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How to disable NVIDIA Optimus on a Dell XPS 15?

I've got a new Dell XPS 15 (L502x) with an NVIDIA GeForce 540M, Intel Core i7Q 2.2 Ghz, and Crucial RealSSD hard drive. As with most laptops with NVIDIA cards these days, it's got the "Optimus" ...
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How is the extra mSATA SSD disk used/configured in a Dell XPS laptop?

Some machines in the new XPS laptop range from Dell come with a regular, large (500GB+) HDD and an additional 32GB m-SATA SSD. The only detail I can find about this extra drive on the Dell site is ...
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Is it possible to add 2 monitor to Dell XPS 15 Laptop?

Is it possible to add 2 monitor to this Dell XPS 15 Laptop ? Mini DisplayPort (1) 2 total USB 3.0 HDMI 1.4 Do we need to buy extra hardware for this?
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How do I install Windows 7 (with Intel RST) and Linux to dual boot on a Dell XPS 15?

I have recieved a new $work laptop, a Dell XPS 15 with a 128GB mSATA drive and a a 1TB 5400 HDD. It came with Windows 8 installed, which is not supported by my employer and must be re-installed with ...
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When AC Power is disconnected, atibtmon.exe throws a Runtime error

The installer is not working for my ATI mobility Radeon HD 3670 on Dell XPS Studio 16 using Windows 8 PRO 64 bits. Here are the screenshots of my ATI Radeon configuration: Hardware configuration ...
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Dell XPS M1530 overheating

My Dell XPS M1530 gets insanely hot. What can I do? -- edit I just confirmed that the cooling fan is not moving. Is there any way of replacing a laptop fan?
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Number of Processors and Computer Speed relation?

Does changing the number of processors under Boot Advanced Options affect computer speed? I have Dell XPS 15z Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) OS with 4GB RAM, intel i5 processor @2.5 Ghz and 1GB ...
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What is the correct antenna configuration for an Intel Centrino 6300 module on a Dell Studio XPS 16?

I purchased an upgraded wireless card (Intel Centrino 6300) for my Dell Studio XPS 16, and need to know the correct antenna configuration. There were no install instructions for the wireless card, nor ...
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RAM issue with Dell XPS 1640

I have this laptop from 2009 N07X1604 STUDIO XPS 16 : INTEL CORE 2 DUO T9900(3 MEMORY : 4096MB (2X2048) 1067MHZ DDR3 DU As you see, it comes with 2 modules of 2gb 1067MHZ DDR3. Now I have searched ...
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Can I delete the OEM partition on the new Dell XPS 15?

My new Dell XPS 15 L521X just arrived. I need to set this up to dual boot Linux. Sadly, the system comes with four primary partitions. I can't do a clean install at the moment, so one of the ...
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Frequent DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION BSOD on Windows 8

I am having frequent Blue Screens of Death on my new Windows 8 Dell XPS 13 UltraBook. The specifics: Hardware (screenshot of device manager with what I think are the most relevant items expanded): ...
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Is it possible to use two external monitors with Dell XPS 15z?

On the Dell XPS 15z there are both an HDMI-port and a Mini DisplayPort. Is it possible to connect both of these at the same time as a way to get dual external monitors? Related question for the XPS ...
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Disable touch buttons on Dell XPS 14?

I have one of the new Dell XPS 14 laptops running Windows 7 64-bit. The laptop has three touch buttons above the keyboard (Windows Mobility Center, customizable button, and audio settings). Here's a ...
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Ubuntu on an XPS 14 Ultrabook with mSATA cache and 500GB HD - how to partition for dual boot?

I am getting an XPS 14 ( http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-14-l421x/pd ) and I want to dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu. This thing has a 500GB standard HD and a 32GB mSATA that can be used as cache. Does ...
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My Dell laptop has Nvidia GPU but it runs on Intel graphics

I have Dell XPS L502x and I bought which has 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M Graphics card But it runs on Intel Graphics How to use Nvidia Graphics instead Intel Graphics?
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Windows 7 directly turn monitor off when just listening to music

Windows 7, Laptop DELL XPS 1330: When just listening to music, I want to turn off my laptop display immediately. It perfectly works after the usual delay (e.g. 10 mins) set in the power management, ...
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Windows 10 updating from Windows 7 via Windows update fail after 84%

I have Dell XPS-L502X(Early 2011) with Windows 7 Home Premium-64 bit. I already reserved my Windows 10 copy and started an update to it that was 2,712.6 MB and failed after 84%, it took for that 17 ...
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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook, WiFi N performance is slow and has problems

I just opened a brand new Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook and connected to my 802.11n wireless network. Performance is abysmal. Web pages time out, SpeedTest shows 0.15 Mbps (on a 50 Mbps FiOS connection), and ...
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What is causing my wireless problems?

I have a Dell XPS M1330, since I moved to my new house, the wireless barely works on it, my housemates report no problems, so I guess it's something to do with my laptop. It's eratic in normal mode, ...
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How do I create factory restore media for a Dell laptop with Windows 8?

This may have been asked before, but not for Windows 8. How do you create the factory restore media for a Dell Laptop (a Dell XPS 15 in my case) before I go and do something stupid with it.
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Properly disabling Intel SRT

I just purchased a Dell XPS 8500 that comes with a 2TB mechanical HDD + 32GB SSD that is configured to use Intel's SRT. I'm planning to dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu, but it seems like SRT drivers are ...
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How to find out if the screen is WLED or RGBLED on Dell Studio XPS 16?

I just ordered the Dell Studio XPS 16 with i7 and 16" RGBLED screen. This upgrade from WLED LCD to RGBLED LCD charged me more $$. But now when I view the order online, it lists this part as "320-8335 ...
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Dell XPS laptop BIOS complains after installing SSD

I installed a Samsung 830 SSD in my XPS L501X and now every time it boots, after the logo screen it beeps twice, rattles the DVD drive and displays this message (and nothing else) Press <F1> to ...
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Why is Windows 7 throttling my laptop CPU?

I have been dealing with this problem for months. The Computer Model: Dell XPS M1330 (specs found here; I have the full 4GB of RAM) Age: 3+ years OS: Windows 7 Professional x64 Problem ...
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BIOS says 8GB RAM installed but only 6GB is available

my machine is a Dell Studio XPS 9100 with 8GB of RAM installed. When I open the BIOS setup and enter the System Info, it shows that my machine got 8GB of RAM installed but only 6GB is available (yes ...
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Three Monitors with Nvidia GeForce GT 525m and Intel HD Graphics on Del XPS 15Z

I have a brand new Dell XPS 15Z as a replacement for my workstation and I am trying to plug the two monitors that I had with my old machine. I have been looking online and asking some of my coworkers ...
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Laptop not booting from any bootable device (UEFI broken?)

I was trying to install Debian in a dual boot with the already installed Windows 10 on my laptop. Now when I boot up the PC it shows the Dell logo and the options to press F2 for Setup and F12 for ...
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Upgrade to Windows 10: speaker volume is not as high as it used to be

I recently upgraded from Windows 8.1 to 10 on my Dell XPS 13. It comes with the following audio devices and associated drivers: I have version 6.0.1.7544 of the audio driver installed The audio ...
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Why are my XPS JBL speakers crackling (static sound)?

I own a XPS L502X laptop which has inbuilt JBL 2.1 speakers. I use Ubuntu 12.04. I regularly use this ear training software called GNU Solfege. The issue is that my speakers make a static sound a lot ...
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Replacing laptop hard drive

I have two laptops, a Dell XPS running 64-bit and HP Pavilion 32-bit and I want to replace the Dell hard drive with the hard drive in the HP temporarily because my Dell laptop became very slow and I ...
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Dell XPS 17 laptop: USB 3.0 Ports don't work until machine rebooted

I have a new Dell XPS 17 laptop. My issue: The two USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) ports on the rear of the machine are not recognising anything when I start up. I've tried attaching a mouse, keyboard, headset, ...
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Dell XPS M1330 with failed Nvidia graphics card, looking for motherboard replacement

I have a Dell XPS M1330, it is not working any more due to graphics card issues. When I called Dell support they said that my machine is out of warranty so I need to pay to fix it! I heard that such ...
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BSOD During Windows 7 Install

I current have a working XP partition a Dell XPS m1330 laptop along with a working Ubuntu partition. After launching the Windows 7 install DVD from within XP I run through the options for a custom ...
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My new Dell XPS 12 ultrabook keeps beeping forever after pressing the power button and doesn't start

I've just bought a new Dell XPS 12 12.5-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook. After pressing the power button for the first time it started making beeps without stopping. There's no display ...
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How do I troubleshoot low wireless signal strength on my Dell Studio XPS?

My Dell Studio xps laptop has just started experiencing extremely low signal strength. I did set up a wireless printer the other day, so maybe I screwed something up in the process. Here's what I ...
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Core 2 Duo Processor E8400 with LGA 755 socket?

The motherboard on my PC (Dell XPS 410) has socket LGA 755 and according to the box on this processor I have, says it requires a motherboard with socket LGA 775. Will this processor work on the 755 ...
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Why does my computer frequently fail to wake up?

My computer frequently fails to wake up. I press the keyboard or mouse but it just sits there. The monitor is off. I have a Dell XPS 8500, have all the latest drivers according to http://www.dell....
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Windows 7 Installation Fails at 7% Extraction on Dell

Alright, before I begin I want to clarify some points so no one wastes their time giving solutions that have already been addressed and haven't worked: I am aware that this is a common error (...
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How do I save the hard drives from a broken Dell XPS 700 motherbord?

I have an old XPS 700, and the motherboard just died (this is a common issue with this model, my 3rd MB). I'm not interested in reviving the computer itself, but would like to access the data on the ...
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solve dell xps delay on touchpad and keyboard

I finally found the complete solution for a frustrating/weird problem i was facing. Problem A ) there is a touchpad delay when typing and try to use the touchpad? problem B ) there is a 1 second ...
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Upgrading to Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit

I have a Dell XPS M1730 and am running Sims 3, and Lightroom 3.6 (I think), Adobe Photoshop. I'm wondering if upgrading my RAM to 8 GB would make a significant change on my computer? I know I ...
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Cannot turn wireless on my Dell Studio XPS 1647 - touch lights broken

The touch lights on my Dell Studio XPS 1647 (running Windows 7) are broken. For most features: volume, playing and pausing media, this isn't an issue, I can do it another way. But for the wireless ...
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Logitech H800 bluetooth headset with Dell XPS1330

When I use my H800 bluetooth headset I can get everything working except of Stereo audio. I have tried to re-install the driver, but I fail. Obviously I cannot find the proper driver, I have tried ...
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Problem with Dell XPS with Nvidia 8800GT SLI cards - only one installed

First off, I'm a sysadmin, but I'm pretty removed from home computers and gaming machines. A friend of mine asked me to look at an issue on his machine where it was hard locking sometimes, or there ...
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Dell is nowhere mentioning DVB-T for Dell Studio XPS 16

The web is full of reviews mentioning that the Dell Studio XPS 16 can be bought with an integrated DBV-T receiver. But I can not find a single place across the whole Dell website stating just that, ...
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Windows Vista x64 freezes randomly

my computer (a Dell XPS M1330 - Vista x64) hangs randomly. When it happens I can't run the task manager (or another app), nor the Start menu, and when i try to close an application the title bar shows ...
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Samsung 830 seen in BIOS but not Windows 8 on Dell XPS8700

So this is odd: I have a known-good Samsung 830 256GB SSD which my new Dell 8700 Special Edition sees in BIOS, however it's not visible at all in Windows 8.1. This drive works fine in my old computer....
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Black Screen on Logon (windows 7 Home Premium)

I have been having some trouble with a dell XPS 15 laptop that I recently purchased. It is under a month old, and a problem has occurred, upon logging on just after start up, the computer will just ...
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mini displayport to VGA not working

Very simple problem: I am trying to hook up a laptop to a projector via a Mini DisplayPort to VGA connector, however it just doesn't work at all. Where this gets odd is: This all works to the ...
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Hard Drive bay in Dell XPS L502X DVD-slot

I'd like to replace my XPS' cd/dvd drive bay with a holder for a 2.5" hard drive. I know I've seen things like this, but I can't for the life of me find anything like this these days! Any ideas?