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1answer
714 views

How do I create a Dell Utility Partition on new hard drive?

Installed new HD on Dell Vista PC with Raid 0 configuration. Cannot boot from Dell Reinstallation Windows VISTA DVD. Getting message that there's no Dell Utility partition, which was wiped with the ...
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0answers
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Keyboard stops working when booting into Windows Vista Home

Two days ago I saw that MS Security essentials was prompting for a reboot on my wife's laptop in order to finish a clean-up. I have no idea how long MSSE had been waiting for a reboot, and like an ...
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0answers
159 views

Dell studio xps - windows vista unltimate - goes to sleep at random times?

My laptop goes to sleep randomly for no reson regardless of what I'm doing. There is no setting that put the computer to sleep, that I know of. Under the power options in the control panel I set ever ...
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2answers
16k views

Accessing the recovery partition on a Vista machine that won't boot?

I've got a Dell Vista machine - Inspiron 1720 laptop specifically - which I'm 99% certain came with no media, just the recovery partition. It's now refusing to boot, saying the system registry is ...
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1answer
6k views

Printing from Windows to Ubuntu Shared Printer

I have two printers, a Dell V715w and a HP LaserJet P2015, connected by USB to a computer running Ubuntu for sharing to all of the laptops in my house with CUPS. I installed both printers locally on ...
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2answers
374 views

Vista laptop doesn't boot after Windows Update

I've been having trouble with my Dell Inspiron 1420. I've just reinstalled Vista and have been going through all of the updates. There is one point however where my laptop has 90 something updates ...
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3answers
494 views

How do I get rid of this old hard drive in my machine?

I bought it about 5 years ago and it came bundled with Windows Vista. When Windows 7 launched, I waited a bit then realized it would rock with an SSD. So I bought an SSD and added it as my primary ...
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3answers
928 views

Windows Vista freezes

Windows Vista (32-bit) would randomly freeze on my computer, usually 15-30 minutes after login but can happen just after login. All applications would stop responding and the hard drive will not make ...
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1answer
228 views

Windows vista reinstall on a new HDD

I have a dell optiplex 320, installed with vista business. Unfortunately the HDD is packing up so I need to get a new one to put in to it. I have created a system image backup so should be able to get ...
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2answers
4k views

Dell XPS M1330 does not want to restore to factory settings

I have tried restarting and then pressing F8 - there are no options for restore - there is just reboot in safe mode, reboot with debugging etc. I have also tried restarting and then pressing CTRL F11 ...
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3answers
413 views

BSOD on Vista laptop(safe mode works)— thoughts and approaches?

I have a 18 month old Dell laptop that has always treated me well. Last night, as I was in the middle of typing a gmail to someone, I got a BSOD. I don't have the exact message in front of me but it ...
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3answers
706 views

Swap Hard disks without reinstalling windows

I have two identical machines (Dell Vostro 200). Machine A has a dead hard disk, Machine B has a dead motherboard. Can i swap the hard disk from machine B to A ? It has Windows Vista Business ...
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6answers
8k views

Will external monitor work if video card for laptop is bad?

Okay, so I'm making another topic here to clarify. The video card for this Dell Inspiron 1420 Vista laptop (NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS) is fried, and lets just say it for sure doesn't work. Before anyone ...
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1answer
109 views

Troubleshooting Windows Vista booting problem

I have a Dell Inspiron laptop which is loaded with Windows Vista Home. I had previously reported a problem with the laptop not switching on, which got fixed. Link: Dell inspiron laptop not switching ...
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3answers
564 views

how to install windows 7 if its not compatible with the hardware

Is it possible that a laptop. Or a computer isn't compatible with windows 7 even if it has 2Gb of memory and a decent 2Ghz intel processor? Its a dell laptop with drivers that is only compatible with ...
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1answer
966 views

How can I boot Dell Vista box headless without a keyboard?

I have a Dell box running Vista I connect to via RDT. I'd like to run it completely headless, but it requires a keyboard plugged in or I get the ironic message "No keyboard detected, press F1 to ...
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3answers
4k views

Dell Studio 17 - turning off suddenly

I have a Dell Studio 17 laptop, a refurbished model almost 2 years old...It is currently running Windows 7 32-bit, Home Premium. Via a clean install, it is a Vista upgrade machine...A while back, a ...
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2answers
274 views

Windows Vista not booting up

at my work computer, a Dell package computer with Vista Business, I turn it on, it shows the Dell boot screen then just hangs forever. Can get into the Bios and boot settings, but other than that, ...
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1answer
1k views

Dell Inspiron/Windows Vista sleep/hibernate issue

When I hit the sleep button in Windows the computer looks like it's going into Sleep mode but a few seconds later it's restarted, and stops with this error message: internal hard disk drive not ...
0
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1answer
369 views

Screen fails to turn on after sleep

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 loaded with Windows 7 Professional. When I press my button to go into sleep mode (and I'm positive I'm going into sleep mode, I've checked the battery settings), I can ...
0
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1answer
112 views

why windows vista freeze in the boot splsah screen?

and this happens even with the install cd. My laptop is a DELL M65 and the diagnostics say everything is correct. Memory, disk, irqs, etc. The diagnostics CD loads fine and I can run the tests, but ...
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1answer
447 views

Windows Vista freezes on Dell Latitude XT

After 15 minutes of use Windows Vista simply freezes on me like in the good old times. How to prevent it? Why no BSOD? Recently Dell's WiFi driver has been updated.
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4answers
3k views

How to Check whether Webcam Is Available on a Dell Windows Vista Notebook

I have a dell notebook, the problem with that notebook is that there is no webcam ( when I opened up the Dell Webcam application, it asked me to select a webcam, as if the webcam didn't exist). I ...
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2answers
1k views

Using a Dell reinstallation disk for Windows Vista on a Sony laptop

Is it posible to use a re-installation disc provided by Dell to do a clean install of Windows Vista on a laptop from Sony?
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4answers
1k views

My laptop crashes when I play a resource hungry game like Crysis,Half Life 2 etc. Found this warning in my event logs

My laptop ( Dell XPS M1530 ) with WIndows Vista SP2 shuts down when I play a resource hungry game like crysis,Half Life 2 etc.Found this warning in my event logs The speed of processor 1 is being ...
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9answers
6k views

Firefox and IE can't connect to the internet, but ping works

I was over at a friend's house and her roommate complained of computer troubles. A standard Dell laptop running Vista. When plugged into the internet (no router) both IE and Firefox would refuse to ...
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4answers
668 views

Why does my sound sometimes stop working in Vista?

I have a pc running Vista sp2 and I don't like to reboot very often, but occasionally I have to restart the Windows Audio Service because the sound just doesn't work any more. I am using the onboard ...
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2answers
7k views

Function keys require Fn modifer. How can I make them default?

On my Dell Studio 15, the function keys, by default, do things like switch the radio on/off or change the brightness or sound. To use them as function keys I have to hold down the Fn modifier. I use ...
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2answers
290 views

Dell optiplex 960 reboots but should sleep

I have Dell Optiplex 960 with Vista Business 64-bit. Everyday after work I'm clicking "shut down" button which puts my machine into hybrid-sleep mode. It works great, but once a week just before ...