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You can use virtualbox and give the virtual machine access to the harddrive. Then install windows xp in the virtual machine and create a new partition on the real harddrive. After installation you can reboot the computer and boot windows as normally. To give Virtualbox access to the entire disk, (change the x to appropriate letter, eg. a): VBoxManage ...


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TL;DR answer: A video card upgrade is usually limited to the amount of power available from the PSU after subtracting your system's current power consumption. I won't give a specific shopping recommendation here, as that's likely to be less useful than the general advice I'm giving here. In the following text, I am assuming that you cannot or are not ...


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You last tried it 6 months ago, and things have changed since then. Your best bet would be to get an Ubuntu or Fedora LiveCD, and then booting into that. If you are able to use your wireless on the LiveCD, then you should be fine to do a full system installation.


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For third party readers that use a VM: Just enable the PAE/NX bit option (and 2D/3D acceleration). What does this error code mean? I'm attempting to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a Dell Inspiron 8600, and I am getting a 0xc0000260 error. First things first, we need to figure out what that error code means. Ian Boyd's answer explains that this ...


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Better late than never... Navigate to the following key in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\MobilePC\HotStartButtons\0 and change the ApplicationPath value to the path of whatever program you want to run instead when you press the Media Direct button. For hibernation, use rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState I ...


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Laptop harddrives are pretty generic, but there are a couple of things to watch for: Some drives are taller than "normal", some shorter. Some laptops, particularly those specifically designed to be particularly thin, require a thinner drive. Some rescue/restore/install disks are fussy about what drives they will restore on to, though this is rarely a ...


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You can always stick a fine allen key or unfolded paper clip into the little hole (usually just under the tray): This image is apparently of the Inspiron DVD drive and you can see the hole on the right next to the button:


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Right click the touchpad icon in the system tray (it looks like a monitor with a flash green dot) Pointing device properties -> Devices tab, Touchpad - click Disable Touchpad buttons - click Disable Click Disable Touchpad/Stick when a USB pointing device is present. Click Apply Click OK.


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Some ideas for resolving sleep and hibernation problems: Disconnect any and all unnecessary devices from your PC. Pare it down to the absolute minimum : unplug anything you can disconnect, turn off and unplug the computer from the mains for a few minutes, then reboot. If the problem disappears, add the devices back while testing. Look in your BIOS for the ...


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Laptop hard drives are fairly generic. There are 2 major things to check for: Interface type. Drive height. For interfaces, SATA is the current standard, with IDE (also seen as PATA sometimes) being an older standard. laptop IDE drives are still being sold, so make sure that you're not buying one of those, since your laptop uses SATA hard drives. IDE ...


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You could use Windows Disk Management by typing diskmgmt.msc in a Run prompt. If you find that scary, you could use MiniTool Partition Wizard, EaseUS Partition Manager among others. I have used both them and they have self-explanatory interfaces which makes the process pain free. You won't lose your data. Both are free for home users


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The base load on that machine appears to be 6GB of RAM so they probably have never shipped it with anything but a 64-bit operating system. That said, I'd assume it has the same hardware as the rest of the 15R series, more or less - try a lower end machine and you'll probably be able to find 32-bit drivers.


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For what it's worth I've recently installed a 2.5" Seagate 7200.4 500GB Momentus (ST9500420ASG) in a two year old Dell M1330. It's a pretty decent hard drive for a laptop - average transfer rate from HDTach is around 85MB/sec, scores 5.9 on the Win 7 Experience hard drive index. I certainly have no complaints, it's noticeably faster than the original drive ...


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I don't know what series of Dell notebooks you have but I have had bad experiences. I've purchased a few 3rd party power supplies for Dell Latitude D series notebooks and they will not charge the battery. A warning message appears that the power supply is not Dell approved and subsequently the battery will not be charged.


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You can try HDDPerf, which is dedicated to showing more details about the moments when the HDD is heavily used. DiskMon from Sysinternals can also be minimized to systray and act like a replacement HDD activity light. DiskMon and HDDPerf are both freeware.


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Here is Dell's manual page on replacing the "reserve battery" on the Inspiron 8200. Here is a model 2664E CMOS Battery (7.2V, 15MAH, 3 pin) for $35, does this look right? It would be nice if Dell's manual gave a part number or some kind of spec.


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This is a stab in the dark, really, but is it possible that your laptop is overheating? The reported event could be an attempt to keep the processor from overheating. Can you give some more detail as to what happens when it shuts down? Does it shut down normally or does it immediately power off?


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http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f108/dell-n5010-function-keys-496208.html I found the solution for reversing the Fn keys on Dell N5010 from the User manual. It can be done either from the Bios or from the Windows Mobility Center program - I used the latter: Press Windows key + "X". When it opens the Win Mob Center, in the Function key row, ...


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It shouldn't matter, updates to a BIOS very rarely make a difference to the operating system. For what it's worth, Dell publish information about Windows 8 support for their laptops here. According to the page, all the Inspiron 14R laptops support Windows 8. If you know your specific model number you can review the notes for each model, including any ...


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Bios is rather independent of OS (Or your UEFI bootloader, which more modern systems use) - it prepares the system for the OS to boot then stays out of the way. Unless there's a specific mention of something useful for windows 8 (which is unlikely), your old bios should be fine. You can go either way - just remember to make sure you do the bios/uefi update ...


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You can try downloading the Windows Vista drivers for your mouse/touchpad http://support.ap.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=WLH&osl=EN&catid=17&impid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1525&hidos=WLH&hidlang=en&TabIndex= It ought to work for Windows 7. When I upgrade my Windows Vista to Windows 7 Beta or RC, ...


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Try this: Disconnect AC Shutdown Remove battery Connect AC Startup Open Device Manager Click the plus (+) sign next to Batteries category, right-click all of the "Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery" listings, and select Uninstall In the "Confirm Device Uninstall" dialog box, click OK. (it’s ok if you only have 1 of these). Click the plus ...


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Yes, it is possibly if you have enough space in the laptop. Usually there is no extra space in the drive bay, so you would need to be creative with cabling. It will add extra delays though. No matter how good the converter is, it is going to introduce some overhead. That might be offset by using a more modern SATA disk compared to an ancient IDE disk, but ...


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Of-course anything you are advised will be speculation, but one likely suspect is that your CPU (or GPU) is getting too hot, and is then slowing itself down so it can cool down - slower a CPU works, the cooler it gets - and most, if not all new CPU's have thermal protection. You can check this theory by blowing a fan on the laptop and making sure there is ...


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Get a MSDN/Technet ISO or delete the ei.cfg from your ISO. If this doesn't work, install the 90day trial of Win8 and run the tool R&W Everything and go to ACPI-->MSDM table. you'll find the key here: Print out the key, format the 90day trial and use the key during setup.


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The SSD is an m-SATA caching device and NOT a separate storage device. It caches the spinning platter hard drive and after several observations of your habits, caches the most used data and sends it to your CPU instead of waiting for the slower spinning platter to do it. Dell's support site has a manual that indicates that the m-SATA is buried. You have ...


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Make sure your Windows XP version is fully patched and updated to Windows XP Service Pack 3. This: could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll Means that the application is not written for whatever version of the operating system (KERNEL32.DLL is a core Windows file) that you have installed. If you know you have the correct major ...


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You can do this with task scheudler and a bat file Create a bat file by: open notepad, and type the string shutdown.exe /s /t 00 Save this file to your My Documents directory and name it Shutdown.bat (note the .bat extension and not .txt). Then, open Task Scheulder (type task s from start menu) Create a new task (not basic) Give it a name On idle ...


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Your Event Log indicates CPU throttling. It's likely another mechanism is throttling your processor that is unknown to Windows. Regardless, it looks like a heat issue. There are a number of things you can do to mitigate heat issues with laptops: Use your laptop on a flat surface, possibly raised up a little in the back Place the laptop on a cooling ...


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By luck, I have come across a solution, but I do not fully understand why it works. The only clue I have is that the "device object missing" refers to the installer not being able to find any sound card at all (?). Anyway, I downloaded and installed the a Realtek R2.73 driver despite not having this hardware on the system. After a reboot, this seemed to ...



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