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Stop Dell from throttling CPU with power adapter

I've done some investigation into this and found that there's probably no good way to prevent recent Dell laptops from throttling the CPU when it doesn't detect an OEM AC adapter (or one with a broken ...
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Is my Dell Inspiron compatible with Ubuntu?

You can test how Ubuntu works by making live USB installation media. Then boot from that USB drive without having to install it. If you like using that version of Linux, just install from the same ...
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How to disable "Which device did you plug in?" prompt?

To Enable or Disable In Windows 10 on a DELL Open the program WAVES MaxxAudio Pro Choose the device, eg. Playback click Advanced in the bottom center of the window Toggle the "Show pop-up dialog when ...
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Workaround for Dell "Power supply not recognised" issue

If you're ready for a hardcore solution, you can unsolder the ID chip from the AC adapter and solder it to the laptop's motherboard or even create a fake ID chip. An ideal solution would be to patch ...
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Laptop Brightness dims when charger is unplugged(no solution)?

I know that this question is 2 years old, but this issue still pertains to this day, and might still be of relevance to some people. I'll be sharing a solution that I found. I'll guess that OP has a ...
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How to disable "Which device did you plug in?" prompt?

Try this: Press Windows + R, type control panel and then hit Enter, select Hardware and Sound. Scroll down and select Realtek HD Audio Manager. Click the folder icon just above and to the right of ...
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Is my Dell Inspiron compatible with Ubuntu?

As others said before, try Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The LTS stands for 'Long Term Support', meaning you won't have to bother with upgrades until 2025 or 2030 with Ubuntu ESM which is free for personal use. ...
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Making F1-F12 keys the default on Dell Inspiron 1545

I Could able to reverse the function of Fn key on my Dell by following steps provided your laptop has ESC and Fn key with lock shape on it. Press Fn Key + ESC (Fn) Key The functionality ...
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Stop Dell from throttling CPU with power adapter

-Only for Intel-CPUs- Start by installing MSR-TOOLS in Linux. sudo apt install msr-tools You should load msr as a kernel module by the following command sudo modprobe msr Read the value from ...
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How to disable "Which device did you plug in?" prompt?

This worked for me with realtek audio console -- Disabling Realtek audio notification on Windows 10 Go to Settings > System > Notifications and actions and under Get notifications from these senders, ...
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Adding hard drive on my Dell inspiron 580

Will it work? Yes. Is it a good choice? No, for several reasons. First, it's a "Western Digital Green" drive. These drives are designed to maximize power savings, at the cost of being much, much ...
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When I booted up my computer a message on the screen said my battery is irreversibly dead. Should I remove the dead battery?

The battery should be replaced. Old dead batteries can (and do) swell up so as to create a bigger problem. Most modern laptops will not run (at least natively) without a battery and it is not ...
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How can I update a BIOS without battery?

Just got through this "upgrade bios without battery" hell on my Acer E11. The following worked for me: Download the BIOS update from Acer site (ZHK116.EXE) Run the downloaded file, you will ...
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SD card don't fit to card slot fully

Just looks to me like they're saving money & space. Not all SD card slots are full-depth with spring mechanism, many are as simple as yours. I have computers with each type.
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How does Dell update drivers through the browser?

Most likely you have the Dell SupportAssist tool (or a variant of it) installed on your system. From your browser the web page likely communicates via a server process in the support tool to establish ...
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/forceit in Command Prompt Gives error: unknown command

Make Bootable FreeDOS USB Drive personally I used Rufus Portable. Copy the BIOS EXE File. Mine was 3442A14.exe for Inspiron 3542. Restart computer and press F12 at boot logo. Boot the USB Drive. DOS ...
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Printer setup incomplete because of a metered connection

The printer is trying to connect to the Internet through your laptop, perhaps to check for firmware upgrades. See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-my/windows-8/metered-internet-connections-frequently-...
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How to get the most battery life out of a laptop?

First of all, the battery life cited on vendor websites is completely, 100% bogus and should never be trusted. There is no standard, industry-accepted methodology for calculating battery life. It's ...
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Is virtualization available on my Dell Inspiron 560 Desktop?

Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x) is available for Pentium E6700. It is disabled by default by Dell see paragraph on Advanced BIOS Features. Search for Advanced tab in your BIOS settings and ...
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How to disable "Which device did you plug in?" prompt?

go to task manager & start-up tab, found WavesMAXX Audio settings, and opened it's properties, to find its full path C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\wavesapo.inf_amd_whatever is ...
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Recovering Windows 10 using a pen drive

With Dell systems the preferred method to prepare for system recovery is to create recovery media using the Dell-provided tool within the OS, such as the Dell Backup and Recovery Manager. This method ...
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Accidentally deleted the contents of my boot manager's EFI folder. I don't have a repair disc, but computer is on. (Windows 10)

Run the bcdboot command to reinstall the bootloader.
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"The current input timing is not supported.."

I believe I have a temporary fix but it is definitely not the best one for the wakeup problem. The boot resolution problem sounds like maybe an issue with GRUB - I'll do a bit more research and edit ...
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Is it safe to use AC power adapter of 6.7A or 4.62A instead of 3.34A

It's the voltage that hurts; the laptop will draw whatever amperage it needs, as long as the amperage is the same as or more than the required amperage (if the lappy docs don't tell you what amperage ...
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Is it safe to use AC power adapter of 6.7A or 4.62A instead of 3.34A

The given electric current ('amperes') of each charger is the maximum current which it can provide to your laptop. If your laptop needs less electric current then it is fine. However, if you would use ...
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Where is the sleep button on Windows 8?

That is correct, some computers or keyboard have it some do not, it can also be assigned. . . I use this: In win7 if you toss this into a shortcut , you can make a sleep icon. C:\Windows\System32\...
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Where is the sleep button on Windows 8?

I have Dell Inspiron 15 3542 touch. As mentioned earlier, there is no dedicated Sleep button. But the Fn + Insert combination does the trick!
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Workaround for Dell "Power supply not recognised" issue

FWIW: I "solved" it by disabling the SpeedStep Technology part in the BIOS. Although the description there implies that this will then run the CPU at full throttle 100% of the time this not the case ...
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Workaround for Dell "Power supply not recognised" issue

This solved my issue in two laptops, I searched and never came across this so I wanted to post it for someone else. These dell laptops were purchased refurbished with 3rd party chargers, batteries are ...
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Fresh install of Windows 10 on a former Dell Machine

You will have issues activating this (legally, anyway) as you will basically be building an entirely new machine, as far as Windows activation goes, in the same case. As such, the licencing wouldn't ...
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