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From http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Stickers-from-a-Laptop: Make sure this laptop isn't too old. The stickers will dry up, and over time, the glue backing will separate from the printed material. If you decide to remove the stickers, do it quickly. The stickers are not going to stay fresh for more than a year or two, depending upon its quality. If your ...


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1080p is 1920x1080 900p is 1600x900 720p is 1280x720


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From Whirlpool's KB article on the Dell Studio 1555: The media buttons are switched on by default instead of the F keys so to perform a task such as closing a window (Alt-F4), you are required to press Alt-Fn-F4. To reverse this function, it is necessary to go into the BIOS.


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The shorthand format for resolution in screen or camera taking - a number followed by p, or a number followed by i, means p - the "progressive" digital film format or i - the "interlaced" digital film format. The number that goes before i or p simply means one of the two lines of dots that make up the resolution - it is always the vertical or side line ...


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This Dell technician is partly right. In the past, there were viruses which could damage a hard disk. They did this my moving the read-head of the drive to a sector outside the existing range, causing the head to bump against the internal frame of the drive itself, causing damage to the disk. But that was almost 25 to 30 years ago and hard disks have become ...


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I have tried it and it works. Just download the trial version corresponding to the version you have, and when it asks you to enter the product key enter your key and it will complete the full install process.


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


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Boot the windows 7 dvd again. When you get to the screen: "where do you want to install windows" press the keys SHIFT + F10. In the command line type in: diskpart select disk 0 list partition select partition X (where X is the number of your desired partition from the 3rd command) format fs=ntfs quick And see if it is successful. If not, we might need to ...


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Having just paid over £100 to have the the power board inside my daughter's Inspiron replaced and had the explanation confirmed by the Dell engineer, here is what happens: The power connector consists of 3 pins, 2 are power and earth, the 3rd is a signal line to identify the PSU as a compatible (Dell) unit. If the Laptop does not get the signal, it does ...


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Chances are that the boot sector is on the drive. Pop that drive out, pop in your windows 7 DVD or recovery disk, and select system recovery, and the startup repair mode to fix it. If that works, then you can nuke the old hard drive


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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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AH HA! It was all to do with colour profiles on the Samsung monitors. This Microsoft article holds the solution: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939395 (If you're using more than one monitor you'll need to set the profiles individually) In case the link ever dies here are the instructions: Click Start, type Color Management in the Start Search ...


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For OEM keys without media, visit this Microsoft website. Microsoft will ask you for your CD key, then allow you to download the appropriate install files: http://Office.com/downloadoffice I work in IT and ended up calling Dell once when I was in your situation without the right installer. They pointed me to the website, and it worked. UPDATE - Microsoft ...


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There should be a BIOS setting to modify this behavior: Advanced -> Function Key Behavior -> Function Key First


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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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Honestly, I have never had a problem with third party batteries where the specification matches. However, if your laptop is still in warranty, I would only use official ones as they will probably use this as an excuse not to service the laptop. If the laptop is out of warranty, I would personally use a third party battery.


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Do you have the "Dell Touchpad" icon in the System Tray, near the clock? If yes, Right-click on it and select "Touchpad Properties" Click on "Device Select" Set the "Touchpad" to "Disable" If you don't have the icon, you can install the Dell Touchpad application from Dell's website (link here).


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A small spark is normal. The type of power supply on laptops is a switched-mode power supply. With this type of device there is often an "inrush current" that appears as a spark when the prongs of the plug first hit the receptacle contacts (spark usually appears in mid/higher end adapters where a capacitor is used to keep interference down, it is the ...


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You can't format the partition you booted from. Windows is trying to be helpful. Boot from the installation CD/DVD or from the OEM partition.


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To 'close the loop': I followed the instructions from wiki-how in Krish's answer. I think the most important instructions is slowly I followed the instructions on the notebook review forum -- which meant I didn't need to use any chemicals or anything to get rid of the residue (The Blu-Tak principle works: dab the sticker to peeled off to remove the ...


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It's impossible, nasty viruses can erase the MBR, but a format can fix it. Try to wipe the disk and install it again (assuming that Dell, unlike HP and Lenovo, was rich enough to give a $0.40 Recovery DVD with a $1000 computer) But, poorly made recovery cds will hang if the partition table is different from the original one. Did you do some changes to the ...


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There should be an option in the BIOS to disable a stop on keyboard error. I don't have a link for you, but that's where I would start.


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Ok after some digging(guess I shoulda looked harder first, lol. sorry) I found out I need to forward some ports on my router and it works!!. Thanks any-ways. Here's how to do it: http://onlinetechadvice.blogspot.com Forward the following ports on your router: Port: 80 Port: 5900 Port: 443


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I would use Clonezilla. If you have a windows share available somewhere on your network then CLonezilla will let you backup the entire disk out to the SMB share... and you could restore from the same location as well. Clonezilla is hard for some people but it uses a wizard and so there aren't very many places that you can get lost in it.


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When you pop in your windows 7 dvd and enter recovery mode. You will want to run the following cmd on the cli: fdisk /mbr That will fix the 'master boot record' of the current drive and will make it bootable according to windows standards.


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Your laptop has Nvidia Optimus Technology (Dell help page): NVIDIA Optimus technology (not available on 3D panel) NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology automatically optimizes your battery life while maintaining the graphics performance you expect — completely, seamlessly and transparently — whether you’re watching a movie, surfing the Web or ...


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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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This setting can also be changed through the Windows Mobility Center, look for the "Function Key Row" setting.



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