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How can I update a BIOS without battery?

With Dell BIOS updates you can run the BIOS update exe at the command line and add /forceit: Copy the BIOS update .exe file locally on to your PC Open the command prompt as the admininstrator ...
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Laptop buzzing (not HDD, not fan). How to hush it?

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 ...
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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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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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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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Permanent disabling of touchpad

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 ...
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Making F1-F12 keys the default on Dell Inspiron 1545

On my Dell XPS 15, it seems to be as simple as me accidentally pressing the Fn Lock button behind the Escape key. If you have this problem, simply hit Fn+Esc and it should revert back to normal, ...
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How can I update a BIOS without battery?

Update: Oh yeah, and do make sure to use the latest upgrade. In your error screenshot above I can see you’re using an older update. I suggest you use Rufus to create a MS-DOS-bootable USB drive and ...
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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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Right Alt key not working properly

You might not need AutoHotkey to solve this problem. I had the same issue in Windows8.1 - my right alt was working (causing screen rotation), but it was not working like the left alt key. In my case, ...
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How can I update a BIOS without battery?

I have found a solution to your problem here. Download the latest firmware from the Dell support Save the exe and create a shortcut with the following parameter: " /writehdrfile" Start the ...
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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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Permanent disabling of touchpad

(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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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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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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Laptop display flicks like a liquid inside when moving the lid

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 ...
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Laptop Brightness dims when charger is unplugged(no solution)?

The computer is designed to do that when it's unplugged. You can change the behavior if you don't like it. This link should have everything you need. http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5464-power-...
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Should I be worried about potential health hazards from taking my old laptop apart?

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 ...
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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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/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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Laptop boots to black screen with four beeps

Each BIOS manufacturer uses a unique series of diagnostic beeps during the Power On Self Test to identify various hardware problems. On your computer, four beeps indicates a memory failure. Open the ...
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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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