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Getting data off an old Dell Inspiron 9300 hard drive

I've FINALLY gotten around to attempting to get the data off of a Dell Inspiron 9300 that died several years ago, but the USB adapter ... converter ... thing ... that I have doesn't connect with it. Can you tell me what I need? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Aug 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Laptop shopping on a cell phone budget

I need a new laptop. It doesn't need to be anything fancy, so I'm trying to keep it under $350 (the less the better, though). I have a couple that I'm trying to decide between... [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jul 23, 2013 - 5 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

is my inspiron finally dead?

Laptop diagnosis? XP sp3, Dell inspiron 6000. The other day it just died while I was using it. Just powered down (instant black screen). When I tried to power it up, I could hear it coming alive for about 8 seconds, some lights flashed as you would expect, then it died. If you wait 24 hours or so, it will boot up normally, but after about 10 minutes it will die, as above, and then the next day will start up again for a bit, then die, etc etc. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 4, 2011 - 18 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

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

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

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

Help! There's a hole in my computer!

I have a Dell Inspiron e1505, and a small chunk of the white plastic frame around the keyboard/cpu area has broken off. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by brandman on Sep 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Inspiron 600m slowdowns and problems

Inspiron 600m slowdowns and problems [more inside]
posted by mjewkes on May 5, 2008 - 7 answers

Why does my DVD-ROM suddenly hate me?

I've been watching DVDs on my laptop (Dell Inspiron 600m) for the past 3 years without a problem; in fact, I just watched 2 DVDs on it last week. Now, playback freezes after 12 minutes and the drive makes horrible "stuttering" noises. [more inside]
posted by venividivici on Apr 2, 2008 - 13 answers

Mysterious battery light behaviour...

My girlfriend has a Dell Inspiron, and the battery light won't stop flashing. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 9, 2007 - 16 answers

Repairing the A/C on my laptop?

How difficult is it to replace a laptop's cooling fans? [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Sep 16, 2007 - 9 answers

Dell Inspiron motherboard is dead. Is it worth replacing?

My Dell Inspiron 9300 seems to have a dead motherboard; would it be worth getting it replaced or do I have a shiny new doorstop? [more inside]
posted by zeph on Aug 30, 2007 - 10 answers

Did my new RAM kill my video adapter?

BSODFilter: I tried to install a RAM upgrade in my girlfriend's Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop, and got nothing on screen after powerup. So I replaced the old DIMM, and got the BSOD -- the file that was missing was a driver for the Intel video adapter. Long story short, it's still not working. [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Aug 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Keys not working

How do I get my Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop keyboard to work again? [more inside]
posted by sulaine on Jul 29, 2007 - 5 answers

CD-RW drive won't connect to laptop.

My CD-RW drive will not firmly attach to my Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop. If I push it with my thumbs, it will make a connection, but as soon as I remove firm pressure, it loses its connection. [more inside]
posted by UKnowForKids on Aug 10, 2006 - 3 answers

Linux for a web designer! Need advice of what versions to use.

Linux for a web designer! Need advice of what versions to use. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Feb 21, 2006 - 12 answers

Replacing battery on Dell Inspiron 4000 causes problem with power adapter; any ideas?

I recently replaced the battery in my old Dell Inspiron 4000. Today I noticed that the led on the power adapter goes off if the battery is in the machine and the machine says it is running on batteries. If I unplug the battery the computer turns off. I am able to boot on AC power but the moment I insert the battery the adapter stops working. I think this is new otherwise the battery would've drained days ago. Has anyone encountered this before? Any ideas? Also, if the computer is off and I plug the adapter into it while the battery is also present, the led on the adapter goes out. If I then remove the battery and attempt to boot the machine, nothing happens. This is very weird. [more inside]
posted by Grod on Nov 20, 2004 - 2 answers

Is it possible to build a new laptop into an existing case?

Is it possible to build a new laptop into an existing case? {More Inside} [more inside]
posted by Grod on Mar 18, 2004 - 6 answers

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