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  • Forum Thread: E521 WIN XP Home Sp3 - How do I install the slave drive? How to install a DVD bruner? Upgrade ram?

    Just compleated reformatting the master drive and now looking to install a new slave drive. I know how to physically install the HD I but need to know how to format it if needed. System is XP Home , SATA, SP3. I believe that the slave should be formatted NTFS correct? I would like to lable the slave...
  • Forum Thread: FIX FOR DELL DIMENSION3100 BLINKING AMBER POWER LIGHT

    Enhance mosfet field effect transistor two installed near processor part number 6n03la0 one or two of them shoted siple replacement problem solved had the same blinking light tried everything nothing worked then remved the four pin 12 volt connector from psu to motherboard blinking light stop on power...
  • Forum Thread: Upgrading E520 components inc RAM - but which?

    Hi all, I've decided to upgrade my E520 a bit. First off I'm looking to upgrade the RAM - the Kingston website reckons I can install 2*2gb strips of DDR2 @ 800mhz each (leaving 2 empty slots), which sounds great, but...The manual (online) for this system says to install 1gb per slot...And...
  • Forum Thread: Flashing BIOS on Dimension 4550

    Upgrading the memory and doing a windows reinstall and think I need to update the BIOS. I currently show version A05 and the driver home page for my model shows the latest version as A08. Do I need to update to A06 and then A07 first? Or do I just go from A05 to A08? Are the updates cummulative?
  • Forum Thread: Memory mismatch

    I just installed replacement memory to get my Dell Dimension XPS Gen 4 to 4 GBs. Bios says 4GBs are there, but Windows XP says there are only 3 GBs installed. It used to say 2 GB, so it recognized that something changed, but how do I get it to use all 4 GBs?
  • Forum Thread: Computer won't boot

    Hi, I have a Dimension 5100 with xp sp3. Sometimes it won't boot. The next day it may boot and works fine with no apparent problems. When it won't boot the fan comes on, the power light is green but nothing on the screen and no lights on the keyboard. I have only 3 diagnostic lights...
  • Forum Thread: Dimension 2300 new memory not registering

    I finally was able to update my original memory in my Dimension 2300 which came with 256. I purchased two 512's for the 2 slots to replace the original 256. They are compatible and everything is fine but seems it's only registering 512 when going to my computer info. My PC is much faster now...
  • Forum Thread: DELL 8400 - Reinstating Settings after Battery replacement, plus 6 BEEPS...

    Hi I'm having problems with my Dell 8400, which has been brilliant for the last 5 years, so I'd like to try and save it rather than scrap it just yet. On the other hand I'm a complete novice and in a terminal state of anxiety over taking the side off my machine!! First thing that happened...
  • Forum Thread: Dimension 5150 memory upgrade

    Trying to upgrade my Dimension 5150 from 2 gigs to 4 gigs of memory with Windows XP Pro SP3. Yes, I realize XP will only recognize 3+ of that memory. I ordered a 2 gig kit from Crucial. With all 4 gigs installed, system hangs at Dell start screen. I updated BIOS to A07. Still hangs. Dropped to 3 gigs...
  • Forum Thread: Dell total upgrade - help needed!

    Here is the deal: I have a Dell Dimension 3000, which I have been happily using for over 5 years. However, it seems to be the time to upgrade, as the system is not getting any younger. I would like to do a majority of the work myself. Basically, my plan is to gut the dimension 3000 and fill it with...
  • Forum Thread: Maximizing Intel GMA 900 Memory on Dimension E310?

    I have a Dimension E310 but the Intel Graphics card is using only 11 MB. But it states that the maximum is 128 MB. How can I maximize it to 128 MB? Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver Report Report Date: 09/29/2012 Report Time[hr:mm:ss]: 23:25:18 Driver Version: 6.14.10.4670 Operating System...
  • Forum Thread: Dimension E521 - Power Supply Upgrade

    I've got a used Dimension E521 and I'm adding ram (4gigs DDR2 800mhz) and the video card from my old machine (GeForce 7800GT 256mb). Right now the tower has the factory 305W power supply. Will a regular aftermarket power supply (like the Antec EA650) fit in this case or does it use some wanky...
  • Forum Thread: Dimension 4600 running slow - memory?

    I have a five year old Dimension 4600 which has begun to run very slowly - possibly since a rash of Windows XP updates a few weeks ago. I'm doing the usual virus etc scans, but have also noticed that while the processor (single) is over 2.66Ghz, the RAM is only 512MB. Would it make a difference to...
  • Forum Thread: Dimension 5000 Memory Upgrade - "Computer Says Noooo...."

    Hi I am struggling to find the truth / reliable information with regard to the following. I have a Dim5000 with FSB speed of 800mhz, and I am trying to add 2gb of RAM to upgrade the existing 1gb (2 x 512mb) sticks of PC2-4200 DDR2. So I researched all I could and found that I could add any DDR2...
  • Forum Thread: Memory upgrade to 24gb only show 16gb usable

    So... I went ahead and maxed out the memory on my system and guess what... not all the memory is visible available System details - Studio XPS 9100 Intel I7-930 quad core processor 6x4096 DDR3-1600 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit am updated on the most recent bios The bios recognizes the...
  • Forum Reply: Re: I keep getting a blue screen that says Hardware Error / Memory Parity Error - how do I fix this??!!

    dellboy Hi, thanks for your help, but when I click on the Drivers and Downloads (in How to run the Dell Diagnostics) - this message appears: Sorry, an error occurred while processing your request. Anyway, my computer keeps freezing and I have to turn it off and on all the time, and a few times...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Dimension 4600 running slow - memory?

    thanks for this - yes, I did a Spybot scan, a CrapClean, and have installed Process explorer and there's nothing odd going on. I also did a defrag, even though it said it wasn't necessary, and something has worked in that things have speeded up quite a lot. However, I do notice that in spite...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

    Thanks for the last note. It helps a little in confidence that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am upgrading my pastor's 3000 and have the exact same issue: I replaced the 256MB stick with 2 x 1GB sticks, ending up with beeps and no boot. And, trying 1 memory card at a time yields the...
  • Forum Thread: google plus

    I heard that dell was thinking about using Google plus for support i think this is a great idea. The video chat feature would be like text support on steroids, making it a lot faster and easier to find a solution to your problem copy and paste this in a new forum if you think dell should use Google plus...
  • Forum Thread: Maximizing Intel GMA 900 Memory on Dimension E310?

    I have a Dimension E310 but the Intel Graphics card is using only 11 MB. But it states that the maximum is 128 MB. How can I maximize it to 128 MB? Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver Report Report Date: 09/29/2012 Report Time[hr:mm:ss]: 23:25:18 Driver Version: 6.14.10.4670 Operating System...
  • Forum Thread: Dell Dimension 8400 Ram upgrade

    So I think I know the answer but I was hoping on finding someone who has been able to do what I want to do. I just received a Dell Dimension 8400 as a gift and have not run it yet (no hard drive for it currently). It has 3 gb ram in it (2x 512mb and 2x 1gb). I have other machines that cannot run a set...
  • Forum Thread: 2nd hard drive not recognizing RAM

    So I recently bought a new hard drive for my Dell Dimension 4700 because its old default one was over capacity. Reformatted it with Windows XP 2nd Service Pack as I had bought it refurbished. Now I am a producer, and my main use for this computer (with which the internet connection as completely fired...