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I have dell inspiron 545 desktop. It won't start up unless I remove the bios battery

I have dell inspiron 545 desktop. It won't start up unless I remove the bios battery. The issue first appeared 2 days ago. I left computer a few hours and when I got back the screen was black´╝îlamp ...
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Multiple boot options on startup

I bought a new Dell Inspiron with Windows 8 installed. I was able to get Windows 7 installed and all the drivers loaded just fine. When it came time to transfer data from my old hard drive, I removed ...
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The driver crisis

I have an old laptop on which I tried to install Windows XP. It asked me for a serial so I entered one posted online, then it told me I needed to activate that copy of windows, so I said maybe ...
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dell inspirion 545 desktop will not power on. possible solutions?

for a few weeks now I've had an issue where I have to unplug the power lead for 30 seconds then plug it back in and hit the power button before the pc will turn on /come out of hibernation. Now this ...
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Boot from CD on Inspiron 7500

I recently acquired an old Dell Inspiron 7500. It has Windows XP installed on it currently and is super slow. So I decided to install Linux on the machine, but I have failed over and over. I have ...
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Dell Inspiron 530 strange startup behavior .. why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it normal for a Dell Inspiron 530 to have is fan to spin up 3 times before it POSTS? I have a Dell Inspiron 530 desktop, which runs XP pro, and perhaps most unique ...
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Account fails to load properly - Freezes

I've got a Dell Inspiron 1520 from 2007, and when I try to load any of the accounts on it, it is able to pass the login screen and get to a desktop. It loads the icons on the desktop, the background, ...
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Accessing Dell Utility/Recovery Partition

I'm having trouble accessing the Dell Utility/Recovery Partition. I've seen all kinds of articles online that tell me to press some magic key combo when I see the Dell splash screen, but I never see ...