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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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SSD works in Bay 1, won't boot in Bay 2 (Dell Studio)

I have a Dell Studio 1735 laptop for which I just bought an SSD (Crucial M4 64GB) as an upgrade. The laptop has two HDD bays, each with a different connector. Bay 1 is the bay in which the stock HDD ...
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Secondary Monitor won't Display at Full Resolution with Primary Display Disconnected

I have had a bad day. Among today's events, the LCD display on my Dell E6500 notebook failed. It had been working with a secondary monitor connected through a VGA cable at 1600x900 resolution until ...
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Boot from Hard Drive via USB but not directly?

I'm having a bizarre problem, and it seems I'm not alone. On a Dell Latitude 13, I get the error message "internal hard disk drive not found" during POST. Yet, if I take the very same hard drive and ...
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Dell monitors are displaying a 2 thick vertical bars on the left of the screen

So a while back my Dell 20.5" monitor, after using it for a little while, would occassionally get messed up. A thick bar would go from the top to the bottom of the screen (2-3 inches thick). I ...
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How can I fix a computer that blue screens before Windows starts?

I have a Dell Inspiron running Windows 7 that keeps getting blue screens of death. At first, the computer slowed down so much it was unusable. After some time, it wouldn't even load Windows anymore; ...
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Firefox busted after Dell Ubuntu auto-update

I have the Dell Mini 9 with Ubuntu. After an auto-update a few weeks ago, whenever I try to launch Firefox I get the message: Failed to execute child process No such file or directory So I tried ...
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Neither Linux mint nor Ubuntu can be installed on Alienware m14x r2

I have bought a laptop from Alienware a few years ago and recently have tried to switch to Linux. However, I have had so many issues with any version of Linux installing that I may be forced to use ...
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Get Windows 10 touch screen check gray on device with touch screen

On both my laptop and tablet (which each have touch screens), I see the following screen when checking the Get Windows 10 app. Does this mean that my touch screen drivers will not work with Windows ...
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Dell 5470 display material

I would like to know whether the screen is made from plastic or glass? Also, I need to know whether it is protected with any additional surfaces? I want to try Displex in order to polish the screeen ...
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Dell V725w Driver for Ubuntu 13.04

I have a Dell V725w Printer and I wanted to print a document from my Ubuntu 13.04 laptop. The driver for the printer is made for Ubuntu 11.10, but would it work with Ubuntu 13.04? If not, is there ...
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Dell U2312HM (DP) + Intel HD 3000 = Flicker

I'm using a Dell U2312HM monitor with my Lenovo X220 (Intel HD 3000 graphics card) via DisplayPort at work. Sadly, there is an issue with this combination: The Dell flickers once in a while. It's only ...
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Why does my disk ignore erase and write commands to some sectors?

I did an ATA secure erase on an SSD (with SystemRescueCD and hdparm). Some parts of the disk are reset to zero, but some parts are not. In particular, the MBR and the boot sector of a Windows Vista ...
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Middle mouse button stopped working

My Dell WM123 wireless mouse's middle button has stopped working. Clicking the scroll wheel in chrome used to open new tab or clicking it on any app pinned to the taskbar used to open another instance ...
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Can't Open Mouse Settings in Control Panel - Windows 8

When I click on any mouse related items anywhere in the Control Panel windows nothing happens. When I click on other links the options open. There are no mouse related entries in the Dell program ...
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Removed Network card from Device Manager (without Driver uninstall) now Windows wants driver Reinstal

I wonder if someone can help me. I have an (Dell) Alienware R4 ALX Desktop PC, purchased with Windows 8, but since updated to Windows 8.1. On Sunday, in effort to resolve another issue (which I ...
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One computer on network slow - but it wasn't always?

Let me start by saying that I have a pretty good understanding of my computer and OS so I've covered the basics here. I'll give you all the details and hopefully I can get some good feedback. I'm ...
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HDD spinning up while pc is off

We have a Dell PC that is switched off/shutdown (Mains still going into pc though), and every so often the HDD spins up for a couple of seconds then stops. Does anyone know why this is and if it can ...
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Headphone not working on Dell Laptop with Windows 7

My headphone has suddenly stopped working. I am not getting any sound from the headphone. I tried 3 different working headphones. I have dual boot option with Ubuntu & Windows 7. The headphone ...
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black screen with blinking cursor

I wanted to downgrade a computer from Windows 8 to Windows 7. When I tried to install using Windows 7 installation disk on boot, and I tried to install on a partition, I would get windows cannot be ...
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Dell windows 7 Screen is going to sleep while I am using it

Lately my screen has been going to sleep when I am using it. For example I will turn on the computer and then have to move the mouse just to see the log in screen. Or I will be surfing the web and the ...
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Setting up a hotspot with hostapd

I've been using the steps described here to set up a wireless hotspot: How to turn my Linux netbook into WiFi AP But when I type: /etc/init.d/hostapd start on the commande line, I get the reply ...
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about win xp themes

Was gone over thanksgiving break and came back to find my computer was displaying the windows classic style. Went to the Appearance tab and I do NOT have the Windows XP Style as an option. The theme ...
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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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continuous hard disk access - slowing down my machine

I find from the hard disk access LED on the front of my machine that the hard disk is being accessed more often and probably because of that, my machine is quite slow. The machine becomes unresponsive ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 slow on a Dell Optiplex 360

My desktop is becoming very slow - even when the load as displayed by the w command is around 2 or so. I run eclipse, crashplan, dropbox, and some times matlab. Chrome is the browser used. I have 4GB ...
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Function keys on Dell studio require tapping, rather than long hold

The function keys on my Dell Studio 1558 also double as OEM keys to alter LCD brightness, and up/down the volume. I have to hold Fn and tap the desired key (e.g. brightness up) to increment a change; ...
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Dell LCD monitor has no power

My Dell LCD monitor is. not working, there is no power at all. Warranty is gone I think. (Plus it stopped working after it fell from table.) Is there a way I can narrow it down to whether the issue ...
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Dell M6400 100% CPU usage in Google Talk and Skype

We've just upgraded the OS on a Dell M6400 from the factory Windows Vista x64 to Windows 7 x64. Through observing with Process Explorer I have found that the system is experiencing close to 100% CPU ...
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Random freezing on Dell Optiplex 780

I ordered a batch of these for work (10 machines). Some of them got Windows 7 and the rest got Windows XP SP3. The ones that were loaded up with windows 7 are working fine but the ones that have Win ...
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Dell Vostro won't boot with a USB. When try to boot from it, it say “BOOT ERROR”

Here's the problem; I'm trying to install Ubuntu:Maverick Meerkat using a USB flash drive on my dell vostro but when I try to boot from it, it say "BOOT ERROR". I used Universal-USB-Installer-1.8.0.8 ...
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Dell 2000FP monitor interpreting composite 60Hz signal as 50Hz - how to fix?

I have a VCR hooked up (but get the same results when I hook up a PlayStation 2), and the image is semi-viewable, so it's not completely messed up but definitely not watchable. When I bring up the OSD ...
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Synaptics Touchpad on Dell Inspiron Stops Responding Sometimes

Sometimes for no reason that I can observe my Synaptics touchpad will stop responding to scroll the scroll function (I swipe my finger down the right side). I then have to reboot to get it back. Does ...
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Dell Thin Client Screen Issue

I'll preface this by stating that I don't normally deal with network related systems in the work place. We recently purchased a handful of thin clients to accommodate bring our internal software to ...
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How can I get the touch-screen functionality on my Dell E2014T 19.5" monitor to work in Windows 10.1?

My question is exactly as above. I've already tried updating the driver through windows wizard and also deleting the current driver and replacing it with a fresh copy from the Dell website, beyond ...
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Broadcom BCM43142 802.11b/g/n not working with Ubuntu 15.04

I have a Dell laptop with the above WIFI chip. It's show as Dell wireless 1704 on Windows. So I have Ubuntu 15.04 USB drive prepared and boot into the live environment. But I don't see the WiFi as ...
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How do I rotate 1 of 2 external displays to portrait, in OSX Yosemite?

I have a 2015 MacBook Pro Retina, and two Dell U2414 24" displays. Each display is connected directly to the MacBook by DisplayPort. When I try to rotate one of the displays to portrait, using the "...
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Printer driver needs to be installed on every reboot

Currently I have a Dell 1815n MFP printer to which is connected to my network via ethernet and a router to which the rest of my computers are attached to as well. I can install the printer fine by ...
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Speaker Sound coming from Right Speaker connected to Monitor, but others are fine

I recently purchased a Dell 2240L and a Logitech z200 Speaker. The monitor has a headphone jack on the back so I connected the Speaker to the Monitor. It was working fine until the next morning when I ...
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Truecrypt 7.1a that's stuck

On my dell laptop I have the truecrypt boot loader installed and up until recently it's worked fine. I turned my laptop on, typed my password as usual and it said booting as usual but then instead of ...
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Dell LCD display icons/screen is fuzzy

I have an LCD dell screen with driver: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series The screen has been working fine, but the icons currently appear fuzzy and the screen is a bit brighter than it used to be. ...
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HD 5870 displayport low power no image on Dell UltraSharp U2414H 23.8

NOTE: I bought a cable for HDMI and now the resolution is at 1920x1020 I would prefer to at least understand how to fix the display port I have a windows 7 desktop with and AMD HD 5870 graphics card. ...
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Dell “Rescue Disk” image size questions

I used Dell's provided software for creating a "Rescue Disk" image to a 32GB USB stick for a few laptops and have backed these up using imageUSB. Questions What is the recommended way that can be ...
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When printing to Dell 5130cdn, document shows up on LCD screen but nothing prints

I have a user who is unable to print to a Dell 5130cdn. When she tries to, the name of the document will show up on the LCD screen and the rollers will start spinning as if it is going to print, but ...
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Computer does not turn off, stuck in weird hibernation

Ok, So this problem is starting to occur in a lot more computers than one in our network. We have several Dell V131 that when going into sleep mode seems to Shut down all USB-ports Internal Keyboard ...
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Extended Firefox use causes my sound to cut out

I have Dell PC, and I use Windows XP. After using Firefox for extended periods, my audio starts cutting out, as though someone is pressing play and pause continuously, and the mouse pointer lags. ...
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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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What can I do about a repeatedly dropping wireless connection?

I have a Dell laptop in front of me which is repeatedly dropping its wireless connection. I tried giving it a static IP but that doesn't help; it connects to the router for 10-15 seconds then drops ...
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Getting Dell M6500 to work with Apple 30 inch display

I have a Dell M6500 laptop and I can't get it to work with my 30" Apple Cinema display. I have tried every combination imaginable but it just doesn't work. I have the ATI Firepro 7820 with 1GB memory ...
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Installing 5505 Wireless Mobile Broadband module in to Dell E6410

I have a dell E6410 from work which I want to put a Dell Wireless 5505 mobile broadband card into from my old XPS M1210. I've moved the hardware over and the E6410 can see it but when I try running ...