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dell inspiron 1501 wont turn on?!!

Question: dell inspiron 1501 wont turn on?!!

i had this computer for a few years now but
i only used it for about a year then i messed up the os..
eventually i go to ficxing it late last year but it only worked for a few days
then it never turned on again...
its not the battery because
i plug in the charger and no charging light comes on the computer
but the light on the charger is on
help? what could it be?

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Answer: dell inspiron 1501 wont turn on?!!

It could be a loose power jack on the laptop. If you move the power connection around while plugged it, can you see the battery charging light come on?

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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

Answer: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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Greetings!  I have a Dell Inspiron 1501, running on Windows XP, bought it new about 2 years ago. It will not turn on -- nothing happens when I push the power button, no lights, sounds, nothing.I recently updated the  BIOS.I have tried turning it on with only the adaptor plugged in, with only the battery plugged in, and with both plugged in -- same results = nothing.Any help is appreciated!

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Won't Turn On

Is it still under warranty?

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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!

Answer: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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was using my laptop the other night when in bed and had it on my quilt cover. all of a sudden the whole thing just turned off and when i tried to turn it back on again there was no power goin to it at all no lights nothing. so i took the battery out of it and tried and power lead and then put them back in and tried to turn it on again and nothing happened. it is a windows vista. also when i have the lead plug into the socket and not the laptop the blue light will come on the lead but when i go to plug it into the laptop the blue light turns off.. please any help is greatly appreciated

Answer:please help my dell inspiron laptop wont turn on

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hi my e1505 wont turn on when i press the power button, no sound...nothing. Preceding this was an accident where orange juice was spilled on the bed where the e1505 was sitting but i think it only crept in where the cpu radiator vents are, so i opened it up thoroughly cleaned everything on the top and bottom of the mobo with rubbing alc and put it all back together and pushed power and no go. although its sounds like a mobo issue i have a sneaking suspicion its the tiny little board that holds the actual power button because in the past(before the orange juice) i would have this problem where it wouldn't do anything and that was eventually solved by pushing really really hard down on the power button, so i feel like it could be that the little power board's connections are weak or the power board itself is fried.

any thoughts?

Answer:Dell Inspiron e1505 wont turn on

The power board or motherboard could be damaged or shorted by the orange juice or by static electricity... when you disassembled the laptop

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I have a n7110 17r, i got it used so there is no warranty on it. I got it around February of this year. Then one day around May the screen stopped working but the fan and everything else worked still. I decided to take it apart to see if the cable to the screen was on correctly but then when I put it back together nothing started working and there are no lights except for the Windows mobility center button (the one with 2 gears on it). It lights up as soon as i plug in the charger in the laptop with no battery or if the battery has some charge and I push the power button. Is there a way to fix this or is this laptop dead?

Answer:Dell Inspiron n7110 17r wont turn on

Download the service manual here - - remove the memory modules, disconnect the HDD / ODD and power on the system and check the exact # of beeps in a cycle. This will help diagnose the source of the issue.
Press and hold the fn key + power button - it should initiate diagnostics and if there is an error, count the exact # of beeps in a cycle and it will help isolate the source of the issue.
Connect an external monitor and check if the display works fine.
If nothing goes, I would primarily suspect the motherboard.
As there is no warranty, then you could contact our team to get a quote for a paid service call -
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your contact details(Name and Email) for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 running Vista that will not boot up. When I turn the computer on the fan runs but the screen stays black and nothing turns on. The battery light blinks amber, and the wifi catcher light blinks yellow then blue. I thought it was the DC power jack/USB board, so I bought and replaced it, but that didn't do anything. It still does the same thing. I couldn't find any diagnostic for the blinking lights (the keyboard lights do not light up). I tried re-seating the RAM and anything else I could think of, but nothing works. Does this mean my motherboard is fried? How can I tell if it is that, or something else? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1525 wont turn on

Hi this is from the manual

Solving Problems
Power Problems
If the power light is off — The computer is
either turned off or is not receiving power.
• Reseat the power cable into both the
power connector on the computer and the
electrical outlet.
• If the computer is plugged into a power strip,
ensure that the power strip is plugged into
an electrical outlet and that the power strip
is turned on. Also temporarily bypass power
protection devices, power strips, and power
extension cables to verify that the computer
turns on properly.
• Ensure that the electrical outlet is working
by testing it with another device, such as a
• Check the AC adapter cable connections. If
the AC adapter has a light, ensure that the
light on the AC adapter is on.
If the power light is solid white and the
computer is not responding — The display may
not be connected or powered on. Ensure that
the display is properly connected and then turn
it off then back on.
If the power light is blinking white — The
computer is in standby mode. Press a key on the
keyboard, move the pointer on the trackpad or a
connected mouse, or press the power button to
resume normal operation.
If the power light is solid amber — The
computer has a power problem or an internal
device malfunction. For assistance contact Dell,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 50.
If the power light is blinking amber — The
computer is receiving electrical power, but a
device migh... Read more

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ok i had gotten a dell inspiron 8500 and it was working fine but overheating to the point where it would shut off so i did some reading and found out it was the video so i took it apart to look at it and noticed that the heat sink for the cpu was very loose so i cleaned off the heat sink and put on some more heatsink compound and tightened it and now when i try to turn the pc on the caps lock light just blinks at me

Answer:Need help dell inspiron 8500 wont turn on

If the heatsink compound is conductive check to see if you have spilled some on the surounding board and if it is a naked chip,check the bridges are clean.Also try a cmos reset.

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I plug in the power chord and try to swithch on the laptop.
3 light's on the laptop turn on for 3 seconds and then nothing .Nothing comes on the console is all black.
I have tried switching on without battery, without ram and nothing _> same light on the laptop comes on for 3-04 seconds and nothing after that.
Any help would be highly appreciated.
Thanks All

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Ok well, I'm trying to make this short while going into detail. Anyways today i left to go and do some things and my PC was working fine i was downloading some things so I left it on. I came back (Couple hours later) and its off the screen is still on. so I go to turn on the PC and it doesn't power on. I try switching several new outlets but still nothing. so i take it apart and there was nothing burnt or anything. so i put it back together and still nothing. So i checked the little green light and it isn't even lit. Anything i could do?   Also its windows 8                                                  

Answer:My Dell Inspiron 660s wont turn on? HELP!

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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


Answer: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.

Answer:Help with Dell Inspiron 1501

try with new ram.

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Question: Dell Inspiron 1501

Laptop as above with XP home edition installed, when I switch the machine on it starts to boot and then a message appears at the top of the screen saying " The system cannot identify the battery and will not therefore charge it, press any key to continue" it boots up as normal and operates as normal.When I disconnect the mains supply lead the battery shows as fully charged and gives a time of 2hrs 40mins worth of charge remaining, so I assume the system is charging ok. I have removed the battery and replaced again but still it persists. Question is, why do I get this message and what can I do to prevent it?many thanks

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501

you need to contact dell support,it seems as though you are far from alone with that problem

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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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Okay people! i need help!
my friend game me an old dell inspiron 1501.
its slow and clunky but it worked great online.
then i moved.
now suddenly it refuses to connect to the internet. it shows a perfect connection. it finds the internet, but then it says some garble about the ip address not working.
so i tried to reset the ip addres ipconfig/release
and ipconfig/renew
and it said - no operation can be performed on local area connection while its media is disconnected
now i am lost. i dont know what to do.
all other laptops in the house work just fine.
along with the Playstations connection to the same router.
its just my laptop. somethings not right.. somebody help me!:crybaby

Answer:Dell inspiron 1501 ip

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Your commands ipconfig/renew ipconfig/release -- those are typos? There is a space between the ipconfig and /, meaning ipconfig /renew is the proper command.

On a laptop that is working, can you run ipconfig /all and copy/paste the result here.

On the laptop that isn't connecting, can you run ipconfig /all and copy the result for the wireless here please. Be sure to include the wireless card info, it should say something like Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n WLAN.

Lastly, is the network different now? Different name, different encryption? You might need to try WEP encryption or turning off encryption TEMPORARILY, just for testing. I fought with an older dell until I discovered that the wireless card only connected to WEP.

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I have a Dell inspiron 5150 laptop, I have a battery installed in it, also have the powercable plugged into the back and yet I have no power going to it. I've got the power light on at the recharger, so that appears to be working, but the laptop itself isn't recieving any of the juice. Any ideas?

Answer:dell inspiron 5150 laptop wont turn on

gwana said:

I have a Dell inspiron 5150 laptop, I have a battery installed in it, also have the powercable plugged into the back and yet I have no power going to it. I've got the power light on at the recharger, so that appears to be working, but the laptop itself isn't recieving any of the juice. Any ideas?Click to expand...
I had the same problem with a Latitude. Try taking the battery out and starting it. Could be that the battery is bad.
The other thing that could be wrong is the power cord. My Latitude has had a bad power cord even though the green light in that box in the cord stays lit.
Dell sent me a new one. Good luck


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I have a dell inspiron 6000 adapter light went off, wife saiid dogs jerked it out running thru the house. got new adapter, adapter lights up, pc does nothing when power button pushed, no lights nothing. The battery has not held charge for some time. But it worked before with the same battery, so I am confused. I tore it apart after reading about magnet sensor problem, and that was a msitake as my pc does not seem to even have that same part as mentioned in the post. Any suggestions are appreciated for this newbie. I will be getting a new pc for self, but would like to keep this one for the kids.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6000 wont turn on / power up

When the dogs jerked out the AC adapter, this probably broke the DC jack from the motherboard. This can be repaired, but you "tore it apart", maybe causing more damage

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I have a Dell Inspiron 600m laptop that wont turn on or anything! When you try to power it up there is a green light with what looks like a padlock and a letter A inside it that will blink 9 times and then the light turns off. But meanwhile the fan nor the screen will turn on. Any ideas?!?

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Dell Inspiron 15R (5537) suddenly wouldn't want to start. When boot up, nothing seem to appear, blank screen, no logo, no text, nothing. there is a continuous beeping, it not 2 beep or 5 beep or any number of beep, it just beep continuously, never ending, until I turn off the laptop. 
Did some searching around on the web, forum, and so far I attempted:
-Checked ram and hard-drive to see if it fully connect.
-Turn off computer, unplug battery and ac power, press the power button for 30 sec.
still haven't resolve the problem yet.
Next, I try to do a Pre-boot System Assessment, FN+Power. Took SEVERAL attempt to finally got it to run Pre-boot System Assessment. Hold FN + Power, hear beeping, turn it off, Hold FN + Power, hear beeping, turn it off.
Did that for about 20 times and finally got Pre-boot System Assessment instead of the beeping.
This is the result I got from it, Currently doing the remaining memory test. It taking a long time, ill have an update once that is done, it stuck on 98%. 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 15R wont turn on (continuous beeping)

This paper discusses troubleshooting steps for notebooks that are not turning on.  Typically it could be one of three issues,  No power (no power to the notebook), No post (the system has power but is not fully turning on), or No boot (the system has power, it is turning on, but it is not booting to the Operating system).
From your post it is obvious that the notebook has power,  but it isn't fully turning on.  I would have to say that this is a No post problem. This paper will go over further troubleshooting steps to help determine the problem.
If the notebook is not starting up or showing a blank screen:

Remove any peripheral devices that are attached to the computer. Peripherals include:

Media Card Readers
Mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets or portable digital assistants or MP3 players
Digital cameras or video recorders
USB storage devices
Remove the computer from a docking station if it is in one
Remove any CDs or DVDs in the optical drive
Remove the AC adapter from the computer and remove the AC power cord from the wall outlet.
Remove the computer's battery. For instructions on how to do this, consult the Online Owner's Manual.
Press and hold the computer power button for 15 seconds.
Insert the AC adapter plug and make sure it is seated properly.
Plug in the AC power cord to a known good working outlet.
Press the power button to see if the computer turns on.
If the computer starts, turn it off and put the... Read more

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I'm not impressed with my Dell. I purchased in Feb 2012. Yesterday I tried to power it on but nothing. The power supply is fine. There is a red light on in the inside but the desktop will not power up. I trouble shooted online, from another computer, but found nothing. I called tech. support but since my warrenty ran out they want to charge me just to tell me what I have already figured out, that the mother board has failed..The computer is not even 2 years old yet! My first Dell lasted 10 years. Like I said tech service was no help. I imagine customer service won't be either. And this site shows no help either, I don't see were I can purchase a new mother board. A local computer tech looked at it, free of charge and guesses its the motherboard. I'm sure if I should try to find new mother board or purchase a brand new computer, which would NOT be another Dell.

Answer:Inspiron 620 wont turn on, not happy about Dell product.

How do you know it's not the power supply?

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My granddaughter has the above machine with XP installed, tonite without any warning when she powered it up the screen showed the top left hand side in windows blue the welcome screen, the bottom left hand was white, the right hand side all grey except for a small portion near the bottom which was windows welcome page blue , the pointer will only show on the blue bits and appears to dis appear under the other parts.I cannot do anything because when i tried it in safe mode only a part of the black screen was visible.Very weird but can anyone suggest what it might be, my own guess (and it is a guess) is maybe a hard disk failure.Any help would be appreciated

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 problem

How many bios beeps on start up (none) would suggest HDD failure....could also be memory or simply your monitor is busted...

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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?)



Answer: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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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) 

Answer: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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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

Answer:5Ghz Dell Inspiron 1501

You can purchase a dual band usb adapter...

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Hi there i used to use my desktop with an nvidia graphics card (low spec) with 3d blender and worked fine, but ever since i got my inspiron 1501 it is slow and sluggish, works but very slow and makes it hard to do anything. It has an ati 1150 graphics chip, is there anything i can do to help it run bettet.

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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.

Answer: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 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:\> ???

Answer: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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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!

Answer: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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When i start it my pc write ''battery not identified,this system will anable to charge this battery;press F2 two times to enter set up''. But when i press F2 two times it asks a password and i don't know what to enter.Thanks to help..

Answer:password dell inspiron 1501

There is no factory default password for accessing the BIOS Setup as it has no password until the owner sets one up. You will need to contact the previous owner since we have no idea what it is.In any event, it will make no difference to the battery problem. You'll have to buy a genuine battery from the makers of your laptop.

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The screen shuts down after a minute or less. I shut the lid, wait a bit, open it back up and it comes on and shuts off again (screen) in less than a minute. The screen does looks like it wiggled or vibrates before it goes off. This started right after Norton added.

Answer:dell inspiron 1501 problems

Uninstall Norton and install an alternative.

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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.

Answer: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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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.

Answer: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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Hiya guys can anyone help me please ive been banging my head trying to load a new os on this "Dell INSPIRON 1501" it came with XP and now its time for W7, when i go into the boot to change the boot order its a absolute nightmare to change! i cant seem to grasp the way in which u make the alternative devices change so i am able to make the CD burner number one? i know its the arrow keys and numbers 123 but i cant figure out how to get the CD burner to the number one/Priority boot device??
Its using an old BIOS version (1.7.0) and the new one is 2.3.0 and all i am trying to do is to Flash the BIOS is there another way to flash it.?
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!

Answer:Dell INSPIRON 1501 will not boot

Here is a photo of the boot order:
& here is the message i am getting everytime i boot:
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[insert arguing here]

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


Answer: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 have had to install Windows XP after my computer crashed?In my Device Manager there is exclamation marks next to Network Controller, SMBUS Controller, Video Controller. I cannot get on to my internet connection but can access my friends internet connection. I have looked for downloads on the Dell website for Inspiron 1501. I've pressed the download button but when I've tried to update the driver it is saying it can't find anything. I'm not very computer friendly. Can anyone help.

Answer:Dell laptop Inspiron 1501

You need to download the Network Controller Driver for your PC on to a USB memory card or Stick. Put it in your PC then you should be able to run the Program on the Stick by Double click on it or Run the Setup.exe file by double click on that. PS I would say that its a built into Motherboard Card so Motherboard Drivers are what you should be looking for. or the above

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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

Answer: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 |

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What's the best power configuration to get most out of a battery? I even bought the long life one, and while I don't believe marketing copy that I can get 9 hours out of it, I'm getting only 2.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501: best way to get most from battery?

Check out the power options in the control panel. There are settings for when idle, the lappy will turn off the monitor and hard drive.

Depending on your OS, there may be a setting for maximum power conservation.

Anyway, a lot depends on what your are doing with the laptop. If watching videos, you'll get maximum time if you use headphones instead of built in or external speakers. Anytime you use the optical drive, you are using quite bit of power, this includes videos and games.

If the battery was rated for 9 hours, you really should be getting more than 2 hours, unless you are playing videos, games, or music.

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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.

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I have Dell Inspiron 15N 5010.  When I press the Power on button, it starts making beeping sound  8 times continuously and does not start. Screen is totally blank. What to do ? Please help me.

Regards Vivek

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Hey there,

I have an Inspiron 11 3000 hybrid laptop. Yesterday it was freezing all night while I was watching a movie, and buy today morning the screen wouldnt turn on. I can hear the ventillation and the backup light is on, when I push the start button. I googled a bit, and someone suggested connecting the laptop to a TV via HDMI, and it actually works. So I can see the windows 10 start screen on my TV, and even the touchpad works -- it just fails to show up on the laptop screen. Any suggestions, Id like to avoid the service point.

Thank you in advance!

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My laptop started showing signs of trouble last year. At first, it would go blue screen while I was using. I neglected that. Then, It started turning off if shaken. Now it turned of after I picked it up, and it's been dead nomather what I do.
I tried unplugging everything, including power supply, discharged flea power, but nothing happened...
When I press the on button, the LED light up as they should. The screen remains dead. After about 10 seconds, the battery LED and the CD LED start pulsing on and off (around 1Hz). The fan also follows the LEDs, accelerating and decelerating... No beep is heard.
What could it be? How can I test it?
Warranty is long gone.

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I recently changed the screens on my laptop without difficulty. The next day i went to classes and brought my laptop since it was now fixed. When i went to turn it on it was very dark and i couldn't adjust the brightness. I couldn't get pass the log on screen so i held down the power button but it would not turn off so i took out the battery. I put the battery back in and left the laptop alone till i got home. I thought that the problem with the screen was a wire came loose or something of that nature so i took apart the screen and made sure everything was plugged in. I put it back together and put the battery back in and went to turn it on to see if the screen problem was resolved and it wouldn't boot or anything. I don't get any beeps, fans, or lights that turn on. HELP!?!?!?!

Answer:Dell Inspiron n5010 wont turn on, no beeps , no lights, nothing.

Hi Jamien606,
Do you see light on the adapter? You may drain the flea power and see if that makes a difference:

Disconnect all the external peripherals.
Unplug AC Adapter and also take off the battery.
Press and hold the power button for 10 to 15 seconds.
Connect the AC Adapter back and check if the system is working fine.

Keep me posted. Please reply for any further questions.

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I have a dell inspiron 1501 that has a lot of issues. The two major issues were the keyboard not fully working, not being able to reset the entire thing since I don't have the win xp sign in password and the battery. When I first got it it took it awile to charge up. Eventually it did charge up but then it would not charge up as effectively. It reached the point were it would not charge at all. I got a third party battery for it that had some juice from its factory of origins and that turned her back on. It also charged her up once too. I am thinking the issue is the device that works as an intermediary between the battery and the battery socket connector/jack. The computer is expendable so I am willing to experiment here so I am okay with the risks. I need to find out what areas on the battery correspond to. I have been told the little connectors in the battery correspond to a pos, a 2ns pos, neg, something that verifies the brand of the battery and a few other things. I want to just wire my charger to the right clips on the battery but have no schematics. I used an alt meter on it but I guess maybe the battery was so dead there was nothing to pick up on. I hope someone here is familiar enough with this to help me then I will tackle its other issues. My main laptop my cq56 just died on me so I gotta fix my dell and fujitsu on the cheap so I can not by an external charger and will not. Thanks for reading guys.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 battery issue

Welcome to Major Geeks!

First, I'm assuming the PC works properly when it is connected to AC power. If this is not the case, the problem may be either your power adapter or internal power jack.

If the PC does stay on when plugged in, I suspect the new battery may be defective. If you can return it for a refund, I would do so.

Here is the brand of battery I sell in my shop. It's not the cheapest, but still less than half of what you'd pay getting one from Dell. It has very good customer reviews:

Hope this helps.

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I upgraded my Dell laptop to Windows 7 32 bit from Vista 3 weeks ago. I had no problems with the touchpad before the upgrade or after until 3 days ago. I started the laptop up and the touchpad was frozen.

Searching for answers, I tried the following:

Get driver from Dell: only thing is, Dell doesn't have Inspiron 1501 touchpad drivers for Win 7. I got the Vista one and installed it. Didn't help.
Checked to see if a Function key disables the touchpad. No key like that exists.

I did a Safe Mode reboot, tried no AC adapter, nothing worked. Suddenly, after just another shutdown and start up, it worked again. For a day. Just as suddenly, it stopped working after a sleep mode. Nothing I tried such as reboots etc. brought it back. For 2 days it stayed that way until again it suddenly came back. Last night, it stopped working twice and then suddenly came back. Sometimes it would work in safe mode, some times it wouldn't.

I did not install any software right before this began. I didn't touch the hardware of the touchpad, I didn't knock out the connection. It worked fine for weeks after the Win 7 install, so I don't think that can be it.

Any ideas? Thanks!

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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.


Answer: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 and the right-hand side of the keyboard types as if it's in <function> mode. That is, the j, k, l, ;, m, u, i, o, p keys, when typed, come up with the blue function numbers. Only on the right-hand side of the keyboard, though.

I bought a new keyboard, swapped out the old one thinking this would solve the problem but it did not. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 keyboard problems

Re-check the connection from the keyboard to the mobo

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Before I start, I should mention this. My battery is dead, so I rely on my charger to keep my laptop turned on. If it gets unplugged, it shuts off without warning. Also, I'm using a third party ac adaptor.

A few hours before this happened, my laptop shut off randomly. Apparently the metal part on the charger itself got waaaaay too hot. Now, when I try to turn it on, it won't even light up the green light saying that the ac is plugged in! What's wrong with my laptop? Thanks for the help.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 won't recognize AC adaptor

If you're lucky, the AC adapter is bad. Worst case scenario would be a bad motherboard. My advice is take it to a shop that has a universal AC adapter and a tip that works with your Dell and have it checked. Otherwise, you really have no way of troubleshooting the problem.

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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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Answer: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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For those of you looking for missing x64 drivers for your Dell Inspiron 1501 (and possibly other) notebooks, here are two sources that work:

Synaptics Touchpad driver:
Synaptics :: Drivers

Ricoh MMC memory card reader driver:
Ricoh 5-in-1 Card Reader Driver for Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit)*&



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when i turn on the laptop it says "please enter hdd password"????
DELL wont help! can anyone else generate a password for this system???
it would be greatly appreciated....
service tag: 4xgvkc1
dell inspiron 1501

Moderator Edit:
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My Battery Is Not Charging On Dell inspiron 1501 could it be the battery or couldt it be software on my pc as it started when i reinstaled windows

Answer:Battery Not Charging On Dell inspiron 1501

It's either your battery or the charging circuit inside the laptop. Windows has absolutely nothing to with it........

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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 appear. I have tried this several times but it does not work. Is there another way?

Answer:system recovery dell inspiron 1501

F8. See step 3.

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My laptop was running so slow lately, but workin, so i reformted it, installed all my software, and it crashed everytime the graphics is challeneged, going online playing videos, sometimes the screen flickers black and then shows a Ati message saying VPU recovery and asks to send error report, which it doesnt do, just disapears, then after a little while the screen will go black and thats it, wont do anythin, cans see the screen, fine after a restart, but wont last an hour without doin this aleast 3 times. I have all the proper dell drivers installed and conigured to best performace using the crystal controll centerIf anyone can help please, i would apreciate it

Answer:Dell inspiron 1501 crashing, Ati related, HELP!

sounds like graphics driver, you can get the driver from you need to know what card you have eg x300 mobility.

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I started by having my screen suddenly waving up and down constantly and blowing the icons
up double their normal size.....I have been able to stop all of that by running SUPERANTI SPYWARE
and finding and correctly issues there. I have decided to uninstall XP and install VISTA on this
machine. I have 1.37 RAM and just think that is the best solution. I have backed up the information,
But I keep getting a message saying that I have a HARD DRIVE problem. Any thoughts or help
that you anyone can lend ...........I truly need this computer before I go back to school.

thanks in advance for any and all help

Answer:Terrible Dell INSPIRON 1501 Problem

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My Dell laptop screen is jumping all over the place and has enlarged the ICONS to 3 timesthere normal size (overnight)..........shut the computer down normally and then the nextmorning does not jump around in SAFE MODE........not sure if it is a virus, videocard or screen going bad.................................... .HELP PLEASE

Answer:Horrible Problem with Dell Inspiron 1501

It may be viruses or it could be that your primary display driver needs to be reinstalled/updated... Safe Mode uses a basic vga driver that is encoded in the bios chip, safe from the rest of the system, which could be why it works in safe mode.... It could also be a service and/or program causing it.....While you're in Safe Mode, only the minimal set of drivers and services required to run Windows is loaded.  This helps minimize loading viruses and/or other fluff software, so if a virus is the problem, Safe Mode has obviously subdued it/them..Start by going into Safe Mode again, click START, Click RUN, type: msconfigand click "OK"Go to the SERVICES tab, check the box that says, "hide all microsoft services", click on "disable all", click apply, click ok, restart the computer and let it go back to normal mode to see if the situation has improved.. If not, go back to safe mode and instead of clicking on the "services" tab, click on the "start up" tab, then click on "disable all", click "apply" , click "ok", restart and go back to normal mode to see if the problem is corrected...  If either one of these suggestions helps, then you'll have to turn services and programs on/off to determine which one is causing it...   If none of these work, go to the Malware forum here at CH post in there... read the pre-posting instructions for beginning malware removal...    If... Read more

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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.

Answer:Dell inspiron 1501 not connecting to internet

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My computer is Dell Inspiron 1501.

I have problem with battery. My battery has three different pieces which are necessary to work properly as battery and charge the computer.

In computer shows that battery is not charging properly and it stays at 3% power and never raise up. If I take off the battery, computer shuts down in 2 seconds. After that, in one screen (but not in monitor), where shows if computer is charging, lights up and now it shows it is charging. After 1 minute it stops and still stays at 3% power.

Who didn't understand..:

Computer Power (current): 3%. Baterry is plugged.


Battery is removed from computer charging, then: computer shuts down immediately.

If computer shuts down immediately:

then it won't start till I plug battery into computer again.


Battery is plugged into computer after shutting down, then: charging a computer for a while and then stops (at 3%).

Computer status while "charging" and computer is working: button (which shows when battery is charging the computer) does not light up.

Computer status while "charging" and computer is shutted down: button lit up for 1 minute.

Main question:

Who is fault: charger; it's components; battery; system (?!); something else?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Battery problem

It may be your power jack that somehow got dislodged. Is your Dell still under warranty? I would give it a RMA if still under warranty.

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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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 BOOTMNG Missing

Try going here 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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My Dell Inspiron 1501 (out of warranty and running XP Pro if that matters) has stopped recognizing the AC adapter. The adapter is a recent genuine Dell replacement for an older one that would no longer charge the battery, the second one I had had to replace because of the "AC adapter not recognized" error. It worked fine for a few weeks, and its green LED still goes on when plugged into the outlet, but now the icon in the system tray is the battery icon, not the AC icon, and the remaining battery time keeps decreasing. There is no error message; it just acts as if the AC adapter isn't there. The plug feels wobbly in the socket, so something is loose.

Googling around for information suggests that depending on what's wrong, it could be fixed with a bit of soldering, or the motherboard may need to be replaced (i.e., time to get a new computer). I've done minor repairs inside desktops, swapping out memory, drives, etc., but nothing that involved soldering. I'm also considering getting a spare battery and an external charger and swapping between batteries to keep it running -- it's a decent machine apart from its power problems and I'd rather not have to replace it just yet.

- How can I tell whether the socket can just be re-soldered or the motherboard really would need to be replaced for the AC adapter to be recognized again?
- If it may be relatively simple to fix, are instructions available online? Pictures or diagrams would ... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 not recognizing AC adapter

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I just installed Windows 8 Release Preview. I tried to install the AMD ATI Catalyst Legacy Display Driver, which installed fine, but I have no display settings in the app or the ability to change the screen resolution normally through Windows. I also cannot plug-in my external monitor. I plug it in, select Devices from the new Windows sidebar on the right side of the screen, and nothing shows up. I also try connecting through the Windows Mobility Center, and it says "Your PC can't project to another screen. Try reinstalling the driver or using a different video card." Can someone help? I am using a Dell Inspiron 1501 with the 32 bit Release Preview.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Graphics Driver

Someone asked about this just the other day - you MAY be in luck, but it's hard to say as Dell stopped releasing drivers for the 1501 right after Vista released:
Microsoft basic display adapter

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Hi there my dell inspiron 1501 has recently developed a problem, the touchpad has become jagged, when moving it jums all over the plcae, a though it might be software, so i reebooted the pc and installed vista agian, erasing everythin, and installed the drivers. Still jagged, jittery as anything, all settings are the recomended, so i would like to replace it, but a cant find one anywhere, can someone help me out here, thanks

Answer:dell inspiron 1501 touchpad replacement ??

Your best and cheapest bet will be on eBay , if there isn't one there now , keep looking , one will turn up sooner or later . Have you had a look at the Dell web site for the detailed instructions of how to disassemble your 1501 ? . Ashley

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i think it's when i tried to install windows vista service pack II, my dvd drive dissappeared. i bought a new drive and installed it. still nothing, so it has to be a software problem. i tried the regristy upper/lower filters delete. there was only the lower filters there. still nothing. i still havent been able to install service pack 2 either. always and error. i tried the readyness updater installer tool too. that wont work either. the drive doesn't show up in my computer nor the device manager. HELP!!!

Answer:My dell inspiron 1501 DVD/RW drive isn't recognized.

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windows home vista basic sp1 32 bitamd athlon 64 x2 dual core processor tk-53 1.0 gb ram ati radeon xpress seriesshut's  off quite frequently, especially watching video's full screen, this what i have on video,Driver Packaging Version   8.561-081201a1-072275C-ATI   Catalyst? Version   08.12   Provider   ATI Technologies Inc.   2D Driver Version   2D Driver File Path   /REGISTRY/MACHINE/SYSTEM/ControlSet001/Control/Class/{4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}/0000   Direct3D Version   OpenGL Version   Catalyst? Control Center Version   2008.1201.1504.27008   Primary Adapter      Graphics Card Manufacturer   Powered by ATI   Graphics Chipset   ATI Radeon Xpress Series   Device ID   5975   Vendor   1002      Subsystem ID   01F5   Subsystem Vendor ID   1028      Graphics Bus Capability   PCI   Maximum Bus Setting   PCI      BIOS Version &nb... Read more

Answer:dell inspiron 1501 laptop keeps shutting down while in use

An upgrade in memory would be a valid move.....

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First things first, Dell Inspiron 1501 NOT 1505. Ok? Now, this computer is pretty used, and long lived somewhat at 3 years, one battery. Last year, it completely accpeted no charge. I am on it, using AC power. I wouldn't mind AC power too much, but the power cord providing AC power, is sooooo mucked up. (will it stay in long enough to post this message???) I COULD buy a new battery (100$!!?!?), yet my dad has no job ATM. Any suggestions? PLEASE!

Answer:Battery problems, not charging Dell Inspiron 1501

If the Charger is in bad shape, dell sells the factory replacement charger for $59. here

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Hi, i am having a problem with the booting up of my dell inspiron 1501 laptop. it starts up as normal but it bypasses where you put in your password to access your account which therefore shows all the icons on your desktop to start using the laptop. basically, instead of going to your password it goes to the welcome page and then goes to a blank picture. your help would be greatly appreciated. regards Aidan

Answer:Boot up problem on Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop

Try this:Boot into safemode;go to control panel now double click the network icon now select windows log on now click ok and then re-boot

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I just want to start off by saying thanks to all of you at

I also want to say it's been a long time since I've been here, which in a way is a good thing seeing as I've been able to diagnose and solve all problems on my own...until now.
I have a 2007(?) Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop. I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit installed for quite a while now and it's been working fine. However, a few days ago the wireless stopped working.

I've checked the Device Manager to see if there was anything wrong with the driver, and there wasn't any red X's or yellow exclamation points. I uninstalled it anyway, shut down my computer, and rebooted. Driver is reinstalled but wireless card isn't picking up any networks.

When I hit Windows Key + X, it brings up the Windows Mobility Center and under the Wireless Network box, the button to "Turn wireless on" is greyed out. Weird.

As it stands now, the ethernet port still works and when I have it unplugged, the icon shows the wireless bars with a red X in the corner.

I've disabled my Avast! anti-virus program as well. It is not running after I rebooted my computer again.

Also, going to cmd and typing ipconfig shows the "Media State....Media Disconnected".

I have also taken my laptop apart using the Dell Support Guide, checked the connections, and nothing looked any different from previous teardowns (when I have had to clean the fans).

If anyone has any more ideas I ... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Windows 7 Wireless Not Turning On

what happens when you press FN+F2 key?

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Hey guys,

I purchased a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop today and I'm having trouble connecting it to my wireless network. I have a D-Link router and it lets me log onto the network and says I have an excellent signal, but it won't let me access the internet.

Any ideas what could be causing this problem?


Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 + Vista + D-link router

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I am a novice to repairing hardware but have been expanding my skills recently... tried repairing a broken dc jack on my mom's Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop. I had no previous soldering experience but thought I'd done enough research and watched enough YouTube videos to get the gist... problem is I tried out 3 different soldering irons and couldn't really make a dent in getting the existing soldering off of the component and board! The 3rd iron I used was an Elenco 40-watt soldering station, temp turned to max. I tried soldering wick, Chipquick, adding new solder... you name it I tried it. Nothing would get this stuff to budge like in any video I'd watched. What am I missing? In doing research for a better iron I have only seen suggestions to NOT go over 40 watts... yet this didn't do the trick. What gives?

I did eventually get the solder off and attempted to solder on a replacement jack, but when I plugged in the laptop it tripped the circuit on the AC adapter so obviously there's a bad connection. I threw in the towel and ordered a replacement board off of Ebay which ended up having a bad RAM socket (ARGH!!!). I'm now mustering the courage to attempt a repair of the original board (if it's even still good at this point) but I don't know where to go from here regarding the right soldering iron, solder, etc. Any tips or advice for working on this type of board? I did read something about motherboards with an Intel Pentium 4 CPU or af... Read more

Answer:Need advice for soldering Dell Inspiron 1501 motherboard

Can you post an photo of your soldering?I'm not sure if I can help, but an image might help us understand what you are looking at.

I solder quite often, and have done repair work such as you are attempting. I do know it is easiest to when there is only one solder joint to contend with. One joint such as a wire you can pull the wire as you heat and once hot enough the wire will pull free. Several solder joints are a different ballgame. There are two choices, and one choice I've never had the equipment to do so. Heating every join at the same time, can be done by blowing hot air across the component. I've never had the equipment for it, so I've been left with the choice of cleaning each joint one at a time. I noticed this is how you were attempting solder removal.

Solder tips must be clean and prepped for use. A trashy tip can cause an insulated barrier and prevent heating of the solder joint. Always tin your tips with a tad of solder before you ever use it the first time. If you don't tin your tip, you will always have trouble using it.
Pre-heat the tip so you are not waiting and possibly causing damage to the solder joint and/or component. Spending too much time on a solder joint is never a good idea. You want to heat the joint as quickly as possible without heating everything else.
On removal with the wick, the wick needs to be just as clean as the solder tip or it will not absorb any of the solder. A little bit of soldering flux may help the wick... Read more

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I have an inspiron 1501 that is less than 3 years old. Suddenly, all 4 usb's stopped working. I've done everything but toss it out the window and it has been deteremined that it is a hardware issue. (between 2 dell techs and an indpendent I took it to who swapped hard drives and reinstalled os to no avail.)

Rather than replace the motherboard, isnt' there some kind of external attachment that I can buy that will give me power for usb's so I can print and back up data? The local computer store has sold me 2 different ones, neither one worked. One I saw in an old string was for a pc not a laptop. The place I was told it would be inserted is where there is a small blank plastic tray that pops out.

Next time, rather than spend an extra $500 on a Dell, I'm just going to buy a cheap computer since they only last 2 years no matter what. But for now, I just want to be able to back up my files on a chip and print.


Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 external USB Port attachement

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Hi, I have an old Dell Inspiron 1501 lap top that has Vista. (I also have a Desktop with Windows 7). I have several old Iomega Zipdrive disks that have info on them from years ago that would be fun to resurrect. However, the laptop (I am assuming that Windows 7 cannot be used with the Iomega external zip drive) does not have any printer parallel ports - only a monitor port and several USB ports.

I purchased a cable on Amazon that transitions from the male end on the Iomega cable (the other end is the "Zip" end attached to the Zip Connection on the Iomega Drive)to a USB connector. I have hooked everything up and plugged it into a USB port on the Laptop, but the drive is not being recognized by the laptop. When I click on "Computer", the device is not there (although when I plugged it into the Laptop, it did show downloading the drivers).

What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any/all help!

Answer:Hooking Iomega Zipdrive 100 to Dell Inspiron 1501

I've never had any luck with "conversion" cables. So it doesn't surprise me that it doesn't work. And even if it does recognize hardware connected, I doubt it has the drivers needed to interface with hardware that is not natively USB.

I'd say you need a PC with a parallel port and an older OS with the proper drivers for it to work properly.

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I have a Dell 1501 Inspiron. All of a sudden I cannot access the internet via wireless, even though it lists the modem with excellent connection; or via ethernet

Answer:Solved: dell 1501 inspiron laptop no internet

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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.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop keyboard problem

Hey, Welcome to techspot

I think i had this problem once before on my 1501 i forgot how i fixed it exactly but i would try hitting the function key and see if there' an f lock or something like that that will take function lock off.

Ill look on my laptop later and see if i can replicate the problem

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i have a dell inspiron 1501 notebook. Everytime i try to start my computer a blue screen comes up that reads..

"A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage.


If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press f8 to select advanced startup options, and then select safe mode.

Technical Information: ***STOP 0x00000ED (0x84BCEE30, 0xC000006C, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"

I have tried to restart it in safe mode and this screen with not go away. I ran diagnostics then I tried hitting ctrl and f11 to restore my computer to the point when i purchased it but i dont know the command that i need on the dsrreset command prompt. any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:dell inspiron 1501 blue screen unmountable_boot_volume


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When powering on the laptop the caps lock button is the only thing that shows any signs of life. I tried booting it without any ram and heard no beeps. I'm convinced that the motherboard is shot. Is there anything else I should try?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Caps lock stays on

Is your screen shot? do u hear it loading?? if so try plugging in a screen.

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Thanks for reading my post!!

College son dropped off the laptop (xp media edition) saying since he dropped it, it hasn't booted up. Testing reveals the laptops boots to various points and hangs. Once I got into the bios and it froze. mostly it hangs before bios (set up) or boot menu. But its strange inconsistant.

Its also hung on DOS screen 'battery cannot be identified System will be unable to charge' and also some Broadcom/ PXE messages.

I've tested the power supply (cord and adapter) and it works on another pc. I haven't checked the hard drive.

My research has found some sketchy information indicating this laptop has problems with the power connector on the chassis. This makes a little since since he dropped the computer (and possibly damaged this part).

Does anyone have some information to share conserning the power connection issue for Dell 1501's? Could the above symptoms be related to power?

Thanks again.

Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron 1501 issues (Power?)

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Ok im not very smart at computers but i know where to locate Run on a computer, you go to start then run, but i for some reason cant find the Run link in the start menu on My Dell Inspiron 1501...this is so i can type in things to lower ping plzz

Answer:Where to locate Run on Dell Inspiron 1501 Windows Vista

you can hit on your keyboard the following combo to make it pop up:

Windows + R

I've used that on both Windows Vista home Prem and Ultimate

I think if you right click on the start menu and access its properties you can enable the run icon..I'm not really sure on that one though

hope that helps

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I am working on my Fiance's Dell Inspiron 1501. It came with vista, and I downgraded to XP several months ago. Since then, I have been connecting to the internet via wireless connections both at home and on campus. However, I just recently moved into a new apartment, and do not have the money to spend on a new wireless router. So, this is the first time since the downgrade trying to connect to the internet via the Ethernet adapter. My problem is this:

I'm getting stuck at "Acquiring network address." After a few minutes it gives me the error saying that it wont work because an IP wasn't assigned and such.

I've tried many, many things. I tried using the ethernet cable the computer I am on now is using. No luck.

I've tried switching ports on the hub I'm using to known working ports. No luck.

I've tried release/renew, no luck.

I've tried releasing the IP of the computer I am on now, and setting that IP as the static IP on the laptop. Here it says "connected" but I still cant connect to anything.

Note: I downloaded and installed the latest drivers from Dell's website for the ethernet adapter (obviously this was the first thing I tried).

I've done lots of fiddling with TCP/IP properties, to no avail.

Can anyone help me?


Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Ethernet Adapter Problems

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Please let me know the best way to solve this issue.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:My cd/dvd player on my dell inspiron 1501 stopped working

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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.

Answer: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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I have a DELL Inspiron 1501 about 5 years old and CD/DVD player opens and closes but doesn't work when I put a CD or DVD in it. Just spins and trys to read the CD or DVD but doesn't do anything? Does anyone know what the problem could be or what type of troubleshooting I can perform on it?

thank you. I'm new to this site.

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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!

Answer:Black screen on Dell Inspiron 1501 on AC Power

Try another AC adapter

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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

Answer: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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Good evening...I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop and an old television that works A1 but only has an antennae connection and the antennae cable connector.Can I somehow connect my laptop (which only has a VGA output and an output for headphones) to my television?  If so I would like to play DVD's from my laptop and also .avi files if possible.  Any help/advice greatly appreciated as usual.Gracias,Samp

Answer:connect dell inspiron 1501 to Older television ???

Quote from: samp on June 20, 2010, 04:11:52 PM...I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop and an old television that works A1 but only has an antennae connection and the antennae cable connector.Can I somehow connect my laptop (which only has a VGA output and an output for headphones) to my television?  If so I would like to play DVD's from my laptop and also .avi files if possible...Sorry, no.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501. I need to install a new OS for it. I never did like Vista. And, Win 7 isn't compatible I read. Would Windows 8 be compatible? ---Thanks...Linkup99

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II Dual-Core M300, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2812 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon 4100, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 294513 MB, Free - 181828 MB; E: Total - 1499 MB, Free - 1295 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
Antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Compatible Operating Systems Dell Inspiron 1501

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ok well i have a very poorly condition laptop but at the moment it is what i have to deal with

it hasnt had many problems really =/
it is 2 years old now and is running xp proffesional

i tried to install vista but when i got it running i installed the drivers for my wlan card and was told the hardware didnt exist
so i reverted back to xp proffesional

anyway i installed xp (for like the hundredth time) and the setup was flawless. i turned it on and everything was working fien
i used the CD drive to take the drivers from a dvd i made prior to the format
anywho after this i had to restart (for the drivers) and then it took literally about 30 minutes to start up and get to the log in screen

after this my CD drive has dissapeared from existence. and i cannot reach it
i downloaded the drivers and whent to install them and i was told that the disk drive wasnt found

i know there is power goin to it because when i set the laptop to shut down after the logout the drive will open if i want it to

so now i expect your all as confused as i am lol

i would be most grateful for any help xD

oh i almost forgot the drive is a TSST TS-L632D slim 8x DVD+/-RW

Answer:Solved: CD Drive disappeared (dell inspiron 1501)

*UPDATE* there has been a change in circumstances, the cd-drive now opens when ever i push the eject/load button, but is still not part of the setup and the driver package still says that the drive does not exist ??

this thread has been open for a while now owuld really appreciate a response as it is urgent, even if its just to tell me im a noob and that i need a new laptop lol

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Iam experiencing problem with SLOW KEYBOARD INPUT on DELL Inspiron 1501
new system WIN XP sp3 installed. Could not find solution..

Answer:slow keyboard input DELL Inspiron 1501

I've been looking so much and than I found...
run msconfig --- services --- and uncheck ATI hotkey pollar service -- reboot and everything works as should ,)

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Pointing out today is my first day with linux. so I know nothing .

I was reading somewhere that I have to use Ndiswrapper (I think thats how you spell it).

I downloaded it on my Windows Desktop and transfered it to my laptop via usb.

I tried follwing the install instructions but to no prevail.

I did
ls /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build
the install guide says I should have at least 'include' directory and '.config' file.

I did not see the '.config' file

I then tried (tar zxvf ndiswrapper-version.tar.gz) and (tar zxvf ndiswrapper-1.56.tar.gz) and told me no such file or directory.

This is all over my head and would like to get my laptop up and running online so I can start learning more about linux.

Im thinking I need to update my kernal. but at a lost. Your Informative feedback is much appreciated.

also if there is a linux OS that would suit me better let me know

Answer:No Wifi with ubuntu 10.4 on Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop

I never could get ndiswrapper working on my notebooks.

If I might offer a suggestion, since you know very little of linux, start with a wired connection. Most distros are able to use that out of the box. Once you learn a bit more about the structure, file system and where things are located in Ubuntu, you can try to set up ndiswrapper. (I have never installed Ubuntu so I can't offer much help in how to do things in that distro.)

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I have a dell inspiron 1501 for about a year but now when i turn it on it says begining physical memory dump preparing for crash. After a wile it says physical memory dump complete.
I am wanting to know if there is a way to fix this problem or if i can just make my computer start all over and put all the cds back in it? plz help

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Hello.  I'm hoping for some insight with my problem computer besides buying a new one at this time.  It is a Dell Laptop Inspiron model 1501.  A number of posts have mentioned similar problems to mine, but each situation is different.  I bought this one as a 'refurbished' model thru Dell, and it has always had unexplained instability issues and rebooting itself after locking up with the screen.  Aside from this, it has been a good machine.  
A year or so ago, I bought an after market battery.  Everything was fine up until recently.  At start up I would see a message stating:  "Warning:  Battery cannot be identified.  The system will be unable to charge this battery.  Press any key to continue."  I was ignoring these messages.  Windows Vista eventually would not boot up successfully.  I would select to 'run windows normally' rather than 'start up repair'.  So now after booting windows in 'normal' mode, several days the computer fails to boot Windows Vista at all.  I can get past the Dell logo and a POST at start up.  I pressed F12 and did the Diagnostics.  At one point an error code was received soon after that read:
Error Code 0221, Message Error Code 2000-0221, MSG:  Chipset Interval Timer Failed!
Another diagnostic test did not produce any errors.
I need to mention at this point that I have taken out the battery and set it aside t... Read more

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