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  1. Running in BIOS

    Thanks for your response Jerry. I tried that several days ago and it ran for exactly 3 minutes. And the more I read the more I believe upgrading the BIOS wouldn't make the problem disappear anyway....
  2. Dell Studio 1558 Overheating. I'm stumped!

    A friend asked me if I would help him out of dilemma with his Dell Studio 1558. He had begun disassembling his laptop in order to replace a very noisy fan. He soon became overwhelmed and asked me if...
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Great ideas!

    Thanks for the suggestions. Great ideas!
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    Expanded Use of NETPLWIZ?

    I use netplwiz to prevent Windows 7 from requesting a password when I log in on my home computer during boot up. Is there a way to prevent Windows from requesting a password when I log off and log...
  5. SOLVED. Fred, I had a script in my context men...

    SOLVED. Fred, I had a script in my context men that allows me to take ownership of files and folders. When I used to take ownership of the Start Menu, my program installed. Thanks for your help and...
  6. Attempts to Install Applications Trigger Insufficient Error Messages

    I am the sole user of a Windows 7 computer and the only Administrator. I have full control and permissions to Modify, Read & Execute, Read, and Write.

    That having been said, I'm aware that there...
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    Thanks to all for recommendations. I appreciate...

    Thanks to all for recommendations. I appreciate your input.
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    Database Recommendation

    I have a pastor friend who has a need of database software that will be administered by an individual who is not particularly tech savvy. Therefore the first requirement is simplicity.

    He wishes...
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    Defrag frequently stops if interrupted by...

    Defrag frequently stops if interrupted by background activity. I've had the best results when defragging in Safe Mode. Might be worth a try...
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    You should be able to attach a CRT to your old...

    You should be able to attach a CRT to your old Dell and it should work with no additional effort.

    Reinstalling XP on a Dell is very easy if you have your original Dell Restore Disk. Using the...
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    SOLVED Thanks to everyone who provided advice...

    SOLVED

    Thanks to everyone who provided advice on my project.

    I did download and use Nirsoft's Blue Screen Viewer and found that many different files were associated with these multiple...
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    I'm currently trying to help a friend that owns a...

    I'm currently trying to help a friend that owns a Dell Latitude 5145. The laptop crashes multiple times per day. I've copied three reports from those crashes at the bottom of this post if you would...
  13. The restore point was named "System Checkpoint",...

    The restore point was named "System Checkpoint", and no, I did not apply any patches in close proximity to the failure.

    But thanks for helping to solve "the mystery."

    RonnieV
  14. Thanks for your thoughts. With respect to...

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    With respect to imaging my drives, I do have multiple backups, including a recent one kept offsite. Fortunately, using System Restore worked and was a much easier and...
  15. I experienced an unusual problem over the...

    I experienced an unusual problem over the weekend. I made the problem go away by using Windows Restore so it must have been an issue with my XP Pro SP3 operating system. That said, I'm pretty...
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    I want to thank everyone who offered suggestions...

    I want to thank everyone who offered suggestions regarding my quest to find a suitable distro of linux for an old Dell GX110.

    As an update, I've successfully installed Linux Mint and had no video...
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    I've tried in the past to find a user-friendly...

    I've tried in the past to find a user-friendly distribution of Linux that will install on a Dell OptiPlex GX110. (User friendly because I'm a Windows guy.) My experience has been primarily with...
  18. I acquired a used LCD Viewsonic LCD Monitor with...

    I acquired a used LCD Viewsonic LCD Monitor with a strange quick. Once Windows XP has fully loaded, the graphics are fine. However, before Windows loads, the Dell Splash Screen that allows users to...
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    I was able to solve the problem associated with...

    I was able to solve the problem associated with my Dell Optiplex GX280 this morning.

    Apparently the extremely loud fan was caused by a poorly engineered heat sink that was used initially by...
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    To everyone who responded, thanks so much for...

    To everyone who responded, thanks so much for your suggestions.

    My question is since I don't have an XP product key - only a Vista product key and COA - would that not make a non-destructive...
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    I'll begin by apologizing the length of this...

    I'll begin by apologizing the length of this message but I feared leaving any of the detail out would only result in suggestions I've already tried.

    I was asked to take a look at a relatively new...
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    Thanks for your suggestions. I appreciate your...

    Thanks for your suggestions. I appreciate your taking time to respond.

    Unfortunately, Dell BIOS provide no means to control fan speed. I've downloaded the recommended system monitor and will see...
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    I refurbish computers and have worked on my share...

    I refurbish computers and have worked on my share of Dells but I have a GX280 that emits fan noise like none I've heard.

    It runs a 3.2 P4 chip and I assume it must run relatively hot, but the...
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    Sorry about your problem. The fact that the...

    Sorry about your problem.

    The fact that the Ubuntu LiveCD failed to boot causes to me to wonder how your laptop knows to boot from a location other than your hard drive. Some systems flash...
  25. Just to put a period on this thread, I spoke with...

    Just to put a period on this thread, I spoke with a knowledgeable tech at CyberGuys today who provided some helpful info. While he couldn't explain why the FF code that indicated that that the OS...
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