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Wireless connectivity problems: Windows Vista on a Dell vostro 1400

Q: Wireless connectivity problems: Windows Vista on a Dell vostro 1400

Dear Tech Guys,

I'm admittedly not great with computers but I'm trying to learn, so here we go:

I'm having trouble connecting to the wireless network in my new home using Windows Vista on a Dell Vostro 1400. Confounding factors:

1) My roommates are connecting without any problems
2) The computer will connect occasionally, but just as frequently disconnects so I'm using internet through the wireless in frustrating 5 minute intervals and I never know when it will decide to shut off or on again. It is incredibly spotty.

My boyfriend tried to fix it a few days ago and I'm not sure what he did or if it affected anything, but for the past few days the wireless hasn't connected at all, even for a few minutes like it was before.

3) The network sharing center shows me as being connected and getting great signal but it's clearly not. I tried all of the options it has given me---resetting network adapters, restarting the computer on multiple occasions, but it still gives the same feedback that "there is still a problem" basically.

I tried walking through some of this:
and from what I can tell, everything LOOKS fine. In the past I have connected to other wireless networks without issue, though things on my computer may have changed since then...but I doubt it.
I'm not sure what to do, I have scoured the internet but to no avail. Can anyone help me? I'd really appreciate it.


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A: Wireless connectivity problems: Windows Vista on a Dell vostro 1400

We need to have information please.

- Make and Exact model of Router, Modem or router/modem combination
- can you connect using a cable rather than wireless to the router - just to see if that works OK
- The other machines working without any issues - correct
- Do you have a Firewall - if so it may be blocking access - what firewall / security program do you have ?
- If using wireless, do you have Encryption - if so, Remove any wireless encryption from the router, and try to connect - post back results
- Most laptops have a wireless switch - some a physical switch other use a combination of the FN key + one of the F key to toggle on/off - make sure this is on

Please post back the results from below - you may need to copy into notepad and save on your PC and then copy to a working PC to post here

{Device Manager}
Post back the results in device manager
Start > control Panel {Vista set to classic view}> system > {Vista, device manager on left hand side} {XP hardware Tab, device manager button} >
windows 7
start > control panel> System and Security> Device Manager

network adaptors, click on the + > post back the devices listed there
are there any ! ? or X
{ipconfig /all}
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
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
{Ping Tests}

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 the box
select all
control key + C key - to copy
then reply here and
control key + V to paste

Type the following command
post back results
rightclick in the box
select all
control key + C key - to copy
then reply here and
control key + V to paste
Download and install

Then run the program
if you get an error - You need NET Framework installed for the WiFi Inspector to function.

post a screen shot of the program running - if there are a lot of networks showing can you click on "networks" top lefthand area - so we can see all the network information, and also post which network "Adapter Name" (1st column) is yours on the list

To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.
To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
Wireless Profiles
- Vista:
- delete the wireless profiles
control Panel
classic view
network and sharing center
manage wireless networks

Delete the profiles
you will then have to enter the wireless security key for any networks you connect to

Wireless Profiles
- XP
- delete the preferred networks
control panel
network connections
right click on the wireless connection listed
wireless networks tab
in the preferred network list
click on each one and - remove button

you will then have to enter the wireless security key for any networks you connect to

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Small annoyance -

As the title says, I have Dell Vostro 1400 w/Vista Business. Using just the laptop monitor. I set the video resolution (as it was when it arrived) at 1200 x 800. Now, it changes to 1024 x 800 when the computer is put to sleep and the awakes. I can set it back to 1200 x 800 and it works fine. Anyone have any ideas? It is small so it drives me a little nuts.

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I just installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 Pro on my Dell Vostro 1400 laptop. Everything works fine except I can't hear any audio from my speakers. When I plug in the earphones then audio works fine. 
I previously had Windows 8.1 and the speakers worked flawlessly there. Now when I tried to install the http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=NN9X1&fileId=3327213123&osCode=WW1&productCode=vostro-1400&languageCode=EN&categoryId=AU it threw an " Error: ExitError:Error=Device Object not present ". I tried uninstalling the current drivers, then reinstalling them but that didnt work. I think if I could get the Sigmatel audio drivers installed then my audio would be back but I wasn't able to fix this error.
If anyone has any ideas how to fix this I would really appreciate it!

A:No Audio Dell Vostro 1400 - Windows 10.

Sorry for late reply -- must have overlooked your post.
MrAudioProblemtried to install the http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=NN9X1&fileId=3327213123&osCode=WW1&productCode=vostro-1400&languageCode=EN&categoryId=AU 
That's an XP driver. Win10 is supposed to work with Win7 and 8.1 drivers, so Win10 might not be a good fit with the Vostro 1400. Try the Vista version, Sigmatel R171786. Download the driver package and extract the files (unzip or unpack and make a note of the name of the folder that is created) but cancel the installation process. Go to the folder on the hard drive to which you unpacked the driver files which should bec:\Dell\Drivers\R171786
Find the setup.exe file and right click on it. Select the Properties. Find the compatibility tab and select Vista.
If still no luck then I would advise you to revert to Win8.1.

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Can you tell me that which Os is more stable on Vostro 1400 notebook.

A:Which one is best OS for Dell vostro 1400 ???

This usually ships with Vista basic - which is as much use as a chocolate teapot. You can upgrade to vista premium or bite the downgrade bullet and take it to an OS XP Home or PRo that is established with at least 3 service packs. You don't include any specs - so answers may be vague as a result. Give us PC info. and we may be ale to help.

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password dell vostro 1400



A:help dell vostro 1400

read the FAQs please: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic90285.html

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Hi i chose following customizable settings - Can u Comment and suggest !

It will be so nice off u if u contrast Specially on following things

-- Processor cache, RAM Size, maximum HDD Size, battery, wireless adapter type.


Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T5870
2.0GHz, 2MB Cache, 800 MHZ FSB

DOS Operating system ( NO CHOICE )

2GB (2 X 1024MB ) 667 MHZ Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM

160 GB SATA Hard Drive

Internal 8x DVD+-/RW Combination with dual layerwrite capabilites

Intel(R) Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

Black LCD Cover with Camera

Dell(TM) Wireless 1395 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless Mini Card

Floppy Drive - NONE

1year next business day onsite service

1year complete cover

9-cell 85whr lithium Ion Primary Battery

No case

90W AC Adapter

Dell(TM) Premium Optical Mouse

A:DELL Vostro 1400 - Best BUY ?

All the above is meaningless until we know how you intend to use it.
Are you buying this from Best Buy?
What OS do you intend to install?
Why not buy direct from Dell?
What's the price?

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I have a Vostro 1400 which runs with Vista Business.

It has stopped working properly all of a sudden. It starts up ok, I enter my password ok and it goes onto my desktop ok. But when I click on anything, whether it be an icon or the Start menu, it just freezes.

It's working fine in Safe mode. I've tried System Restore and CCleaner.

I have a feeling it might be when I tried to plug in a camera into the USB when it was shutting down (I didn't know it was shutting down). It might not be that, but that's when it started.

Help anyone???


A:Help with freezes on Dell Vostro 1400

The hard drive may have bad sectors. It is going to be hard to check it using Checkdisk, because you can't get to where the check is. Are there any drive utilities available in the bios or right before boot up?

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I have a Dell vostro 1400 laptop. I am running Windows Vista.

When I plug my power adapter into my computer, I get the error message:

The AC power adapter type cannot be determined. Your system will operate slower and the battery will not charge. Please connect a Dell 65W AC adapter or higher for best system operation.

I am using the adapter that came with the laptop when I purchased it about 15 months ago. The laptop still runs off of the charger and so it functions when it is plugged in, but the battery itself is dead. My battery health is good and nothing is broken off of my charger. Please help me!

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Hello guys & girls,

I'm unable to get the in-built bluetooth function working on Dell Vostro 1400 laptop. I have perused Dell forums to no avail. I have downloaded the machines bluetooth driver & have located a couple of patches via said forum but all to no avail.

I've uninstalled & re-installed the Widdcomm software too even via a direct route by drilling down to the folders in the OS in my case it's C:\dell\drivers\R140135\3100_216\Win32 & have even tried utulising the laptop's drivers cd to load bluetooth from that. Again no luck.

Anyway thanks for looking in & if there are some Dell engineers taking a look here then I appreciate any help you may have also.

Thanks in advance

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I'm in the process of replacing the screen on my old Dell Vostro 1400. However, as I would like to buy it used (for obvious reasons) it's hard to find the exact part number I want at the right price so I was wondering which part numbers would be a good replacement the part number on my current screen is LTN141W1-L09 (Dell Part Number: 0DM110). Firstly, I was wondering what the part after the hyphen meant in the model Number. Also, can I replace this screen with one with a lower resolution or different aspect ratio?

I've also noticed that latitude D600 series shares a lot of hardware with the Vostro 1400 would any screen from there be compatible?

Thanks for reading

A:Replacing Screen On Dell Vostro 1400

I would think that when you replace a screen it should be the exact same one as the original. you might find what you need on ebay as im sure someone might be selling one for parts or repair only.ive never replaced screens yet in my laptops because by the time they have gone bad it was more to fix it than the computer was worth.you might also check with a computer repair place they might have what you are looking for or tell you where to find the correct screen for that model.

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I am trying to restore the laptop to factory settings....
I tried Ctrl + F11 with no results.
I tried F8 and DID NOT see "repair my computer" option ?
Thanks for your time

A:Restore dell vostro 1400 to factory settings

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I have had a Vostro 1400 with a C2D cpu for about 1.75 years now and just today I started to get a high pitched whine from the back left (right where the fan is).

I've tried using compressed air to clear out the fan, no luck. The Whine is from the back left right at the air vent. (Vostro 1400)

I disabled popup and popdown, disabled c4, tried HLT.. no luck anywhere. Whine is not just in Windows, as soon as cpu starts the Whine starts. Thoughts?

Vistra froze thanks to RMclock, but when I restarted I noticed the Whine did not begin until I chose Boot Windows Normally, b4 that nothing.. Whine was almost immediate after

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How do you start up a recovery partition on a dell vostro
i tried:

alt + f4 , f4 , ctrl + f4 , f10...i cant find any info...

i saw repair my installation in a menu...when i didnt need to do this...now i do...
i had the same problem with a newer dell earlier today...

is the partition having a problem that it cant start..and no option is available

any help please

A:dell vostro 1400 recovery partition...actually all new dells

On my dell a little over a year old is as follows
hit power start tapping the f8 key light and fast
A menu will appear
select repair my computer
select dell factory image

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Hi All,
I am brand new at your forum, and I would lie to share with you with my poor experience. Now I am having 2 Dell notebook, having the same problem, I took to all technician around and no luck to solve the issue.
The problem is when you switch on the power it does`t work, it just give red flash and then dead.
The model as stated on the topic above is Dell Latitude D610 and Dell Vostro 1400. Any one can help me out to solve the issue.

Pls Help to solve it!!!

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I've been working on attempting to fix my girlfriends Dell Vostro 1400 notebook and I've been running into too many brick walls.

First off, the computers specs:
Core 2 Duo T5470 (1.6Ghz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
1GB DDR2 667Mhz
128MB Nvidia Geforce 8400GS
120GB 5400RPM SATA
Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic
8x CD/DVD Burner w/ double layer DVD+ write capability
85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

When I got the laptop from her I booted it up and there was no video, just a blank screen. It indicates HDD activity but nothing displayed. I then tested out the PSA boot method through the beep sequences. It came up with an optical drive error, which I can really doubt. I've unmounted the optical drive and thoroughly inspected it, but I couldn't imagine it being the problem here.

I then hooked it up through my PC external monitor, and got some video out of it. It goes through the boot start up and then hangs for a good 3-5 minutes before displaying an error message that reads:

***Hardware Malfunction
Call Your Hardware Vendor For Support
NMI: Parity Check / Memory Parity Error
***The System Has Halted***

I reboot and attempt to enter any of the start up options but none seem to be operational. It takes about 5 minutes to enter BIOS setup and as soon as it loads it just display nonsensical coding. The same goes for the other boot options, though some are slightly different in appearances. I've attempted a full power drain on the laptop which didn&#... Read more

A:Solved: No display on bootup (Dell Vostro 1400 notebook)

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My 4 year old Dell vostro 1400, a carryover from my son's college days, has stopped reading and writing DVDs, though it reads and writes the CDs perfectly.

I replaced the DVD drive with a new Optiarc internal DVD writer. This new Optiarc has worked for about six months and then again same problem not reading and writing DVDs only.

Is the problem with the DVD writer or with the laptop? I am apprehensive to replace the DVD writer again.

By the way the OS is Windows XP professional.

A:Dell Vostro 1400 laptop internal DVD writer not reading/writing DVDs..

Normally it can be attributed to the laser burning out. The drive uses a different wavelength to do CDs than DVDs. They often don't burn out like a light bulb but just can't do the higher wavelengths.

Optical drives are notorious for sudden failure. On a desktop it's no big deal - a $20 repair. But a laptop is expensive to do replacements on. I'd be bumming too.

Curious (dealing with a similar issue with a laptop here):
When you go into Device Manager and check the properties of that Optiarc drive, is the name 'garbled'?

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Where can I get Vostro 1400 Audio Driver for Windows 7 32 bit.

A:Vostro 1400 audio driver for windows 7

Try installing the Sigmatel HD audio driver. There is not one for Windows 7 so you must use the Vista version and install using Vista compatibility mode.
Download the driver package using the browser, not Dell Download Manager. Extract the files (unzip or unpack) but cancel the installation process. Go to the hard drive to c:\Dell\Drivers\R171786   (This is the folder that is created when you unpack the download. It contains the driver files.)Right click on setup.exe and select Properties. Find the compatibility tab to select Vista.

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Hey all,

Windows Vista shutting, forcing an update on me and I had to turn off computer at that moment so I manually shut it down. Launched it again and Vista was unable to boot, so I put in installation CD and did a repair. Then Vista installed but it now lacked the drivers needed for network adapter.

I installed the Realtek RTL8168/8111 but still I cannot connect to internet with wireless. Under other devices the following have explamation points:
Mass Storage Controller
Network Contorller
SM Bus Controller
Video Controller

The computer is a vostro 1520 dell laptop. All hardware on it is the defaults that came with computer.

Thanks for response.

A:[SOLVED] vostro 1520 dell laptop no wireless connection on vista

There should be a service tag located on the laptop's bottom. Surf over to Dell's support site (Dell - Drivers and Downloads) and input the service tag. You should be able to download the drivers you are missing.

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Hi, I own Dell Vostro 2520 with Dell Wireless 1704 802.11 b/g/n. Recently I upgraded my home wifi to 5G. I am unable to connect my Dell Vostro to Wireless as it does not supports 5G. How can I upgrade my Dell Wireless so that it support 5G Wifi connections? Do I need to change my Network Adapter?

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I want to put Windows 10 on my Vostro 1400, after I replace the hard drive I see Windows 10 disc on Amazon for $around $60. Is that a good idea? I also see XP Pro (Is that obsolete) for around $10. Everything I need seems to work with my current Vista OS, but the hardrive is bad so I wouldn’t mind a little upgrade, without spending much. It’s an old computer.

A:New OS for old Vostro 1400

Thank you for writing to us!
Firstly this system is no tested with windows 10, we would not suggest you to force upgrade the system as you will not have the appropriate drivers for the same which will give you more issues.
We would suggest you to the install the same Operating system as it has been working fine with the system configuration.
Kindly Private message the service tag and email address.

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I bought a new HP Laptop recently in Jan 2009, coz my Dell Inspiron 6000's(Windows XP) LCD is damaged and it's old. My husband also has the same Dell laptop with same configuration and bfore buying HP, we setup our wireless network with our 2 dell laptops and a VOIP phone in the network. After buying HP Laptop with Vista home premium SP1 and 64bit, i connected this laptop to our wireless N/W. It was good for like 20days. Then HP laptop started giving problems with wireless. It started connecting to Internet thru' my dell laptop and not the wireless router. It used to get disconnected several times in a day. I used to unplug everything and plug everything and for a half hour or so, internet used to work fine and then it disconnects. I tried everything like shutting off my dell laptop always but nothing worked. One day i re-configured our wireless router so that the n/w name is also changed and i changed everything so that the access point is the router and not any other device. It worked for like 15 days and now i have the same problems again. I always get disconnected from Internet. Everytime i get disconnected, i unplug modem, router everything and plug them back and internet stays connected for half hour and the problem is back. I heard bfore that Vista has lot of problems performance wise. Can anybody let me know if this is Vista's known problem? What are the possible things that you can suggest me to fix this thing. I bought this laptop for $1200 and its giving a v... Read more

A:Wireless Connectivity Problems in Vista

hi have you spoken to hp this may be the wireless adapter you could try going to hp support website and download the latetest driver for your card and install it

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My old Vostro 1400 display goes black shortly after startup.  External monitor works fine, and the image is visible on the screen if I shine a bright light on it.  So, I conclude that either the lamp driver or the bulb is bad, am going to try repairing but don't know where to get these parts.  Options for my computers tag don't show these parts.

A:Vostro 1400 Display Failure

You'd have to try EBay - - or replace both the screen and the inverter together, which is likely the best option.
There was once a time when replacing the bulb or inverter made economic sense because of the cost of LCD panels -- it no longer does.  You can easily replace the screen and inverter for well under $100.

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Hello all, it is with great sadness that I compose this post from my mother's computer. My beloved Dell Vostro 1400 is maybe dying on me. Even after i shut it off and turn it back on I just get these lines. I've attached pictures below. The computer is about two and a half years old. I'm afraid that it's overheated and maybe something got fried.

Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks, David.

Vostro 1400 --
-- Intel? Core蒂 2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
-- [223-5514]
-- LCD Panel --
-- 14.1 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Anti-Glare Display
-- [320-5564]
-- Memory --
-- 4GB
-- [311-7285]
-- Video Cards --
-- 128MB NVIDIA? GeForce蒂 8400M GS
-- [320-5563]
-- Hard Drive --
-- 250GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
-- [341-5536]

WELL...I CAN'T UPLOAD Here is the link...
Picasa Web Albums - David - junk

A:Vostro 1400 showing only lines

Most likely it's a video card problem, although it could be the cable to your monitor or the monitor itself.
Check to be sure that the fans are working and that there's not dirt/dust stuck inside (use canned air to blow it out - DO NOT use a vacuum or an air compressor, it'll cause damage)

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I'm having a hugely frustrating problem regarding my wireless internet on my vista laptop. It is connected to the internet via a wireless connection on an XP desktop.

The internet connection on the laptop regularly switches to limited connectivity and I am unable to browse any websites at all. The only way I have found to rectify this is to unplug the wireless and plug it back in. The internet then works perfectly for a while, but limited connectivity soon shows up again.

I have tried countless ways to stop this and looked on just about every troubleshooting site on the internet with no luck. Disabling IPV6 does not work, there is a problem with IPV4 too. Automatic Ip addresses do not work, fixed IP adresses do not work, resetting the wireless adaptor in the laptop does not work and neither does any way of trying to reconnect.

My ipconfig follows from my laptop. This was taken at a time when the internet is working so if you need one when it's limited just ask me and I'll be sure to post it when it goes down again.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Fred
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Descr... Read more

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Hey all,

So my girlfriends laptop is rather incompetent and decides to not open up any recently installed programs. All older programs that were on the computer work fine. I have tried un/re install of all programs mulitple times, tried system restore quite a few times as well, and nothing seem to work. The laptop has only had one other problem as well, were a CD was stuck in the dvd drive, causing the laptop to constantly try and read the disc.

How can I fix this problem of the programs?

A:Windows Vista home Premium/ Dell vostro 1510

Hi try using a paper clip to open the drive ther is usually a small hole right of the drive that you can insert the straightend paper clip into,which programs are you try to use or install

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i upgraded my vostro 1400 and now the video driver cant be found

A:Vostro 1400 with Win 7 64 bit video driver needed

When you say you "upgraded" your Vostro 1400, what upgrade did you perform?  If you replaced the GPU (assuming it's removable in that system) or replaced the motherboard with a version that has a different GPU built in (assuming that system was available with more than one GPU configuration), you'd need to download and install the correct drivers for your new hardware. You can find them at support.dell.com, although I would manually select your system model rather than entering your Service Tag.

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I've just installed windows 7 (64 bit) on my dell vostro 1500. Everything works fine but there are 2 slight problems that are annoying me.

1. It seems like the fan is always on. What driver controls this? (so that I can get the appropriate driver or is it the BIOS that controls the fan?)

2. Also, the hard drive accesses some data for a split second every 10 seconds or so. It does this all the time even when idle or on the logon screen. Any idea why this happens?


A:Problems with Dell vostro 1500 after upgrading to windows 7

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I'm running windows 10 on my vostro computer when the screen freezes. I have to (after a long time waiting) force shut it down and when I turn it back on 6 identical screens come up, even in the bios. after a few weeks of reinstalling the nvidia driver through device manager and getting it to work again, the driver fix I was doing the few weeks stopped working.HELP!
also in device manager it says windows has stopped this device, but i can't seem to fix it

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I've search forums for solutions to this, but haven't found one that fixed this exactly, for me.
I bought a Toshiba laptop with Vista a month ago. I used it on the open wireless network at my workplace and at other locations for several weeks.
When I tried to use it Monday, it claimed it was connected to the correct network, but i could not pull up any pages with Firefox or IE. It has been that way all week, both at work and at wireless hotspots at coffee shops.
I did not install or uninstall or make any changes to any programs over the weekend, to my knowledge.
I have tried:
disabling UAC
disabling windows firewall
disabling TCP/IPv6
un/reinstalling the wireless adapter
...maybe another thing or two.
*Also*, other programs that require an internet connection work fine, just not web browsers.
This problem is driving me crazy. I have DSL but not wireless at home, so I can't try to fix the wireless somewhere where i have a connection.
Please help.

A:Windows Vista Wireless Connectivity problem

you may have a virus

does it work when connected with cable all OK ?
I have DSL but not wireless at homeClick to expand...

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OS :- windows 7
Problems found on HP PAVILION DV3515 , HP PRESARIO CQ61
Unable to connect wireless if there is more available wireless connections are detected
Wireless disconnecting if any new wireless range has detected
Actions Taken :- Drivers and OS update could not resolve the problem
( Could not found any problems with Routers , it only happens if a new connection detected into the wifi range )

Please advise me how to solve this problem ..

A:Windows 7 Wireless connectivity problems

Set your wireless connection that you want to use as connect automatically and the others manually

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family member's brand new Vostro connects to other wireless networks (in other locations), but when she is at home, the Vostro is connecting to a brand new Wireless Netgear N router... it will connect, but either go really slow, or connect and then disconnect in 5 minutes, or it will say its connected but not really be. Repowered the router and modem (even though the internet is working fine for everyone else on all their computers and devices). Also disabled and re-enabled the wireless adapter. Made the network a home network. I don't know what else to do. She is on Windows 7 btw.

I've had nothing but trouble will Dell internal wireless cards, not working for any rhyme or reason. Then they might work perfectly a year later for no reason.

Hopefully I can actually get some possible fixes.

A:Dell Vostro Internal Wireless

If signal strength is full and you're relatively close to the router, then unfortunately this is a quirk noted by others with the Vostro. One possibility is a wireless phone system or other digital interference i.e. cell phones. If power shows fair to weak, then a signal booster works.

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Hi there, Have a Dell laptop on windows vista, BTHomehub 2 router, and I'm just getting Limited connectivity when trying to connect to router.

IPconfig listed below, any help would be great.

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Laptop
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-16-44-C5-24-74
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::957a:45e7:77ee:695f%10(Preferred)
Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1D-09-60-A6-31
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

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A:Limited Connectivity, Windows Vista, Wireless Connection

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I put in a new desktop with Win 7 a week ago. I upgraded the wireless adapter at the same time. It was working fine until the next day after an auto win update of 30 items. Ethernet works fine and a MAC and Vista laptops still connect fine. I have talked to adapter support and the internet service provider (AT&T Uverse) who provide the router. Uverse actually sent me a new adapter which was gtd to work with Win 7 by only loading Win driver. Same problem. It appears to all that WAP is fine and adapters work. The adapter sees network but it will not "connect successfully" and shows "limited access" which in reality there is none at all. Do I need to uninstall all the updates and reinstall one by one to find the problem?

A:wireless connectivity problems after windows update

Hi fishy1,

Have you tried a System Restore? Restore it to a point where you were able to connect and worry free.
System Restore
The System Restore should take care of your concern below.

Do I need to uninstall all the updates and reinstall one by one to find the problem?

Please let us know.

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Hey everyone,

I have literally no idea what is causing the problems, but whenever I boot up, aero and my wireless connection keep crashing for the first 10-15 minutes or so.
After boot up and the desktop comes into view I can see the small white bars icon on the taskbar that indicates that I'm connected to the net, and that windows 7 aero is on (glass effect etc), but around 10 seconds afterwards the theme reverts to windows 7 basic and my wireless icon has a red cross on it.
Right clicking the wireless icon and diagnosing the problem brings up 'windows wireless service is not running on this computer' and that the diagnosis has solved the problem. After another few seconds it disconnects again, and I have to repeat the diagnosis several times to get it to 'stick'. Aero eventually returns to normal on its own after around 15 minutes.
It's very intermittent but persistent; I thought the problem had gone after 2 days of it not happening, but today it came back

I'm using

Windows 7 64-bit
D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme PCIe 802.11n Wifi adapter
I7 860
Western Digital caviar 400GB
2GB VData DDR3-1333Mhz
Asrock H55M Motherboard
Nvidia GT220 1GB

Any help much appreciated!

A:Windows 7 Aero and wireless connectivity problems.


Welcome to Seven Forums
Are you running the wireless adapter under compatibility mode?
As per the attachment - the adapter appears to be limited to 32-bit platforms while you are running x64.
Try the following tutorial to install the drivers from the CD

Keep us posted


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Hi! I just purchased a Gateway MT3707 laptop a few days ago. When I first started using my D-Link DI-624 router to connect wirelessly, it worked great! Sometimes, I also use the hard-wired ethernet cable that is connected to the DI-624 when downloading music, but just yesterday my wireless connection stopped working, because everytime I turn my laptop on it wouldnt connect automatically to my home network anymore, instead it would just say LIMITED CONNECTIVITY. My internet only works when the ethernet cable is plugged in to the laptop. I have searched this topic online and I have found several issues which are similar to mine. I just want to know what to do to be able to go wireless again. Is this a problem with the router's incompatability with Windows Vista Home Premium (which is the OS I have), or is it a problem with my laptop's wireless adapter?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

A:Limited Wireless Connectivity on Windows Vista Home Premium

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Our household just installed a new, Netgear, router. The wireless network works for all devices except for my laptop, which runs Windows Vista. The network, for me, is listed as "Unidentified" and the connection switches between Local Only and Limited Connectivity. If I plug the router directly into the laptop, then internet works perfectly. How can I connect to the wireless router?

In case it helps, here is my ipconfig/all:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Jordan-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-23-4E-64-DD-D8
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::f517:ff74:7564:f69%11(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, August 08, 2011 5:01:10 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, August 09, 2011 5:01:10 PM
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 234890062
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-... Read more

A:Solved: Limited Connectivity, Windows Vista, Wireless Connection

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Can anyone direct me to a wireless driver for a dell vostro A860 on vista os ... I have got the cd with the drivers but i can not find the wireless driver on it..

Any help Much appreciated

A:Solved: wireless driver for a dell vostro A860

Found it!!

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Can someone please help me?  I replaced a harddrive and reinstalled windows 7 and BIOs A04 on a Laptop Vostro 1550.  The wireless is not working....can someone tell me what else I need to do ?

A:Wireless not working on Dell Laptop Vostro 1550

Hi JOHNG12345 
Thanks for writing to us. 
Have you installed the drivers for the wireless ? 
Do provide us your system tag#, email address and name via private message,by clicking on my name in blue and then select send a private message, We will provide you the link for the wireless driver.

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This is a new computer all updates have been downloaded. Its an ASUS N10J running Vista Home Premium sp2.
The Printer is an Epson Stylus Photo 1400 driver version 6.10
The cables are fine the printer works fine on my Macbook Pro and it worked fine on my Sony Vaio prior to it getting stolen.

When I go to print the carriage moves around like its about to start printing, but then it stops, the print manager pops up and the blue bar fills up like its printing but nothing is happening on the printer. then the carriage moves around a couple more times and its done. nothing printed... no error messages. the print log is empty.

Printing a test page little box pops up and says it is sent to printer but the carriage does the same thing i just described before... any ideas?

I sent this to Epson support and ASUS support forum too so far nobody knows. Seeing how it works fine on the Mac and worked fine on the Sony I'm thinking it's gotta be something with the vista settings. I have looked through all the printer settings I could find in preferences and Advanced. I'm stumped. It's running on the USB virtual printer port. thats the only one that the printer responds at all to.

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Hi, I have a Dell Vostro 400 with Win XP Home on it and I should upgrade out of it but I want to keep all my programs and settings. I have the Dell Reinstallation DVD for Vista Ultimate 32 bit. I'm under the impression that that is an upgrade path. Once I get there, can I upgrade to Win 7 Pro 32 bit and still keep my programs?

I'm trying to follow instructions at Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Software Guides

A:Dell Vostro 400 - Upgrade XP to Vista then Win 7

According to Microsoft, you can upgrade from XP to Vista and keep your files and programs.

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista

Ditto for upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.

Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

Personally, I would do a clean install of Windows 7, bypassing Vista completely. Your computer will run better and there will be no leftover junk from XP to cause problems later on. Just backup your data first.

The guide you are following is overkill to the max, way to much information and steps.

No matter what you do, please backup your data first. Even better would be to make an image backup to an external hard drive so if anything goes wrong you have a easy way to recover.

Is the copy of Windows 7 a upgrade or full version?

For Upgrade: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

For a Full version: Clean Install Windows 7

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How long should it take to install SP2 on a Dell Vostro 1510? I have attempted a clean install of Vista SP1 and cant get wireless drivers or updates to install. I shut it down and and its started installing an update (SP2 is the only one I tried to download) Its been "installing" at least an hour now. 15 meg cable internet. I get the feeling the install is failing.
This morning it BSODed once when I googled wireless drivers. Then the install wizard froze trying to install the driver. Error code 40.
I am ready say screw it and put XP on this thing.

A:[SOLVED] 32 bit Vista Dell Vostro SP2 dl

I forced a shutdown. It wasnt doing anything.

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If you have an HP desktop running on windows vista that has a wireless adapter that is giving you limited connectivity, or local signal only, then I have the solution for you. Simply restore your computer to a time before you updated it to Service Package 2. You can also restore it to the way it came. Either way you have to make sure you do not update it to Service Package 2 or you will get the error message again. I am not a computer know-it-all but I simply wrote this so that people do not have to go through the same frustration that I did to fix this problem. Thank you for reading this and good luck.

A:HP desktop running on windows vista wireless adapter limited connectivity solution

Telling Windows Vista users to revert from SP2 back to SP1 is very bad advice.


If you're having problems with a wireless adapter, there are ways to deal with it.

Since your computer is a desktop, I have to assume that you installed a wireless add-on card or are using a USB wireless adapter.


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I have a Dell Vostro with Vista basic and I would like to restore it to when it was made but I do not have a disc. Am I able to do this via the recovery partition on the D drive? If so I have been unable to locate specifics for this machine. I have tried a few options such as f8 but there is no option for repair. I have tried ctrl with f11 upon reboot but that does not work either.

Thank you for your time.


A:Dell Vostro with Vista home basic

You might want to post your specific Dell Vostro model number.

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I got my girlfriend a Dell Vostro 1000 laptop for christmas and it has been having some problems. It has 2 gigs of ram (came with one, but I upgraded to two gigs I bought on Crucial.com) and runs on an AMD Sempron 3600+.

The two main problems involve the computer crashing.

1. Sometime at start-up, it seems to start fine and then will go into a blue screen with some white horizontal lines and restart on it's own.

2. Lately, the computer screen will go black but computer still seems to be running. The only way to get out of this is to do a hard reboot.

Any thoughts on what this might be? Is it a Vista problem or a hardware problem.

Let me know what you think.

A:Dell Vostro 1000 with Vista crashing

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I've bought a Dell Vostro 1400 a few months ago. Once I got it, first thing I did was format Vista and install XP.

Now I want Vista back, but no "Operating System" CD came with my laptop. I only have a partition that's called "RECOVERY" that came with my laptop, but I have no idea how to use that. Even the laptop's manual doesn't tell me how to do it.

Any ideas?

Appreciate your help

A:How do I reinstall Vista on my Dell Vostro laptop?

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Did a reinstallation for a lady went fine she has xp pro on the computer
Dell usually or use to send a driver disk with your computer but they didn't with this one. I have the wired part working I am on the internet everythng working great except the wireless. usaully just press the fn and the wirless button and it comes on. Went to dell site and got to the drivers for the vostro 1014 but nothing works, I really need some help here to get her wireless going. I think there is an application I have to run for the adaptor to show or something I am not doing, it shows the wired card and like I said on internet working good. The service tag is BXMXXK1 CAN someone help me get the application and driver I need to get this going, PLEASE, really need some help

A:Solved: dell vostro 1014 did clean install can't get wireless working

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