The Dell Inspiron is a line of consumer laptops made by Dell.

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Making F1-F12 keys the default on Dell Inspiron 1545

I've been given a laptop at work, a Dell Inspiron 1545, which I find pretty good, except for the F1-F12 keys. Being a programmer and a poweruser of several programs, I need to use them a lot, and ...
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In general, do 3rd-party laptop AC adapters / chargers work reliably?

The AC adapters for my 2 dell laptops wore out very quickly. One supplies power but won't charge the battery (it's about 3 years old, the other is a bit newer). Both have worn through to the ...
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Dell Inspiron 1525 - internal hard drive not detected

Others have asked about this issue but had intermittent access to their HD, therefore their results did not apply to this situation. I have tried reseating the HD to no effect. I also tried booting ...
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CD/DVD Drive not detecting locally burned CD/DVDs, but works fine with Genuine discs

I'm using Dell Inspiron 1420 - 32 Bit - Windows Vista, since 2.5 years. I'm facing a strange problem with my CD/DVD-drive. I cannot run/play a CD/DVD which I get burned from my friends. But when I ...
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When I try to install Windows 7 on dell inspiron 1420 which came with Ubuntu freezes at the beginning of installation

I have searched many forums and tried a lot of suggested solutions but nothing works. I am sure that installation disk is ok cause it worked before (I was able to install Windows7 on my other notebook ...
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Suggested RAM for inspiron 1720 [closed]

I have a inspiron 1720 with 2gb ram, what kind of ram should I buy, I want to get 4gb. i'm running windows 7 on it. Do I have to buy 4gb or should there be empty slots? Any links would be ...
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Running ubuntu 10.04 on Inspiron 1720, screen resolution woes

Ok my screen resolution is stuck at 800x600. I'm trying ubuntu on my Inspiron 1720 laptop. How can I get a higher resolution? I tried ubuntu on my desktop many moons ago, and now giving it another ...
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Installing ubuntu on inspiron 1720, can I dual boot?

Can I dual boot ubuntu with on a inspiron 1720 (it is running windows 7). One issue is I don't have space on the c:\ drive, but other partitions have space. Will that cause any issues? This is just ...
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Hard Drive Light Emulator

I've just got a new Dell Inspiron, and I'm a little disconcerted without the reassurance of a flashing hard drive light, especially with long installs. Is there something that can reveal HDD activity ...
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Are laptop hard drives fairly generic, or do I need to be careful to get the right one for my computer model?

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, and the hard drive is failing and I'd like to get a new one. What I'm wondering is, do I need to buy a hard drive specific to my computer model, or are laptop ...
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how do you eject cd using keyboard on dell inspiron 6000

The eject button on my cd / dvd drive is broken. I can still eject using windows explorer from the context menu. I need to reinstall windows. Is there a function key combination i can use from the ...
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Getting Wireless working on Dell Inspiron 1545 in Ubuntu 10.04?

I'm trying to install my wireless drivers (which uses a broadcom card). I tried to install them using the restricted drivers offered on my Ubuntu CD (since my only internet connection is public ...
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Will a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop work without a battery?

If you remove the battery from the 1525 and use only the power adapter, will the laptop work? Or does it need the battery in there for it to turn on? I'm looking for authoritative answers with some ...
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Replacement hard drive for my dell 1720 inspiron [closed]

I'm looking for a 7200 rmp drive for my dell inspiron, which one do you guys suggest? Is installation fairly trivial? I have 2gb ram, would it be worthwile to get 4gb? I want to run virtualbox so I ...
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Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10 *upgrade* w/ broadcom wireless driver running on a dell inspiron 1545. Will my wireless break, like when I installed 9.10 side along?

I am wondering if I upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 to Ubuntu 9.10 on my laptop (a dell inspiron 1545) using broadcom wireless drivers; will my wireless break? When I side along installed Ubuntu 9.10 last ...
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Make a bootable usb to install Windows XP from Linux

I have a Dell Mini 9 with only Ubuntu installed, I want to install Windows XP also but I don't have and can't get an external CD drive, so I need to make a windows installation from the usb. All the ...
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Webcam not working

I have a dell inspiron 1520 with a integrated web cam ,vista was the OS that came up with the system , i have moved to xp and have downloaded all the necessary driver for xp from the dell drivers ...
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Laptop shuts down randomly (like every 8-10 hours)

My Dell Inspiron 1525 shuts down randomly, it's running Windows 7. I checked the error log and this is what the last error was: Event 37 Kernel-Processor-Power The speed of processor 1 in group 0 is ...
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Error updating BIOS on a Dell Inspiron 1501

I have an Inspiron 1501 that I've installed 64bit Windows 7 on. It's running beautifully, but I am stuck trying to update the BIOS. Dell only provides the Windows BIOS flash utility and when I try to ...
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dell insiron 1525, restarting automatically. How to clean radiator?

my dell inspiron restarts without any reason. Only thing noticeable is fan, at its peaks before shut down. it looks like heat up issue due to clotted passageways, and if it is how can I clean up my ...
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Dell Inspiron 15 battery, 4-, 6-, or 9-cell?

I'm in the process of helping someone select a Dell Inspiron 15 and I'm wondering about the physical size of the battery. The default is a 4-cell which is probably just a few hours of battery life. ...
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Replace clock battery on Dell Inspiron 8200?

I have an old Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop. Still mostly works, but the clock battery has died so everytime I power it on I need to go into the BIOS and set the proper clock time. From what I've been ...
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Windows 7 and Battery Problem

I have a Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505 model laptop. I've recently installed Windows 7 on my computer and now my battery is not charging ? What can I do ? Is there any one who once had the same problem and ...
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How to Overclock a Dell Inspiron 531?

I have searched all over the web on how to overclock a Dell computer. I cant find anything about it. I am trying to overclock the CPU. My specs: Mainboard : Dell 0RY206 Chipset : nVidia 6100V ...
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Why does NetworkManager take so long to connect to the wireless network?

I have a Dell Mini9 that came with Ubuntu 8.10. Out of the box, Wifi configuration was done under System settings -> Network and worked straightforward. Then, after some update patches, ...
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Reusing Dell Inspiron Media Direct button in windows

I was wondering whether I can reuse Dell Media Direct switch for some other purpose like "hibernate" or "open default media player". I have noticed that on Ubuntu, it open default media player. EDIT: ...
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Is there an easy way to disable this laptop's touchpad?

Specifically, I'm on a Dell Inspiron 1525. I'd like to disable the touchpad so that I can re-enable if my mouse were to run out of batteries (so physically breaking the connection to the motherboard ...