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dark screen on dell latitude D520

I have Dell Latitude D520 (for 3 years) and my screen is dark. I try to set to maximum and still dark. Is the screen broken? Is it fixable?
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Dell D630 speaker/microphone->headset jack converter?

The Dell D630 has two seperate 3.5mm microphone/speaker jacks. I know there has to be an adapter to fit a combined 4-pole 3.5mm plug for a headset, yes?
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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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Bluetooth keeps crashing on Dell Inspiron 1545

Today my ADSL was down, so I was using Bluetooth to connect to my phone for extended periods. Twice the connection Bluetooth connection just dropped, and no Bluetooth icon was found in the tray. ...
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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 ...
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Swap Hard disks without reinstalling windows

I have two identical machines (Dell Vostro 200). Machine A has a dead hard disk, Machine B has a dead motherboard. Can i swap the hard disk from machine B to A ? It has Windows Vista Business ...
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Dell v305w prints skewed lines via wifi, fine on cable

When I print via the USB cable on my Dell v305w (which is also a scanner), everything is perfectly fine. However, when I print via WiFi, typically three lines on the page are skewed. Note: ...
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Will external monitor work if video card for laptop is bad?

Okay, so I'm making another topic here to clarify. The video card for this Dell Inspiron 1420 Vista laptop (NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS) is fried, and lets just say it for sure doesn't work. Before anyone ...
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Dell Vostro 1520 blank screen output after screen replacement

I ordered a replacement screen from Dell after an unfortunate accident and once installed I can't get it to work. I only get a blank screen with cursor on corner. If I use an external monitor then ...
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Dell Monitor Codes: ST, E, and U. What do they mean?

Can someone unpack this for me? From what I can tell, the U stands for "Ultra Sharp", but I cannot figure out the other two.
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Dell docking station / Windows 7 not detecting HannsG JC199D via DVI

I have a laptop running Win7 that I use with a Dell docking station. I'd used it with XP for a couple years running dual monitors from the docking station, one from the VGA and one from the DVI. ...
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Disable trackpad when mouse is connected (Dell laptop)

When typing on the keyboard of my Dell laptop, my palm occasionally slips over the trackpad, moving the cursor to another position in the text or putting focus on another window. I'd like to find a ...
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Dell Studio 1537 display doesn't work anymore. Can anyone help?

I have a laptop from Dell, a Studio 1537, model PP33L which I bought a year and a week ago (so no more warranty!). Since yesterday, the screen isn't showing any image anymore. The light works (I can ...
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How do I keep my Dell Computer from Freezing Windows 7 when I redock?

Whenever I hot dock my laptop, the laptop freezes. If I put it to sleep or hibernate this doesn't happen. I'm running Windows 7 on a Dell E6500. Any ideas what I can do to avoid having the lockup ...
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dell studio 1558 multi touchpad multi finger problem

Recently I bought an Intel Core i7 Dell laptop fully integrated. I have an ATi Radeon 1 gb ram graphic card and so on. Everything works fine even the brightness, but when I try the multi touch multi ...
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Is my hard drive data transfer rate slow? If so, what can I do?

I got a new Dell laptop recently, with an i7 processor and 6GB RAM, with 2 320GB hard drives. I thought this machine would have a lot of horsepower, and in most respects it does. But I find it to be ...
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Dell Precision 690 - NIC lights do not light up

I am baffled...NIC on Precision 690 not working. Just bought so do not know history. Installed Windows 7. I have: tried different cables and confirmed that cables are not the problem Tried removing ...
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Dell Studio 15 battery performance?

How many hours of usage can I expect from the 6 and 9 cell batteries Dell offers with the Studio 15 (for general usage, like wifi browsing and some applications like word)? Also, if you own a ...
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Laptop battery flashing

I got a DELL D505 battery and when in the laptop the light for the battery charging indicator flashes 4 times red and 1 time green. When I take the battery out and I press the button next to the 5 ...
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Diagnosing Hardware Interrupt Process Usage Problem on Dell Dimension

I've got a 5 year old Dell Dimension running WinXP SP3 that's really chugging along - Process Hacker (and Windows Task Manager) both report abnormally high Interrupt CPU usage. This ranges from 10-70%...
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Troubleshooting Windows Vista booting problem

I have a Dell Inspiron laptop which is loaded with Windows Vista Home. I had previously reported a problem with the laptop not switching on, which got fixed. Link: Dell inspiron laptop not switching ...
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Dell Optiplex 755 - serial port driver for windows 7 64bit

I have a dell optiplex 755 (tower), it was shipped originally with vista but was recently reinstalled using Windows 7, 64 bit. THe serial port driver, and something else called "PCI Simple ...
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Firewire audio dropouts Dell Vostro 3500

This question is actually answered, I'm putting it up here since other people might be running into this and it's ultra annoying. Hardware/software involved: RME Fireface 400 firewire audio ...
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Dell Inspiron laptop not switching on

I have a Dell Insprion 1525 latop which is not switching on. The power adapter light is glowing, but I do not see any light glowing on the laptop. How can I fix it?
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My computer won't boot

My computer won't boot from hard disk but it can boot from usb or dvd. When I'm at the installer screen of Windows, it can't see my hard drive, but my BIOS displays it correctly. My computer is a ...
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Limitations on ATI Mobility graphics cards?

I'm buying a laptop from Dell(http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx//inspiron-14r?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~oid=us~en~29~inspiron-14r-anav3~~&redirect=1, scroll down to see ...
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Calibrating laptop Dell inspiron t4500 for more faithful colors

How do I calibrate my Dell laptop to have more faithful colors? I am editing a photo using Photoshop and my Dell Laptop, when I am editing I don't encounter any problems with the image or the color. ...
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Dell D620 laptop has video issues that I can not diagnose

I took a short video of the video problems I am having, you can see it here -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43eNQy8oDt4 I tested the laptop in the BIOS menu, Ubuntu and XP safe mode and the ...
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What could be causing my PC's fan to intermittently whir for brief period of time?

I have a Dell XPS 400 PC running Windows 7. Every so often (45 minutes or so?), the fan will make a whirring noise. It is intense, but lasts about three seconds. I'm trying to figure out why this is ...
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How can I update the BIOS of a Dell Inspiron 1564?

How can I update the BIOS of my Dell Inspiron 1564?
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Is safe to buy this dell inspiron 6000 battery? [closed]

I find a battery for dell inspiron 6000 on shop: http://www.my-battery.co.uk/laptop-batteries/dell-inspiron-6000.htm .But I can't tell if it is safe?
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How can I enable the Bluetooth on my Dell Studio 1558?

How can I enable my Dell Studio laptop's 1558 bluetooth?
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Upgrade video card on Dell Inspiron e1505/6400 laptop?

I have a Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505 laptop. I ordered it several years ago. It uses an onboard video chip. Is it possible to upgrade the video card on this laptop using an expansion card? I've ...
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my dell 20.5“ screen has a red, vertical bar about 2” wide, is the monitor trash?

As of about 1 hour ago, my Dell 20.5" monitor has a 2" vertical red bar on the screen. It is a 4 year old LCD. Does this mean the monitor is effectively ruined or is this something that can be fixed ...
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how to install windows 7 if its not compatible with the hardware

Is it possible that a laptop. Or a computer isn't compatible with windows 7 even if it has 2Gb of memory and a decent 2Ghz intel processor? Its a dell laptop with drivers that is only compatible with ...
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Dell Dimension 5100, Faulty PSU, replacing it with generic brand

The power button on my Dell Dimension 5100 started flashing yellow a couple of days ago. Upon further investigation I opened the computer and found a AUX PWR led glowing in yellow. I'm taking a chance ...
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Cannot boot from USB at startup

Laptop: Dell XPS m1530 with A12 BIOS. I have USB EMULATION enabled in the BIOS. At startup, after pressing F12, USB is shown in the list, but I cant boot from it,, boot device gets automatically ...
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Pesky audio popping on Dell laptop, even after replacing parts and reinstalling

I have a problem with audio popping on my Dell laptop. Audio has been the most affected. I bet other things have been as well, but it is harder to tell. It began a few months ago and I don't think ...
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how to diagnose a hard system seizure? Dell+Ubuntu

I've got Ubuntu 9.10 on a Dell Vostro 420 desktop, a little over a year old, which I use for plain vanilla work stuff (email, web, terminal, text editor). Every now and then, at totally random times, ...
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Windows XP refuses to install on a dell mini 10

I have a dell inspiron mini 10. It boots from an external CD-ROM drive and goes through the first part of the windows XP home install with no problem, but on reboot it loses the CD-Rom drive when it ...
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Ubuntu 9.10 will not boot

After an update yesterday my Dell X300 will only boot to a screen with an option to perform 2 memory tests. If I perform these tests, it will only go back to this same screen, offering a choice of ...
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Is Lojack preinstalled on Dell's laptops?

I'm looking at buying a Dell Studio 15 or similar. Unfortunately, they all seem to come with Lojack software included and no option to take it out of the build. I really do not want this software ...
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Dell Media Direct is rebooting my machine when it goes into sleep mode

I've got a Dell Studio 1535 laptop, which shipped w/ Vista 32-bit. I've since formatted and installed Windows 7 64-bit. Everything has been fine for months, but recently, every time I leave my machine ...
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Dell e4300 Random Beeps

I’ve noticed that my Dell e4300 Laptop will randomly beep every now and then. The symptoms are virtually identical to the issue described here: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/...
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Error Trying To Use Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000

I bought a Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 web camera for may parent's Dell Dimension 3000 computer running XP SP 3, and I cannot get it to run. THe installation ran successfully, but when I try to run it, ...
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Are these three brand new sticks of RAM really dead?

I'm working on a Dell Dimension 4700 desktop for a friend. It came with 512MB of DDR2 RAM (two sticks of 256MB). One morning, it started blue screening on startup with no helpful error messages. It ...
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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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Windows XP corrupts registry every several hours

There is a Dell XPS 400 with Windows Media Center installer. It is installed on RAID (Intel Matrix Storage) which is built-in chipset south bridge. Raid has two 150 Gb WDC drivers connected as ...
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Bluetooth not working on Inspiron 9400

It used to work when I had Windows XP installed, but now, with Windows 7, it isn't even showing up in my device manager. I tried updating the drivers but that didn't fix the issue?
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Upgrading laptop processor

I have a Dell Studio 17. It's a few years old, and I wanted to upgrade the processor. It currently has an Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 @ 2.00GHz My question is how can I find out which processors are ...