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

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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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Hibernate doesn't work in Windows 7 64bit

Hibernate doesn't work in Windows 7 64bit. When I try to hibernate, it just turns off computer and when I turn on it, it doesn't resume and it just starts as 'fresh' again. I updated my drivers. What ...
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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 ...
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Error 0xc0000260 when installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on an old laptop

I'm attempting to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a Dell Inspiron 8600, and I am getting a 0xc0000260 error. Googling around, I found that others get this error when installing on a Virtual ...
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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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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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Unable to find Windows 7 (32-bit) drivers for Dell Inspiron n5010?

I'm unable to find 32-bit drivers for Windows 7 for newly purchased Dell Inspiron n5010. It came with FreeDOS so no drivers CD was included. The Dell support site has only drivers for 64-bit Windows ...
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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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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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Which UNIX or Linux distribution works on a Dell M5010 without having to compile any drivers?

I want to have UNIX or Linux on my laptop but I found that the wireless did not work on all the ones I tried. I have not tried again for over 6 months but don't have the time to experiment. It took me ...
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Dell Inspiron 15R gives electric shocks

I have had this laptop for just more than a year and never faced any problem with it until sometime back when I got a "tingling sensation" using the track pad, just around the edges. That happens only ...
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No Windows 7 users available for login after Dell DataSafe factory reset

I created install discs using the Dell DataSafe 2.0 backup utility in order to re-install Windows on a friend's laptop (Dell Inspiron N5110). I ran the discs to do a factory reset. After the whole ...
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Mouse move choppy and laggy with Ubuntu 12.04

I installed Ubuntu LTS 11.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 on my Dell M5030. My mouse moves choppy and laggy. I do not encounter this problems on Ubuntu 10.04 on this machine. I think this bug may com from ...
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How to CLEAN INSTALL Windows 7 Professional 64Bit on Dell Inspiron 15R Turbo / Special Edition laptop?

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 15R Turbo/Special Edition with following configuration: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M processor, Windows 8 Single Language, English (64bit), 8GB 2 DIMM (4GB ...
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Should I update my Dell N4110 BIOS before Upgrading to Windows 8?

I'm using Dell Inspiron 14R and it can be upgraded(recommended by Dell) to Windows 8. Recently, Dell released latest Bios! The latest bios is for Windows 8 or for Windows 7?
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Installing wireless drivers on Dell Inspiron 6400

I have a friend with an Inspiron 6400 laptop with Windows XP. The driver CD is missing and the wireless driver is not installed . I have tried several drivers but with no luck: 1390 minicard the ...
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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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How to turn ON bluetooth in Dell Inspiron?

I bought a new Dell Inspiron laptop a month ago. The company had pre-installed all the required software in my laptop. As such, the bluetooth used to be switched ON whenever I switched on my machine. ...
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What does Microsoft Office 2010 OEM installation mean?

I bought a Dell laptop and it came pre-installed with Windows 7 (64-bit). The list of software available on the laptop given by the manufacturer says it has Microsoft Office 2010 OEM installation. ...
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How to invert function keys on Dell N5010?

There are similar posts, but those are for different laptop. I am using Dell Inspiron N5010. I couldn't find how to invert fn keys either from BIOS or from Windows Mobility Center. How to invert ...
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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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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 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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Random disconnect from Wi-Fi

I have a Dell Inspiron with Windows 7 Home Premium. There is a strange problem. I connect to the network through Wi-Fi. However as soon as I start downloading anything, the Wi-Fi on the laptop goes ...
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Dell Inspiron 1501 will not turn on

I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 purchased December 2007 and no warranty remaining. Today, the laptop will not turn on. I followed these Dell troubleshooting instructions, but still no success: ...
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Screen artifacts and memory parity error

I have owned a Dell Inspiron 9400 laptop that has given me nothing but grief. I bought this laptop in 2006 and over the near year (till 2007) dell replaced the motherboard twice, LCD screen once. But ...
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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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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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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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Run monitor on 1440x900 resolution when native is 1920x1200

I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 running Windows XP. It has Intel 945GM graphics. When I bought the computer, I got it with a native resolution of 1920x1200. However, this resolution is far too small to ...
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Black USB ports are working; blue ones aren't

My laptop (model "Dell Inspiron N5110") has four USB ports. Two of them work. Two of them don't. The two ports that don't work have blue interior contact surfaces, instead of black/grey. A quick web ...
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Turn off Webcam Light on Dell Inspiron 1525

I would like to turn off the Webcam light for all circumstances when the webcam is running. I have tried configuring the settings to "off" for motion detection and remote monitoring, but to no avail. ...
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Black Screen on Startup even after running chkdsk

I started an old (Dell Inspiron 2200) the startup goes all the way to Microsoft Windows XP Logo then I get a black screen. I am still able to move the cursor but that is about it. I tried running ...
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Bluetooth headset giving intermittent sound

I am using a Byte bluetooth headset along with my Dell Inspiron laptop. Whenever I play any music or audio, the sound is highly intermittent. The problem disappears for a while if I disconnect-connect ...
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Windows 7 Root Folder appears empty

I have a Dell Inspiron #580 running Windows 7 Home Premium. The special 'numbered' file that the shortcut to my Root directory is gone and when I navigate to the Root directory it appears empty! ...
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How to PERMANENTLY disable touchpad tap-to-click on Dell Inspiron/Windows 7

my first time here, so I hope you can help. I've seen a lot of stuff on various forums (including here) about disabling the annoying "tap" function on a laptop touchpad. I learned the hard way not to ...
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Getting Internet to run with Inspiron 1525 in Linux Mint 11

I have tried installing the drivers with that one click option they promote but it doesn't pull up the broadcom drivers it needs.
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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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xPUD doesn't recognize Wi-Fi adapter

I saw xPUD, and decided to give it a try. It's basically the same concept as Chromium/Chrome OS - boot (nearly) straight into the browser, only it's Firefox-based instead of Chrome/Chromium-based. ...
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Chrome OS is not loading on an Inspiron B130

When attempting to load Chrome OS from a USB stick on my Inspiron B130 the Chromium logo comes up and then disappears to a black screen. After pressing Alt-Right I can login to the terminal and ...
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Laptop Suddenly Shutdown (but no problem in Windows 7)

I have used my laptop for 1.5 year, which is Dell Inspiron 1320. Recently, I just installed Ubuntu 11.04 Desktop to my laptop. However, I'm facing very strange problem that I did not face before. ...
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What are the things I need to consider when choosing a new graphics card?

I just bought a Dell Inspiron 580 Desktop with Intel Core i3-550 Processor, Windows 7 Home Premium has 6gig of memory and 1t of disk space. I need a graphic card to play games (war single player). I ...
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Why does my laptop slow down after a few minutes when i'm playing a game?

I have a Dell Inspiron N5110 with a 2.5 Ghz Processor with Turbo Boost and a 1 GB dedicated graphics card and 4 GB RAM running Windows 7 Home Premium. Recently, when I play Skyrim and other games, ...
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Would an old laptop run with converter SATA to IDE? [duplicate]

I got an old Dell Inspiron 7000 (specifications) but there was no hard drive in it. So I wonder is it possible to run Linux if I'll install SATA Female to 44Pin 2.5 IDE Male HDD Adapter Converter ...
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Peggle Fried My GT240

I have a Dell Inspiron 530 with a modified (upgraded) CPU fan and a GeForce GT240. It had a GT240, because yesterday, after my son had a long round of Peggle, the display just shut off; after a few ...
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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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How can I divert audio from jack to USB port?

I have a problem with the fact that my Dell Laptop has the jack audio output uncomfortably to the front, and I always bump the jack with my knee. Is there any possibility to divert the audio stream ...
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External graphics card for laptop?

Is it possible to hook up an external graphics card to our Dell Inspiron 1420 Vista laptop? The video card is messed up, and I know you can't replace the internal video cards for laptops since they ...
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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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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 ...