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32GB SSD coupled with the HHD Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series

Is there a clear recognizable benefit to having the 32 GB SSD coupled with the 500 GB HHD in the Dell Inspiron 14 7000 series? What I mean is, will I clearly be able to see the benefit, the difference in performance having the SSD compared to not? Is the start-up time clearly better? What other areas will I see a difference in performance?
posted by franklen on Jul 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Replacement power supply adapter doesn't have ground prong - dangerous?

The replacement power supply adapter I purchased for an older laptop came with a two prong cord instead of three, which the original had. Is this dangerous? Details and model number within. [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Feb 20, 2014 - 9 answers

How to fix Dell Studio XPS 1645 wireless driver installation failure?

My friend has a Dell XPS 1645. He reinstalled windows 7 today but during the process of installing wireless network driver an error occurred: "No compatible hardware found". Why is that? How can we fix it? [more inside]
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Jan 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Before or After Christmas to buy a desktop computer?

Does Dell Computer run the best sales of it's desktop computers before or after Christmas? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Dec 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Graphics card upgrade for Dell Inspiron 560?

For his birthday, my son would like to upgrade the graphics card on his Dell Inspiron 560. Little help here? [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Jul 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Chrome if you want to

I'm about to retire a laptop computer from daily active service; thinking about going Chrome or pseudo-Chrome. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Jul 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Dell Vostro 1400: Battery not being recognized. Possible culprits?

Is it even possible to replace the component that will allow my battery to be recognized again? [more inside]
posted by lizarrd on Jun 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Does anyone even buy desktops?

Is there a market for custom built computers sold through an independent person, versus Dell or HP? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Cooling fan for Dell Vostro 1500 ?

I was wondering if having a dead cooling fan in my Dell Vostro 1500 laptop would make the screen go wonky ? I purchased a new cooling fan, but I have no idea how to install it.
posted by therealshell on Apr 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Quick Refillable Laser Printer

I'm looking for a fast laser printer (black and white is fine) with low running costs and not too invasive software. Ideally one with separate toner and drum cartridges and easily refillable from non-official sources. [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Apr 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Easy to put together but not to take apart: flat panel stand

This could be a Dell tech support question, but I think it may actually be easier to get answered here. I have a Dell E-Flat Panel Stand and I'm trying to disconnect the riser from the base of the stand. The diagram is no help; it only shows how to put them together (see diagram 1). I've had no luck with Google or the Dell support site. I don't see any release button/unlocking switch. Help!
posted by trillian on Mar 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Win7 Devices and Printers hangs up

I have a Dell laptop with Windows 7 32-bit on it and I'm having the weirdest issue with it. The "Devices and Printers" control panel window hangs every time I open it. It gets to about 90% of the way, according to the progress bar, and then stops. I can manage my printers using the Admin tools but everything else is unreachable. Is there any way to fix this short of a Windows re-install? This is a work laptop and I'd rather not have to go through our IT service department since they'll nuke everything on it that wasn't there when I got it.
posted by tommasz on Jan 4, 2013 - 8 answers

windows 7 from Dell not genuine after nearly 3 years

Windows suddenly not genuine after nearly 3 years. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Dec 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Why is the power/ac adaptor cord for my laptop listed as three times more expensive from one site vs. the other?

Where to order power cord/ac adaptor for DELL latitude 5410 laptop? What information do I need to know for Volts and Amps? [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 on Nov 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Powerful & Fast Computer for around a grand

I need a new Desktop PC and I want it to run well. First, what are good combinations of processor and memory? Intel's Ivy Bridge I7 processors look the best, and I'm guessing 10 gb of ram would suffice, or would it? I'm not buying an Apple, but HP? Compaq? Dell? What combination of processor/ram/brand would you recommend for a desktop somewhere around a thousand dollars? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 1, 2012 - 31 answers

Help me buy a part that Dell doesn't want to sell me

I need to add a 3rd hard drive to my Dell Precision T1600 workstation. I want to buy this bracket to mount it in an optical drive bay. But unfathomably, Dell only sells that part in the UK and Ireland -- it's not listed on their US site. Help! [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Sep 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Bad Pixel

Intermittent bright spot on one-month-old new Dell Inspiron 15R laptop. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by murtagh on Sep 11, 2012 - 9 answers

That sounds extreme...

Fraking-Touchpad filter: My Dell Inspiron Touchpad completely ceased to work at all last night. Me and the Dell tech guy ran some diagnostics, and ascertained that it is NOT a hardware problem, it is an OS problem (I have Windows 7). He says my only option (aside from getting a external mouse and using that instead) is to wipe the whole OS and start over. Really? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jun 18, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me by my wife a new computer since I'm several years out of date!

Help me buy my wife a computer. We know about what she wants but it's been several years since purchasing a machine and we're out of the loop. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Mar 21, 2012 - 35 answers

My laptop needs a new hard drive. Am I getting the best deal?

My laptop needs a new hard drive. Am I getting the best deal? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Mar 11, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I disable the media buttons on my Dell Studio XPS 1645

How do I disable the media buttons on my Dell Studio XPS 1645 notebook? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jan 20, 2012 - 7 answers

I don't want to mute this conversation.

My cursor (or some sneaky internal laptop thing) clicks on things I don't want. It has a mind of its own. Help me control it! [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jan 17, 2012 - 13 answers

More powerful Power Supply for Dell Optiplex 780?

Short version: I need to find a larger power supply that fits in a Dell Optiplex 780 Small Form Factor (the third from the left here) so I can power a larger video card (and presumably the fans for it). [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Nov 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Brand-new laptop! What should I remove/install?

I have a brand-new Dell laptop. What's the best way to remove all the bloatware? What things should I install? (Please no Linux, this is a Windows 7 machine and I need it to stay that way.) [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 23, 2011 - 24 answers

The Sound of Silence

Trying to get a simple headset working with my (otherwise functional) Dell Dimension 9200 has led me to the hell I'm in now: no sound, scouring 2 year old message board posts for dodgy links to poorly labeled sigmatel drivers. Horror awaits inside! [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Sep 16, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me get my PC backup to work on a Mac!

Can a MacBook, a Dell, and a Windows-format external hard drive play nice? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Aug 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Change or stay the same? The future of very personal computing

I have a well aged Dell e1505. I'm thinking about upgrading to a 11.6"/12.1" sized AMD Fusion based netbook. Performance-wise, will I suffer a setback, be about equal, or ahead of my Dell? [more inside]
posted by bionic.junkie on Jul 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Laptop battery troubles

Follow up to previous question....4yo Dell Inspiron laptop suddenly giving me the old "Plugged in but not charging" routine. Froze the battery for a day but no luck. So I bought a nice new one from Amazon that charged right up and worked for a week. No this one is giving me the same message. Any ideas? Or a place to turn to troubleshoot things? Any help would be appreciated.
posted by mikedelic on Jul 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me buy a laptop

Help me choose a new laptop [more inside]
posted by vincele on Jul 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Sales job at Oracle or Dell, which would you take

If someone was offered a sales position to work for either Oracle or Dell, which would you recommend and why? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jun 30, 2011 - 9 answers

Dell laptop battery issue

Hello. I have a 4yo Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop and about a 10 days ago it stopped charging. It said, "0% available, plugged in but not charging". Took the battery out and put it back in a couple of times and it went back to normal, charged up fine. It happened 2 other times but it went back to charging. However, now it seems to be stuck in the - "plugged in but not charging mode". Any ideas? Thanks
posted by mikedelic on Jun 26, 2011 - 7 answers

It's not a bug. It' a feature!

Weird laptop computer behavior. Was it really User Account Controls? [more inside]
posted by rich on Jun 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Laptop display gone wild. Help!

Is my (partner's) laptop display kaput? It alternates between a blank screen (although the backlight is on) and strange wavy pink-green effects. The system outputs to an external monitor, and I've updated the bios and display drivers. I have also taken off and apart the screen to check the cable connections, with no change. What's happened? Motherboard? Display? Cable? Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Wulfhere on Jun 10, 2011 - 3 answers

I need a new laptop yesterday

My laptop died a few days ago. I'm probably starting a new job next week for which I will need a laptop. The deceased was a one-year-old (JUSt out of warranty) Dell Inspiron 1464 whose motherboard got fried from unknown causes (possibly because it was sitting and idling in a hot part of the house with no way to dissipate the heat). It cost me about $500-something and we were a good team. Question: Should I just get another one of those or try for an upgrade within that same price range? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jun 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Refurbish My Dell or Buy New?

I have a Dell Vostro 1500 that has good build quality and I have loved it for the past 4 years. However, the sound amp has gone out and I'm needing a new keyboard, plus it's still running XP so I thought I'd check out new laptops. ALL Dell laptops now come with "truelife" (glossy) displays and I can no longer get a matte display like I have on my Vostro. So.....is it worth it to try to get mine locally refurbed or should I bite the bullet and get a new laptop? I have no idea what a rehab would cost versus a new laptop. More than anything, I just love the way my current laptop "feels." (You know?) FYI, I have an iPad and it does most everything I need to do anymore, but still need a laptop with Windows for work-related things. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme on May 28, 2011 - 5 answers

How to get my Dell Ubuntu server to boot from a different drive?

I have an Ubuntu server. It's a Dell PowerEdge with a PERC 6 RAID controller. I'm trying to get it to boot to a different drive, and grub doesn't seem to be cooperating - it appears to attempt to boot to the correct volume and partition and then bonks out when mounting /proc - what gives? [more inside]
posted by migurski on Apr 28, 2011 - 21 answers

Mac + iPhone or Ubuntu + Android?

Shoud I get a Mac + iPhone or Ubuntu + Android? [more inside]
posted by signal on Mar 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Dude where's my Dell... (I'm sorry about this lame title)

Recommendations on a professional but GQ-esque laptop bag for a Dell Latitude E6510. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Mar 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Laptop keyboard replacement: sanity saver or more trouble than it's worth?

Are laptop keyboards really as easy to replace as the do-it-yourself articles make it sound? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Mar 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me find a sub $700 ubuntu friendly laptop

Ubuntu-filter: Sub $700 laptop works with Ubuntu 10.x out of the box [more inside]
posted by rampy on Mar 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Looking for a bargain on a Dell UltraSharp

How should I go about getting the best deal on one of the Dell UltraSharp monitors? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Feb 16, 2011 - 3 answers

xps vs. optiplex

Any major difference between optiplex and xps? I'm getting quotes 3 basic machines, 2 power user machines and 1 power user laptop for a small non-profit. They gave me the first quotes and they ran pretty basic configurations, intel duo processors, all optiplexes... i went to the small business website and mades some amazing computers, XPS's with much better specs, and around the same price points (i5 or i7 processors). The dell rep just emailed me and said that xps's are gaming machines, not really for business... any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Jan 28, 2011 - 8 answers

help me dump these netbooks

I have two hard-drive-less Dell Mini 9s. What is the best way to make some money getting rid of them? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Dec 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Dell Vostro 3700 nVidia graphics not working under linux

I just purchased a Dell Vostro 3700, and the nVidia card won't work under linux. [more inside]
posted by chundo on Dec 1, 2010 - 7 answers

is my computer just old at this point or is it underperforming?

I'm wondering whether my Dell laptop is naturally slow at this point or whether there's something weird afoot; and also, how to figure out whether I can install a solid state disk in it without much trouble? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Nov 11, 2010 - 11 answers

Tricky laptop specs for less

My uncle is looking for a laptop with a certain set of specs. He saw a Sony laptop like it, but he's wondering if there's a laptop with the same specs, but more wallet friendly. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Nov 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find a cheap, used computer parts store specializing in laptop parts in San Francisco

Hey folks. Long time reader, first time 'asker.' Help me find a cheap, used computer parts store in San Francisco - I'm particularly looking for Dell laptop parts. Just inherited a Dell D810 Latitude laptop - needs some love - almost free love, that's my budget... Any chance in getting a line on a used dell charger (type pa-10) or a used battery for a Latitiude d810 (type Y4367)? Anyone know of a recycle-ry that I can hit up for cheap? I've scouted ebay, put a call out on freecycle (Marin, SF), and scoured craigslist. Suggests?
posted by firestorm888 on Oct 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Old hack, new trick?

Netbook/Windows Starter 7 question: What is the filename (and path) for the default, non-changeable background (wallpaper) image? Can I just save what I want as that file and have it use that instead? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Which Is The Most Bestest?

Which laptop to buy? Sony Z12, Lenovo W701, Dell Covet? [more inside]
posted by Upal on Oct 10, 2010 - 10 answers

It's alive! No, wait, wait...

Can my franken-laptop make it through the rest of the semester? Help me find out if I should invest anymore money into this thing, or throw it in the ocean. [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny on Sep 29, 2010 - 6 answers

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