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Vostro 1500 Dead as dead can be...any suggestions??

Q: Vostro 1500 Dead as dead can be...any suggestions??

I have owned my Vostro 1500 for nearly a year and a half since purchasing it from the Outlet. I have had no problems at all until Sunday night when it just died. No warning. Just dead. I first tried these suggestions found here and elsewhere on the web... Press Fn key while pressing power button, reseat DIMM A & B. No signs of life.
Since it's out of warranty I feel like I have nothing to lose, so this morning I took everything apart looking for anything that looked melted or dislodged or overly dusty. Everything looks great. My husband has the same laptop, so I have been able to test the battery and AC adapter and in his and both work fine. One thing I have noticed though is this. When my AC adapter is plugged into the wall but not into the computer, the light is green. The second I plug it into the laptop, the light goes out. If I then plug the AC into the good laptop, the green light does not come back on until I separate the AC cord from the adapter (brick part) and plug it back in. This leads me to think that it could be a problem with the DC Power Jack where the AC Adapter is plugged in. But why wouldn't it still work with the battery?? Why would that cause it to just shut down mid use? Is there any chance it can be revived? This laptop has been like my right arm. I feel lost without it.
Any thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated. I'm out of work, this couldn't have happened at a worse time. My resume is on that computer! Yes....I know I should have backed it up...
Thanks so much!!

Preferred Solution: Vostro 1500 Dead as dead can be...any suggestions??

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A: Vostro 1500 Dead as dead can be...any suggestions??

Sounds like your mother board is shot. Looks like it would be something possibly in the power supply section.
As to your data the hard drive may very well be good and you could get an adapter to put the drive in and plug it into your husbands computer to be able to access your files.

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I think my bios has become corrupted, I was half way through updating it and the utility just crashed. after half an hour of waiting i turned computer off and now when i turn it on again it just beeps with the fan going.

what should i do now? it doesnt have a floppy drive, which many guides require, so i'm not sure what to do..

also i dont have much money

A:Bios in Dell Vostro 200 dead, what now?

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This is a DELL VOSTRO 270
Searcing by servicetag 9S***V1, its not found.It also have a Express Service tag 2133***4221None of this is helping me.
Spoke to a technician on DELL, he said thats wierd... He could not explain it.And he could not find it by service tag.Anyway, the problem has escalated.At first, the PC started to give bluescrens.Didnt matter if I reinstalled Windows (10)Then suddenly the screen went totally black on boot.The fans and lamps worked , but nothing at all on the screen.
Then I tried to reset Bios.After that its totally dead, nothing happens when hitting start button.I would like a service manual, need to see what the jumpers for Bios is doing.I removed HDD, DVD, RAM and tried, still nothing.I tested the PSU, its OKWhat can I do now ?

A:DELL VOSTRO 270 dead and not found by Service Tag

Hi PCPROFFSEN,Thanks for posting.Posting your service tag is a violation of the Terms of Service and can allow others access to your private information.  You may wish to remove that from your post.Your account can also be located by providing your phone number or email address, so not sure why the technician was unable to assist you.Prior to calling tech support, were you able to run the diagnostics? http://dell.to/2opZzQpIf you are still under warranty, please contact tech support in your country for assistance resolving your issue.  If not, then you would need to contact the Dell Out of Warranty department, or a local computer repar shop for assistance. 

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After download and install the 3300_A10.EXE the fan start to run fast and keep hours without and other sign . Them restart by hand but continue DEAD !!! PLS ADVICE !!! Thanks Ricardo 

A:Dead my vostro 3300 after install http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/3300_A10.EXE

I'd suggest removing all peripherals, AC adapter and battery from system. Press "Power On" button for about 20 seconds to release Static Flea Power. Replace battery, adapter, and then power on system. Hopefully computer starts normally. Please click Service Manual in the link below.
Support for Vostro 3300 | Manuals & documents | Dell US

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I have had this Asus eee PC 1000 for about 6 months, I bought it second hand and it was apparently a year old then. It has a 32gb mini PCI SSD and a 8gb mini PCI SSD 2gb RAM and 1.6GHz intel atom. I had a Linux distro called JoliOS 1.2 which is perfect for netbooks and I had XP on separate partition.

I had a problem with it getting very hot, the only thing I can measure was the CPU and it was about 60C and I have heard that with the Asus eee pc the north bridge is 10C hotter then the CPU and the south bridge is 10C hotter than the north bridge. And the wireless card gets very hot too. And the fan was making a horrible buzzing which was annoying to say the least.

I heard that if you clean them out it improves cooling and reduces noise so I took it apart cleaned out the fan which was covered in dust and I bought new thermal pads as the old ones had dust on them.
The thermal pads took a while to come in the post, about 2 weeks so it was in parts for a while. When they came I put it back together and it fired up fine booted into XP fine but not JoliOS (I had a slight issues with it before taking it apart).
I tried reinstalling JoliOS from a memory stick like usually and it keep jamming at the time zone selection. So I thought I would do a memory test. About half way through the mem test I took off the keyboard to see what the temperature was like on the cpu, north and south bridge. It was a bit warm so I put a heat sink off a intel desktop cpu using the old thermal pads and it ... Read more

A:Solved: Dead netbook. No symptoms. Suggestions?

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Recently my WD 120gig drive died. It began clicking and then refused to boot. Lucky for me, I had just finished cloning the drive to a backup and had just reformatted it and did a clean install of Windows XP pro, no more than 2 days earlier.

After the clicking began, I left the PC alone for a few days and tried it again. It booted up. Stupid me, I thought the issue was just a fluke and continued to use it.

I kinda really don't care about the drive, though having to buy another one is not fun, but I downloaded some music onto that drive and would like to get them back.

Any ideas folks?

A:Any suggestions on bringing a dead drive back to life?

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I'm In a dilemma with An Emachines T2792 I received the pc from a friend whom knows I work on PC's on the side when I plugged it in I found it to be stuck turned on
The green indicator light was lit like it was turned on, but no signal was stated on the monitor,, then after trying unsuccessfully to press and Depress many times did nothing
so I unplugged and replugged in the same, so I unplugged again, and messed with button some more then replugged in , nothing no green indicator light then i noticed a soft whistling and clicking sounds from power supply, so I got another brand new power supply {correct power supply} when I plugged tower in it lit the green indicator light on tower then softly went out
I tried pressing in power button nothing no response.
Now my question is I am pretty sure I need to buy another power supply now
But I need some ideas on what to replace to get the pc up and running again??
would it be the switch???
or the motherboard????

A:2 Dead Power Supplies need to Ressurect Dead Emachine T2792 Help

I had a similar problem with an emachines T2825. When I plugged it in, it automatically came on, and wouldn't turn off unless I unplugged it. It wouldn't POST or anything. After testing everything, I found out that the motherboard was bad. So that would be my guess, is that it could possibly have a bad motherboard.

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Nothing happens if I hit WinX, and if I right click START cursor moves up and right a bit but nothing happens. Right click an icon, very poor response, yet shellexview shows nothing odd. Had separate issue - couldn't log into to other IDs, fixed that by copying clean DEFAULT from other Win 10 PC. I've done everything I can find, the DISM stuff, the reinstallation of 'window' apps. This appears to be a common problem. It used to work fine some weeks ago, don't know exactly when this started.

System is a laptop with 16gb ram, I7, HP with hybrid graphics, build 10586 / 1511 up to date HOME.

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I'm working on a 10-yr old HP pavillion pc. The pc would not turn on at all, monitor displays 'no signal'. the pc lights flicker. I had an older atx power supply and tried that- it worked. so I know that the old power supply was bad. the case was VERY dirty. almost all the vent holes were clogged. even after I tried my 'new' power supply, the cpu fan does not come on and I still get 'no signal' on monitor (the hard drive/cdrom drive DO come on). I'm thinking the power supply blew, taking the mobo with it. I don't want to spend alot of time on this, but can anyone offer any thoughts on this? thanks.

A:power supply dead;cpu fan dead,mobo?

A 10 year old system that you don't want to spend a lot of time on. What can I say?

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my toshiba laptop was dead, the powerlight came on, the hard-disk was spinning but the screen remained blank.
I tried everthing , stripping it completely, trying a new ram and narrowed the problem to the motherboard or the cpu. i.e I can conclude that the problem is with the the mobo or the cpu.
This was a month ago.

Today I switched on again and voila! it worked, the bios loaded! I had removed the hard-disk, so switched it off, attached the HD and started it up again.. this time it didn't work. And hasn't since. I have again stripped it down , but it still doesn't work.
CAn anyone plzzzzz exlplain what is going here?? I mean it started , that means nothings fried, right??


btw the fan spins for exactly 5 seconds before turning off.

A:Dead laptop came back to life, now dead again

there is something like a "hardware reset" available on many laptops.
- try to plug out everything except cpu and memory
- remove the battery and do not attach the power supply
- open the lid and hold the power on button for like 20 seconds
- plug everything back in and try to boot
that worked for me for some compaq and dell laptops which did act like yours

my two cents...

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sony vaio xp sp2...lots of peripheral usage, we have front and rear usb ports, digital cameras, printers, mp3 players
one morning when switching the usb printer cable from the laptop back to the front usb port on the desktop, the computer froze and NONE of the usb's front or back, have worked ever since.

important to note is that we do lots of plugging/unplugging usbs for the above devices

what we have tried to awaken our usb's (keep in mind we are in the early learning stages of computer knowledge...)

static discharge
safe mode reinstallation of usb root,etc
system restore...didn't work...no matter how far back we went

last ditch chance is a system recovery, so we bought an external hard drive and are backing up ( as with everything we do, not without problems, but that is another post here)
in preparation for the recovery

any other, clear step by step advice for us?
thanks in advance!

A:Solved: all dead usb ports....not dying...DEAD.

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Computer was given to me because the cdrom was dead.
The tick of death started, so the harddrive is dead too(it is dead now sure)
XP licence is stuck under laptop.

Pity to throw this laptop away, I would liket to get XPback on, but failling that anything is accepted.

A:laptop, dead cdrom, dead harddrive

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so the problem is that about four people went through troubleshooting this PC before it finally came to me. The backstory is one day computer is turned on, hard drive not reading, person #1 gets her to buy a new HD and so they install. Person #1 can't seem to get it to read, so person #2 starts putting software on it. Approx. 2 hours into it, computer just powers off. Person #2 passes to person #3 who says bad power supply and replaces it.

Now, I being #4, have a comp with a new HD and new power supply. When you hit power switch, all of the fans "twitch" for less than a second and then silence. That makes me think bad board, but due to the infinite things other people may have done so far, I hesitate to replace until I'm sure I've got a good grip.

Any ideas? Any direction would be sweet.


A:Dead PC - thinking dead board.

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NO viruses found from using AVG free edition. After I downloaded again. My IE 6 sp1 isn't in the program lists anymore, the files are there, but ie won't reinstall. My spyware is spybot search and destroy and Ad aware se neither one will launch. Highjack this works and don't come up with anything new. Error fixer works and the same nothing new. No Email working either, except my direcway email. Error when trying to launch IE or other applications on Desk top is Wininet.DLL file is linked to missing export Shlwapi.dll:ShregGetValueW. I am running Win 98se and thank goodness I am on Direcway and using firefox browser, otherwise this computer would make a good target on the shooting range. I have tried everything I can think of to correct this problem. I can download downloads, but can't launch. Error also says my internet connection is'nt there, I am on Direcway satillite and it is working because my Firefox is working great. HELP

A:Desk top dead won't launch IE dead also

How old is ur computer for one? I would suggest just backing up anything you need from this computer and fdisk your hard drive and start fresh. If you computer has the specs...i would suggest goin to XP.....98 is way to old anymore and has too many vulnerabilities. Thats what i would suggest, it will take less time then finding out all the stupid missing IE errors and all that stuff.

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*as Noel tidy beard would say?

i have just been given a 200Gb Western Digital HDDm which appears to be faulty
after connecting it it storts to whir as it spins, then makes a clicking noise (as though a gear has been dropped) and stops.

does this mean it's dead or could it be salvageable?


A:Hard Drive; Dead or no Dead*

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Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Error: "He's Dead, Jim!"https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1270364?hl=en===If you can download the version of this tool for your operating system.Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (64 bit)Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (32 bit)and save it to a folder on your computer's Desktop.Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.Press Scan button.It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.===

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Here's a first for me....usually when a hard drive dies, it's dead....end of story.

I have/had 3 hard drives in my system. A brand new one (80 gig) and since my bios doesn't support over the 60ish limit, I used an overlay program to get the drive recognized.

Before this I also had 3 hard drives, all varying sizes, with no overlay programs.

As each hard drive had an operating system, I could access my bios setup and boot from either of the three.

After I installed the 80 gig with the ezbios (yes, I installed it on the other two drives as well) everything was happy, except for the fact I could no longer boot independently to the other drives.

I thought, no biggie. Still everything happy.

This morning, turned on computer, tried to access the 30 gig hard drive for some files, and the click, click, hard time trying to access, but finally it did......sooooooooo, then I rebooted and guess what....no 30 gig drive.

Wonderful.......disconnected the other drives, tried to boot to that one, no operating system, rebooted again, physical medium error....not going to be a good day.

Tried booting with a boot disk, fdisk politely tells me no fixed c: drive present......lovely.

Downloaded the recovery program recommended by Slithy (thanks, hope you're reading this too) and it would not even acknowledge that the drive existed. The drive was still being seen in the bios, correctly.

Downloaded the Maxtor drive diagnostics and got all the lovely 'you're in ... Read more

A:When is a dead hard drive not dead

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Hi all, I've been through 3 harddisks now on my 3 year old system(8800 gt, 4 gb ram, e8400). Every (aprox) 6 months my harddisk dies(I think). On boot the bios will only read my two dvd drives, then proceed to "checking ide drives" and check for abnormally long time, and finally the nvidia boot agent fails to boot and I get some mac adress showing up in bios before I have to shut it down. What can be the cause to all my dying hdd's?

I tried:
Replugging the sata cable and try different slots.
Checking if there is any hdd in under the voltage perimeters on bios and I can't seem to find my hdd anywhere!
Can a faulty sata wire even be the cause?
Help! Thanks

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Ok heres my issue. I have a wireless lan setup. I am using a Linksys router WRT54GL. This router was working fine for the longest then one night a power shortage hits, it comes back up and everything seems fine. But now my LAN game cannot play.

I had a heck of a time setting it up to play and finally had been using Hamachi so I could create a makeshift VPN and have my friend play with me over the net.

So my setup was like this 2 PCs behind a router played with 1 PC on the internet. One of the 2 PCs behind the router would ALWAYS host.

Hamachi worked perfectly and everything would work so long as the firewalls were down.

Then that outage happened and I could no longer play. My problem is, I cant even play locally so now I know something is up with my router. At least I think something is up.

I have tried everything: my LAN is working, I can share files and folders between the two PCs and ping them.

But as soon as I go to play the game. Neither computer sees the other persons' game.
I am in utter AWE and shock cause I have tried everything I want to purchase a new router to see if thats the problem but I am not sure what to do.

My router allows me to go online, ping the each other and even share files. So I am really at a loss.

Does anyone know any program I could use to monitor ports and whats happening when the game starts?

Or maybe a networking consulting company in the NY/NJ area. Im really desperate at this point and wouldn't mind paying for thi... Read more

A:Is my Router Dead or am I being Brain Dead?

If I were you I will try to reconfigure the router after you upgrade the firmware of your Linksys and try to play online again

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Lately, my pc had high temperature problems, obviously caused by lot of dust, stored on the cpu cooling system.
So I decided to clean the mess!
I removed the cpu cooling system, the cpu, cleaned everything, and put them back together. I have done this many times, but this time I forgot to apply thermal paste, on the cpu surface.
After the power on, I got only fan activity, no beeps and black screen only.
I checked the cpu on another pc and it appeared to be dead.

I would like to know: Is there any chance for other parts(mobo, vga card, memories) to have been damaged?

Also, I have a spare cpu, little slower than the previous, same socket although. Is there any danger to damage the spare cpu, if the mobo is already damaged?

Thank you in advance.

A:Cpu dead?? Mobo dead?? All dead??

READ: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic53866.html

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Hi Guys I Just Know You Will Help. I Have A Vostro 1500 Vista I Have A Email Box In The Tool Bar But I Cant Open My Email From Here. I Have One A The Top Which I Can Open . Now The 1 On The Tool Box Is Better Cause It Gives Me A Split Screen So Really I Want To Use This 1. If I Go To System Restore It Comes Back But I Cant Keep Doing That Any Ideas Xx

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I have a vostro 1500...and it comes with
1.4ghz dual core
4 gb ram
gm 965 express chipset

I get really low fps in cs 1.6 and when someone turns on the flashlight i get 4 fps...I get about 25-30 fps constantly which is bad because I play Gaming Leagues..

I really need help...T_T

A:Low Fps for CS 1.6 on Vostro 1500

I would advise you to update all your chipset graphics drivers.

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Hello Friends,

I have a Vostro 1500 laptop with dated configuration. Can I upgrade my processor to intel i5 and increase my RAM from existing 4GB limit to 16 GB. Please advice.


A:Vostro 1500 upgrade

I have a Vostro 1500 laptop with dated configuration.Click to expand...

What do you mean by dated configuration?

Can I upgrade my processor to intel i5 and increase my RAM from existing 4GB limit to 16 GB. Click to expand...

The only hardware upgrade option that most laptops has is adding more RAM.

Yours is already maxed out with 4 GB of DDR2 RAM.

There is no way that you can magically make it accept 16 GB of RAM.

That model laptop comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

Even if its processor was user-upgradeable, I doubt that it can use an Intel Core i5.


That model laptop is about 8 years old, so I'm guessing yours came with Windows XP 32-bit or Windows Vista 32-bit.

What's the "service tag" number and/or "express service code" number on it?


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Press F12 a few times after the power button and boot to the Dell diagnostics.  Run an extended test on the hard drive - which you will likely find returns a failure code, meaning the drive has failed.

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I have been experiencing an increase in BSOD's over the last month. From the minidump file, it seems I was averaging about 2 per month, but it has gone up fast this month. I upgraded to Windows 7 in late November of '09, with a clean install of the 64 bit version. I upgraded all my drivers at that time.

The crash errors I see at the time of the BSOD make me think I have driver problems, but I have recently discovered that Dell does not provide support for Win 7, OR 64 bit operating systems in this model. I think I have all 32 bit Vista drivers.

I have attached the minidumps, and a .txt file of a new CPUZ report in case that would be informative. I hope you can tell me what the problem is, and how I can find the proper drivers.


A:BSOD on Dell Vostro 1500

For some reason, the .txt file would not attach, here it is in zip.

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I have a friend's laptop and it is randomly blue screening. 0x000000a sometimes. At least that is what it did with me. Anyway, there are other codes in these mini-dump files.
Why won't the forum let me upload the minidump file? Do I need to zip it?

A:Need help with Dell Vostro 1500 BSODs

Ah, never mind. Here is the text from NirSoft viewer
Dump File         : 073014-34242-01.dmp
Crash Time        : 7/31/2014 12:17:31 AM
Bug Check String  : IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
Bug Check Code    : 0x0000000a
Parameter 1       : 0x96373008
Parameter 2       : 0x00000002
Parameter 3       : 0x00000001
Parameter 4       : 0x82cfa03d
Caused By Driver  : ntkrnlpa.exe
Caused By Address : ntkrnlpa.exe+40b7f
File Description  :
Product Name      :
Company           :
File Version      :
Processor         : 32-bit
Crash Address     : ntkrnlpa.exe+40b7f
Stack Address 1   : ntkrnlpa.exe+b003d
Stack Address 2   : ntkrnlpa.exe+9ef9c
Stack Address 3   : ntkrnlpa.exe+9f632
Computer Name     :
Full Path         : C:\Windows\Minidump\073014-34242-01.dmp
Processors Count  : 2
Major Version     : 15
Minor Version     : 7601
Dump File Size    : 145,760
Dump File Time    : 7/30/2014 10:18:40 ... Read more

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Hi there everyone,

My family recently got a new DELL Vostro 1500 laptop for general use -- we've had it about five months or so. Anyway, the other day I realised that the scrolling capabilities on the touch pad are no longer working.

Anyone have any ideas on what has gone wrong, and how to fix it?

Thanks for any help in advance.


A:VOSTRO 1500 -- Scroll Trouble...

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I have a vostro 1500 and recently after updating to XP Service Pack 3 from Service Pack 2 I lost the ability to browse the internet. The status bar wireless icons indicate that I am connected to the wireless network but I have no Gateway or Client IP addresses. I have tried system restores but my computer cannot restore for some reason. Any ideas would be helpful, thanks.

A:Vostro 1500 Wireless Problems

would you let us know how connected - make and model of router/modem etc
would you post the following please
{ipconfig /all}
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to paste the results into something like notepad and then copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post results here
We would like to see the results from ipconfig /all post back the results here
-> Start
-> (XP - enter the following in the RUN box)
cmd /k ipconfig /all
-> (Vista or Windows 7 - enter the following in the Search box)
cmd /k ipconfig /all

A black box will appear on the screen -
rightclick in the box
select all
control key + C key - to copy

then reply here and
control key + V to paste
{Ping Tests}
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to paste the results into something like notepad and then copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post results here

Start> Run {search bar in Vista}> CMD to open a DOS window and type:

Type the following command
Ping google.com
Post back the results
rightclick in the box
select all
control key + C key - to copy
then reply here and
control key + V to paste

Type the following command
Ping {plus the number thats shown against the default gateway shown in above ipconfig /all}
Post back the results
rightclick in... Read more

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Getting intermittent BSOD. Some days nothing and other day a number of crashes.

Dell Vostro 1500 was originally shipped with Vista 32. Did a clean install with Win 7 x64 Professional.

Attached is the zipped BSOD Dump & System File Collection with the Perfmon HTML file in the zip as well.
I did run a memory check overnight a few weeks ago and it came up clean.
Appreciate any help - thanks.

A:BSOD Dell Vostro 1500 win 7 x64 pro

Hi candem and welcome to the forum. I looked at your four most recent dumps. They show three different bugcheck codes and blame Windows system drivers, which are highly unlikely to be the real causes. Since no definitive cause is given, you will have to troubleshoot.

1. Begin your troubleshooting by uninstalling Spybot. Tea Timer is loading at startup and it, like many third party security programs, cause conflicts and BSOD on some Win 7 systems. I do not know if Tea Timers is causing a conflict. I suggest you eliminate it as a possibility while you are troubleshooting. Once you know your system is stable, you can try Spybot again. HOwever, I recommend that you install Malwarebytes (free) and run it as an on demand scanner. MBAM works very well with Win 7 and is a good program.

2. Out of date drivers are another big potential source of conflict and BSOD's. You have some outdated drivers loading on your system and some are quite obsolete. Update the following drivers or uninstall the software/hardware they are associated with. Begin by updating netw5v64.sys.

b44amd64.sys Tue Nov 21 07:23:06 2006 - Broadcom NDIS driver. Broadcom.com - Downloads & Support. This is an XP driver. If there is no update for it, it means your LAN adapter is obsolete. Upgrade to a new LAN adaper.

dfmirage.sys Fri Jan 11 16:04:26 2008 - Mirage Driver by DemoForge, LLC. DemoForge Mirage Driver (DFMirage video hook driver). Update this driver or uninstall the softwa... Read more

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Recently, while I'm on the internet, my computer randomly freezes and I have to restart it. This keeps happening more and more frequently. When it freezes, it's the whole computer - cursor, keys, programs, the numlock button doesn't respond, if I was in the middle of playing a video then it goes into broken-record mode, etc.

The thing is, my warranty JUST ran out. Go figure.

The programs I'm [usually] running when this happens are Digbsy and Google Crome.

Here's some info:
Operating system: XP
My internet browser is Google Crome, but Firefox and Internet Explorer are also installed.
IM programs: Digbsy and AIM
Antivirus: Windows Live Onecare (Norton was installed, but I just uninstalled it to see if it was conflicting... didn't fix the problem)
I have a lot of sims2 games installed, but they run just fine. I have various other programs also.

I've done disk defragmenting, and run scans for malware/adware/spyware, and it's in the process of the Diagnostics test.
It came up with these error messages:
2000-0333 Graphics test timed out waiting for keyboard response ((this one followed the screen going all colorful and flashy and crazy and the computer was beeping like a mad thing))
0F00:137B DVDRW_4 - Drive media is missing or blank

I don't know what either of these mean... ...vaguely, I think I do, but I probably don't.

The only other program I've had with this computer is back when I first got it about a year... Read more

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Hello all,

I've got a Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook that has the infamous GSOD. I've been reading on this forum and google for the past 3 days about getting rid of it. First, is the 1500 another name for a more popular Dell laptop? I don't see much information about them.

Anyway, I called Dell and they agreed to give me the master password after verifying that it wasn't stolen. After putting my on hold for about 5 minutes, the tech said they could not generate a new password for this model. He said I could remove the CMOS battery to reset it. I had already done this. Instead of going from the POST screen to the GSOD instantly, I could see a message about RTC being corrected. I would think this means the BIOS got reset.

The next thing the Dell tech told me was that there was a jumper to clear the password next to the CMOS battery (this is under the RAM cover). I could not find any jumper. I found out later today that Vostro is also a name used for some desktops, so I'm thinking that maybe he had the wrong service manual out?

Now the laptop is not in my possession and I've been trying to find some higher resolution pics of the mainboard to see if there is this jumper somewhere. I can't seem to find it....

Has anyone ever heard of Dell saying they CANNOT create a new password for this model? I thought that all -595B security was the same. Since I don't have the laptop currently, I cannot try shorting (or even f... Read more

A:Dell Vostro 1500 GSOD

What's a Vostro?

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I have a:
Compaq Persario A900 Laptop
Vista Home Premium
Dual Intel CPU T2330 1.60GHz

Disk Drives:
Generic-Multi-Card USB Device
Hitachi HST542512K9SA00

USB Controllers:
Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2830
Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2831
Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2832
Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2836
USB Mass Stroage Device (YES, it is misspelled)
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub

It appears 2830, 2831 and 2832 are not working.

My laptop has two USB ports on the right side, they stopped working last year and was never able to get them to work again.

On the left side I have one USB port and a multi-card reader. Now the last USB port has suddenly stopped working.

The Enhanced USB2 Controller (2836) in Device Manager controls the multicard reader and the built-in webcam. This works fine.

The other USB port on the left side of the computer (just above the multicard reader) does have power. When I plug in my external HD the lights come on, but it will not recognize it as a drive being there.

I've gone into device manager and uninstalled and reinstalled. I've disabled and enabled. There is nothing in this computer's BIOS to enable any USB device. I have updated drivers, I have scanned for hardware changes. I've also unplugged and removed the battery and let it set overnight and still nothing.

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A:USB port dead dead dead! Help needed. It's my last port.

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Hi there,
this is pretty much my first time to post on any forum so dont expect it to be a perfect post.
The story is, i aquired a dell vostro 1500, and the only graphics device in it is Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family...
I was just wondering, since id like to be able to play games above 40 fps on lowest graphics, is it possible to put anything dedicated into it? and how easy/costly/etc is it?

cheers in advance.

A:Dell Vostro 1500, Graphics upgradable?

VGA components on laptop are almost never upgradeable I'm afraid. There's very little you can other than lowering the games' resolutions & visual effects.

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I have a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop with Windows XP Home Edition. My problem is I was getting runtime errors and the computer was freezing up a lot. I'm broke and got the computer from Circuit World (which is a rent-to-own electronics store for any of you who may not be familiar with it) and they did not provide me with any software, no Recovery discs and no utilities discs either. The laptop has a builtin webcam and of course the basic Dell Utilities are pre-installed. I have a Windows XP Home disc and would like to install it, but I'm not sure how or even if I can. I would also like to be able to use the builtin webcam after reformatting/reconfiguring the computer, but not sure I can do that either. I'm sure I could get help from Dell, but only if I am willing to pay for tech support due to the fact that the warranty on this laptop expired quite some time ago and I don't have a credit card either, but I am sure that I'm intelligent enough to resolve and repair any problems myself if I could just get some professional guidance. So if anyone can help me or at least tell me if I need the utility drivers in order to use the builtin, pre-installed webcam and if I can install Windows XP from my disc (a reminder: this disc did NOT come with the laptop. I have no software for this computer at all), I would really appreciate it! I have yahoo, hotmail and skype messengers if anyone knows how to help me with these problems, has patience and the time and know-how.... Read more

A:Dell Vostro 1500 with Windows XP Home

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Hey All-
am in need of some real help

I have a dell vostro 1500 (Vista OS)
it is infected with Trojan Virus.
The laptop does not boot, not even with a CD... it starts booting and then Hangs
Not able to access the safe mode as well..
it automatically restarts .....
and on disabling the automatica restart option- there appreas a blue screen saying- unmountable boot memory..
i really need to get my Laptop working..
please help...

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My laptop, vostro 1500, Model: 22PL, Service Tag: BB24HD1 has recently started giving beep codes on bootup.  I believe the code that it is sending is  2-4-4 followed by 10 beeps.  Also I am having keyboard problems.  The SHIFT c, d, e, don't work.  I am only able the use them with the shift-lock key.
I have upgraded to Windows 10.  I have run a full diagnostic scan and it can find any errors.  I have also reseated the keyboard cable and memory module several times with no change.

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I bought my vostro 1500 new from dell in 2007, although i have several faster core i series computers, i still use my vostro 1500 every single day and with the SSD it is faster than most of the machines i have, plus it boots extremely quickly. Original battery still lasts 3-4 hrs. 

Only real issue is the 2.6GHZ core 2 duo is starting to show its age a bit. I love the design of the laptop, its very solid and reliable but im wondering if anyone knows if there is a faster processor than the 2.6 core 2 duo for it? Every source online tells me that the 2.6 is the max for it. Its not slow by any means, but when running multiple tasks sometime it will near 100% cpu usage. It has 4gb of ram and never uses more than around 1.5 or 2 of it so i know this isn't a problem. Is there any other motherboard that is slightly newer that will fit in the vostro 1500 case? 

Out of all the laptops ive ever had the vostro 1500 layout is hands down the best, probably better than my $1700 SAGER and if there is any way i could fit a better motherboard in there i will do it. Plus the thing is very solid, does not look old at all and it never overheats. 

A:Dell Vostro 1500 Motherboard Swap

There is no board other than the original that will fit the chassis - notebooks are designed around proprietary boards.   They cannot be interchanged other than between chassis of the same model.

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Hi All,

I have been getting a number of BSOD errors over the last few months!

I'm at University now and therefore am worried that my PC is going to mess up while I am working so i would appreciate any help!

I have attached the 5 most recent minidump files.

The specs for my PC are:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T5270 @ 1.40GHz
Installed Memory (RAM): 3.00GB
System Type: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Display Adapters: Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family

Thanks in advance,

A:BSOD Windows 7 64-bit - Dell Vostro 1500

The minidumps are pointing to a memory fault, but you might want to run a check of the hard drive too

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i have a dell vostro 1500 running windows vista and it suddenly began to lock up when booting into windows. it displays the windows logo and then about 7-10 seconds later everything stops and the display freezes w/ the progressing green bar at the bottom. no hard drive activity at that point. i've tried a brand new hard drive and attempting to installing windows 7 on the new (blank) hard drive. the same thing happens but it is a few seconds after the new windows logo comes on screen. again, all activity stops and the screen freezes. any ideas?

A:Dell Vostro 1500 won't load windows

It could be a RAM problem. Can you get into safe mode?

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Hi, I was wondering if I could get a 2nd opinion on the dump files from my BSODs.

I get them pretty consistently and at first I thought it had to do with some flash/ad blocking plugins i was using with firefox, but it kept happening with IE as well. One of the dumps says utorrent.exe, but i'm not 100% if that's the cause. I was using utorrent constantly for 2 weeks without any BSODs, but got 5 bsods just today.

I also noticed the dumps also make reference to "Genuine_Intel" in one line, I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that i'm using an engineering sample of a core 2 duo T9500 in my laptop?

I never had problems like this running Windows XP SP3 on this same configuration before

thanks in advanced

A:BSOD on Dell Vostro 1500 Laptop


Please follow this thread about how to post crash dumps and we will have a look.

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I have a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop. When I turn the power on, The Dell logo and then the Microsoft Window XP logo appear, but then the screen goes black. It does boot if I start it on safe mode. Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks!

A:Dell Vostro 1500 boot problems

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My laptop is 18 months old & has been powered up a total of less than 100 hours, mostly with the power adapter plugged in. It has been carefully handled.
Recently on startup I get the following message :
"The AC power adapter wattage & type cannot be determined. The battery may not charge. The system will adjust the performance to match power available. Please connect a Dell 65W-AC adapter or greater for best system performance. To resolve this issue try to reset the power adapter."
This message shows up every time on a re-boot. Have to hit F1 to continue. Power meter shows 100%.

Is this an indication that the Model HA65NS1-00 rev: A01 adapter supplied by Dell is about to fail? What might be generating the error message?

A:Dell Vostro 1500 power adapter

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Wasn't sure whether to put this here or in the security forum, but since it's not a 'problem' per se, I opted for here.

Purchased a new Vostro 1500 laptop for my son in the Marines:

Intel Core 2 Duo T5270
1.4GHz, 800Mhz, 2M L2 Cache
15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD for Vostro 1500
2GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 DIMM
128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
160G 5400RPM SATA Hard Dr
XP Home Edition, SP2
Integrated 10/100 Network Cardand Modem, for Inspiron
Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini-card

The machine has no security software pre-loaded and I'd like to send him some instructions for downloading security software before his machine becomes a nightmare.

My first suggestion would be AVG Free/AVG antispyware, then perhaps AdAware, SpywareBlaster and Spybot.

Does anyone else have suggestions for making this machine as impenetrable as possible?

He also has never had a laptop before (nor have I) so if there is anything we need to know pertinent to laptop security/maintenance could you offer your advice?

Thank you, all.

A:Security recommendations for a Dell Vostro 1500

Install Glarysoft's free utilities, and download and install all Microsofts "critical updates". Download and install Microsoft's free 90-day trial of Live OneCare. It's $49.95 a year and can be installed on 3 PC's using one license...

You will also find that security recommendations vary greatly between us TechSpot "evangelists" and members. Rest assured that we do know our stuff

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Hi, I get random BSODs from time to time... I suspect it's something to do with my video card drivers for my vostro 1500's 8400m gs but i'm not sure. I used the ones listed on nvidia. Device manager shows no driver problems.

Any help would be appreciated, dump files attached.

A:BSOD - Dell Vostro 1500 Laptop

Both dumps report 0x124 error BSOD Index

I would start by checking fans and heatsinks are clean of dust and checking system temps

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Hello All,

I have a Dell Vostro 1500 running XP that has been just fine for the last 18 months then about a week ago started to freeze. That is the cursor would freeze and CNTR-ALT-DEL would not start the task manager. Result being a hard reboot to get back to a functioning state. The freeze is random, originally I thought it was related to firefox but it also halts while using MS office. I have done the various scrubs using CCleaner, adaware, malwarebyte, AVG, etc. AVG has found a few things but has indicated that the infection/trojan was cleaned up (Generic13.TTY, and 2 instances of PSW.Sinowal.S) Any help getting the family machine back on its feet would be appreciated. DDS dump given below.

Thanks again, Steve

DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by User at 22:01:10.98 on Fri 04/10/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2046.1459 [GMT -4:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
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A:Dell Vostro 1500 freezing - Dont know what to do- DDS attached


Ran sfc /scannow and it came back with no issues. I think I have a virus that or trojan the standard tools are finding. DSS was posted priviously, can someone have a look.

Thanks, Steve

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I am thinking about getting a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop with Vista Home Premium installed. However, I must be able to dual boot Win XP. I know that the model supports XP, as it is an option on purchase. I have my own copy of Win XP Home with SP2 that I can install.

From what I can gather, Dell DOES ship a true reinstall DVD for Vista, yes?

Since Windows likes to have the oldest version installed first on a dual boot configuration, then I would need to wipe the HD and break down any preexisting partitions. What parititions exist from the factory? I would imagine there is a restore partiton...should I leave it alone?

Once the HD is wiped, then I would need to install XP, but I have learned that since XP does not have SATA drivers, would need to either slipstream them into an XP CD (I have never done this) or could a person use an external USB floppy drive to load the SATA drivers?

After this hurdle, it should be a breeze, yes? Create an XP partition, install into that partition, pop in the Vista DVD, boot, and let it do its thing in the remaining space?

Also, does this monkeying around affect that MediaDirect feature? Is it a partition that needs to stay where it is?

I just want to know what I would be looking at for difficulty before I make my decision.

Are there any CLEAR, step by step instructions out there that anyone knows about?


A:Dual boot Vista/XP on Dell Vostro 1500

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