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    Bought a 24" Samsung monitor. Beautiful. Should...

    Bought a 24" Samsung monitor. Beautiful. Should have done this 7 years ago. Also ordered a new laptop screen to keep the unit portable.
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    He gets the job done, doesn't he. Is the inverter...

    He gets the job done, doesn't he. Is the inverter part of the display screen, or a separate part?
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    Thanks for the link to the service manual:...

    Thanks for the link to the service manual: difficult to read in Chrome. The Dell chat guy said to replace the display, but then phoned to say it is out of stock. The service manual makes it look to...
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    Answer: Moving the display back and forth...

    Answer: Moving the display back and forth temporarily somewhat improved the illumination. I suppose I could (should) remove the hinge cover and look for resistance problems?
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    Notebook display problem

    My Dell Vostro 1700 notebook display is OK on startup, but after a few minutes a dark shadow, or lack of illumination develops from the left edge to nearly the center of the screen, making the left...
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    Things aren't really too bad right now. I can...

    Things aren't really too bad right now. I can pick up the laptop when running and move it without any concerns about gyroscopic effects on a hard drive. Rather convenient not having to shut down or...
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    Was not willing to risk a personally owned...

    Was not willing to risk a personally owned >$1500 laptop on the BIOS flash. Safer to just have one SSD and use external 2 TB drives for backup and cold storage. Big problem was getting new SSD to...
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    Rick, It made me do the 'Add or Remove Programs'...

    Rick,
    It made me do the 'Add or Remove Programs' again, but then got rid of the remaining vestiges. It now boots faster, and without the yellow icon in the tray, or the 'disabled' warning. With...
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    John G, This was one of my toughest ever, but...

    John G,

    This was one of my toughest ever, but ServiWin worked. I had tried to uninstall Symantec last fall because it would no longer update, but apparently unsuccessfully. Starting with the...
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    I've switched it off-on-off multiple times. It...

    I've switched it off-on-off multiple times. It also showed up on the clean boot screen, and I shut it down again.
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    Jerry and jwitalka, Tried the clean boot...

    Jerry and jwitalka,
    Tried the clean boot procedure: First hid the microsoft stuff and shutdown the rest of the non-microsoft. Still 100% cpu. Then shut down all but 2 essential Microsoft: still 100%...
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    rje49, Certainly a BIOS problem is possible, but...

    rje49,
    Certainly a BIOS problem is possible, but when i first put the new SSD in bay 2, it was not partitioned or formatted, and the laptop would not boot even to the F2 or F12 point. Just to test...
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    mrjimphelps, I used the shell program, but after...

    mrjimphelps, I used the shell program, but after disabling all the non-microsoft shells, it is still 100% cpu. Any suggestions of suspicious Microsoft?
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    Jerry, thanks for the link. I'll give it a try...

    Jerry, thanks for the link. I'll give it a try tomorrow.

    John
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    100 percent CPU usage

    A somewhat different problem than the "svchost.exe": This started last November, but the process locking up the system is "system" at 98% on the Task Manager. Dell Dimension 4100 with 512 RAM (maxed...
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    Hi Jean, My BIOS allows me to chose drive bay 1...

    Hi Jean,
    My BIOS allows me to chose drive bay 1 and/or drive bay 2 for boot. I have it set for drive bay 1 only, and it still will not boot with both drives in place. I wlll probably update the...
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    Satrow, I'm trying to decide whether to risk it...

    Satrow, I'm trying to decide whether to risk it all by updating the BIOS from A05 to A07. I'm sure you guys must have some opinions. If you don't here from me for awhile, you'll know I tried and...
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    Clint, F.U.N. downtown, Jerry, satrow Always...

    Clint, F.U.N. downtown, Jerry, satrow
    Always something new isn't there. Since either drive by itself will boot, that seems to rule out drive and pin adapter problems. The BIOS sure looks suspicious;...
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    Possible. I installed a new pin adapter on the...

    Possible. I installed a new pin adapter on the new Intel SSD; that sounds like the "interposer board" on the Dell forum. The new drive, on which I installed XP-Pro SP3, boots just fine by itself. On...
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    Hmm. The new drive is an Intel 240 GB. The old...

    Hmm. The new drive is an Intel 240 GB. The old one is a Seagate 160 GB. It will boot to either drive, but not both of them. Could it be the total of 400 GB is too much, or the different sizes kills...
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    F.U.N. downtown: Thanks for your previous reply....

    F.U.N. downtown:
    Thanks for your previous reply. The data sheet confirmed the Vostro 1700 SHOULD support 2 drives. The reviews of the cable indicated severe problems in some cases (fires, burning...
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    Clint, The computer will not go to BIOS with...

    Clint,
    The computer will not go to BIOS with either F2 or F12 with both drives installed. The computer will boot with only the new SSD installed.

    Agent (Clark Air BaseSMB US DIV_Malon): "I am...
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    Laptop will not boot with second drive

    Installed a new 240 GB Intel 335 SSD in the second drive bay of my Dell Vostro 1700. Computer would not boot, even into F2 or F12. Removed the old Seagate HDD from first drive bay, installed the new...
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    Thought I had it made with two drive bays, but...

    Thought I had it made with two drive bays, but ahh, life is not so simple. Received the adapter tray, pin adapter, and screws yesterday from China. Installed the SSD in HDD Bay 2, but computer would...
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    Yes, the adapter was on the old Seagate, but...

    Yes, the adapter was on the old Seagate, but these old eyes didn't see it because it was in drive bay 1, and I was trying to install the SSD in drive bay 2 and then change the boot order in BIOS....
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