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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Weird laptop computer behavior. Was it really User Account Controls? [more inside]
posted by rich
on Jun 24, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
It's time for a new laptop. I have always had, and loved, Toshibas, and have put them out to pasture due to general age and crotchety behaviour rather than total meltdown. I was all ready to buy my new one (this guy
) when I noticed this Dell
with broadly similar specs, same price and a better processor. The main difference is Intel Core i3 versus i5. [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs
on Sep 14, 2010 -
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 -
How to get Dell to follow through with their warranty promises, when they insist the problem is "software related"? PS They installed the problematic software. [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy
on Mar 19, 2010 -
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 -
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.
posted by Exchequer
on Jan 24, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
Where can I see a Dell Adamo (not the new XPS, but the one that was released last year) in person, in the San Francisco Bay Area? Frys doesn't seem to carry it, and I don't know who else would. I'm considering buying one, and want to handle it and check out the keyboard, weight, etc., in person, before making a decision.
Thanks for any help you can provide :-)
posted by Susan PG
on Nov 20, 2009 -
Another netbook question: my 4 year old VAIO laptop is just about on its last leg, and I'm looking to replace it with a netbook as my primary computer. More specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Quidam
on Aug 22, 2009 -
I'd like to purchase a cheap (~$400-$500) laptop with certain requirements. The more I look, the more confused I get. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by billysumday
on Jun 25, 2009 -
Under $1000 laptop: I have my eye on a particular model; am I missing any others in my research? [more inside]
posted by wastelands
on Apr 8, 2009 -