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Inspiron 1501 shutting down and freezing - black screen

Q: Inspiron 1501 shutting down and freezing - black screen

My computer goes to a black screen even while I am working on it. Sometimes I can see the task bar, other times I can't. If I press the Power button, I can get the screen back and other times I can't so I have to power down by holding the Power button.

The system also shuts down on its own and then freezes on the blue "Windows is shutting down" screen.

It is taking a long time for the computer to recognize anything I attach to the USB port.

Typing is very slow. I can type a URL and sit here and wait for the computer to finish my typing.

Windows was reinstalled, drivers updated; problem continues.

Any ideas what I can do?

Preferred Solution: Inspiron 1501 shutting down and freezing - black screen

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Inspiron 1501 shutting down and freezing - black screen

I suggest you download HiJackThis v2.0.2, install the program. Open HJT and click the Do a system scan and save a logfile button. Copy the HJT logfile and paste it here in a post.

Do NOT fix anything. One or more of the TSG members will review the log and provide comments/actions. I am not qualified to provide analysis of the HJT logfile, but others are, so be patient and I'm sure one of them will get to it.


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My friend has a Dell Inspiron 1501 that works fine on Battery Pwr but when you plug in the AC charger to run it, the screen goes black with no warning. Unplugging the AC pwr does not return the screen. He must reboot the computer to get it back up. Any ideas on what could be causing? We have checked all the power settings and sleep settings and everything seems to be fine. Help!

A:Black screen on Dell Inspiron 1501 on AC Power

Try another AC adapter

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Hey i was on my laptop last nite and it froze so i turned it off then back on and went to start it in safe mode. I did that then shut it down when it loaded up turned it back on and now a black screen comes up after the welcome message.All i can see is the cursor can anyone help me out please?

A:Dell Inspiron 1501-Black Screen after Welcome message at startup

i just wana get it to factory settings sick of it being so slow and its full of junk

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Hello all,

I received a trojan horse dropper bravix B and had to reformat the hard drive. I used the OS disc and the drivers disc provided. I loaded the drivers in the sequence advised by dell. Following this the machine did not work properly so i downloaded the drivers using the computer tag. this included a BIOS update. All now appears ok except the screen. The screen appears to have gone to wide screen ( the bbc web site used to have to blank strips either side and now it is on the whole screen distorting the picture.)

The screen I have is a 15.4" wide screen XGA TFT with truelife 1280X800

When i go into display properties on the control pannel this is what I see

Screen resolution (I am unable to adjust this other than to either min 800x600 or max 1024x768. There is no middle adjustment like on my wife's laptop.
General- Normal size (96 DPI)
Adaptor- Information
Chip type, DAC Type, Mem Size, Adaptor string, DIOS info (all have unavailable next to them)
PROPERTIES- General tab
Device Type-Non plug and play drivers
Manufaturer- unknown
Location- unknown
The device is working properly
Drivers tab
Service name- VgaSave
Display name- VgaSave
Status- Stated
Startup- System
Resourse tab-Resourse settings
I/O Range 03B0-03BB
I/O Range 03E0-03DF
Memory- 000A000B-000BFFFF
(all these 3 under resourse appear to have a "No entry sign to the left)

Conflicting device list
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A:Dell Inspiron 1501 screen problem

Okay, I'm new to this forum and only moderately computer literate. I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 that I had to completely reformat after a failed Vista update completely shut down my computer. After a good friend help me get my stuff using DOS, we had to completely reinstall with the CDs that came with the computer. Now when I view something like a video the screen will either go black or look like wallpaper and not come back on. I have to completely shut down and then turn it back on. Can anyone help me with this problem? I have updated the graphics driver.

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My Dell Inspiron 1501 recently encountered a resolution problem. The native resolution used to be 1280x1024, but now i only have a choice of either 1024x768 or 800x600. Can anyone tell me which driver I would have to replace, or where I would have to look to fix this problem?
A friend told me to find my start up disc and just reinstall the drivers through there, that is now my first choice plan of action.

A:Dell Inspiron 1501 Screen Resolution problems


try going into device manager and removing the entry for the video card, then reboot, windows should find and reinstall the drivers for it, do the same for any monitors listed in device manager.

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Hi everyone, I am having problems with a Dell Inspiron 1501. The screen was doing ok, but it has recently started acting funny. The power button for sleep was pushed on the dell and ever since then the screen is extremely dark but it will display on an external monitor. What could be wrong? Thanks

A:Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop LCD screen is dark

sounds like the backlight or the transformer that powers the backlight has gone out

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When i start my PC i see the DELL logo and then the screen goes black for like 3 minutes. Then it shows the windows vista load bar then it loads to desktop!

Whats the Deal? i ran a defrag ect.. scanned for virus/malware.

Still takes time! Anything i can do?

A:Really long black screen during load up :( insprion 1501 laptop

Depending on how long you have been suffering with this. You could try a System Restore
Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore. Otherwise, I would recommend backing up all of your data. Then doing a reinstall of the OS. Which is often the best choice. I personally do it at least once a year.

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The motherboard is bad in my Inspiron 1501. I have been looking for a replacement and have found two different ones. How do I find which one fits mine?  Also is there a processor upgrade for the replacement motherboard?

A:Inspiron 1501

All of the boards for this model (and the Vostro 1000 and Latitude 131L) interchange, and all have the same CPU support.  That said, complete used systems are well under $100 -- in some cases less than the cost of a mainboard by itself.

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I'm thinking of buying a Dell Inspiron 1501. Here are the specs..

AMD Sempron Technology 3500+
1GB Memory
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 256mb Hypermemory

Now I know about how its shared and it's not the BEST graphics card, but it DOES look reasonable. I'll probably use it the most for music, maybe some video editing, and text files and so forth. The only game i'll probably play on it is World of Warcraft.

My question is for those that might know about the card, you think i'll be able to play WoW and perform any of the other tasks?

Thanks in advance.

A:Thinking of getting a Inspiron 1501

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I have a 2 year old Dell Inspiron laptop 1501 and my dog chewed the end off my old wall charger (the part that connects to my computer) He basically only chewed the white end piece off the end of the charger! But it still wouldn't work. I just got a new replacement charger from an online company and it will not work! It doesn't seem like it doesn't seat in the charging port correctly. I have inspected the charging port and blew it out with compressed air, but still no luck! The charger is a model: ST-C-075-19500334CT ; replacement ac adapter.
Any ideas on what might be wrong or what I need to try? I was trying to keep from paying the high dollar money to dell for a replacement charger.
Help me Please!

A:Inspiron 1501 won't charge

Welcome to Techspot!
Do you know anyone with a dell laptop that you can try the charger with?
Was it plugged in when your dog did this?

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My hard drive died and I took it to a computer shop where he put in a new one and windows XP, as no one had a vista disc. Since I got it back the blue Fn key doesn't work. Numbers lock works, but all the F keys, volume controls, brightness controls and my crt/lcd don't work at all. Dell doesn't seem to have a driver that I can find. Does anyone have one that would fix this? Is there another way to use the F keys, especially the crt/lcd without having to use the Fn key?

A:Fn key not working on Inspiron 1501 with XP

Be sure you are the registered owner, then call Dell Tech support, and ask them to send you the install disk set... It is usually free for the original owner, if not supplied at time of purchase.

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I have a dell inspiron 1501, ati radeon 1150 xpress, 3 gb ram, 150 gb hdd windows xp sp3.

I havent had any problems with playing games on it until just recently. upgraded bios, dfraged, ran crap cleaner, memory and video stress tests came back ok. what it does is it will run just fine, sometimes I can play for hours with my external fan on and spraying the dust out, but the screen will blink black then come back, once I do something it will crash. I redid the heatsink with artic silver and it helped a little. im thinking this is a software problem, but if I knew I wouldnt be asking if someone could help or have had something similar happen to them.maybe its the catalyst control center? I dont know where to go now.

A:Inspiron 1501 problems

Sounds possibly like a graphic card or driver problem.
So I would uninstall the graphics driver, and re install, see if it helps, and at worst won't be any different, so nothing to lose.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501. I bought a Western Digital 320GB Scorpio Black with Free Fall Sensor SATA 7200 RPM 2.5IN 16MB to replace my old 120gb hard drive...I installed the WD HDD, popped in my Windows Vista 32bit reinstallation cd & turned on my laptop. I got a message saying:
Broadcom UNDI PXE-2.1 v2.1.

Copyright 2000-2006 Broadcom Corporation
Copyright 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
All Rights Reserved.
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM.
Operating System not found

I check BIOS & the drive is being detected. I thought the problem was due to a fresh hard drive so I went ahead & installed my old drive & I got ?Operating System not found? again. I don?t know what to do. I would like to have my new HDD working. Does anybody know what I can do?

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Hi all,

i have got a Dell Inspiron 1501 and have just done a reinstall using the Vista Premium dvd that came with it. I have also downloaded and installed the drivers from the dell website and SP1 and SP2 for vista.

im not sure if my usb is installed correctly as some times when i plug in a device it tells me it would preform faster if plugged into a 2.0 port. also when checking the device manager it says "Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller". should this not say 2.0 or enhanced?

my SD card reader (built in) also appears to be running slow, with a max data transfer of about 2.4MB/s. the same card used on my brother in laws laptop, preformed a lot lot faster.

any help would be great


A:Dell Inspiron 1501 usb 2.0?

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Thank you for taking the time to read this...

I friend of mine left his laptop on the floor and their dog pissed on it frying the motherboard. Took it apart and found the board corroded and dead.

Bought the whole bottom part from eBay which included the board, CPU, casing, etc.. it did not however include peripherals & RAM.

Assembled unit and here's my problem.

1) The unit fires up OK.
2) As soon as it does, there's no display on the screen.
3) The CAPS, number & scroll lock indicators start blinking rapidly... over & over never stopping or shutting down.
4) System stalls here and won't do anything else.
5) No beeps or anything else for that matter.

I'm currently waiting for new RAM but was wondering if any of you have any idea what the problem could be...

The only components from the old unit I'm using are:
1) HDD
2) CD-Rom
3) LCD
4) Wireless Card
5) RAM

I've tried reseating RAM & using different slot, powering without power adapter/battery & booting without HDD... to no avail.

Any input or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

A:Help with Dell Inspiron 1501

try with new ram.

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My Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop, which is about four years old, won't turn on. I was away for 10 days and left it off and unplugged. The battery has been dead for about a year, so it always has to be plugged in when I use it. When I plug in the adaptor to the wall, the light indicating activity turns green, but when I connect it to the laptop, the light goes off and nothing happens to the laptop. I've tried using different adaptors and different batteries (that work) and the result is always the same.

If it matters, the computer runs windows vista, and has had some issues with graphics in the past.

Anyone know how to fix this? I really need to get information from the computer. Thanks!

A:Inspiron 1501 Does Not Turn On

Have you tried removing the battery and trying to power up on the AC adapter only?


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I've had a Dell XPS 8000 for around two and a half years and I have recently started to have problems with it freezing where my mouse and keyboard would stop working, getting blue screens, having the screen just powering off and the computer just randomly restarting. At first I thought it was because of some games I was playing but I then realized it happened while I was using the internet too. This comes as random as well, it can happen minutes after turning on the computer or hours after turning it on. It can happen once a day or up to around five times a day. This problem has been going on for weeks now but I am tired of it. I have re-installed the operating system to factory settings and updated my video drivers and I still keep getting the same problem. I have even gone to the extent of cleaning out the inside of the case but the computer continues to power off. I would appreciate any suggestions! Thank you.

A:Freezing,shutting down and getting blue screen

Hi Cobra1994,
My name is Krishna and I work for the Social Media and Community Team at Dell. Based on your post, it appears to be a hard drive failure. You can follow the instructions from http://support.dell.com/support/top...=19&l=en&s=dhs&docid=DSN_362645&isLegacy=true
If you want to PM your service tag number and shipping address, I will have a look at the warranty to see what options we have.

Dell-Kris K

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Ok my girlfriend has an Inspiron 1501 Laptop and the Dvd +- RW Drive has gone out. I know how to replace it already so thats not the question here.
Question. Will any Dvd slim drive work in the 1501 wor will I have to use an exact part number from Dell. Either way can someone give me a suggestion on a part that will work for this? Thanks in advance.

A:Replacing a DVD drive on Inspiron 1501 [Help]

There could be some differences in the drives soi you need to know it will work in your laptop, but there are 3rd party drives available:

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Please help me:
I had 2x 2GB sticks of Apacer RAM, than I wanted to upgrade to 2x 4GB Crucial. But after booting  I had problem with noise and lines all over my screen...  I tried also 2+4GB mode, everything works fine, but Everest benchmark has shown not as good results as in 2x2GB mode. What should I do, to make it work with 8 GB of RAM?
My specs are: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, 263 BIOS, AMD Sempron 2000 MHz, 480 GB Kingston SSD, ATI Radeon Xpress 1150, latest possibe graphic card driver (10-2_legacy_vista32-64_dd_ccc) 

A:Dell Inspiron 1501 - problem with 8GB RAM

No, there are some users of Inspiron 1501 with 8 GB here in this forum...

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Im looking to add more memory to my Dell Inspiron 1501, what reccomendations do you have? I need to have at least 4 gigs, Right now, I only have 1 gig. I will eventually replace, but need help adding more memory.
Thanks in advance!

A:Add memory to Dell Inspiron 1501

I always run the Crucial scanner to see what slots I have, what the maximum is, and what size chips can be added. Having low confidence in my ability to buy the correct product elsewhere I also buy from them, but I understand that they are far from the least expensive.

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I think my Inspiron 1501 is dead. It starts up normally, then it shows me the "Windows failed to start" screen. I've so far tried starting normally, starting with the last known good configuration, and safe mode, all with the same results. It displays a black screen for a few minutes after this, finally flashing the BSoD and rebooting, after which the whole thing happens again in an endless loop. I can't find my Vista disk, so what should I do? Should I just throw it away, or can it be fixed?

A:Solved: Inspiron 1501 is dead

UPDATE: I recorded a video of the screen when it flashes a BSoD. The STOP code looks like (hard to read because of my camera's small screen) 0x00000024 (0x00190444, 0x86029380, 0xC0000102, 0x00000000).

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My mom has an Dell Insipiron 1501 with the AMD Turion processor(i belive thats the dual core) 1024mb ram 256 shared ATI x1150(i think?) Graphics. Im looking to buy the same exact laptop she has. Is this a good rig for playing games. If so what games on what graphic settings do you think i would be able to play? Right now i have a gaming desktop rig setup as follows

HDD:80gb Seagate SATA
MB: Asrock P4Vm890
CPU: 2.4ghz P4 HT(800mhz FSB)
GPU: Nvidia Geforce FX5500(Pci;256mb)
PS: Crappy Dell 250w Power Supply.
OS: Windows XP MCE
How would this laptop compare to my gaming rig(that i would sell on ebay to pay for new laptop). i would Probably run XP MCE until the Vista SP1 comes out.

Any answers to my questions would be greatly appretiated.

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My Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop can only support 2.4Ghz.

Is it possible to upgrade the hardware so I can support 5Ghz or with it being a laptop, is it impossible?

P.S. Referring to Wi-Fi

A:5Ghz Dell Inspiron 1501

You can purchase a dual band usb adapter...

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hi,does anybody know if a 2.3 GHz AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile Processor M520 will fit and work in inspiron 1501?
looking to upgrade a friends laptop and trying to find the best(and cheapest) way to give it a boost.

A:cpu upgrade for dell inspiron 1501

Hi joeybloggs,Below are the processors shipped and compatible with the Inspiron 1501:Processor type AMD Turion 64 Processors

Turion 64 TL-60 (2.0 GHz / 1 MB)
Turion 64 TL-56 (1.8 GHz / 1 MB)
Turion 64 TL-52 (1.6 GHz / 1 MB)
Turion 64 TL-50 (1.6 GHz / 512 KB)

AMD Sempron Processors

Sempron 3500+ (1.8 GHz / 512 KB)
Sempron 3400+ (1.8 GHz / 256 KB)
Sempron 3200+ (1.6 GHz / 512 KB)

The above processors are tested and compatible with Inspiron 1501.Please reply for further questions.

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i have a dell inspiron 1501 that ive had for 2 years. when i press the power button the power indicator comes on and fan powers up but then stops and its just a black screen. please help

A:inspiron 1501 wont turn on

Sounds like your power supply could be going bad but it could be other issues such as:

1. Corrupt CMOS (bad battery or bad ROM)
2. Memory problem. (do you hear any "beeps" at all before it shuts down?)
3. Something is disconnected inside the PC such as the video card

Does your PC completely shut down or does it stay on with the fan running and black screen (no P.O.S.T)?

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When I was using my Dell today something happened to the screen: first green zebra-like stripes, then white, then I completely lost power. When I've tried to turn the power back on, the computer lights up for a couple of seconds and then disappears.

Any idea what caused this? Should I just take it to a local repair shop now?

(I have a second Dell inspiron, a little cranky and old. Can I remove the HD from the nonworking computer and insert it into the other Inspiron?)



A:Dell Inspiron 1501 just died

That sounds like a dead or dying power supply. Smell anything burning? If you take the power cord out and swich it off on psu(if that crap has a switch) then press the power button for 5 seconds. Then sit for about a half hour and plug it in and try to start again, what happens?

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The right side of the keyboard only shows the keys in the <function mode. Letters m,j,k,l,;,u,i,o,p,/, and 0 all show up as if the function key is locked on. What should i do?

I have no idea how this turned on and I can't get it turned off! Please help.

A:Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop

You may have to replace the keyboard.
What operating system. What connectin. On what were you working when the change occurred.

You might try turning the computer upside down with the screen open flat, and use a can of Dust Office to clean out all the debris embedded under the keys. That often works. Do not just untreated compressed air.

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I have a Inspiron 1501 laptop on which I currently run Visa 32 bit. I'm wanting to upgrade to 64 bit Window's 7 when it comes out. The processor can handle 64 bit as its a AMD 64 X2. I do however wish to upgrade my memory. My largest concern is if the motherboard can handle more than 2 gigs (which is what I currently have installe). I'd like to move up to at least 4 gigs. Does anyone know if the motherboard will recognize that much memory?

A:Inspiron 1501 memory limits

The max memory for your system is 2 gigs.

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Hey guys, I just installed win 7 32bit on my inspiron 1501 and I cannot conect to the internet, it seems that the driver doesnt install properly, it just unzips the file and then nothing happens, I got all the other drivers already (video was a pain in the ***) plz help! :(

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Recently, I am having issues with my Inspiron 1501 (running Windows XP Pro with service pack 3) blacking out the screen and locking up the computer while I am in the middle of doing something or doing nothing (computer sitting idle). There is no rhyme nor reason that I have been able to determine. The computer could have been on for hours or a relatively short amount of time. The only way to get this to clear is to hold the power button down until the computer shuts down. I can then press the power button again and the computer comes right back up with no errors or messages or hard drive check for shutting down improperly. There is nothing there, it isn't a matter of it just isn't visible (some threads have suggested looking at the screen with a flashlight or hooking up an external monitor, neither changed the issue). I have checked power management settings and it isn't set to go into hibernation, do anything when the lid is closed, and to ask what to do when the sleep button is pressed.

Also, when I shut down (Window logo key -> Turn off computer -> Shutdown), it starts out as normal and then gets to a point and freezes/locks up. I seem to recall this at the final step before the computer should shut off. Again, the only way to shut down is to hold down the power button. Same thing applies...I can press the power button and the computer comes right back up with no errors or messages or hard drive check for shutting down improperly.

I have tried doing &q... Read more

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Hi Guys and gals,

I have an Inspiron 1501 laptop with a Dell wireless 1390 WLAN mini card adaptor and cannot get it to communcate with my new D-link DIR 615 N series wireless router.

The wireless connection seemed to be established until I noticed a message within the toolbar telling me the laptops adaptor is not compatible with the router (plus I cannot get onto the internet - which does work when hard wired). I've had problems with trying to set this up over the past week, e.g. it keeps remembering the name of the wireless routers initial name??? Even though i've reset the router.... Tried disabling the network and wireless cards and even reinstalled but no joy.

The router has WPA-PSK AES/TKIP encryption and so does the wireless card.

Is it a case of replacing the network card or can I configure something on the laptop to avoid this.

I'm just trying to get a faster internal wireless network. Thinking of getting a hammer to the damn thing and switching on my old netgear router

Please help...if poss


A:Inspiron 1501 not communicating with DIR 615 router

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My dell inspiron 1501 laptop is a bit over 2 years old. My 1st power adapter broke after about 2 years. I bought another one ( a dell one on ebay) which broke after a month. I am now using a 3rd party one. It worked fine for a few weeks, but now the battery won't charge, the laptop will only run on AC power. I get an error message during boot up saying the Ac adapter type can't be determined and that the battery will not charge and I will not get optimal performance. I am running winXP home, and I also have ubuntu 8.10 installed as a dual boot. Any help resolving my issue will be greatly appreciated.

A:Dell Inspiron 1501 won't charge

99% cases of "unknown AC adapter" issues are connected with wrong or broken PSU. 1% is max8731 faulty(i repaired 2 laptops with this warning, and the problem was with faulty PWM-charger).

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[insert arguing here]

A:Dell Inspiron 1501 Information

My original question is what method does Dell use to provide password protection on this Inspiron 1501. Why is that considered asking for a password? If I asked where the CMOS is stored on a (you pick a name) motherboard, I bet someone could answer that. I am interested for a purely technical reason.

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Recently a friend gave me their supposedly 'dead' laptop since her parents bought her a new one. I'm not convinced the laptop is dead, and seeing how I need a laptop for collegeI would like to get it running again. Supposedly it is riddled with viruses but I plan on installing a fresh copy of Windows anyway. The problem I'm running into currently is that when I press the power button, it doesn't boot as it should. Incidentally, the laptop in question is a Dell Inspiron 1501 Windows XP.

For the first second or two after the power button has been pressed, the fans whir and the power light comes on as it should. After about two to three seconds, however, the fan stops and the only thing remaining is the power light. If I press the power button again the power light turns off.

A friend told me it might be the ram so I took it out and put it back in but it had no change. Another common suggestion online was to start it up on AC power (the laptop's battery was really low when I received it, possibly a contributing factor) but neither AC nor battery power makes a difference.

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

A:Inspiron 1501 startup problem

Its either some sort of a power supply problem or possibly the motherboard is failing.i also have the same computer and i believe that model is at least 5+ years old. either problem isnt going to be cheap to fix and it might not be worth fixing. id suggest taking it to a qualified computer repair place and get an expert opinion and then you will know for sure how you want to proceed.

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Hi,im using windows Xp laptop and when I on it,it says operating system not found.Should I call computer admin?


A:Dell Inspiron 1501 Windows XP

It's either booting to the wrong drive, or the hard drive has failed or become corrupted.

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I keep getting back to this message.
Your cd/dvd drive during this boot cycle is f :

A RAMDISK drive is available for this boot cycle as C : It contains several Hard Drive setup tools. Please use these tools only under the direction of Dell Support Staff.


what do I type in at the prompt after F:\> ???

A:Dell Inspiron 1501 won't start-up

Is the a disk in the CD/DVD drive? If so, remove it and try again.


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Hi... just got a laptop from a friends, friend and I want to restore it. I restored it to an ealier time but, now wen it comes on it'll try to start. Then it goes black with the mouse just there. Is it compelty done for? Or can I restore it another way? (By the way, the guy never gave me a password it. But he gave me a downloaded cd of windows xp reboot(if that even works)) any help would be helpfull! Please and thank you

A:dell inspiron 1501 restore

Using "Factory Recovery" is probably the best option. Basically, it will re-install Windows XP as it was when the laptop was first purchased, using the factory-installed recovery partition. No CD required. Go here for instructions:
How to Restore to a Factory Dell Inspiron 1501 Without a Disc | eHow.com

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I am trying to troubleshoot this laptop. The dc power jack must be ok, because the battery meter shows hot (all 5 lights) It will not power up at all with or without the battery. Is there a fuse somewhere on the MB? I have removed the hd, keyboard, optical drive and partially removed the palm rest and back. and see no obvious signs of burnt connections...It could be the power switch, but I don't know how to test that. Any help is appreciated..

A:Inspiron 1501 won't power up with hot battery

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I have an Inspiron 1501 laptop the light comes on when I open and close the door. It no longer shows up on My computer and I checked Device Manager it no longer shows up so no exclamation points requiring attention. Any suggestions on how to get it recognized again?

A:Inspiron 1501 DVD not recognized in My Cmputer

Try removing the drive from the laptop and then reinserting it, it might be a connection issue. It may be help in place by a latch or a screw on the bottom of the unit.

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My g.friends laptop Dell Inspiron 1501 was riddled with viruses to the extent she could barely use simple applications, so i the wannabe hero wiped her whole computer, put on XP 2002, got a few drivers to get her started from the net on my computer.... but thats where it ends!!!

The wireless drivers fine but the audio drivers recommended from the dell website are not working, everytime i try installing them her computer says not compatible on this system???? i seriousley dont have a clue, ive installed drivers on many laptops as its an easy process but using her computers from badlands!!! i dont have her original driver CDs thats why im downloading them HELP HELP Please!!!


A:Inspiron 1501 Drivers NIGHTMARE!!!

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I had problems with my laptop a couple years ago so I had to buy a new computer and now I'm trying to see if it is worth fixing so I can give it to my niece. Its an inspiron 1501 with Windows Vista

When turning on the computer it goes to the windows logo then to: battery not identified, PXE-E61: media test failure check cable, PXE-MOF: Exiting Broadcom PEX ROM, and last operating system not found. In the boot menu DST Short Test failed giving error code 2000-0141 msg: no drive detected. When running full test the graphics test failed.

After researching I have come to the conclusion my hard drive is done for, I'm ok with loosing everything on it, but with these other errors I'm not sure if they are caused by the hard drive or other problems in the computer. Not sure if I should try to fix it or just buy her a new one. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Inspiron 1501 no hard drive detected

Also, I thought about running my operating system cd, but was a little worried about doing so. Wasn't sure if running it would cause any more problems. That's the last thing I need.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop - the original Dell AC Power Adapter crapped out and was replaced with a universal Targus adapter. This powered the laptop well for approximately two weeks, however the laptop stopped working overnight and now refuses to boot.

When I plug in the adapter, no lights appear. The laptop does not respond in any way when I push the power button, it doesn't matter if it's plugged in, not plugged in, battery in, battery out. The charging port on the machine does not appear to be loose. The adapter comes with a handful of different tips, and was tested on my Acer Aspire and is in good working order.

I've read that this model laptop (or maybe just Dells in general) has issues with universal/aftermarket chargers, but in those cases the laptop will generally still run off AC power even if the batteries won't charge. I read somewhere else that these symptoms point to a fault with the internal power supply board, but I don't even know what that is or what it looks like.

If anyone has any information on this problem, or on troubleshooting and repairing a PSB fault (if that even matches my symptoms) it's very greatly appreciated.


A:Dell Inspiron 1501 no charge, no boot, no nothing

Yes, you probably damaged the charging circuits/motherboard by using an after-market AC adapter... These charging circuits may be part of a $300+ motherboard. Good luck

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop, yea its pretty bad but it does the job.
and it was operating on vista. until its started screwing up so i thought i would just format the whole computer to have it how it used to but it only made it worse! so i don't know what i did but it started working again but now i had 2 operating systems(both vista). But the memory would fill up so fast so i had to keep erasing files. and i had to reboot one day and a black screen showed up saying BOOTMNG MISSING..i tried to get help online but all the working fixes included the vista installation cd which i never had so i don't know what to do and i can't lose all of my files! so help! plz

A:Dell Inspiron 1501 BOOTMNG Missing

Try going here http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-vista/howto-create-vista-repair-rescue-disk/ and create a recovery disc. Boot the cd you create per their instructions and see what happens. Now you will need a working comp with internet access to do this but......

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I have a dell inspiron 1501 laptop running windows vista. I would like to format the hard drive and bring the computer back to its original condition. I do not have a copy of the operating system on a cd but there is a partition on the hard drive labeled "recovery" The manual I have tells me to hold down the <ctrl> and <F11> keys at boot up when I see www.dell.com appear. I have tried this several times but it does not work. Is there another way?

A:system recovery dell inspiron 1501

F8. See step 3.


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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 and i cannot connect to the internet from wireless and dsl line. It says the connection has limited or no connectivity. I have already called the guys from my internet service provider, and everything is working on their end , they suggested that i call dell but i'm out of warrenty and was wondering if anyone could help me here.

A:Dell inspiron 1501 not connecting to internet

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501. I've had it for about 2 yrs now.
Just recently [I'd say about a month ago] My harddrive started clicking.
My laptop continues to run; but yes, much slower.
I can't use Google Chrome as a browser because my harddrive starts ticking like mad and the pages wont even load.
When using Mozilla Firefox theres no ticking noise [aside from like 1 or 2 ticks here an there]

The ticking noise isn't constant. I suppose only when my harddrive is doing too many things. Typing this and on AIM-- absolutely no ticking.
Opening up multiple tabs in a browser--tick tick tick
I have that notebook hardware control 2.0 thing because i read in another forum that it might stop the ticking.. no avail.

I heard it could be the "click of death."

To add insult to injury, now my laptop thinks my headphones are permanently plugged in. The computer says the sound is working fine. which it is, because when i DO plug my headphones it- perfect sound. But I unplug them and the computer still thinks they're plugged in.

any help would be fantastic.
I know I'm supposed to put down my specs and stuff but I'm completely computer illiterate so I have no idea.
If you need anything else, tell me how to find it and I'll get the information for you.

Heres the system information part of my Dxdiag:
System Information
Time of this report: 4/2/2009, 22:32:56
Machine name: Inspiron Laptop
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A:Inspiron 1501 clicking noise in the harddrive

Yeah that doesnt sound good at all. The spindle may have become slightly off centre and as it spins faster the edge of the disk hits the wall of the drive case or something else. I sujest that you save what you can onto pen drive or external hard drive and buy a new hard drive for it. It would be a good chance to upgrade it aswell.


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