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What is the right procedure to safely remove stickers from a laptop?

My new Dell Studio 15 has those annoying "permanent" decal stickers for Windows Vista and Intel Centrino processor. I want them gone. I don't want to try to peel them only to discover that I've ruined ...
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Function keys on Dell laptop requires Fn+F1-F12 (default is multimedia/oem key)

In most dell laptop (e.g. Studio 1555, Inspiron 1545, Inspiron 3000, Inspiron N5010 etc) the F1-F12 keys at the top of the keyboard are dual function with Multimedia/OEM keys such as volume and screen ...
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What does 1080p mean in laptop resolution?

Dell is selling a laptop (Studio 15) where the options for screen resolution are 720p, 900p, and 1080p. What do they mean? I've found a Wikipedia entry that lists the old confusing (UXGA, WUXGA, ...
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OEM Office 2010 without media - how to reinstall?

I have recently purchased a new office desktop PC from Dell with OEM version of Windows 7 Pro and Office 2010 Pro. One of the reasons I always use Dell is that they always supply installation media ...
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Tools to modify UEFI Variables in Windows/Linux?

I have a DELL machine that use Phoenix SecureCore Tiano as its UEFI/BIOS However, it is totally not configurable as its UEFI shell & menus are hidden in BIOS Setup. I'm wondering if there were ...
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What is the Dell “FGA Module”

When looking at the list of items included with the Dell XPS 15 I see: FGA Module: Catalog Number / Description = PPAN1303_023/PPAN1305_027/BTO Product Code = FG0011 What does it represent? I found ...
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Buying a Laptop Battery - OEM vs. 3rd Party

Looking at a replacement 9-cell battery for my Dell 1525 I've noticed that the OEM batteries that Dell sells are up to 3x more expensive than batteries sold by a 3rd party vendor. Is the Dell premium ...
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Can a virus corrupt a hard disk?

Shorter version: Hard disk corrupt, vendor claims warranty does not apply since it was "due to a virus" and "problems due to software are not covered under the warranty". Longer version: My Dell ...
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Is it normal for the laptop charger to spark when plugging in?

All the laptop chargers I had until now sparked whever I plugged them in. This is true for my old charger (the bulkier / rounder Dell model) and the new charger (the flat Dell model) with two ...
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How do I get rid of this old hard drive in my machine?

I bought it about 5 years ago and it came bundled with Windows Vista. When Windows 7 launched, I waited a bit then realized it would rock with an SSD. So I bought an SSD and added it as my primary ...
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Function keys require Fn modifer. How can I make them default?

On my Dell Studio 15, the function keys, by default, do things like switch the radio on/off or change the brightness or sound. To use them as function keys I have to hold down the Fn modifier. I use ...
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Is it possible to enable software brightness control on Dell U2412M

Well, I just wanted this yes/no simple question to Dell e-mail support. Their web site required service code just to send an e-mail. Then I tried their "technical" chat support. Some Indian person ...
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Windows Photo Viewer - Yellow?

I have a Dell M4500 attached to a dock with two Samsung SyncMaster 2443. For some reason all images in Windows Photo viewer have a yellow background and it distorts the image. Viewing the same image ...
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pcdrsysinfosoftware.p5x - Entry Point Not Found

I'm getting this pop sometimes on my Dell Windows 8(upgraded from Windows 7) Laptop. Want to know why i get this and how to not to get it
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Why doesn't Windows 7 allow me to format?

Dell support can be fun to deal with right? Ultimately, I have been going back and forth with Dell on an issue and came to reinstalling Windows 7 32-Bit Pro. The problem is that Windows Setup will ...
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Dell laptop power cable always falls out!

I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop, about 18 months old. The problem is that the power cable keeps on falling out. It's just sitting on a desk, but minor movement can cause it to come out. From a ...
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Can a 20V 4.51A power supply be used with a computer that requires a 19V 3.42A power supply? [duplicate]

I have a laptop that says it needs a 19V 3.42A power supply. I have a Dell 20V 4.51A power supply. Can I use this power supply with my laptop, or will it destroy the machine?
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Help in diagnosing what's wrong with my computer

I have a DELL XPS 1710. Yesterday night while I was doing nothing special (browsing the web and chatting on the IM, it all of a sudden froze. I restarted it and now the screen is filled with green ...
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Dell Windows 7 recovery disk, lost Cd key

I have a Dell XPS desktop and my hard drive crashed recently. I went out a purchased a new hard drive and installed it, But I have a problem... I bought the computer from my brother a few months ...
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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 ...
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Docking Station Sound Doesn't Work on Dell D830 with Windows 7

EDIT: I can only mark one answer as the correct one but the actual solution was a combination of two comments (updating the BIOS to A15 AND installing the Sigmatel audio drivers). I have a Dell ...
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How do I control iTunes from my Dell keyboard's media keys?

My Dell keyboard has media keys for play, pause, stop, mute etc. They work in iTunes, but only if iTunes has window focus. How do I make them work regardless of the window currently in focus?
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Is DELL's HP-P2507FWP PSU's 20-pin connector wiring non-standard?

My old PC's ATX PSU died and I got a replacement in the form of a DELL 250W Power Supply model# HP-P2507FWP. It has the exact set of connectors (except for an additional, unused, 6-pin connector), ...
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Poor TCP performance over single connection, but not over multiple?

On two separate Dell machines, I seem to be having an annoying performance problem when downloading over a single connection. The one I've just tested this all on is a Dell Dimension 3000, XP SP3, P4 ...
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I have 4GB of RAM installed but only 2GB are useble?

In the BIOS it says 4096MB, so the BIOS detects it. However Windows 7 only lets me use 2048MB. What's the problem?
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What's my resolution?

What is the resolution of my Dell Inspiron E1505 if my laptop says the screen resolution is 1400x900? Is it 720p or more?
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Dell Latitude D830 laptop - disable touchpad

The touch pad is a real pain because it seems to pickup my hand as I'm typing. I never use it the touchpad, I prefer using the the finger pointer on the keyboard between letters G-H-B. Is there a ...
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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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Accessing Dell RAC(DRAC) card from the Internet

How do I access my Dell Server DRAC card from the Internet so I can turn it on, reboot, etc. my server from anywhere?
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Get two-finger scroll on Windows laptop touchpad (like on macbook)?

I have a Dell Latitude laptop. Scrolling using the touchpad is possible by sliding along the right (or bottom) side of the touchpad. This doesn't work too well for me. Is it possible to configure the ...
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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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Removing the BIOS password on a Dell Laptop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reset or remove the BIOS password on my laptop I have a Dell D620 laptop. My younger brother set password by mistake on BIOS Setup and forgot it. How do I reset the BIOS ...
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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 ...
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What's the performance on USB docking stations, and can they be used when laptop is closed?

I'm looking into a docking station for a Dell Studio laptop. I don't see the traditional docking stations I'm familiar with - the kind (for a Dell Latitude, for example) where you sit the laptop on ...
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Ubuntu 10.10 graphics card

I have Dell studio 15 laptop. I have installed a ubuntu 10.10. When ever I boot Ubuntu it comes up with a error message saying graphics card driver not found or not dedicated. But I have updated my ...
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Sound leaks from speaker even when headphones are inserted

I've a Dell Optiplex 960 (which I presume has a speaker inside the tower). This speaker is normally in use whenever I play music (lets call this "tower speaker"), and when I insert my headphones in ...
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Will a 90 watt (instead of 60 watt) power adapter harm my Inspiron B120?

Will a 90 watt power adapter (instead of the 60 watt adapter it came with) harm my Inspiron B120? It's made by Dell, and it fits…
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Dell Inspiron 6400 indicates the wrong power adapter is plugged in and will not charge the battery

I am using the original power adapter with the Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop and now when it boots up I get the following error message. The AC power adapter type cannot be determined. You system will ...
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What is the easiest way to make a backup of an entire hard disk

I got myself a dell laptop from the local computer store. Its a used machine with Windows Vista Home Basic on it. I want to load Ubuntu Desktop 10.10 though so I can do perl development. BUT I want to ...
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installing windows 7 on my inspiron 1720

My inspiron 1720 originally came with Vista, but I installed windows xp on it anyway. It was a bit of a pain to get xp to work because of driver issues etc. Do you guys forsee any issues if I ...
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Where do I find a working Windows 7 driver for the Intel 82865G graphics chipset?

I have an old Dell Inspiron 3000 which came with Windows XP. It's still quite decent, 3 GHz P4, 2 GB RAM. I've installed Windows 7 RTM (x86) and the best resolution it will do is 640x480 ...
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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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Dell Studio 17 - turning off suddenly

I have a Dell Studio 17 laptop, a refurbished model almost 2 years old...It is currently running Windows 7 32-bit, Home Premium. Via a clean install, it is a Vista upgrade machine...A while back, a ...
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Any Solid State Drive (SSD) Compatibility Issues/Concerns with Dell D820/D830?

Are there any compatibility issues or concerns for a SSD with a Dell D820 or D830? We're looking to replace a failing drive in a D830 with an SSD. Any SSD recommendations? Gotchas?
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Alternative power source for graphics card

I recently purchased an XFX Radeon HD 6870 graphics card for my Dell Server Workstation, but when I brought it home and unpackaged it to put it into my computer, I noticed it required 2 6-pin ...
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Change Virtualbox disk type from AHCI to RAID

I made have an image that was made on a Dell computer. This Dell had "RAID mode" set in the bios. If I load and then boot the image on any other computer set to AHCI or AHCI/RAID, I get BSOD. Same ...
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Hard drive not found

I have a dell 1525 which has stopped booting. It instead makes a high pitched intermittent whir and say "internal hard drive not found", I'm not particularly hardware smart... How can I solve this ...
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What app did Dell pre-install to indicate capslock, numlock, etc?

I just bought a new Dell Studio 1747, unfortunately it does not have any indicator lights for Caps lock, Num lock, etc. It seems Dell provided a software solution to the problem, as when I first ...
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Accessing the recovery partition on a Vista machine that won't boot?

I've got a Dell Vista machine - Inspiron 1720 laptop specifically - which I'm 99% certain came with no media, just the recovery partition. It's now refusing to boot, saying the system registry is ...
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Dell Vostro 2510 Screen Brightness adjustment gone after re-install

I wiped XP off my laptop and installed Windows 7. It is beautiful! But, I have now lost a number of adjustment settings, most importantly the ability to press Fn + Up and Down arrows to adjust ...