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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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In many Dells there's a BIOS setting that will default Fn to on. There probably will be in the 1545.


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I found 2 solutions. The easiest: Control Panel - Hardware and Sound - Adjust commonly used mobility settings - Fn Key Behavior


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Download RUFUSLDR from here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/20170669/RUFUSLDR Download ms-sys here: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/ms-sys/ms-sys-2.3.0.tar.gz?download Drag the ms-sys-2.3.0 folder out to somewhere that supports the execution flag (like your Linux home folder, most likely). cd a terminal there, type "make", then "sudo make install". ...


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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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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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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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As mentioned before, if you CAN do this via software, consider it a bug. A piece of black tape is your best bet if its the LIGHT that's bothering you.


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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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OEM generally means Starter edition, unless you paid for the <whatever> edition. The Starter edition comes free with OEM, but is Ad-based. FWIW This is my experience with HP, Dell should be no different.


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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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Yes, this is because of damage to the display. Either an internal crack, a separation of layers, or perhaps the frame was bent or cracked causing pressure on the display panel (same effect as when you press on the screen with your finger). Inspect the area closely for signs of physical damage. If the frame is bent and is metal, you could attempt to ...


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0x86 = Intel and 008A = Intel Centrino Wireless-N1030. Try this driver: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=23721&lang=eng&ProdId=3311 Download the Wireless_16.11.0_Ds32.zip, extract the zip and point in device manager to this driver folder.


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It depends on what you do with it. Most modern systems are designed to be human if not user serviceable, and anything toxic should be noted and come with a great big warning. If you want to cannibalise parts, you should face few issues. I've taken apart systems and in general, unless you break something, normal precautions like washing your hands before ...


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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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Why wouldn't they? Headphones are analogue for most part, and use standard TRS or TRRS connectors - if its just for sound, with no headset, there's utterly no variation in how they are wired, and nearly all are either 3.5mm or trivially convertable to alternate plug types (such as the airplane two prong, or 1/4 inch TRS). As long as it isn't a quarter inch ...


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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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This is probably a motherboard issue Your symptoms strongly suggest an electronic problem in the motherboard, since you've noted that it always happens before Windows starts booting up. It's quite unlikely that a laptop AC adapter would do this as the battery should be able to keep the system running even if the adapter failed. If you can confirm that the ...


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The problem is that the internal connector is IDE, and you will be unlikely to find an SSD drive that is IDE as modern drives are SATA. If you did, it would likely be very old, and old SSD drives were small - perhaps no bigger than the 40GB already in there. And likely a data risk as it is old. So your only option would be a USB mounted flash drive, for ...


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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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