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Dell Inspiron 1520 display very faint

Q: Dell Inspiron 1520 display very faint

Hi there.
I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 and the display is very faint. But you can just about see it if you shine a tourch on it.
I replaced the inverter with a new one, but that did not cure it.
It feeds to an external monitor perfectly, and doing this I have reinstalled Windows xp pro with no problems.
So I presume the laptop is working correctly, and the screen is not damaged, as everything functions as it should, apart from the display.
Any ideas or help would be really great, as other than using it permanantly linked to an external monitor, (bit of a problem with portability...lol), it is a great laptop.
Many thanks in advance.

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A: Dell Inspiron 1520 display very faint

The test you did with the torch would indicate the backlight has blown. It's a tricky job to replace it so if you are not confortable taking it apart I would get a (recommended) professional.

And, yes it is a great laptop, I have the exact same model.

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Ive been workin with this laptop because my friend has been having some connectivity issues with it. It has been working perfect for me until i recently turned it on and and the screen is just blank. it makes all the start up sounds when windows has loaded and what not. But all i see is a black illuminated screen. The screen isnt blank like there is no signal, but i can see the back lights are illuminated just desktop image or anything. Any help would be very much appreciated.

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 display problem

RESOLVED: I took the battery out and let the computer sit for about 30 minutes. plugged the battery back in fired it up and monitor is working. Not sure what the deal was, but this seemed to help.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop with Windows Vista OS. I have a Dell 926 printer interfaced to it via USB. Printer driver is installed and the printer does communicate at times with the computer and does a good job printing. However, intermittently when trying to print a document I'll get a message on the computer that says that communication has been lost and print job failed.

I've checked all connections to make sure they are solid and no debris that might cause this.
That has not corrected the problem.
The other thing that happens is that the document I want to print will stay in the print queue/spooler and if I shut the computer and printer down and restart both it will print the job. And it may continue to print jobs but it's just a matter of time.

Needless to say this is frustrating. I can print several jobs in a row with no problem and then I'll get this "communication has been lost between printer and computer". And I have to go thru the procedure above to get the last job printed.

My wife doesn't understand how this works and will try to print the same job several times with the commo problem and then complains when it won't print.....and then they all print when the above procedure is followed.

Any ideas what is going on??? Any fixes??

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Hello everyone I have a very pressing problem. I had Vista running on my Inspiron 1520 Laptop. I recently upgraded to Windows 7, ever since then I have had terrible trouble with my Wireless Card. The driver for the card often comes up as not being able to start I often get Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card can not start Code 10. I have read that this was a problem when reinstalling a OS or installing a new one with this card. I believe I may need a driver for the chip set or something similar. I also understand that I may have to swap back to Vista though I really do hope I don't. I do believe that a recent update from Dell has made this problem chronic as I did not have this problem when I immediately got the laptop back.

I really am hoping that I can get some help here as Dell is not bothered to help as I am out of warranty and they don't seem to care about this older model laptop.

Thanks again for all your help


A:Dell 1520 Inspiron Problem with Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card

Welcome to SF, Conor. Dia dhuit.

Dell does not have a Windows 7 driver for your card. You can try installing the driver in compatibility mode.

HOW TO: Install a Hardware Device Driver using Compatibility Mode

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Hi All

Hope someone can help. I have just bought a new Dell Inspiron 1520. When I boot up all the desktop icons appear ok but when all the icon in the tray at the botom appear my screen goes blank 3 times for about a second every time. I have disable the items in the tray but it still happens. Any tgoughts

Thanks Desy

A:Dell Inspiron 1520

I would post a hijack this log in here and let a Security type look at it.

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About 2 days ago my dell laptop got infected by anti-malware doctor and was basically usage. After quite a while I managed to get rid of most of the infected files and therefore decided to re-install vista so my system was not infected. When I booted from disk my laptop did not read it then restarted and loaded up vista again (the disk does work as I tried it on another laptop). To make sure my disk drive wasn't broke I then put in a Linux Ubuntu disk which loaded fine, as my vista was broke I installed Ubuntu onto my laptop and selected use entire disk to wipe any infected files.

Ubuntu worked fine but I don't like it so I put the content of the vista disk on a USB stick to try and re-install it. When I selected boo from USB I got an error message with code 0xc0000225 (I tried the USB in another laptop which also worked fine). I then deleted Ubuntu and tried installing vista again which again did not work, I finally tried putting Ubuntu back on so that I could actually use my laptop but during installation it comes up saying 'There may be a problem with your disk drive or HDD please try again'.

I can still run Ubuntu with the disk in put only as a trail and no files are saved.

I have searched error code: 0xc0000225 and it is a hard drive failure, on forums I have seen people have said they will have to buy a new hard drive.

First of all is there any way to solve this problem without buying a new HDD?

Would a new HDD fix this problem (more specif... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 HDD NEED HELP!

and welcome to the Forum

Do you have the BIOS set to boot first from CD?

If you have the Dell System restore ( not all Dells do ) you can use that and you will not need a install CD


If not, You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here

You can request a replacement instalation cd here:

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I have a dell inspiron 1520 laptop with a screen problem
which is when I take my power supply out of the laptop the screen goes blank like when the inverter has gone but it works perfectly with the power supply but really dark without any ideas anyone

A:dell inspiron 1520 laptop

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I got a laptop in my shop that has fallen victim to yet another spillage incident, this time it happens to be red wine (insert facepalm smiley here). The owner claimed to have spilled the beverage into the keyboard area. The computer supposedly worked after sitting for a day or so, which isn't really enough time imho, and now it won't power up at all--battery or aux power.

I took the laptop apart, right down to the motherboard and tested a few components. The RAM, HDD, optical drive and battery are all fine, but there was some sticky wine residue on some of the internals. I couldn't see and physical damage to the circuits but my guess is that it must have shorted out somewhere. I checked all of the connections for the power button and screen but i couldn't find any problems. None of the LEDs seem to work at all even when the computer is plugged in. The fan does not spin, and I hear no beeps or the usual boot sounds. It appears as if the machine is dead, but I was looking for some quick advice before I return it as such. Any ideas?

A:No power on Dell Inspiron 1520

Wash it upside down with distilled water only... and use a lot of it, then dry it upside down for seven days without the use of fans as they generate static electricity which is the real evil.

The drying wine sugar can act as a conductor.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 Laptop running Windows Vista. I was getting the occasional BSOD and decided to reformat the Hard drive back to Factory Image. I was hoping that this would end my BSOD problem, but it did not. While installing some windows updates, I received a BSOD. Below is some info that could help us solve this issue. Thanks for the help!

Dump File : Mini061410-01.dmp
Crash Time : 6/14/2010 9:45:08 PM
Bug Check String : BAD_POOL_CALLER
Bug Check Code : 0x000000c2
Parameter 1 : 0x00000007
Parameter 2 : 0x0000110b
Parameter 3 : 0x00000000
Parameter 4 : 0xc48ee008
Caused By Driver : ntkrnlpa.exe
Caused By Address : ntkrnlpa.exe+cdb8d
File Description :
Product Name :
Company :
File Version :
Processor : 32-bit

A:BSOD on Dell Inspiron 1520!

Download BlueScreenView (in Zip file)No installation required.Unzip downloaded file and double click on BlueScreenView.exe file to run the program.When scanning is done, go Edit>Select All.Go File>Save Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txt.Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all content, and paste it into your next reply.

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I have the PBDS dual layer dvd drive on my dell inspiron 1520 which I got from my phone company back in 2007, The system still works great even with windows 10, but the dvd drive no longer shows in the bios and is no longer detected.   I have to use a unbent paperclip to open the drive but it will not spin up....how do I get it to be discovered in bios?   I am also wondering about upgrades for this laptop besides a new hard drive, or power adapter or battery.  Is there anything available to be able to use bluetooth on this system.   it works better than an acer laptop I got when I went to school.  and any ideas on renewing the letters and numbers on the keyboard

A:dvd drive on Dell Inspiron 1520

Thank you for writing to the Dell Community Forum.
I would recommend you to reseat the Optical Drive as it could be a connection issue. Please follow the instructions from page 54 of the service manual from the link below to reseat the optical drive:
In case if the optical drive is still not detected, it could be faulty and needs to be replaced based on the system warranty. 
Unfortunately, there aren't much upgrade options available for this model apart from the one's already mentioned by you. 
The easiest way to get the bluetooth functionality on this system is to use a third party USB Bluetooth Adapter. I would recommend to check the system requirements to confirm the compatibility with your system. 
The letters on the keyboard usually fade away over a period of time with usage/wear & tear. Unfortunately, wear and tear issues are not covered under the warranty. The recommended action in this case would be to order and install a new keyboard. 

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my dell inspiron 1520 (vista) must have contracted some virus and it DOES NOT boot up. at all.

I scoured my room at home and school to locate the recovery disk and have found nothing. now I've been reading everything from "the inspiron 1520 doesn't come with recovery disks" to "it does, and if you do not have them try this link http://support.euro.dell.com/support/top?

THAT SITE'S ADVICE DOES NOT WORK because after I press F8, and enter on repair your computer, the screen goes blank and nothing happens.

is there any way to fix my computer? (NOTE ASIDE FROM DIRECTING ME TO THE WEBSITE ABOVE) I don't even care about losing files as there is nothing on my laptop I have not backed up already.

my computer is still also under warranty, and I've heard that if it wouldn't boot up with the recovery disk they would replace it. but again... I do not have the recovery disk. thanks for any help!

A:dell inspiron 1520 won't boot

and welcome to the Forum

If you have the Dell System restore ( not all Dells do ) you can use that and you will not need a install CD


If not, You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here

You can request a replacement instalation cd here:

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I am running XP - OS. For the last few days I cannot get my computer to 'shut down' at the end of the day, so I have been letting it 'hibernate'. Any ideas? Thanx.

A:Dell inspiron 1520 will not 'shut down'

Hello tedth56th,

Have you made any software or hardware changes lately?

First thing i would do is give your computer a Full Scan using malwarebytes, that can be found here:Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - CNET Download.com, Just so we can be sure its not a virus of any kind.

Secondly you will need access to your XP Installation disk, We will check to make sure none of your system files are damaged.

Go to your task bar and select "Run". type in that box "SFC /SCANNOW" You will be required to insert your Windows XP disk if it find any damaged files.

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Hi I recently upgraded a Dell Inspiron 1520 from Vista to Win 7. All went fine except l have no wireless Internet connection.

The switch does not seem to work, the wireless Led does not light up.

THe network card does not show in device manager unless l view hidden.

I have installed every wireless driver l can find to no avail.

Any ideas please??

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 upgrade to Win 7

hi did you try this link to help find correct driver .

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Hello, my problem is that after 20-25 minutes of inactivity, my laptop freezes, when you what to go to a app the computer enters in a "not responding" mode, with that I need to press the Power botton and shut down the machine and start all again.

What could be the problem?

I contacted Dell, but the computer is out of warranty. They told me that could be the bios, but how knows


A:Dell Inspiron 1520 Problem

The current Bios is A09: http://support.dell.com/support/dow...typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=264345

But it may just be a power management issue, check these settings Start > Run > powercfg.cpl

Also here's all your updated drivers: http://support.dell.com/support/dow...SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1520&hidos=WLH&hidlang=en

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Hi There
Can any one help with my problem.

I Have a Dell Inspiron 1520 Laptop, I have a problem it shuts down when i connect it to net using my M1(Vodafone-SG) Huawei E960 Terminal, as soon as i connect to internet, without showing any errors.

Advance Thanks For your valuable solution.


A:Dell Inspiron 1520 Shuts Down

You may have to use a separate powered USB adapter to connect the M1(Vodafone-SG) Huawei E960 Terminal to the laptop

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 Laptop running Windows Vista. I was getting the occasional BSOD and decided to reformat the Hard drive back to Factory Image. I was hoping that this would end my BSOD problem, but it did not. While installing some windows updates, I received a BSOD. Below is some info that could help us solve this issue. Thanks for the help!

Dump File : Mini061410-01.dmp
Crash Time : 6/14/2010 9:45:08 PM
Bug Check String : BAD_POOL_CALLER
Bug Check Code : 0x000000c2
Parameter 1 : 0x00000007
Parameter 2 : 0x0000110b
Parameter 3 : 0x00000000
Parameter 4 : 0xc48ee008
Caused By Driver : ntkrnlpa.exe
Caused By Address : ntkrnlpa.exe+cdb8d
File Description :
Product Name :
Company :
File Version :
Processor : 32-bit

A:BSOD with Dell Inspiron 1520

I ran Memtest to see if the memory was faulty, but that came back with no problems. I was going to run a hard drive test, but found out that Toshiba doesn't have their own test diagnostics. Any other ideas?

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There are 3 verticle lines on the screen, green, yellow and pink. I down loaded the lastest drivers from dell and cleaned the fan.Any suggestions onwhat to do next?

A:faint lines on screen of Dell Inspiron 5160

Try plugging it into an external monitor to see if that works properly. (if you have a desktop computer, use that monitor)

A monitor should plug into most notebooks on the back or side somewhere, and you may have to do some keystroke or change a setting in the display options panel to enable that external output. But if you can get it to display on the external monitor without any trouble, that means your screen is probably bad.

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My dell inspiron 1520 says no battery detected . and i also noticed that the fan is not working.the problem happened just 4 days ago.when my laptop was totally dischharged 2 times in a row.Then first it didnt charge more than 40%.then increases a little bit to 43%.and today when i was using it on battery power and it showed warning that 11 min left i shut it down .when i restarted with AC power critical battery charge led was blinking and showing only 29% charged and charging. but the charge remained 29%.and now it is showing no battery detected.if i disconnect the AC charger the laptop immediately turns off. My laptop is abt 18 months old but never gave any problem before. i opened the battery and again reattached it .but nothing changed.my warranty was 1 year. . can someone tell me what to do??

edit: i have noticed that bios is loading very slowly sometimes at startup now.

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 says no battery detected


sounds like the battery has failed, 18 months isnt bad in the world of laptops.

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I would like to disable the touchpad on my dell inspiron 1520....I looked in the book, and it said to go to Hardware and sound in control panel, then click on keyboard, and I can use the mouse properties there to disable the touchpad. I don't have a hardware and sound category in my control panel. What do I do now?

A:disabling touchpad Dell Inspiron 1520

You didn't say if your Dell Inspiron 1520 is running Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7.

All 3 operating systems have a Mouse entry in the Control Panel.

The mouse properties window should have a setting for disabling the touchpad.


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Having some issues with my Inspiron 1520... I had hooked it up to an external display via the S-Video output, went through the normal routine except this time the display did not show up on the TV. I had to restart the computer using the power button, but when it restarted the screen no longer shows up, just get a blank black screen. The Power and Numlock displays are lit up and I've tried connecting to the TV again as well as to a exernal monitor to no avail.

I've had a lot of problems with the video card prior to this and I've had it replaced once and unfortunately my warranty is expired. Just trying to figure out if this is a hardware issue or a problem with the external options. Any help is appreciated.

Running on Windows Vista with a 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8600M GT GPU.

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i have just loaded the software for the dell webcam centre. it has loaded perfectly but every time i want to take a pic or make a video it say camera undetected please plug in. how can that be possible if the camera is intergrated into the laptop? what can i do to resolve this?

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Any help getting the right driver for Inspiron 1520 with win 7 Ultimate 64 bit, i can't
get the scroll to work.
Thanks Shawn

A:Touchpad Driver for Dell Inspiron 1520

Hi sfstrong, welcome to the forums, here is a direct link to the synaptics 64bit driver ftp://ftp1.dell.com/input/R244796.EXE

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My laptop picked up a virus. Can not run any program. I downloaded Combofix and ran it. Combofix warned that an antivirus program is running and can not guarantee the success. The computer locked and I restarted the computer. Now computer will not boot. Tried onboard NIC and no luck. Reset all values to factory default and still there is no luck. Can anyone help me. CPU has dual processor.


A:Winxp Home Dell Inspiron 1520

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Let's see.2008 Dell Inspiron 1520. Running Win XP SP3... IE 7.No issues with computer since purchase. Don't run peer to peer...Last week decided to install Avira AntiVir - had been running Avast! and it was driving us nuts with its pop-ups in the taskbar. Thursday night 2/25 set AntiVir to run a full scan of the drives, left it running, went to bed. Woke up to BSOD with something about the Kernel and a Page Fault ... looked like something had tried to load on top of something else. I knew was bad. I ran CHKDSK /R - took it almost 8 hours the first time, find many bad clusters/files/etc, said it fixed them, ran it twice more until it came back clean. My desktop failed at the same time (it caught a virus). Spent the entire weekend pulling doc files off to an external HD on both computers, burned them both down & rebuilt with factory restore disks... made sure to format drives. Desktop now seems to be running fine.Oh, bought AVG Internet Security & loaded on both computers during the rebuild, scans come back clean.Since laptop rebuild, have twice gotten a BSOD for a lot of binary, but it also says STOP dxec02.sys.I've done a little reading & this is an audio driver of some nature, but I've gone beyond my technological boundaries. I've not yet reloaded the data on this computer, but would rather not have to rebuild it again, since I don't know what the issue is. Another weirdness - as I've been typing the cursor has jump... Read more

A:Win XP SP3 Dell Inspiron 1520 BSOD for Stop at

Hi .The file appears to be a chipset driver (audio), but is not a Windows file.Try installing Knowles Acoustic Driver in accordance with the directions provided by Dell.Louis

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I get the 2000-0146 error message when running a diagnostic. My Dell Inspiron 1520 doesn't seem to show any ill effects that I notice (I was actually testing my fan when the error popped up.) DO I assume the hardrive is failing and preemptively replace it or the computer or do I wait for issues to pop up?

Thank you!


A:Dell Inspiron 1520 Error 2000-0146

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Hey guys,

I recently formatted my PC and installed Vista Ultimate on it, after many attempts at installing the microphone slot (that you plug in beside headphones) I gave up with the Sigmatel drivers and decided to try and get the webcam microphone working but it doesn't show up anywhere even after I installed the microphone and the dell webcam manager program. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Thank you

(the problem I had with Sigmatel was that if I installed the driver it would make the sound stop working as well, even though it showed "playback" and "recording" as working in the sound options. I ended up just removing the Sigmatel drivers and have to use the ones Vista installed automatically - the file I was using to install the drivers was R171786)

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there's nothing wrong with the wireless broadcasting from a neighbors house. i tested it with a friend's laptop and it worked fine. i can get a connection on my laptop, but it is intermittent. i looked in my user manual and it told me to enable it through 'dell quickset'. NOWHERE on the web or in my manual tells me where that is located. thanks for helping, boyd.

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As stated, my system is a Dell Inspiron 1520, which isn't manufactured here any more, and the last BIOS upgrade was A09. The BIOS detects an external HDD for booting, although I've never tried it, since I'd first have to load an OS onto it to test it, but it doesn't detect my external DVD drive as a boot option, even with a Windows/Linux DVD inside it during BIOS loading. My internal drive is quite paralysed, it hardly reads anything any more, not even blank DVDs, and with a lot of struggling, sometimes manages a CD. DVDs are pretty much out of the question.
Is there a way to hack the BIOS or is there some other BIOS revision that will work on a 1520, either of which option will have the BIOS detecting the external DVD? Please, this is very much an emergency! Just a few hours back while trying to install Nero I ended up being infected with a virus that erased my boot sector! It took me ten minutes of continuous ejecting/reinserting procedure to manage booting via the XP CD and restoring the MBR..

A:How to boot using external DVD drive: Dell Inspiron 1520

USB external?
are you saying that when you tap f12 after powering up that boot from usb device isnt listed?

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Hi Guys & Girls

Please can anyone help, I have a 2 year old Dell Inspiron 1520, which has a problem with the CD/DVD writer (TS-L632H). Everytime I try to either read or burn a CD/DVD a message comes up saying "please insert a CD/DVD in E Drive".

I've looked in the device manger folder, there is no error message or symbol, but it says that the device is working properly. I've already updated the drivers from the Dell web site & still nothing.

Dell are wanting ?120 for a tech man to come & look at it & a further ?80 for a new drive if required, because it is out of warranty.

I even thought about buying an external rewriter, but would like to try & fix the problem myself first.

If anyone can help in anyway I'd be extremely grateful. I'm not a geek when it comes to fixing comps, but I am good if given instructions.

Many thanks in advance for any help given.

DonnyLass XxX


Hi DonnyLass,
Sounds like one or all of the reader lasers bit the dust and your going to need a new drive. But...it also could be your system doesn't recognize the media type you are using. Have you purchased 'new disks' lately? Is this occuring with all your CD/DVD media? If it's happening with all your media old or new it is most likely a hardware failure even though the Device Manager says it is working o.k. and their are no flags up.
Happened to me and I bit the bullet and bought a new drive.
Best of luck,

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Hi Guys,

I have a dell inspiron 1520 that is reasonably new and installed with windows vista! Today i went to reinstall windows vista and deleted the main partition of the hard disk and now it wont install says i need the drivers for the hard drive but i cannot find them anywhere theyre not on the drivers and utilties cd! im really stuck can anyone HELP PLEASE!!!
THank you!

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 Hard Drive Failure

You can turn off AHCI (in CMOS) before the install. Then after Vista is installed you can turn it back on and install the SATA drivers for Vista (from your Dell Support Page)

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 Laptop running Windows Vista. I was getting the occasional BSOD and decided to reformat the Hard drive back to Factory Image. I was hoping that this would end my BSOD problem, but it did not. While installing some windows updates, I received a BSOD. Below is some info that could help us solve this issue. Thanks for the help!

Dump File : Mini073110-01.dmp
Crash Time : 7/31/2010 9:09:56 PM
Bug Check Code : 0x0000001a
Parameter 1 : 0x00004000
Parameter 2 : 0x86a0b690
Parameter 3 : 0x80000000
Parameter 4 : 0x0017dfed
Caused By Driver : ntkrnlpa.exe
Caused By Address : ntkrnlpa.exe+cdb8d
File Description : NT Kernel & System
Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company : Microsoft Corporation
File Version : 6.0.6002.18209 (vistasp2_gdr.100218-0019)
Processor : 32-bit
Computer Name :
Full Path : C:\Windows\Minidump\Mini073110-01.dmp
Processors Count : 2
Major Version : 15
Minor Version : 6002

Dump File : Mini073010-01.dmp
Crash Time : 7/30/2010 9:48:40 PM
Bug Check Code : 0x1000007e
Parameter 1 : 0xc0000005
Parameter 2 : 0x81ce88d9
Parameter 3 : 0xa8a35780
Parameter 4 : 0xa8a3547c
Caused By Driver : dxgkrnl.sys
Caused By Address : dxgkrnl.sys+73110
File Description : DirectX Graphics Kernel
Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating Sy... Read more

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Over the last month, whenever I close my laptop (not shut down, just close), it may randomly shut down and turn off the PC. I reboot and get the notice that my system has crashed. I have saved the DMP files and attached them in ZIP here per the instructions in the admin thread.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've updated my BIOS on the Dell to the latest revision, that didn't seem to solve it. I did run a Drivers update a few weeks ago to make sure most of my drivers were current, that also didn't solve it.

btw - I'm running Windows7, 32bit, updated over Vista. Dell Inspiron, 4gb RAM


A:BSOD on laptop idle - Dell Inspiron 1520

Quote: Originally Posted by JcrimCambridge

Over the last month, whenever I close my laptop (not shut down, just close), it may randomly shut down and turn off the PC. I reboot and get the notice that my system has crashed. I have saved the DMP files and attached them in ZIP here per the instructions in the admin thread.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've updated my BIOS on the Dell to the latest revision, that didn't seem to solve it. I did run a Drivers update a few weeks ago to make sure most of my drivers were current, that also didn't solve it.

btw - I'm running Windows7, 32bit, updated over Vista. Dell Inspiron, 4gb RAM


These were caused by your Aumour firewall file scmndisp.sys. I would uninstall all traces of it to see if the problem disappears.

I would also run a system file check

Type cmd in search>right click and run as admin>sfc /scannow

Let us know the results


Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.11.0001.404 X86
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\K\Desktop\New folder\012310-29655-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*d:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7600 MP (2 procs) Free x86 compatible
Product: WinNt, suit... Read more

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Hi all
I run win 7 sp1 on dell inspiron 1520
Its dvd-writer was damaged, so i bought an external Transcend dvd-writer and its working properly but when i insert a bootable cd in it and want to boot the
windows from it, the windows does not recognize it and boots normally from internal hard driver as usuall.
I am sure the cd is bootable and have tested it in other systems.
whats the problem ?

A:My dell inspiron 1520 does not recognize external dvd rom while boot

Apologies if you have done this:
When you try to boot from the Ext USB DVD drive, you will need to start up the boot menu (most bios's use F12) and select USB-CDROM -- I remember getting caught out thinking it would just be CDROM

Let us know

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Hi i just installed XP Pro SP 3 on my Dell Insprion 1520 and i tried to install the drivers that i downloaded from dell for my notebook and they don't work. Im not sure what my sound card is but my graphics card is a Intel Mobile 965 Express Chipset Family. All i know is in device manager my sound card comes up as PCI device. If anyone could help me it would be great!

Thanks Jay

A:No sound/graphics card working on Dell Inspiron 1520

Ok well i have my sound working now its just the graphics chipset. Can anyone help at all?

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SO I bought a Dell inspiron 1520 only to find out it has the Unmnountable Boot Volume blue screen error. I downloaded the rc.iso and attempted to reboot it it goes through the setup and then bam another blue screen that reads
Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007e (0xc0000005, 0xf748e0bf, 0xf78da208, 0xf78d9f08)

*** pci.sys - address f748e0bf base at f7487000, datestamp 3b7d855c
.....Where do I go from here?

A:Dell inspiron 1520 Unmnountable Boot Volume Issue please help

Hi -Did you make sure the Recovery Console matched the version installed on your computer ??How to Boot Into a Recovery Partition on a Dell Inspiron Thank You -

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i have a dell inspiron 1520 laptop with an iffy dc power jack , i have replaced multiple power supplies with the cheap replacements offered on ebay. i have finally determined that the dc power jack on the computer itself is worn out and defective after trying a known good power supply from my daughters machine and having it not charge mine. it appears that the 1520 model jack unit requires the unsoldering of the pins on the motherboard to remove the part. is this true? the research i did shows the inspiron 1525 having a circuit board that snaps on on and off and holds the power jack , requiring no soldering,which my older model doesnt have, thanks paul

A:Solved: dell inspiron 1520 dc power jack replace

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using windows 7 professional original, but the prob is, i open d laptop now. after login to windows, shut down laptop and reboot the laptop, it will stop at d loading starting windows hanging there. tried two different hdd for it. both same prob. suspected not hdd prob. it can be open after maybe it getting cold down, but even if u open booting for 1 min closing shutting it down, and reboot it again, it will not boot into windows. any idea on it? what possibility the faulty part.

even if i trying now, booting installation windows from cd, it will also stop later at loading microsoft corporation there. but once sussceeful booting windows, i can continously using without flaws. so what is the prob? trying two hdd also same...

A:using dell inspiron 1520, after shut down and reboot bootloop prob

1) At boot press F12 & run the Dell diagnostic tool.

2) Check your ram.
Memory Diagnostics Tool
Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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hi guys new to this not the best. please help, installed new windows vista buissness on laptop updated all updates 83 of them when i re booted laptop wouldn't knock on. does anybody know if there is a problem with any of the recent updates re inserted the disk and went through the whole thing again

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 crashes after applying msoft updates

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Hi All, I hope somebody can help!

Dell 1520 Inspiron running vista home premium up to date with all updates except SP1.

I have vista set to automatic updating and this has worked well until I noticed that Sp1 had not installed. I tried to do it manually and it starts then after some time it aborts with the message
" An internal error occurred while installing the service pack" error number 800f081f.

I'velooked at the microsoft support page for this problem and have tried all the actions they recommend:

1. Downloaded full standalone SP1 multilanguage 32 bit
2. Disabled Avast (anti-virus)
3. perform hardware scan - no problems
4. run system file checker. Aborted during verification phase (10% complete) with error message "Windows resource protection could not perform requested operation".
5. run memory test - no problems
6. uninstalled avast and performed all the above with same results.

After each action I reboot the computer and tried to install from the standalone version I had downloaded.

My hunch is it could be something to do with the language support versions of vista (I don't know what Dell ship as standard in the UK) but don't know how to find out which one I have.

I've tried to post an email with microsoft but they only support the US And canada via e-mail.

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated


A:SP1 wont install on my dell 1520 inspiron: error 800f081f

Hi galehouse and welcome to Vista forums!

Did you have a look there: When you use Automatic Updates to scan for updates or to apply updates to applications that use Windows Installer, you experience issues that involve the Svchost.exe process

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I have Dell Inspiron 1520 and I have issue to built in microphone is not working. I tried to execute the Sigma Tel driver from Dell Driver and Support website but prompted 'Exit Error; Error : Device Object not present, Restart system and run setup. Then, asked Dell support to help and they are not really helpful, after System Restore and drivers upload and finally asked to reformat the laptop........

Anyway, this is what works for me.

1) Download the Sigma Tel driver from Dell Support Drivers page and save it in Desktop
2) Shutdown your computer
3) Start your computer and press F8 at the Dell Logo page
4) Select Safe Mode (not others)
5) Proceed to work on Safe Mode
6) Right-click the Sound icon and activate the Sound icon
7) Select Recording device.
8) If still not working, then execute the Sigma Tel driver that saved in desktop

then, shutdown the computer and start as normal, you may see the system able to detect the built in Microphone then.

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I've been having a problem for a while now that I cannot seem to fix, and am fairly sure I caused at some point messing with services.msc

Anyway, my laptop, an Inspiron 1520 laptop with a 1390 WLAN wireless card will not connect well with any router. It will connect with a signal strength relative to the distance from the router physically, but it will always be a speed of 1 mbps, leaving me unable to open any web page or AIM or what not.

I've updated my wireless card drivers and I've been moved from my campus to one house for a week, to another two houses in the span of a day, and two more houses after that. So I've had a significant test base on this.
While everyone else's laptops have functioning wireless, mine does not.
I have tried changing router channels and messed with other router settings, but I have to assume the problem is on MY end, since it's localized to my laptop among all of the locations I've been.
I've tried turning off my firewall, which hasn't fixed anything of course.
Tried turning off WZC and using the Dell wireless manager, tried the opposite. Neither works.

I've tried an enormous amount to fix the problem, scouring google for days, but the only way I can connect to the internet is via a physical ethernet connection(which is fast and wonderful in nearly all cases).

If you need any other pertinent data, I can supply it.
I'm not horribly tech savvy, but I'm also not awful with my l... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop 1 mbps wireless for all routers

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Does anybody know how to remove this annoying, constant hissing/ringing noise from my dell inspiron 1520 laptop? I remember fixing it before by clicking on a unknown button in my volume properties but its not there anymore.

I've also downloaded that RightMark CPU Clock Utility and it removes it but it keeps shutting down my laptop when it feels like it.

Anybody any other ideas??


A:Constant ringing/hissing sound coming from my dell inspiron 1520

Hello sconer,
Check in the RightMark options and see if there is an option to disable the sleep/hibernation feature, this could be the cause of the shut downs, also check your power options and in "choose when to turn off display" make sure it is set to never, as for the hissing/ringing noise i would reinstall the sound drivers and see if that helps. good luck.

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Hello everyone, I'm having some serious trouble finding an answer to an error my laptop just sprung on me. I just upgraded Vista Premium to Win7 Ultimate on my Dell Inspiron 1520, but now my harddrive is full. I'm assuming Windows backed up a lot of nothing somewhere that I can delete, but I have no clue what to delete to get my space back. I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit, Version 6.1.7600, Build 7600 with 160GB HDD with a primary partition that Windows 7 is installed on (80GB) and a Recovery Partition (80GB). I can access the recovery drive (I'm not sure how, thought it should be locked) for some storage, but I'd rather just have a single 160GB partition, but that's for another day. My primary concern is getting my storage space back, if Windows has some large backup file somewhere that I can delete, can anyone tell me where to find it and if it is safe to delete it? I find it hard to believe my HDD would fill up with a single upgrade.

Before I upgraded I did a factory default restore and had plenty of room, but now my harddrive only has 14GB free...this is unacceptable. My system is running 4GB memory, too.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks for your time.


A:[SOLVED] Dell Inspiron 1520 Upgrade To Win7 Ultimate; HDD FULL...

Hi. A good place to start is by typing cleanmgr.exe in the start menu and hit enter. Use that to delete all it finds.

If you aren't going to use hibernation, then open an elevated command prompt. Copy and paste the following then hit enter:

powercfg -h off

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i need the folders in d:\sources\recovery, like recenv.exe and others. cause i accidentally played around and delete some folders of the partitition, :P, as i posted here as well.

Anyone know where can I get Dell recenv.exe? - Laptop General Hardware Forum - Laptop - Dell Community

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This has happend a few times already. After re-imaging I would apply the msoft updates (81 of them). On first boot the system would fail. I would run the startup repair without success. Memory and HD test out OK.

Operating system is vista home premium 32 bt. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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I apologize in advance if this topic is not in the right forum. I am having serious issues with my Dell Inspiron 1520 with XP 32bit Media Center Edition. I bought a Seagate 500gb/7200rpm hard drive about 6 months ago and got a message this morning saying "read failure on internal hard drive". I am pretty sure it died as I've slaved the hard drive to another computer and it's not being recognized but the motor is still going. On to my main question here.... How do I know that it's not the motherboard that has gone out? I've been having problems here lately with my quickset drivers as well as my video card drivers but I thought that problem had been resolved. I've also been infected with countless virus's and trojans as of late even though I have anti-virus programs/malware programs. I had the "google redirect" for the past month and was finally able to get it off just Saturday. My motherboard crashed about 2 years ago and was replaced under warranty. I've read that the motherboards in this particular model are crap.

I am worried about my motherboard as I put another hard drive in the computer and I just kept getting BDOSs but it was too fast for me to see an error code. This hard drive is configured for Vista 32bit and is for a different model Dell and different motherboard so I am not sure if that would make it not work.

My second question would be if I had to replace my motherboard would I have to go back with OEM ... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 hard drive crashed... did motherboard crash also?

There's no reason to think it's the board.
Did you make a warranty claim on the drive?
Did you install XP on the replacement drive, or just try to use it as is? A repair install may solve the problem, but a clean install would be better.

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