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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My kingdom for a disabled Windows key

How do I disable the left Apple/Windows/"Command" key? Bonus points if I can enable/re-disable quickly. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 1, 2010 - 3 answers

LCD Monitor Resolution Error Message....

My monitor says "out of range signal, change your display" but.... [more inside]
posted by JtJ on Jul 20, 2010 - 15 answers

Screw you, Dell

I'm trying to attach a Dell HDTV to its table mount and it's driving me completely insane. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Jul 18, 2010 - 11 answers

MicroSD slot in Dell E6400?

My new work laptop is a Dell Latitude E6400. It doesn't come with much documentation (nor does Dell's website offer much) so I've been trying to figure out all of the hardware features on my own. When I removed the battery I noticed what looks like a MicroSD card slot. Is it? Can I use it for ReadyBoost?
posted by tommasz on Jun 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Upgrading an Inspiron 9300 hard drive.

Question on upgrading my getting-on-ancient Dell Inspiron 9300's hard drive - what kind of drive do I need, and is there an actual limit to what I can throw in it? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jun 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Overheating laptop

Since upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 Professional, my Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop keeps overheating and switching itself off. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Would a terabyte be terrible?

Am I limited as to the capacity of a second hard drive to be added to my PC? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on May 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Need a Dell charger part

I need to replace part of the charger for a Dell laptop. Help please? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Apr 30, 2010 - 6 answers

My laptop's touchpad is unresponsive and I'm in arrow-key hell!

This morning when I opened up my laptop, the cursor/arrow was frozen in the middle of the screen and neither the usb mouse or the touchpad could move it. [more inside]
posted by wabbittwax on Mar 11, 2010 - 14 answers

Laptop power jack repairs - are they that bad?

Does anyone have experience repairing the power jack on a laptop? My wife's old (circa 2006) Dell laptop won't charge, due to what seems like a loose power jack connection. I've repair found tutorials, and it doesn't seem that bad, does it? (More details inside) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Dell says my Studio 1535 doesn't support Win7. Should I install it anyway?

Dell says my Studio 1535 doesn't support Win7. Should I install it anyway? [more inside]
posted by mneekadon on Feb 7, 2010 - 10 answers

EIDE -> PATA, supposed to be easy swap?

I'm replacing an EIDE drive in my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop with a PATA one, thought that would be an easy swap. But, of course, I'm here, so it wasn't. The laptop now isn't seeing my new HDD, so I'm guessing I need to update something in the BIOS (ver. A07, 6/27/2005)? The new drive is a Western Dig Scorio Blue, if that makes any difference. Little help?
posted by Exchequer on Jan 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Dell touchpad! STOP! DOING! THAT!

I have a Dell laptop. Oftentimes, while "mousing around" using the touchpad, it will unintentionally highlight things. This is a behavior that I never, ever want. Also, sometimes it will unintentionally "grab on to things," like graphics on a webpage, and try to drag them around. I do not ever want to highlight or grab things using the touchpad. This "feature" messes me up CONSTANTLY. My last Dell laptop did the same thing. Is there any way to turn this "feature" off permanently?
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Processor Upgrade

I'm interesting in upgrading the processor on my computer, but I'm having a hard time getting good information on how to determine a viable upgrade. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jan 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Disabling "touch-to-click" on my laptop only works for a few minutes.

Disabling "touch-to-click" on my Dell Latitude D630 laptop only works for a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Dec 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Dell Mini 10v Just Showed Up--How to Protect it?

I just got a new Dell Mini 10v. I need some advice on programs--for security and to fight viruses! [more inside]
posted by mixer on Dec 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Using factory restore disc after factory set RAID 5 configuration change

Will changing/removing a factory (DELL) set RAID 5 configuration from a home desktop PC interfere with rebuilding the OS (XP Pro) from the factory restore discs? [more inside]
posted by lyam on Nov 19, 2009 - 5 answers

Sounds like your starter is dead.

Why won't my computer boot up Windows on the first try? [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane on Nov 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Why does my laptop think I'm pushing ctrl?

My Inspiron 1545 thinks I'm pressing ctrl and I don't know why. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Oct 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Did dude steal a Dell?

Is this computer hot? [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker on Oct 10, 2009 - 12 answers

Fixing a netbook's corrupt registry sans optical drive?

How exactly does one go about fixing a corrupt XP registry or reinstalling XP on a device with no optical drive? [more inside]
posted by Teira on Oct 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Which monitor is for me?

Best affordable external monitor for HD video editing? [more inside]
posted by timshel on Aug 24, 2009 - 5 answers

Local Profile Not Found...Wha???

I recently logged onto my computer (Windows XP), and it said "profile not found". Help, please! [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me on Jul 23, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I deal with Dell Inc. customer service hell?

How can I get any service from Dell Inc. Help they seem to have lost my order and won't give me any answers etc. [more inside]
posted by Twinedog on Jul 8, 2009 - 17 answers

What Should I Do With My Spare Monitor?

I have a spare Dell 19" computer monitor lying around that I'm not using at the moment, does anyone have any ideas as to what I should do with it? (I'd like to re-use it somehow). Thanks, William
posted by nam3d on Jan 23, 2009 - 9 answers

I love Vista, hate the way it handles flash drives. Obi-Wan, Help Me!

I love Vista, hate the way it handles flash drives. Obi-Wan, Help Me! I use a Vista laptop and an XP desktop for work. When I copy anything from the XP machine on my flash drive and use it on my Vista Laptop, it won't let me delete or re-save it after editing, saying the file is Read-Only. Even if I copy something to it from the Vista machine it always asks to confirm things. I know UAC is a pain in the neck but is there anyway around it's behaviour on flashdrives?
posted by damiano99 on Dec 18, 2008 - 6 answers

can't install windows millennium edition on dell dimension 4700

Can't install windows millennium edition on dell dimension 4700. A call for help. [more inside]
posted by metadave on Dec 11, 2008 - 18 answers

Wonky PageUp / PageDown Key Operation

The PageUp and PageDown keys on my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop have started acting weird. Sometimes they act correctly (rarely), sometimes they take me directly to the top or the bottom of the current page (now and then), and sometimes they don't work at all (often). I'm seeing this mostly in Firefox, haven't check other apps yet. This started about a week ago, a few reboots and cold starts since it first occurred...not seeing any improvement or further degradation. Do you know why this is happening, how I can diagnose the issue, and/or how it can be fixed? I use those keys often and this is really hampering my use of my laptop.
posted by Exchequer on Nov 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Run a laptop while it's closed?

Can I make my Dell laptop keep running when it is closed? [more inside]
posted by trip and a half on Oct 31, 2008 - 12 answers

Is my router (or Comcast) blocking i.dell.com?

Something odd is happening on my internet connection at home. I have two machines both of which connect to the intenet via a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router (or Comcast variant on it) and a Comcast cable connection. Both of them do not display the Dell homepage properly. After viewing source I determined that they couldn’t find the supporting files at the subdomain i.dell.com (it’s possible other subdomains are missing as well, but that is the one causing the most dramatic effect). Viewing the site from another internet connection it appears fine. Is something up with the router, or with Comcast? Looking for steps to determine what is going on and (hopefully) rectify it. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Oct 7, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I get data off a bad hard drive?

I am having a very unusual problem with my hard drive and CANNOT recover any data from it after trying numerous methods. Please help me with your technical expertise. [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Jun 29, 2008 - 7 answers

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