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As noise is connected to the load (and thus current consumption) this might be case of noisy DC-to-DC converter whose switching frequency falls into audible range. It is hard to tell whether it is serious or not but I would definitely look into replacing the laptop if it is in warranty as big shift in DC-to-DC switching frequency quite often can have impact ...


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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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Approach 1: BIOS The touchpad can usually be disabled in BIOS. On my Dell Latitude E6430s, the option is POST Behavior, Mouse/Touchpad. There is even an option to disable the touchpad only if an external mouse is attached. Approach 2: Device Manager Open Control Panel, System, Device Manager. Navigate to the mouse, right click on it and click Disable. ...


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A tool you can use to find out if your CPU has 64bit capabilities is SecurAble


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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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No, the wattage listed on the power adapter is the maximum that it can deliver not that what it will. The laptop will only draw the power that it needs. Think of it as a capacity measure of the adapter. Now the output voltages of the power adapters do matter - as long as they are the same (or very close) you should be fine. I assume that both power ...


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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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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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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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According to this review: The left side of the Dell Inspiron 15R houses two USB 3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, HDMI and VGA video connection. That same side includes the fan vent. The right side includes two more USB 3.0 ports, So it would seem the answer is yes. The bolt symbol most likely means its a powered port - meaning it will ...


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I am putting this out there in case someone else runs into this issue. The Intel chipset is on-board. I discovered the reason for the crappy resolution in Windows 7 was that the memory to share with the video card was set to 1 MB in the BIOS. I changed this to 8 MB (the maximum) and after the PC rebooted I was able to select a higher resolution.


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This LED reflects the fact that your laptop is plugged into the power network. Unplug it and the LED will be switched off. The battery charge continues after you shut down your laptop. The long press on the power button stops this charging


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Googling on 17R dock leads me to Dell's website and from there to the page with the Dell USB 3.0 superspeeds dual video docking station. Since is it USB there is not dedicated docking connector. It also lacks some features. E.g. you need to open the laptop, press the power button and then you can close the laptops lid again and start working from the ...


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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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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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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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(Win)+X opens the "Windows Mobility Center".  On my Dell Inspiron (running Windows 7), it looks like this: I disabled my touchpad there, and it has stayed disabled through many reboots.


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I did some research on your hard drive: it's a SATA 2½ HDD. All you need to do is get an external drive enclosure with an USB connection, which will cost about $10. Then you just plug it into another computer and save your files to the new computer. Hope this helps.


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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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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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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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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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I'm having a similar issue on my work wireless. I can connect at home but not at work. The issue is because Cisco wireless use a different encryption of security than windows 8. There are two solutions. Either: Change your drivers back to windows 7 like mentioned above. Have your school update their wireless to the latest Cisco drivers. Here is a link ...


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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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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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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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