has a Pentium 3 866mhz processor with 256mb Ram.

A:Cant install xp home on my Dell Optiles 150

Hi harding9025 and welcome to TSF !

Is this the Optiplex GX150 ? If so here are the complete specs :

General support for GX150 :

Which form factor is it ? Check the front views here :

XP will work better with 512MB of RAM which is the maximum memory this computer can get. Try to get 2 matching sticks of 256MB SDram from ebay.

Wipe the hard drive with a dban floppy or CD. Then download the manufacturer's diagnostic utility, create the bootable CD and run the long/extended test on your drive. Report if it found any errors.

Check that the hard drive is hooked to the end of the IDE cable that's on the primary controller and that its jumper is set as master and that the CD drive is set as slave in the middle of the same cable or as master at the end of the other IDE cable (on the secondary controller). Enter the BIOS (press F2 at startup) to check that the drives appear correctly. The primary controller is refered to as EIDE1 in the graph that you'll find here under System Board Components.

Test your memory : download, unzip and burn memtest86+'s bootable .iso image file using a burning software that can handle .iso files. Enter the BIOS at startup and set the boot priority to CD-rom first. Leave memtest run overnight or at least do 3 full passes on your memory. It's advised that you test one memo... Read more

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Is there a difference between buying Windows Xp Home from a store and using the reinstall cd that Dell provides with thier computers?

A:Windows XP Home VS. Dell Reinstallation CD of Windows XP Home

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I have a Dell Vostro with Vista basic and I would like to restore it to when it was made but I do not have a disc. Am I able to do this via the recovery partition on the D drive? If so I have been unable to locate specifics for this machine. I have tried a few options such as f8 but there is no option for repair. I have tried ctrl with f11 upon reboot but that does not work either.

Thank you for your time.


A:Dell Vostro with Vista home basic

You might want to post your specific Dell Vostro model number.

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Hi all great win 7 forum just what I was looking for, I have a quick question. I have a dell one 19' all-in-one which has dell oem win 7 home premium what i need to know is can I buy a dell resource disk win 7 pro from thebay install it and use the win 7 home premium serial # from the bottom of the dell to activate the 7 pro?

Thanks for any help

A:Question about upgrading 7 home premium dell oem

You'll have to buy an Anytime Upgrade key to change from Home Premium to Pro version.

You can also use a retail Pro key.

Just type Anytime in Start Search box to start the Process, then insert the Pro Key.

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Working on a pc with xp home - a dimension that is probably about a year or less old. I find no backup utility on it. Sonic dvd writing software you have to upgrade to use it for backing up your data?

I did read in an xp book that with xp home you can find on the OS cd - if you have one - the ntbackup.exe file buried somewhere, but this will not write to cd. You have to write to your hd and move the backup file to a cdr or rw.

Thought all those recordable drives automatically came with some backup utility. Am I missing something?

A:Dell Home PCs not shipping w/Backup Software?

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My laptop picked up a virus. Can not run any program. I downloaded Combofix and ran it. Combofix warned that an antivirus program is running and can not guarantee the success. The computer locked and I restarted the computer. Now computer will not boot. Tried onboard NIC and no luck. Reset all values to factory default and still there is no luck. Can anyone help me. CPU has dual processor.


A:Winxp Home Dell Inspiron 1520

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I have a Dell Inspiron 9200 running Win XP Home SP3 x86.
I have been getting an error listed in the event logs of this flavor: 0xc0041801
I seaeched through Microsoft's site and haven't exactly figured out the problem. This is because it seems like several related things could be involved. One thing is realted to the System Index Catalog. If this is related to the Windows Search then maybe it was caused by upgrading to the 4.0 (?)
But I also noticed something else although I don't know if this is a problem or not. In the Services under the service called System Event Notification this is dependent on RPC (Remore Procedure Call). However, when I checked the RPC and its properties where it lists under Dependencies "The following system services depend on this service", System Event Notification is NOT listed among the 46 services that are there.
The reason I checked these is because Microsoft has an Answer page to fix this error code but what they wanted me to do was greyed out (thus leading me to investigate further).
I found this information on a MS Forum:
1) The search service has detected corrupted data files in the index. The service will attempt to automatically correct this problem by rebuilding the index.
0xc0041801 (0xc0041801)

But how exactly to fix this problem and/or is what I investigated with the RPC related in any way? In the meantime my system is doing a loop-de-loop although I was able earlier with the assistance of another BC to remove and rul... Read more

A:Win XP Home SP3; Dell I9200; Error "0xc0041801"

The services thing is OK. I checked my PC and it's the same.
The error in the event viewer is due to you using CCleaner. I know CCleaner is highly recommend but you should stop using any type of cleaner, tuneup, optimizer, mechanic, etc , etc.
They do not provide any real benefit unless you are a pedophile trying to cover your tracks. They actually make your computer slower because the browser caches have to be rebuilt. Browsers manage their own caches just fine. Plus, they can cause problems by "cleaning" the registry. Leave well enough alone.
Windows MS Search - CCleaner Bug Reporting - Piriform Community Forums
Windows Search / ESENT errors after every reboot
The only thing I do is run a batch file from the Start Menu Startup folder the empties my temp folders...

rmdir/s/q %windir%\Temp
MKDIR %windir%\Temp
rmdir/s/q %TEMP%

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Help !!!

My friends PC was fine until yesterday, at which point it downloaded some sort of Dell update, which he ran. This caused a hang, so we rebooted. However it won't boot - all runs ok until the final part of the boot then it comes up with the mouse pointer, and a light blue screen with the windows logo and goes no further.

Does exactly the same in safe mode too.

The last drivers to load were NIDS, MUP, so I tried disabling these (one at a time) in recovery console. Made no difference.

Tried a full repair windows installation in recovery console which all ran fine, until it tried to start Windows at the end and it still ends up with the same problem !!!!

Any ideas on how I can diagnose, fix this ??

A:Solved: XP Home SP2 on Dell Hangs on Boot

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My computer is making a lot of constant noise. The kind that happens when running a large program etc. I checked the task manager there are no open programs running but the CPU usage swings wildly from 10 to 70% I just went through a windows update and then there was an error message saying I needed a Dell driver check. Downloaded/installed said software and it did not find any problem. I would like to re-install XP I put in the CD restarted the computer got to the WINDOWS XP SETUP page and selected TO SET UP WINDOWS NOW it states that my hard drive is not there/not working. The computer runs OK a little slow and as I said above will not stop making the normal noise as through it has a lot of programs running. Any ideas as how to either make it stop making this noise or how to re-install windows XP (I have already backed up all my important files to CD's)


A:Help me debug my Dell Dimension 8400 XP home

Hard to help if you don't give a detailed description of the noise, or open the case and see if you can pin-point the source.

As how to reinstall WinXP, especially if you don't want to loose your apps and current configuration, you do a Repair Reinstall.

Repair Reinstall:Mount your original WinXP Setup CD in the drive and boot to it
When you are offered the 1st Repair option (bottom Status Bar) DO NOT use it, use Install
WinXP Setup should see you already have it installed, and this window will have a 2nd Repair option
The 2nd Repair option is the Repair Reinstall, and will reinstall WinXP by overwriting OS files with the original versions, but keeps your configuration and apps as they were
CAUTION - Repair Reinstall will require redoing ALL Win Updates (see NOTE to follow)

NOTE: When you have a large number of Win Updates when using Repair Reinstall, it is safer to use the [Custom] mode of updates and;When shown the list of required updates, use [Uncheck All] first
Then check [X] only 3 to 5 updates at a time
Install the 3 to 5 updates
Reboot your system, asked to or not
Then repeat this method until all updates have been done
This is better than having the [Express] mode of Win Updates fail (voice of experience)

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Repairing a client's Desktop

Model: Dell Dimension 2400
OS: XP Home

Error: BSOD; Process1_Initialization_Failed ***Stop: 0x0000006b. (0xC000009c, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Running memtest86+ revealed a bad memory module. Replaced and re-ran test passing 15 tests.

Upon reboot, same BSOD.

Understand this can be a Norton/Roxio - Ghost/Go Back issue.

BSOD on regular bootup, last know..., Safe Mode and all others.

Client has not located Dell Supplied Disk, XP Home Authentication sticker w/key code is on machine.

Problem: When trying to perform a repair (After hitting F8 and Selecting Setup Windows now) I am highlighting the C Drive where the OS is installed.

Pressing 'R' does not perform repair.

Is this because:

I am not attempting repair using the supplied Dell OS disk?


I am using an original xp Home disk (no service packs)?

Trying to avoid placing the HDD in another machine to backup the data/reinstall OS and I've never performed a repair on a Dell brand machine.

Thanks in advance.

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I have a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop with Windows XP Home Edition. My problem is I was getting runtime errors and the computer was freezing up a lot. I'm broke and got the computer from Circuit World (which is a rent-to-own electronics store for any of you who may not be familiar with it) and they did not provide me with any software, no Recovery discs and no utilities discs either. The laptop has a builtin webcam and of course the basic Dell Utilities are pre-installed. I have a Windows XP Home disc and would like to install it, but I'm not sure how or even if I can. I would also like to be able to use the builtin webcam after reformatting/reconfiguring the computer, but not sure I can do that either. I'm sure I could get help from Dell, but only if I am willing to pay for tech support due to the fact that the warranty on this laptop expired quite some time ago and I don't have a credit card either, but I am sure that I'm intelligent enough to resolve and repair any problems myself if I could just get some professional guidance. So if anyone can help me or at least tell me if I need the utility drivers in order to use the builtin, pre-installed webcam and if I can install Windows XP from my disc (a reminder: this disc did NOT come with the laptop. I have no software for this computer at all), I would really appreciate it! I have yahoo, hotmail and skype messengers if anyone knows how to help me with these problems, has patience and the time and know-how.... Read more

A:Dell Vostro 1500 with Windows XP Home

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I have a Dell Inspirion 6000 (year 2005) that had XP home version installed. It was deteriorating in performance recently and last week went into "blue screen" mode with some memory dump error or some such message.

I was unable to find the recovery CD so a friend of mine suggested to install XP Professional in an effort to recover the data on the disk. We did manage to get XP Professional installed, although some of the devices (Audio, CD etc.) are not working. We were able to get most of the files from the hard drive but I can't get to the files from the desktops of both profiles (the old OS has a admin and guest profile). Are there any suggestions to find these files.



A:Dell PC XP home crash - coversion to XP professional

Take ownership of the files

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Hello, I have a Dell Dimension 3000 - 3ghz - 512mb RAM - XP home SP2

More recently, Ive started to use this comp over the Win98 comps on my network. I believe somehow I may have downloaded some nasties while trying out various shareware.

I've ran SpyBot and AVG to this point, as well as removing unwanted software to this point.

I'm experiencing extremely slow transitions between apps and start up times. Sometimes the screen slowly scrolls down as the terminated app is shut down.

My current log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:58:22 AM, on 11/24/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\DVDLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Modem Event Monitor\IntelMEM.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
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A:Dell XP home running extremely slow

No response...?

Please ignore above HJT post. I'll repost another.

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My cd rom bay will not open unless I use a paper clip, although I can place a cd in & it will recognize & go into auto-run.

Can anyone advise whats going on & what can I do to rectify?

A:Dell Inspiron B120 with XP home edition

It sounds as though the eject button is not making a good contact.
Try right-clicking the drive and select "Eject".

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My hard drive has expired and i have got another I just need to reinstall the above 64 bit i have the original COA i havnt got any recovery or win 7 disc Can i download from any site Anything i need to watch for thanks

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I didn't find any posts that were specific to my problem or were current enough that I thought it pertained, so here goes - a little history first.

I upgraded to Windows 10 (Asus laptop) and hated it. Went back to Windows 8.1. Recently had the laptop compromised (AV problem in another post) and had my laptop cleaned up from spyware, etc by a local computer technician. Since getting my laptop back, I have been changing logins and passwords. I'm probably doing more than I have to, but I decided to also change the Home Group shared by the Asus 8.1 and Dell with Windows 10. This is where the problem starts. This is all done through the Control Panel.

After having trouble changing the password on the Dell, I decided to just start over. I "left" the Home Group on both laptops. I turned off both laptops, rebooted the routed, turned on the Dell 10 because it is connected by ethernet to the router, and created a new Home Group. No problem.

Went to the Asus 8.1 and although it says the Dell has created a Home Group, when I try to "join", I end up with the error message: Windows No Longer Detects a Home Group on This Network.

All settings in the Home Group Sharing and Advanced are the same - Network Discovery on, Auto Setup of Network Devices, File & Printer Sharing on, and Allowing Windows to manage the HG connections. All Networks has Read & Write of Public Folders on, 128 bit encrypt, and "NO" to Password Sharing. The... Read more

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My cd rom bay will not open unless I use a paper clip, although I can place a cd in & it will recognize & go into auto-run.

Can anyone advise whats going on & what can I do to rectify?

A:Dell Inspiron B120 with XP home edition

Don't make more than one "post", one is fine.. If you feel the need just reply in your own thread. Some one will reply...

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Is there a way to slipstream SP1 into a Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit for Dell?

If so, can someone give me a link to a how-to or tell me what google terms to use as I am coming up with nothing useful.

A:Slipstream SP1 into Win7 Home Premium for Dell

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Hi, I'm a newbie on here and not new to computers, although not an advanced person when it comes to fixing them. I was asked to take a look at a friends computer. Their Dell M5030 laptop was very messed up with malware, adware, viruses and other junk. I installed Eset antivirus, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Uninstalled Mozilla Firefox and Installed Google Chrome (per their request). The laptop was running clean and fast at my house. It picks up my internet and I am using it now to type this. However, when I took the laptop back to them, it will not find any kind of internet available. It says no connections available. So I brought it back home. Did some searching and ran Combofix. Took the laptop back and still did not recognize their internet wifi. Would someone take a look at my IP Config and tell me if they can tell anything from this and if so what and if not what should I do next??

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Lucylou>IPCONFIG /ALL

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Lucylou-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros AR8152 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Contro
ller (N... Read more

A:Dell M5030 Only Picks Up MY home wifi no others

you may not have removes all the virus

The virus malware forum, maybe better to sort out the issue here

have a read here

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I am trying to access my system setup , So i can boot from my xp cd .
I tried to hit F2 but it just keeps taking me to a black screen wanting my pw .
I dont know my Pw.
How can i get pass this ?
Need a Pw to get to bios setup ?
I cant boot from my cd unless i get into the bios setup .
Somebody Please help.

A:dell dimension 3000 - xp home edition

Hello and Welcome to TSF,

Are you trying to install a new installation of xp windows?

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Hey all, I have a little issue that I need some help with. I have a Dell Laptop running XP-Home and with sp2. Lately, when I boot up and my pc loads windows, I no longer get my speaker icon in my taskbar tray on the right as I used to. Then when I go to my control panel and 'sounds and audio devices', when I get to that pane, my option for 'place volume icon in the taskbar' is greyed out and I cannot get it to be enabled. Something has obviously turned it off or dis-abled it as I had it accessible/available before. Also, I know I have a sound card and I used to have sound. Now when I go to checking my 'audio' and 'voice' options in my 'sounds and audio devices' area no sound card is detected or shown and the area for picking one is also greyed out.
When I try to troubleshoot and play even system sounds, I get the following:

sndvol32.exe - Entry Point Not Found
The procedure entry point SetupDiGetDeviceInterfaceDetailW could not be located in the dynamic link library SETUPAPI.dll.

Any suggestions on what the problem and fix might be? Thanks...

A:Re-enabling sound on Dell laptop with xp-home sp2

First thing to do is go to Dell support and enter your model name then look for Audio drivers.

The installer should do everything for you.

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Dell 3847 Inspiron with Windows 10 Home OS. I can change the BIOS to boot from ODD as the primary but system still boots to Windows. Dell support had me update chipset drivers but no luck. After an hour of trial and error they then wanted to transfer me to someone that I had to pay for support. I gave up.

I have CD to clone my drive and it works in 3 other Dell PCs I have so I know the CD is good. There are options in the BIOS I've never seen such as Security Boot Control (disabled), Load Legacy OPROM (enabled), Boot Mode (EUFI), etc. First boot device is set to Internal ODD Devices and second boot device is set to EUFI: Windows Boot Manger.

The CD/DVD drive in the PC is good as it'll recognize any CD I put in there after Windows boots, so Windows recognizes it.

Any trick to getting this PC to boot to the CD so I can try to clone the factory hard disk to an SDD unit?


A:Cannot boot from CD in new Dell 3847 w/Windows 10 Home

Hi, your PC is using UEFI; is your CD UEFI compatible?
What you are seeing is exactly what happens if you use a non-UEFI CD with a UEFI based system.
You say it works on other PCs - do those use UEFI or traditional BIOS?

If your CD is not UEFI compatible, you should be able to boot from it with your UEFI PC if you can select CSM mode (legacy boot) in your BIOS.

But note you'd need to set it back again to boot your PC normally.

Better solution: get an updated version of the CD

How to Fix Issue Booting to DVD/CD with New UEFI BIOS Boot Order - YouTube

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Hi there,

My cousin's PC has started complaining of buffer overruns at startup. There's also no printer icon in the printers/faxes folder in Control Panel

I found a KB article on MS Support website with similar symptoms which suggested a corrupt Spoolsv.exe file and recommended renaming the old file and re-installing it from the XP CD ROM which we don't have, he only has the standard CD's provided by Dell, which I don't believe are any use at all.

I tried it anyway and it didn't work....

Any ideas would be gratefully received.

Many thanks


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I had to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium onto my Dell Studio 1558. I did a clean install, and use the OEM disk that they had sent me previously because I didn't get it with my laptop originally.

When I asked for the Windows 7 Disk, they sent me one for the 32bit version and the 64bit version. Not sure if it matters which I install. But I reformatted the hard drive and did a clean install of Windows 7 32bit Home Premium.

It installed fine no problems. But when looking in the system information, it says that it will automatically be activated in 3 days. Then it says Activate now. I clicked that and got an error that the Product Key I typed in was invalid to activate. I didn't have to type a product key because it's an OEM CD and product key is already set up.

I called Microsoft hoping they could shed some light, they said to call Dell. I call dell, and they said it was already activated. Well if it's already activated then why doesn't it say so? Why is it telling me the Product Key is Invalid for activation?

When I do searches everyone keeps mentioning finding the product key which is stickered to the laptop. I have no stickered product key. It's already apparently set up in the OEM disk. I know Windows 7 activates differently from XP. But if it's telling me that the product key is invalid for activation now, what difference will 3 days make in registering. I guess I'm not understanding something. If it's already pre-activated, shouldn't it show as be... Read more

A:Re-Install of DELL OEM Windows 7 Home Premium

I've never heard of this 'pre-activated' stuff before, but then again I've never heard of OEM activation methods.
Did you buy this laptop directly from Dell? And also, is there any chance you have another Windows 7 disc?
I'm not sure if moving the bios clock forward three days will trick it into thinking it can activate, but I guess it's worth a shot.

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I'm working on a friends M140. McAfee expired 8 mos ago. Windows updates not current.
I've uninstalled Limewire. New version of McAfee installed but would not register or update (although MySpace update will try to install.)
Ran system restore. Internet connection continued to fail. Uninstalled and reinstalled both NIC and WiFi. Now internet connection works to most sites.
Ran Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware (197+ entries).
Corrected some problems but system restore wiped out Add/Remove program entries for Spybot, Ad-Aware and McAfee. Located MCPR2.exe to manually uninstall McAfee (using my PC to research, download to USB key to transfer to M140). Trying to reinstall McAfee from CD but install window is blank. Can connect to various free antivirus scan sites but scans will not start.
Windows update will not start - again blank window.
I am including the HijackThis log file.
Dell restore CD cannot be located.
Any suggestions short of running PC restore from the Ctrl + F11 during restart?
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:26:54 PM, on 9/6/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
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A:Possible Malware on XP Home - Dell M140[moved from xp]

Hi Susan,
Please follow the instructions HERE( just click on link) and post your log in the HJT help forum and an analyst will help you clean your computer.
Please be patient as there is a backlog at the moment.

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Hi all, I have recently purchased a new Dell XPS720 and its due for delivery next week. I could not get it with windows XP as i did not get this as an option at point of purchase. No matter it is coming with windows vista home edition, So my question is ..

What do I need to do when I take it out of the box in terms of Vista issues i am hearing about.


A:[SOLVED] New Dell PC, New Vista home edition

probably nothing,just turn it on and use it

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Just got the above laptop.  Can't use Ctrl + Home or Crtl + End within Word (haven't tried elsewhere the computer is so new!).  Any ideas?



A:Ctrl + Home etc not working Dell Inspiron P69G

I'm assuming you have windows 10.....
First, check if you have received latest windows updates are installed. Please press Windows logo  key + R, type ms-settings:, and then select "OK'. In Settings, choose Update & security  > Windows Update , and then select Check for updates. Install any available updates and restart your PC if required.

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I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 3650 with Win10 Home installed. I didn't buy the Win10 Pro version from Dell because I had a Retail copy of Win7 Pro that I was going to install and then upgrade to Win10 Pro. What happens every time (on my third clean Win7 Pro install try now) is that my fully licensed and activated Win7 Pro machine wants to "upgrade" to Win10 Home.

This is not my first rodeo. I have upgraded many of the machines here from Win7 Pro and Ultimate to Win10 Pro without a problem. This includes Vostro 260s, Optiplex 3020s and Inspiron 3847s. This Inspiron 3650 has been a problem from day 1. I've even done a few friends Win7 Home to Win10 Home upgrades on various machines without problem. Anybody have a clue WHY this box won't upgrade to Win10 Pro?

A:Dell 3650 want to upgrade from retail Win Pro to Win10 Home.

Upgrade using a Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro product key
Follow these steps to upgrade from Windows 10 Home if you have a Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product key:

Select the Start  button, then select Settings > Update & security > Activation.
Select Change product key, and then enter this 25-character default product key: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

This default product key will upgrade your device to Windows 10 Pro, but won't activate it.

Select Next to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
After your device is upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, you'll need to activate Windows. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & security > Activation.
Select Change product key, and then enter your 25-character Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product key.
Select Next to activate Windows 10 Pro.

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My cable company recently upgraded its modems (oh, the fun...not!) There are 3 computers in my home, one which is connected directly to the modem, and 2 on wireless connections. The other wireless computer is maintaining an Internet connection without any problems, mine isn't.

When it tries to automatically sign on to the network, the wireless connection gets as far as "Acquiring network address", then stops. However, it will successfully connect to another network that is within range, so I'm pretty sure my wireless adapter isn't bad. Resetting the modem isn't producing any results.

Mine is a Dell Inspiron 2200 running Windows XP SP3. I'm using the wireless adapter that came installed with the computer, my anti-virus (Norton 2012) is up to date, and Windows Firewall is turned on. According to the cable company, my OS is supposed to be compatible with the new modem. The modem is an Arris Telephony Gateway.

Any ideas on possible causes and solutions?

A:Dell Inspiron 2200 won't connect to home network

Remove Norton and install free Microsoft Security Essentials:

See if you can restore the wireless connection after doing this... The laptop may be more responsive too

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Hi folks, i have a friends laptop that for some reason has decided to stop working using wi fi.

It finds networks to connect to but when you select the one you want it tries to connect but then simplies says 'cannot connect' and nothing else happens. All of the following 'help' guides reveal nothing.

And yes the F2 button has been pressed !!

Its a Dell Inspiron 1545 running windows 7 home edition.

Thanks in advance.


A:Dell Inspirion 1545 Home Edition wi fi problem

Anybody ??!!

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I have a dell inspiron 1501 for about a year but now when i turn it on it says begining physical memory dump preparing for crash. After a wile it says physical memory dump complete.
I am wanting to know if there is a way to fix this problem or if i can just make my computer start all over and put all the cds back in it? plz help

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I purchased an upgrade copy of Windows Vista as I already have an OEM version of Windows XP that came with my computer when I bought it. I did an upgrade of XP and had many problems with incompatible programs so I decided to do a fresh install.

Unfortunately I erased my hard disk first and although Vista is working perfectly, I can’t activate it because it didn’t detect an activated copy of XP during the install. As directed by Microsoft, I now have to reinstall XP Home before doing another upgrade.

I have a Dell Dimension 8300 computer with a 120GB SATA hard drive (Dell Service Tag 66LY71S). When I boot from the Windows XP CD that came with my computer, Windows setup briefly says “Setup is inspecting your hardware” then the screen goes blank and the hard disk light comes on and stays on although it is not making any noise. It doesn’t even get to the initial blue Windows Setup screen. I’ve left it sitting there for 20 minutes or more and nothing happens. The 4 diagnostic lights on the back of the PC are all green indicating “The computer is in a normal operating condition after POST”. I have to switch off the computer at this point. I tried this with two other XP Home CDs that I know work OK on other computers and they all do the same thing.

If I go into the BIOS to the “Drive Configuration” section and change the value of the “SATA Primary Drive” setting from AUTO to OFF (the only other option) and save the changes, the XP setup program will run withou... Read more

A:XP Home reinstall hangs on Dell Dimension 8300

To load XP on that Dell, you need the SATA drivers on a floppy disc for use at the "Press F6 . . . " prompt . . very early in the setup ( just after the "Press any key to Boot from CD" Prompt.)

Go back into BIOS and set SATA back to On and retry.

Vista has the SATA drivers and so did not require this extra step.

This is a great guide for reinstalling XP on a Dell: Procedures.htm

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repair install xp home media on Dell XPS400
Have a dell xps 400 and need to do a repair install of windows.

I have a dell install cd and can get to the screen to choose drive for installation but C: isn't shown, and all that is shown is sata drive not found 4 times.

I started windows using floppy diskette seek failure, F1 key to continue F2 to run setup. There is no floppy so I pressed F1 to continue.

Next message is press any key to boot to cd and I did.

Next was Set up Windows XP now press Enter

Or To repair a windows XP

and a third choice to exit. I choose to setup windows and pressed Enter.

Next was the agreement window, I agreed to it.

When it shows the drives, no C:\ but 4 entries of

Unknown Disk
<There is no disk in this drive.> and that is all that is listed and it is there 4 times.

It doesn't show C: harddrive which is there and working for I can boot to it.

So the way it is I can't partition a drive or even choose a drive. Why isn't the hard drive showing? The mother board has to know it is there or it wouldn't boot to windows.

A:repair install xp home media on Dell XPS400

try this:

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YES!  You CAN teach your OLD DELL INSPIRON 531 desktop a NEW WINDOWS 10 operating system!
First - The Bad News:
Memory - boost the 531 up to its 4 Gig capacity.  The stock 2 Gigs won't cut the mustard for this.
Audio - the integrated sound chip on the motherboard will sound choppy if you use the Realtek drivers and/or may not work at all giving you the dreaded NO AUDIO DEVICE FOUND.  Since the 531s are used mainly for the usual email and online surfing activities anymore (a gaming machine they're not even when they were new) ... just get a new sound card for a few bucks online and disable the integrated sound chip on the motherboard in BIOS.
Upgrading to Windows 10 from XP, VISTA, SEVEN ... you need to do a clean installation or you will encounter issues like corrupt registries, applications like Adobe not working, and Microsoft Office errors after the update (where Office throws up the dialog it can't find Word, Excel, Outlook etc. even when you click on the application's executable file).  This means back up your personal files to an external hard drive.
Now - The Good News:
Despite the fact that the Windows 10 Upgrade notification icon tells you that the Inspiron 531's integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 doesn't have drivers for Windows 10 and therefore won't let you upgrade to Windows 10 Home or Pro ... pay no attention to that. 
You do not need to go buy a video card for this system for Windows 10.
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A:DELL Inspiron 531 Desktop works with Windows 10 HOME or PRO - How to do it.

Beta Test,
Thanks for Posting to the forum.

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I have a set of Divinci 5.1 Home theater speakers, 2 front 4 ohms 1 centre 8 ohms 2 rear 4 ohms and sub 8 ohms my only amp is an oldie but goodie Yamaha receiver CR-400 My computer is a dell optiplex 755,xp pro,service pack 3 intel r core tm 2 duo cpu E6550 @ 2.33GHz 996 of ram Can i hook these spkers up to my computer?

A:Solved: Can I hook up Home theater 5.1 speakers to my Dell

One of the things that I did way back when,was to plug in a y adapter into the audio out on my comp and plug two rca plugs into it and then plug the other end of those into my surround preamp (Carver) 250 watts a side on the front coming through my Polk Audio speakers.
Although right now I'm just using two desktop speakers plugged into my comp.It suits my needs at this point in time.
So get yourself one of those y adapters from a computer or electronics store,the small mini plug on one end and two rca plugs on the other and Robert is your fathers brother

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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. No one is ignored here.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 clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.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.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Hi all, I am new to your group and i have a Dell 9100, XP home with a 160 gig hard drive and one gig memory, I am getting the blue screen with the following error codes,0x000000c2, 0x00000043,0xc27e4000, my XP will not start in any mode, no safe mode. I get the welcome screen and starting XP and then it will shut down. so far my research came up with, driver problem, memory and one expert thought it might be the motherboard. I do not have any kind of a restore/recovery disc. This was a new purchase. According to one technician (friend) stated that all my programs and files are there. pressing F8 running all options with no success. A new hard drive was installed, same thing, different fault codes. The computer was used by a family member, I was left with the shut down, I found that four or more programs were running, Yahoo,print program, picture (pass port) program, video, plus a foreign language. I could not close any program, I had to turn off the power. Any advise would be appreciated.

A:Dell Dimension 9100 XP Home blue screen

its usually f2 on start up to acces dell utilities

dell with provide you with a disc if you ring them especially if their own on board recovery is not working

as it is soooooo poorly only other option would be to get a disc off a friend and try to boot to that or to buy a windows boot cd from say ebay ( usually about £1 ) which may help but no guarante

the above is an example only

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Hello all, 

Have some questions concerning upgrading my 8100,
i am trying to get it run as a gaming computer to run things such as the most recent total war games, 
At the moment i have no graphics card (last one broke)  and am in need of a new one....
Have  looked on the web concerning this and have found that people have used the Radeon r9 270x as an upgrade. 
Which obviously means upgrading the original 350 watt PSU to support it, people have  recommended the Seasonic S12II 520  to others.....
So my question is can i just add in the radeon r9 270x and the Seasonic S12II 520 without any issues? 
Please let me know where you think i should go with this! 

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I'm trying to dual boot Vista and XP (Vista pre-installed), I know how to do it and all. But when I am up to the point of choosing the partition it only sees partition C (which has Vista on it). I have 2 other partitions and 14GB unallocated space. I have a 500GB Hitachi HDT725050VLA360 ATA

Hoping somebody can help me

A:Missing driver when installing XP Home SP1 on Dell Inspiron 530

Yes thats what it will do... Your running Vista first and trying to install XP... While your in Vista download Partition software to create a new Partition.... once thats done install xp on the new one.... you''ll be good to go.

Heres a 30 day safe trail of Partition Logic software.

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My hard drive's windows files have become corrupt and I need the files on it, so I purchased a new hard drive. I can't seem to install Windows XP Home onto the new hard drive. Everything goes fine, but then I get an error message saying it can't install the product catalogs. Is this because I'm using a reinstall CD that was provided by Dell. Will I need to actually purchase windows Xp Home ALL over again? Or is this error from something else? I've been stumped for about 3 weeks now. I'l tried EVERYTHING pretty much and I can't reinstall Xp onto my old hard drive properly.

Thanks in advance.

A:Installing Windows Xp Home on a Dell Dimension 8400

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Hello all,

I have quite often a Blue screen comming from my new DELL Inspiron N5010, Windows Home Premium SP1 64bit, i3 CPU

I have attached the requested dump files.

Please help!

A:BSOD with new DELL inspiron Windows 7 Home 64bits

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Please provide more details on your system specs, including HDD size and brand.
This program will help identify the components:
SIW - System Information for Windows

Debugger indicates the cause of the crash is STOP 0x000000F4: CRITICAL_OBJECT_TERMINATION

Download and install updates and device drivers for your computer from the Dell driver site.
Install all Windows updates.
Scan your computer for computer viruses.
Check your hard disk for errors. Each HDD manufacture has a disk checking utility.

Check this Windows site if you have a 1TB HDD or larger.
You receive various Stop error messages in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 when you try to resume a computer that has a large SATA hard disk


* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *
A process or thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been
Several processes and threads are necessary for the operation of the
system; when they are terminated (for any reason), the system can no
longer function.
Arg1: 0000000000000003, Process
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hi, i have a Dell M1530 laptop with Vista Home Premium and i got it last summer. i never used it on the internet for the first bit, then my sister borrowed it to email some pictures (its first trip online) then i took it with me to a hotel with free internet (second online trip) and when i tried putting it on standby it kept turning back on, even when i shut it down. after about the 3rd or 4th time it finally stayed off. then we finally moved back home where we have highspeed, and its still doing it!!!

whenever it has new updates i let it install them when i shut it down and my brother (who is a computer technician) found a bogus virus software on my tray, so he removed it thinking that would fix the problem and he went back to the city, but it keeps turning back on still.

so ya, i dont know anything about computers, it doesnt run in the family haha just my one brother got it, so if anyones answers are too "techy" for me to understand, i'll just copy and paste it to wordpad and save it, put up with the problem til my brother gets back and show him.


A:Dell XPS M1530 with Vista Home Premium keeps restarting on its own!

Please describe exactly how you shut it down. Do you use standby or hibernate? What are your Energysaver settings set to?

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HelloA while ago I posted in another thread an issue I was having with this Dell Inspiron 9200 laptop running XP Home edition. At that time I had not had all the updates from MS and now I do.What I'm experiencing is a slow computer. First, it isn't always noticable. When it is noticiable and at its worse, the mouse actually freezes. When it isn't noticable and I use, for example, Process Explorer I can see the the process "System" taking 75-100% of resources when, in fact, that should be under the "System Idle Process". This happens regardless of what application is running.I have Comodo and it is up-to-date. I have MS Essentials and it is also up-to-date. I run scans with Comodo often. One scan recently came back after 6 hours of scanning and indicated an abnormalty with the msconfig settings which it fixed (I really hate it when it won't tell you what exactly it is fixing).I also have SUPERAntispyware and SpyBot (e.g., SD-Resident) I recently installed. I run both every other day. I also have a registry cleaner, too, which seems to help a lot with the slow problem at least for a minute.I've also ran an App Corruption tool inside my registry cleaner and all apps are fine.I am stumped as to what to check next. The other strange thing that is happening is that upon Start Up and getting to the desktop I get the system warning icon in the lower right corner indicating my Firewall is down and to click the balloon to fix it. But when I do click it and the MS Security Center opens ... Read more

A:Win XP Home sp3; Dell I9200; Process "System" in overdrive

Hello,I will be helping you with your problems. Please be patient while I assist you.Some points for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of us Please do NOT run, install or uninstall any programs,  unless instructed to do so.
     We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.
     Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
     Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.
     Please read every post completely before doing anything.
        Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.
     Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
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I have bought a new Belkin wireless router and i have 2 laptops to connect to it. One of the Dell laptop is connected and working fine. The other Dell laptop (E4300) is not getting connected and i am getting the following error "Limited or No connectivity" but its connecting fine when i use the cable.

I tried repairing it also but its not acquiring the new IP address. then i set the IP address manually, but still not working. I called the ISP technical guy and he said that the wireless drivers need to be updated in the laptop.

Can someone pls help me in solving this issue? BTW, i am having Broadcom Wireless Utility installed in my laptop.


A:Dell e4300: Not able to connect to wireless internet at home

eact model of the belkin

what windows version do you have ?

can you post an ipconfig /all for the good machine
and then post and ipconfig /all and the ping test for the faulty machine - you will need to save to notepad and then connect by cable and post the result for the faulty machine

do you have a secruity / firewall program installed - if so what is it and disable / switch it off

can you also post back - whats in device manager - see below
{ipconfig /all}
We would like to see the results from ipconfig /all

-> Start > run {search bar in Vista} > cmd > ipconfig /all
post back the results here
TWO Methods to do that - if you cannot access the internet with PC, then use method 2 to copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post results here

Method ONE -------------------------------------------------------------
start > run {search bar in Vista} > cmd > ipconfig /all

rightclick in the box
select all
control key + C key - to copy
then reply here and
control key + V to paste

Method TWO -------------------------------------------------------------

Start> Run {search bar in Vista}> CMD to open a DOS window and type:


Open C:\RESULT.TXT with Notepad and copy/paste the entire results here.


{Ping Tests}
Start> Run {search bar in Vista}> CMD to open a DOS window and type:

Ping the default gateway shown in ... Read more

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I cannot boot up my pc using the hard drive. It is not recognized in the system bios. The only way i can boot up my pc is booting from the cd drive by connecting the data cable to the cd drive using it as the primary and making the hard drive i guess the secondary drive.
I can then get the pc to boot up but still though the hard drive is not recognized in the system bios . I can access the C drive ie.. hard drive after boot up though. it shows up under my computer and everything. I want to know if my hard drive is done. I've only had it for less than 30 days. it is a western digital 160 gb hard drive . ide . the original 80gb ide drive from dell is done. I was trying to retrieve information off of my old hard drive by reconnecting it inside the computer as a slave. I believe by doing that that it damaged the newly bought wd hard drive. Is their anyway i can get the computer to boot up from the wd hard drive and is their anyway i can retrieve the information off of the old hard drive. Will someone please help me!!!!!!! Call me greg. If you want me to contact you personally or by telephone or if u need my primary email address please me let me know. I just wish i can find some genuine answers on here. I've already spent over $160 trying to get information off of my old hard drive and trying to get my computer up and running again.

A:dell dimension 2400 windows xp home edition

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I have a Dell 4300 that I inherited from my dad, running WinXP-home, with a factory Conexant v.92 56K voice modem When I install AOL, or NetZero either, (I tried that too) everything seems to connect fine until it gets to downloading the list of access numbers. At that point, the modem disconnects. I have run all the diagnostics I can find, and connected through Hyperterminal, and it all checks out fine, no problems. I have even installed two other modems, added +MS=V34 to the commands, changed the default to read the same, set the speed to 9600 baud, tried to force it to use Com 3 (it defaults to the next available, Com 5), and I have run out of ideas. Same deal (or worse) every time. I am currently on line with my old computer, using exactly the same phone line, even the same cord. It is slow, I'll admit, because I live in the boondocks, but it does work just fine. So why won't the other one work? I have a feeling that some setting in the bios is causing a conflict, but nothing I've tried there works either. Does anyone have any ideas? Oh, and I talked to my dad, he used the same modem and never had any problems. I am obviously out of my league here...

A:56k Modem Won't Connect, Dell 4300 Winxp-home

If you are not using your serial ports go into your BIOS and disable them. I had a similar problem and XP Home kept wanting to grab the IRQ3 serail port. I could not change the setting in Windows for whatever reason so I disabled the ports. It's not like I use them anyway.

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I am trying to figure out the simplest way to have the internet on both of my home desktops.....I have a HP now, hooked up to dsl via phone line, and the computer is plugged into the ethernet card and this computer is using windows 98. I'm getting a Dell next week with windows XP and I want this computer in a different room. I'm trying to figure all of this out before the new computer comes so that I can have everything I need to be able to have both of these computers share the internet. Both rooms have access to phone jacks, so I'm thinking that if they are both plugged into the phone jack then maybe thats all I need? Seems too simple though.
Should I go with one of the wireless routers that I have been reading about? And if yes, where do I start? DOes the fact that the computers have different OS' matter?

A:Home network questions - 2 rooms, 2 OS, 1 HP, 1 Dell...both ethernet...using DSL

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