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Sound trouble, could be a memory issue? (Dell Inspiron 1545)

Question: Sound trouble, could be a memory issue? (Dell Inspiron 1545)

Hello everyone,

Recently I've restored my Win7 installation using the original install image on the computer.
Since then my sound is not working properly - once every few seconds it jumps and makes weird noises.

I've tried updating the sound card drivers, and/or installing new codecs, but to no avail.
This happens with every music/video file on my computer and also when playing online content. The problem remains with any music/video player (tested WMP, Winamp, VLC, etc...), with speakers or headphones.

A few days ago a friend of mine suggested this might be caused due to a memory issue.
Something about memory paths getting rewired in the wrong way.
I've also noticed that when this happens my mouse pointer is sort of stuck.

If anyone has had this problem and/or knows how to fix it, I'd love to know about it...

Appreciate your help,

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Preferred Solution: Sound trouble, could be a memory issue? (Dell Inspiron 1545)

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Answer: Sound trouble, could be a memory issue? (Dell Inspiron 1545)

When you restored, did you do it with the "F8" Dell Recovery Partition on the hard drive? Or did you do it manually with discs?

One issue we see on the Dell user forum is that the Dell sound driver must be used for proper operation.

Outdated device drivers such as video can also cause this.

Check the Dell downloads HERE

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I have had my dell for approx 3 years now and the other day my sound suddenly stopped working (no sound from ear plugs either). I restarted the computer and it made no difference. I can't play any sounds (no sound when the comp turns on, no sound on itunes, "Itunes has detected a problem with your audio configuration,"Youtube etc etc you get the picture.

I found some solutions online but none of the settings seem to have changed when I attempted to change them. So I went into safe mode and the speaker icon on the bottom right hand corner has a cross on it indicating that there is no sound (there was nothing of the sort when i wasn't in safe mode) I looked for solutions online and went into Services > Windows Audio to press START and the following came up "Windows could not start the windows audio service on local computer error 1068: the dependency service or group failed to start."

I have also tried system restore, but am unable to do so and the following appears "No restore systems have been created on your computer's system disk."

Please someone help, thank you in advance

Answer:No sound at all on my Dell Inspiron 1545

The first thing I would recommend would be go to dell's site and download the audio drivers for your machine

Drivers & Downloads

make sure to download the right one for your operating system (vista, 7 or xp)
install them and see if that fixes the issue

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to start with the only time I got any sound is when skype was operating thought something was wrong with it so i deleted skype..well.. now there is no sound at all. I check device manager and it says that the sound device is I deleted the drivers and went to the dell site and down loaded them and installed them and still no sound so I went through and deleted againg...checking in device manager and in programs and features to make sure they are gone...when I rebooted they came up and installed themselves...i didnt go and download them again...still no sound but this stupid computer is in denial because the device is still not working. I did have sound earlier today and did not do anything just seemed to suddenly stop working. please help...I have been working on this for hours and getting no where. I have checked the sound settings over and over ..they are set right..and still...when I test nothing happens...and it is not on mute

Answer:No sound suddenly on my dell inspiron 1545

The internal laptop speakers are INOP?

Go into Device Manager, expand "Sound..." and uninstall ALL devices.

Reboot the system.

Check audio.

Update drivers -

Is Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installed?

Regards. . .



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Have done a diagnostics and have received error 0151.
What do I do next please.

Answer:DELL INSPIRON 1545 Model 1545-0925 won't boot

I'm assuming windows 7 is on the system and I also assume the error code is 2000- 0151
The error code means there's an issue with the hard drive, and most likely needs to be replace with a new one. You could reseat the hard drive to see if that will make any difference.
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Over the last 2 days I have been having a problem as indicated in the title of this post. The fault has rectified itself 3 times, but again today, it is back to "battery plugged in, not charging." As I am running the laptop (Windows Vista Home Premium; 32 bit) on the adapter without problems, I assume that the adapter itself may not be faulty.
I also have a Dell Inspiron 630M laptop running Windows 7.  Can I safely use that adapter with the Vista laptop, without causing damage to the Vista ?  If it is safe to do so, and the battery on the Vista starts charging, then it would indicate that the Vista adapter/charger has some kind of fault.
Hoping someone can give me some guidance. Thanks.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. Battery plugged in not charging. Can I use adapter from a Dell Inspiron 630M laptop ?

If the adapter has the same plug and the same or higher power rating, you can swap them.
Check to see whether the 1545 recognizes the AC adapter or whether it shows unknown (F2 at powerup).  If it shows unknown with two different adapters, you have a bad power jack or a bad mainboard.

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i have all the XP drivers for a dell inspiron 1545 installed except the audio...the audio driver downloaded from dell is the wrong one...i remember having this issue with another dell...and you actually had to install a lattitude driver...anybody have an idea?


Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron 1545 wrong dell drivers

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hello, I have a dell inspiron 1545 3GB ram , 160GB hard , 32bit operation system
I had windows vista home premium installed in ma system but i didnt like it so i installed windows 7 32bit in my system , it works fine but most of my laptop's fuctions wont work on it , Like when i turn down my laptop's volume it doesnt show me in the display but it works , same with the brightness and Wlan switch button, they all work perfactly fine but without any screen display , it used to come with the display on windows vista and i had a webcam studio installed in ma laptop with windows vista that allowed me to take pictures and record videos through ma webcam and save them on my pc ,Does windows 7 has any webcam software like this ? one more thing ,My webcam wont work with my msn live messanger, I works fine with yahoo messanger or on facebook an youtube ,when i try it on my msn it says'' messanger's not ready for webcam try again later' i tried everything uninstalling webcam driver and msn messanger but nothing worked, PLEASE help me , anything would work ! thanks !

Answer:Help me with my dell inspiron 1545 please !!

Drivers & Downloads=

I'm not sure that you'll find all that you want there, but it's a start.

You may find more under Vista.

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Please Help with my dell inspiron 1545[Unresolved]

i needed a mouse for it so i got a iHome 5 button optical mouse its compatible with vista, so i got it tried to use it, when i plug it in i can use it for 1 second then it stops working, im not sure what to do. It says its unrecognized but idk.

Answer:Help with my dell inspiron 1545

and i've also tried to use different usb ports.

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Question: Dell Inspiron 1545

Hi... Ok here's my problem that hopefully someone will know the answer to: I've got a dell Inspiron 1545, running windows 7. It became really slow one day and I thorght it was because I have quite a few iPhone pics and music files, so I started to take them off but during the process the computer come up with system recovery. So I followed the instructions and it came up that the system couldn't fix the problem automatically and it was something to do with my iPhone that I needed to uninstall it on my computer, which I attempted to do but now I can't get it to even load up in order to uninstall it. I would be really greatfull if anybody can help. Many thanks

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545

Uninstall all Apple software in Programs and features. also go to the "PC Running Slow?" link in my signatures.

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Question: Dell Inspiron 1545

My daughter has a Dell Inspiron that had Wireless Internet at one time. One night she shut it down and went to start it the next day and it can't find a Network. We have 2 other laptops and a desktop that can find it just fine. We have done System Restore, spent hours on the phone with the cable/internet provider and with the router company. It won't even troubleshoot. I saw a similiar question about an HP and you guys fixed it. However, this did not seem to pertain to the Dell.

I asked this question on PCTechByte, or something like that, and the only response was from someone being smart, asking how many times I dropped it out the window, etc... I am hoping you can help before we have a pretty pink Dell paperweight!


Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545

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help needed on a dell i got today.. i bought it cheap. due to the fact that the person i got it from was scared of a warning she got a day or 2 ago. on the laptop screen is a police screen saying to pay the fine to ??????? or else, and her ip addy is being logged as illegal.
anyway back to my problem
i thought i would re-install windows 7 as the factory back up has been deleted
on boot up i get the blue screen of death!
if i try low level format laptop freezes?
i managed to install linux mint no problem at all.
i try windows again and blue screen again

tried maxtor powermax to low level and kill disc

any help appreciated guys

if this post is not allowed i apologise now but im at my wits end with it

Answer:dell inspiron 1545 help

Hi in2media

Open up a thread in System Security .

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Question: Dell Inspiron 1545

Please help. I've got a Dell Inspiron 1545 with Windows 7 on it. Almost everytime I use it settings and things have been changed even though it stays locked in my office which is in my garage and noone but myself has a key. Also, I'm often redirected when online yet I've run McAfee, Advanced Systems Care 5 as well as Microsofts latest antimalware program and all that is ever found are cookies. I've attached a Hijackthis log in hopes that someone could help me with this. Please advise. Thank you.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545

Don't see anything alarming in the HiJackThis log.
I would attempt a test install with a new or borrowed hard drive, then making sure all Dell drivers are installed, and then run Windows update or Microsoft update a few times to be sure all updates are downloaded and installed.

Then if the problem remains the same, you ought to have a certified tech who knows Dell take a look at it. It it works properly with the test drive, you know what to do next.

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Question: dell inspiron 1545

hey guys
im having a bit of trouble i noticed someone else posted the same kinda thing but mines for a laptop
backstory : had the laptop sincejan/feb 2011 its woked amazing ive played the same game on it (eve online) since i got it also played sims 3 for a bit
recently as in the last 3 days its been freezing on and off every minute- minute and a half happend about 10pm at night was doing somthing in eve and it froze for about 20 seconds by the time it worked again my ship had blown up..since then its been slowly escalting the freezing periods getting longer and more dramatic its not just in the game any more either its freezes on the internet explorer it freezes watching films it even froze 10 seconds after i restarted its becoming unusable and for its age its a joke..other affects recently noticed..when the system is on desktop with abosultly no programs running its using 2.17gb of ram out of 3gb and 70% cpu usage.. theres 75 process running i can add screen shots if you guys like.
laptop is scanned daily with avast and ccleaner is used
specs : ------------------
System Information
Time of this report: 8/17/2011, 23:28:50
Machine name: TOMMURPHY-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 1545
BIOS: Phoenix ROM B... Read more

Answer:dell inspiron 1545

Try looking in Event Viewer for hints on errors at the times it locks up.

I would start with tunning diagnostics on the hard drive by downloading the diagnostic tool for the hard drive brand and making a bootable disc.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

If the drive checks out ok, It's Probably worth testing your memory . . click on the link to Memtest in my signature . . let it run on one stick at a time overnite or until it starts reporting errors

How to burn an ISO file:

How to Burn a Bootable ISO File

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Question: Dell inspiron 1545

The keyboard doesn't function properly or even function at all sometimes. When restarting the machine I can get into bios (sometimes). I hook up external usb keyboard and the same exact issues. I can't even get the computer to boot to a windows disk because the keyboard doesnt function right. Any Ideas ..... maybe you may have one that I didn't think about.

Answer:Dell inspiron 1545

Unfortunately Dell's support for an unresponsive keyboard is hardly helpful

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was told to post this here instaed of installation ans set up..
help needed help needed on a dell i got today.. i bought it cheap. due to the fact that the person i got it from was scared of a warning she got a day or 2 ago. on the laptop screen is a police screen saying to pay the fine to ??????? or else, and her ip addy is being logged as illegal.
anyway back to my problem
i thought i would re-install windows 7 as the factory back up has been deleted
on boot up i get the blue screen of death!
if i try low level format laptop freezes?
i managed to install linux mint no problem at all.
i try windows again and blue screen again

tried maxtor powermax to low level and kill disc

any help appreciated guys

if this post is not allowed i apologise now but im at my wits end with it

Answer:dell inspiron 1545 help


I have asked Cottonball to take a look at your issue. I believe you still have something hiding after you did a format on the drive when you had the FBI randsomware.

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I have had this computer for almost 3 years now and have had no problems with the hardware before. I went to start my laptop earlier this week and it keeps loading without coming to my screen where I enter my password to go onto my desktop. It returns to an error message after trying to load with no success. The message says:

Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
Insert windows installation disk and restart.

Then it asks me to choose a mode: Safe mode, etc.

What's wrong with it and why am I getting this message?

Any help would be highly appreciated. Thanks!

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Hello all. I would like to replace the HDD in this laptop with a Western Digital Scorpio Black WD2500BEKT 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s. I'm not interested in upgrading to an SSD nor do I need much space with this machine. That HDD is 9.5mm height. Thank you.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 HDD replacement

That drive will work just fine.

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Does dell inspiron 1545 have fan control? My laptop doesn't get any overheat yet. Just wanna get fan on all the time.

Answer:Dell inspiron 1545 fan control

Unfortunately, there are no options for adjusting the fan control in the Inspiron 1545. 

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My laptop screen has gone completely black. I opened my laptop to sign on and nothing. I can hear the computer starting up, but nothing ever comes up on the screen. What can I do to fix this? thanks!

Answer:Dell Laptop Inspiron 1545

I'm guessing what actually happened is the backlight in the display went out. So take a flashlight and kind of point it at the display, then look very closely at it to see if you can see the Windows screen there. It will be very faint, so take a few minutes.

If you that is the case, there's a chance that you can get away with just a new inverter board for the display, which would be great because it's cheap. Otherwise, you're looking at a new display panel.

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Basically I'm 19, I live on my own, and whilst I know the basics about laptops I aren't at all genius' like the lot of you. I've tried to read through some of the posts and find it really difficult so if anyone knows the answer to my problem please try to pretend you're talking to an alien and give it in simple terms.

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 that is about a month out of warranty so Dell won't help. It came up with an error about two weeks ago saying Time And Date Clock Stopped or something very similar. I took it to a local technician who changed the clock battery or something like that. It was a tiny circle thing. It worked for a couple hours and then went dead and wouldn't do anything at all. Wouldn't turn on or light up or anything. They then said they had forgot to attach the switch that goes under the keyboard that it needs to turn back on so I went back and he reattached the clip, but still it doesn't work.

My friends baby crawled on top of the laptop when the lid was down and hey presto it worked again! Then a few days later the same happened and it just won't turn on. Could something be loose? Or is it just dead? My local technician says it might be the motherboard? I don't understand why it would work after a baby had sat on it, surely it means something clicked in to place?

I put the charger in and I know it works but the light on the laptop that should come on to say its charging stays off.... Read more

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Hi everyone

I have various issues with a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop running Vista HP64Bit.

When you first turn it on, it beeps very fast and very loudly for a few seconds, so fast that you can?t count how many beeps there are.
After that it comes up with Windows Boot Manager and ask ?for an operating system to be selected to start or press F8 for an advanced choice?
Windows Vista is the only option that you can select, so you press return.
Then CHKDSK starts to run, but only for a few seconds and then automatically stops.
It says ?disk checking cannot continue?
After that it continues to boot into windows just fine and the laptop functions normally once you have logged in.
However it prompts you that the c: drive is corrupt and that a CHKDSK scan should be run.

I have tried to run it, but it says the drive cannot be scanned properly while in use.
?Do you wish to schedule a scan the next time windows starts? You say yes, you restart the machine but you get the same cycle. The beeps, the boot manager prompt and the failed chkdsk scan all before windows finally boots up ok.

So I opened a command prompt and typed chkdsk c: and I get all sorts of errors including ?segment ***** is in pardon? and something else like ?drive has damaged sectors," chkdsk cannot run in read only mode.

I have also tried to sfc/scannow command but that just reported more errors.

I have tried system restore, but that fails because it says the drive is corrupted.
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Answer:Dell inspiron 1545 problems

Your Hard drive could be failing. Download Drive Fitness and burn the ISO using Imgburn (how to burn and ISO image using Imgburn) burn at the lowest speed possible I recommend 4X. You would need to this with another pc if possible.

With the newly created CD boot with it making sure your CD-ROM drive is in the boot sequence, or press the button during your system name logo splash screen to bring up a boot menu then select your CD drive.

With Drive Fitness perform a short and long test. Let us know what the results are.

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Make & Model : Dell Inspiron 1545

Problem : Unit does not charge reliably. Green LED on transformer unit does
not light up each time it connected to mains and laptop.

The green light flashes on and off on the charger when connected to the mains and laptop.

When the cable is plugged onto the ac adapter, the green light should always come on, regardless whether it is plugged onto the laptop or not.

The fact that the green light does not come on without it being plugged onto the laptop, tells me that the charger has gone and needs to be replaced!

I took out the battery and left the ac adapter plugged in, but it still would not power on, so I know that the problem is not with the battery because the laptop would have started to work!

I also took out the battery and left it without the ac adapter plugged in, pressed and held the power button down for 20 seconds, so the RAM gets cleared to perform a hardware reset, but that did not work either and it still did not power up, so I am also assuming that the system board or motherboard needs to be replaced!

Answer:DELL Inspiron 1545 not charging up

Hi sergios,

Try to get your hands onto a spare AC adapter that's compatible with your computer and then test it on your computer. Please provide an update when you can, thank you.

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I was using my laptop fine today until my Powerpoint session froze. It would not allow be to do a Ctrl+Alt+Del to end the task so I pressed the on/off button down for 5 seconds to reset. However, since doing that, the laptop will no longer start up. When I press the on/off button, I can hear the fan go on, and the "on" symbol is illuminated. The Dell logo appears with the word "Inspiron" below and a progress bar. In the bottom right hand corner it says "F2 Setup and F12 Boot Options". If I press neither of these, the screen goes blank after about a second and the fan shuts down. Please could someone help. If I press "F12 Boot Options" I get the options "Internal HDD", "CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive", "Onboard NIC", "BIOS Setup" and "Diagnostics. I don't want to progress any further as I don't want to make it worse. Please could someone help!



Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 will not start up

What is the operating system so I can move this topic to the appropriate forum?

Orange Blossom

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hey guys.. i bought this notebook some days ago:

Notebook Dell Inspiron 1545 ,Intel Dual Core T4200 2.0GHz, 4GB, 160GB, LCD 15,6", Wi-Fi , Windows Vista Home Premium

as you guys can see... came with WINDOWS VISTA... and realy.. i hate windows vista..
i?m using windows7 in my pc for months.. and i liked a lot...
should i install windows7 in this notebook? will handle well?
and if yes... x64 or x86?


Answer:Notebook Dell Inspiron 1545

Throw on a copy of Windows 7 ulti x64 RTM! Don't see any reason why it won't run well.

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My hard drive crashed it seems like. It made random sounds like you're at a Carnival and something in blue came up for tests. I have the CD"s that came with the computer. I put the CD in for the Drivers and Utilities and I get this:What do I do?

Answer:Dell Laptop Inspiron 1545

Hello Sefket,My hard drive crashed it seems like. It made random sounds like you're at a Carnival and something in blue came up for tests.That doesn't sound good. It would make sense to first run the built in Dell Diagnostics. Restart the computer.When the DELL? logo appears, press <F12> immediately.Select Diagnostics from the boot menu and press <Enter>.I don't know what the menu looks like as I don't own a Dell, but run all hardware diagnostics, especially hard drive and report any errors.Here is your Dell Manual for reference: (PDF)Dell Diagnostics Page 39.

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Mod Edit:  Split from Hamluis.
I have a similar problem. My Dell Inspiron 1545, with Windows 7, during the boot up process, all I ever get is the option to either start normally or launch repair! Using F8 I can get various options, Start Normally, Safe Mode, Start from last known good configuration etc. Using these options (or the ones I understand) always brings me back to "start normally or launch repair". I have also tried CRTL+F11 at the Dell logo but nothing happens - apart from returning to "start normally etc. Where to now? If I can get a command prompt (and how to I do that), what command line would I type in to obtain the recovery/repair functions?
The computer was bought secondhand from ebay and did not come with any disks.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Problems

Hi Geoff_B
Please start a new topic. If you can remember any particular reason to this happen mention it also in the new topic. (hardware or software addition, sudden shutdown etc)  

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 and I've had it since May, last year. Its been sent off back to Dell once for a hardrive replacment.

I've rang dell up and they made me run a test whilst I was on the phone to them. They told me by the results of the test that the problem was a software issue and not a hardware issue. Having found this out they put me through to the software department and they told me they were going to charge me something like 50 for them to fix it for me over the phone. Before I pay this I thought I'd post on here and see if you guys can fix it first.

Basically, when I turn my lap top on it comes to the screen where it says "Start windows normally" "Start in Safe mode" ect ect... When I click any of them, it just restarts my laptop and comes back to that very same screen. I have no recovery discs or anything like that.



Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 not loading up

Dell computers ship with a hidden recovery partition that will let you return the notebook back to factory default. You access the recovery partition by pressing CTRL-F11 as the BIOS tests start up. In my experience, the timing is a little critical, so you may have to try this several times.

The restore will reformat the hard drive, so you will loose all your data unless it's backed up.

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I am trying to determine if the HDD on a coworker's Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop (Service Tag # BV223K1) is failing or if there is some other problem. It came with Windows 7 and was upgraded to Windows 10 last summer with no problems. Last week, my friend said it was taking a long time to boot up and some programs were running slow.

He asked if I could reformat it and reinstall Windows 10. I tried to use DBAN to completely zero out the drive before the installation. It ran OK for a while and then really slowed down, showing it would take 296 hour to complete at one time. It finally reported failure and stopped at about 2% completion.

The HDD is a 500GB WD SATA drive. I was hoping to run WD's diagnostics utilities, but found out that they are no longer available as an ISO file for burning a bootable CD. Only Windows and DOS versions are available.

Is there any other free diagnostic utility someone could recommend that does not require launching Windows or DOS in order to use it?

Yes, we know this is an old model computer. My friend would still like to have it running for his young son to watch DVDs and downloaded videos, without asking to borrow dad's new notebook. He is willing to replace the HDD if we are sure that will fix the problem.

Answer:Testing HDD on Dell Inspiron 1545


If you haven't already checked it, these are the original specs for that Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop:
Intel Pentium T4400 2.20 GHz dual core processor
3 GB(2 GB + 1 GB) DDR2 RAM
Dell WD-ML160 250 GB hard drive

It appears that it was upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit to Windows 10 Home 64-bit in September 2016.
It appears that the original hard drive was upgraded to a 500 GB one, but it's unknown if it was during that same period and if it was a new or used one.

Diagnosing a failing hard drive is beyond my knowledge, so I'll let someone else address that issue.
Good luck.



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HelloI have foolishly spilt a small amount of water on my laptop keyboard. 5 or 6 keys on the integral keyboard do not work. However an external keyboard works fine. I thought that all I would need would be a new integral keyboard. Dell (eventualy after many calls!)claim I will need a very expensive new motherboard as it will be corroded and stop working. I explained that the external keyboard works fine but they were insistent that I buy a new motherboard.I am concerned that they are just trying to get me to buy a hugely expensive part I don't need or is it really true that the whole thing will stop working soon because of rust. I am tempted to just see what happens rather than pay hundreds for a new motherboard.Thanks

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Motherboard

Hi hallgreen, if you don't mind me asking, how much are they asking for a replacement motherboard? G

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I'd appreciate any help with this please!
I have a dell 1545 laptop. Earlier today hubby turned it on and it said there was a virus and it was shutting down, and now I can't get it to do anything! When I turn it on the dell sign comes up with the F2 and F12 options but then it does nothing. I've tried running the system tests but it keeps getting stuck on the 'confidence test'. Any ideas please?

Answer:Dell inspiron 1545 won't boot, please help!

F2 anf F5 option may mean it is not booting from the proper drive.
maybe try the Bios and see if it is booting from CD drive or floppy drive.
If it says floppy disable it and make it start with CD.
At least I think it should be CD maybe someone can confirm or not.
Even though it does not have a floppy drive working on it sometimes it is marked as enabled in the Bios.

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All right, so one day, my laptop was on, and I wanted to turn it off. I didn't feel like going to Start > Shut Down and waiting for everything to close, so I just held down the power button until it shut off. Just put that in here in case it's important.

Now, when I turn it on, it goes to the 'Windows has failed to start' screen. It gives me two options - 'Launch Startup Repair' and 'Start Windows Normally'.

If I try to launch Startup Repair, the screen turns black for a second and goes back to the 'Windows has failed to start' screen.
If I start Windows normally, it tries to boot and just ends up getting the 'Windows has failed to start' screen again.
If I try putting in a Windows 7 installation disk, the screen just flashes black and goes back to the 'Windows has failed to start' screen.

And if I press F8 as it starts, I get a screen that says 'Choose an operating system or tool.' I can only pick Windows 7, or Windows Memory Diagnostic. The diagnostic tool does a scan, but nothing comes up after it.

The screen also says 'To specify an advanced option for this choice, press F8.' However, that does nothing.

So, any ideas on how to fix this?

I've managed to get to the screen where I can choose to boot in Safe Mode or the last known good configuration. Problem is, when I try to boot in safe mode, I get a blue screen and then it restarts. Last known good configuration doesn't work, either.

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Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Won't Start Up.

Start with these free, bootable diagnostics:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics: (read the details at the link) (read the details at the link)

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How do i restore my dell inspiron 1545 to factory settings using my windows 7 disc??

Answer:Restore my dell inspiron 1545

Please keep to your original thread.

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Hello, I don't know if I am in the right place but if someone could help me, I'd really appreciate it. I have the Dell Inspiron in the title and after I turn it on, it will run for a few minutes then freeze (like it's thinking) and I am no longer able to do anything. It does work in safe mode but obviously I can't continue there. I don't know if it has a virus but I do have AVG but when I run a full scan, it never completes in regular or safe mode. Does anyone have any ideas as to why I can't use the regular mode for more than a few minutes. Thanks, Debbie

Answer:Re: Dell Inspiron 1545 freezing

When in safe mode, go to start / run / and type in msconfig. Once that opens, go to your start up tab and uncheck all of it. Now reboot and try normal mode. If it works and you don't freeze up, go back into msconfig and re-enable two items at a time until the issue happens again. Trial and error.

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So my laptop's audio is too low for me to enjoy videos. I have my speakers at 100% and I can barely hear what people are saying. What are my options to get louder audio? Is there some software I can use? I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 and I'm running Windows 7. It does have what I think is a pcmcia expresscard slot. so is there hardware I can buy? I'm not looking to spending much money, which is why I don't just buy a new laptop. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

I forgot to mention, I also don't want to just get speakers. I don't have the space for them.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 audio

calbluejames said:

So my laptop's audio is too low for me to enjoy videos. I have my speakers at 100% and I can barely hear what people are saying. What are my options to get louder audio? Is there some software I can use? I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 and I'm running Windows 7. It does have what I think is a pcmcia expresscard slot. so is there hardware I can buy? I'm not looking to spending much money, which is why I don't just buy a new laptop. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

I forgot to mention, I also don't want to just get speakers. I don't have the space for them.Click to expand...

Whichever program you're using to watch your videos should have a volume control also. try boosting the volume control in the video playback software.

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Hello everyone,
I recently received a Dell Inspiron 1545 and it has Ubuntu installed on it. What would be the best way to reset the computer and re install Windows Vista the original operating system. I do not have any of the boot disks unfortunately. Thanks all

Answer:Resetting Dell Inspiron 1545

I would bet the person who installed the Ubuntu did not know what he was doing and wiped the recovery partition.
On the chance he did not, reboot and tap F8 a few times.

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After I finished my work on my dell I closed it.
The next day I tried opening the laptop but all I can hear is my fan turning for a couple of seconds and then it would stop
Nothing showed up on my screen with or without the fan working

Answer:My dell 1545 Inspiron won't start up

Were there any bluescreens / system crashes? Does the system overheat?
Disconnect the adapter and battery and press and hold the power button for 30 seconds to release any static power. Then try connecting with the adapter only / battery only.
Press and hold the fn key + power button to turn on the system and it should initiate the diagnostics - check for any possible beep codes.
Run the LCD bist - Turn off the system and press and hold the "D" key + power button to turn on the system and it should run the LCD built in self test - see this link for more info -
Download the service manual - - remove and reseat the memory modules / HDD and check if the system powers on.
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your Name for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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My kids both have Dell Inspiron 1545?s.

One of them started blue screening. I?ve reloaded windows 7 home premium from the recovery discs more times than I can care to mention.

The laptop specs are basically a stock Inspiron 1545, Intel Dual Core 2.3Ghz, 4GB RAM, 250MB hard drive.

I?ve exchanged RAM, tried a new hard drive and swapped in a new motherboard. After the MB swap, the problem got somewhat better but it is still there. I did use some thermal paste when I reset the heat sink in the mb swap.

So here is where I am at:

> New motherboard (all other internals were reused - CPU, heat sink, WAN card, keyboard, DVD drive, Express card, LCD panel)
> 2GB RAM ( this module is verified working in another computer)
> New hard drive
> Fresh Windows 7 Home Premium install

The computer usually will boot up into Windows. Basically the behavior has not changed noticeably since I've installed the MB, RAM, fresh OS, etc. After some arbitrary period of time or some basic activity, it will blue screen to this:

> A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
> The system encountered an uncorrectable hardware error
> 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 our hardware or software manufacture... Read more

Answer:BSOD - Dell Inspiron 1545

Hello hayash and welcome to TSF,

Please follow the instructions in the following thread and post the requested files in your reply.

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I'm really sorry if this is in the wrong section, I only just started on here. I've had my laptop for a few years, it's never really gave me much drama, but the other day it kept freezing after around 20 minutes, so I'd turn it off, start over and all was fine. I can't quite remember what happened, but I remember one time I noticed Chrome had messed up and deleted all my extensions, signed me out and changed my really cool theme which I was NOT happy about. I uninstalled Chrome and reinstalled, and it still didn't give my my extensions back, and was super slow letting me redownload them. I did a system restore thing, and that's when these problems started. Right now my laptop won't let me log in, it starts up fine but just before it gets to the bit where I choose the user, it goes black, and all I can see is the cursor. I've tried safe mode and it does the same, I've changed the battery too and I've tried startup repair. Please help, I will be SO eternally grateful.

Answer:My Dell Inspiron 1545 won't boot up.

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I've had this start-up problem with my dell inspiron 1545 for quite some time now. I've tried every step provided in the dell tech support forums and nothing has worked due to the fact that a) my computer won't show the Advanced Boot Options or b) my laptop won't recognize the re-installation drive in the DVD drive. I've also done a memory diagnostic test just to see if my laptop would restart the system as it promised during the test, but the test freezes its process at 99% complete.

Immediate help or advice would be very much appreciated!


Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 won't start

Hi john83865,

Try and see if your computer is able to at least boot into safe mode. Turn on your computer and then keep on tappnig the "F8" key to bring up the safe mode menu. Once the safe mode menu comes up, choose "safe mode w/ networking". Hope everything works out well for you.

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ok, so I know it's a long-shot that anyone out there has one, let alone has swapped out the RAM but I have an Inspiron 1545 (hey, it was cheap, wasnt even sure how much I'd use it), came with Win7x64 and 4gb RAM, my manual says 8gb max, nothing else does, everything else (crucial, dell upgrades, etc) says 4gb max.

Now, not sure I even really have a need for it but since I'll probably end up editing video from my camcorder on the laptop, maybe that would use it (plus, I figure GiMP probably likes as much RAM as it can get).

So, anyone know if it will take 8gb? I mean I suppose I could just order it and if it doesnt work, pay the restocking fee and return it. cant even imagine the desktop one could build these days.

(on a side note, we may be switching to Revit at work and if we do, I'm pushing for at least 12gb and quad core)

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 RAM question...



4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz
2GB DDR2 at 800MHz
6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz


Looks like it will quite happily handle 8gb

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Dell Inspiron 1545
Intel Core2Duo
Windows Vista Home Premium
64-Bit Operating System

I booted my computer with my XP SP1 disc and it didn't even pop up with the "Press any button to continue..." thing. I've checked everything in the BIOS. It's fine. CD/DVD rom is set to boot first.

I want XP SP1 on this machine. Help please! Thanks!

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Won't Let Me Reformat w/ XP

You're gonna haev problems right away if you're trying to use a SP1 disc. Slipstream SP3 on there with nLite, as well as the SATA drivers for the computer, otherwise it won't recognize the HDD and you'll have to disable ACHI in the BIOS.

May I ask, any particular reason you want to go from Vista to XP? If you don't like Vista, you can always run the Windows 7 RC for free until June 2010.

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Mod Edit: Split from - Hamluis.I know this is a old post but i'm having IDENTICAL problem, with the same Dell. Its been un-used and stored safely for 6months, turned it on and was hit with identical problems. Ive followed ALL the posts upto post #36 where i cant go any further I'm a complete novice at computers really..sooo please forgive my naivity. I have all the disc's but i'm bewildered what to do next? The posts following #36 left me scratching my head hahahaha...Any advice how to progress further would be welcomed.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Problems

Anyone out there? Pleassssse advise

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I was looking to upgrade the amount of ram in my laptop. It currently has 3gb and it can have a max of 8 so i wanted to buy this
Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory Model KVR1333D3SOK2/8GR

I was wondering if this would be compatable with my laptop. Any help or recondmendations would be appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 RAM upgrade.

Cant go wrong with Kingston.

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i have a dell inspiron 1545 win 7
i had no os boot problem,
ran check dsk
got os boot back.
ran windows up date ,
then no osboot all over again.
i tried unbutu
would not work,
error said monitor type unreconized
i ran a couple hirens programs, from usb stick
and i believed i corrupted the partitions
now i ran gparted and i get the following message
model ata toshiba mk2565gs
size 232 gb
path /dev/sda
partition table unreconized
heads 255
sectors/track 63
cylinders 30401
total sctors 488387168
sector size 512
i ran test disk quick test it found only dell utilities only
did not complete deeper scan.
i used wondershare live boot cd
fixed mbr, and boot sector
was unable to use any other tools on the cd
data recovery,etc did not work.
i am trying data recovery with gparted at the moment
and yes computer is so biffed up now,
i want to be able to get my files off harddrive if possible. dump on cds
i really suck at windows computers, i did enjoy the apple/texas instruments days
so i am asking for help.
thanks jeff

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This isn't a problem of mine, but rather a friend's who asked me for help. She has a Dell Inspiron 1545 and has had nothing but problems with it since day one. Last time, she had to get her keyboard replaced; prior to this I had done a fresh install of 7, thinking it would correct the issue, so when she sent it to get the repair shop, it had nothing on it. When she got it back, a free trial of Norton was installed, along with some other software not relation to the keyboard. I went ahead and uninstalled this crap and replaced it with the software of my choice, and sent my friend happily on her way.

Today, two weeks later, she calls me up reporting of a beeping BIOS - which was one of the symptoms she had before having the keyboard replaced. I believe it's also saying that Windows didn't shut down properly and is having her choose which way to start up every time, in addition to a lot of freezing and scrolling issues. She said she checked for viruses and spyware, but nothing was found.

Besides the computer just being a plain piece of crap (sorry, I have a hatred for Dells), could it be that it just can't handle Windows 7? It's protocol for every new computer to have the newest OS on it, is it not? I know when my boyfriend purchased his current PC, it was WAAAAAAY under the minimum specifications to run Vista, yet still had it installed.

Any other suggestions or ideas would be helpful. Thanks

Answer:Various problems with Dell Inspiron 1545

Try running the Dell diagnostic tool, at F12 on boot.

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I have a friend who has a virus and needs to reinstall Win7. Not sure he made a "recovery" disk.

If not.........?

Answer:Reinstall Win 7 on Dell Inspiron 1545


If your system’s hard drive is never formatted before and if your system has a “DELL factory Image”, then you can follow the below mentioned URL which will help you in restoring your system to factory settings without OS discs:

Using Dell Factory Image Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any programs or drivers installed after you received your computer. If possible, back up the data before using this option.

Hope this helps.

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HiI have a Dell Inspiron 1545, following a windows update when i restart my laptop it loads up to the windows sign and then to a black screen with just my cursor.To load the laptop up I have to turn it off and perform a repair, then restore to a previous point and then the laptop will load up fine.However, when it then loads up the windows updates are ready again for when i shut down so every time i shut down i am back to square one and have to go through the whole cycle of restore again.Any help would be much appreciated.

Answer:DELL Inspiron 1545 Won't Start Up

I have also ran test on hard drive and found no problemsMy DC Power Jack is broken on my laptop, which means i have to have my laptop always plugged in on charge.  Could this be a reason?

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Is it possible to upgrade my ram to more than 4gb ? im still new in the "laptop area of expertise". i was wondering since the highest for windows vista 32 bit can i get windows vista 64 bit and upgrade it to like 6gb
sorry if this sounds stupid

Answer:Help with Dell Inspiron 1545, RAM upgrade?

You laptops maximum memory might only be 2GB. Look at the laptops specs. They will tell you what the max memory is for that model

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Hi, I'm working on a Dell Inspiron 1545 for a client, who was having trouble getting past the vista log in screen. I attempted this myself and CANNOT get past the log in screen. So I plugged in my bootable usb and tried a variety of linux apps via Unetbootin. Everything I tried to run would freeze at the startup screen, slitaz also did the same thing when unpacking just suddenly froze. I've removed the memory and tested that. I've also tried to boot from the DELL vista home premium disk and it won't allow me to do that either even after changing boot options in bios. When I boot into safe mode I get stuck at

Loaded: /windows/system32/drivers/avgidseh.sys
please wait...
and it won't go any farther from there.

any help would be severely appreciated.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 dead end :(

Have you tried a factory restore by pressing F8 on bootup? As the computer starts, press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen and then press the down arrow to Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press Enter.

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I have a Dell inspiron 1545 that is still under warranty. The keyboard has been a problem for me because all of a sudden the f7 and the Y keys don't work at all.Should I try to get it fixed somehow myself, or would Dell replace the keyboard?

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Was gonna help a buddy fix his laptop, but I'm all out of ideas.It's a Dell Inspiron 1545. When it starts up, it shows the Dell Splash page with Boot Options and Setup.Afterwards, it loads up the Windows Error Recovery page, with the Launch Startup Repair and Launch Windows Normally options. When I try to Launch Windows Normally, it brings up the Windows loading screen with the progress bar, than eventually cuts out to a black screen. When I try to launch the repair, it cuts out to a black screen right after.I tried hitting F8 during startup, to get to the advanced boot options. Repair your computer cuts me out to a black screen after the windows loading page. When I try to start it in safe mode, after crcdisk.sys loads it freezes for like 30 seconds than restarts. (Idk if it's supposed to restart, but everything was still messed up after it restarted) Last known good config freezes after windows loads like most of the other stuff..I tried loading the Vista disk that came with the computer. Went into Boot Options and loaded the CD. The CD loading fine at first, but it ended in a command prompt, that I either didn't know what to do with or was useless. But. That's not what I'm used to reinstalling windows looking like. ><.At this point I'm just trying to erase everything and go back to factory settings, which I was gonna do with reinstalling Windows but I can't seem to get that to work.While trying all these options, the keys are e... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop and recently it keeps on shutting down without warning, the fan kicks in (quite loudly) and then total loss of power. It comes back on as soon as I press the on button and it doesnt feel too hot. help please?!

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545, shutting down

Go to this site: and download the driver under BIOS. Make sure all apps are closed and your PC is plugged in before flashing and follow the directions carefully or you can ruin your computer. After this, download realtemp: and run the exe after extracting the file. Tell me your temperatures for each core. good luck

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I've had this problem before and I don't remember how I fixed it...but I was in the middle of downloading MS SQL 2012 but had to I forced a shut down of my computer..Oops, I know.

So now my computer won't boot in any mode. Last time this happened...when I finally got the computer back on, I made backup cd (6 total). How can I get my computer to boot? What should I do?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 won't boot at all

Quote: Originally Posted by smray7


I've had this problem before and I don't remember how I fixed it...but I was in the middle of downloading MS SQL 2012 but had to I forced a shut down of my computer..Oops, I know.

So now my computer won't boot in any mode. Last time this happened...when I finally got the computer back on, I made backup cd (6 total). How can I get my computer to boot? What should I do?

Hi smray7,

Please check this tutorial which should help you in resolving this issue:

Failure to Boot

Kindly update your system specs here by following this.

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.

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Hey all!
I have a fairly new Dell Inspirson 1545 and until now it was working fine. My wireless internet is now not working. It finds the network fine but then says that it cannot connect. It also will not troubleshoot. The adapter is on correctly and I know it is not the wireless router because other laptops in the house are using the same wireless. When hooked up wired through an Ethernet cable it works fine...
Anyone know what's up?

Answer:Wireless help! Dell Inspiron 1545

Make sure that you have not inadvertantly turned off the wireless switch. You can also disable TCP/IPv6 in your adapter properies.

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Hey, I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 which is having trouble booting up, it gets to the loading bar and stays on that for about 2/3 minutes and then instantly a Blue screen comes up then restarts? I dont get a chance to see what the error is .

operating system: Vista Basic

any ideas? thanks

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Not Booting?

Hit F8 and in the Advanced Boot Menu select the option to disable restart on system failure so you can see the BSoD and let us know what it is.

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Hey Guys,

My Dell Inspirion 1545 won't start up at all !

The charger broke a while ago, so now i brought a new one. I plugged it in, the white light came on i tried to start it but nothing. so i left it to charge !

Now i come home tried to turn it on and nothing.

I removed the power and the battery held down the on button for 60secs replaced it all and tried again still nothing.

I have then took the RAM and HDD out, tried again and nothing, replaced them all one by one and again nothing !

ITs annoying cos the laptop is full of photos of my son which i need to keep, and ofcourse i wanna use the laptop !

Any idea guys ?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Won't Start Up

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I am just looking to see if there's something that anyone here can advise me on. I just bought my third laptop, this one for $200USD. When I start it up, it gets to the DELL splash screen then the backlight cuts out. if you angle the screen you can see everything but it's very very dark. I need to stop buying computers this cheap, I'll have my own store before to long!!

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 backlight

You can't RMA it? That may be a lcd wire loose..

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Hello guys

I have upgraded from windows vista x86 to windows 7 x64 (actually not upgraded, Fresh install) and now I don't have any DVD-RW icon in my computer under the "Devices with removable Storage"
I searched the internet and I found this link PLDS and TSST DVDRW Drives Not Found in Windows 7 | Dell

and now i'm stuck on which of them should I choose.
Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Answer:Installed Windows x64 on Dell Inspiron 1545 No DVD-RW

Go to dells website and input your service tag # then look for the spec there it should give you the make and model number of your DVD drive and then you can choose which driver to download.

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Okay, so i have had my inspiron 1545 for 4 months now, and have had a problem where the "Battery is plugged in, not charging", I have read from a lot of places that, my adapter has probably gone bad, and can buy a new one at the Dell store. Only... When i go to my local library, my battery charges. Which is really weird. I have computers and game consoles and TV's plugged in at my house, and they all work fine. But my laptop wont charge. Is it just an odd coincidence? Or should i look into buying a new Dell Adapter?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 AC Adapter Problem

Don't waste your time on replacing the adapter. Dell laptops have a problem with their motherboards. The chip which recognizes the adapter dies and the adapter will be refused to be recognized by the unit, causing charging to stop. Once in a blue moon, it will allow a charge, but what good is that? Dell refuses to acknowledge this problem so I am not buying anymore Dell products until they offer a recall and replace the defective motherboards for free, whether under warranty or not.

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This is a truly annoying problem. On my dell inspiron 1545, running vista, the keyboard often acts as if the CTRL key is being held down, even when after looking at a keyboard testing program no keys are being held. After locking the computer and unlocking it the problem is gone for a maybe 10-20 mins before coming back again.

It could be related to when somebody spilled ale on my keyboard, although the problem has only surfaced a long time after this happened. This accident meant that some keys work intermittently and some don't work at all, after i removed some of them and replaced them for a clean. I find it hard to believe its a hardware fault, especially as it is fixed for a bit when i lock and unlock it, or restart the laptop.

Will I need to buy a new keyboard, or is there a potential fix?
Thanks in advance

Answer:keyboard acting up! dell inspiron 1545

Get a new keyboard. They are cheap, unless you have a gaming one.

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Ive had my laptop for 2 years and never had a problem with the wireless before now but after moving to a new house it initially connected fine but now either wont recognise the network at all, connects but then disconnects after a few minutes, or recognises and still wont connect. It works fine with an ethernet cable so it cant be my router.

I am using a dell WPAN 1397 mini card, i've run the diagnostics on it and it is working fine and is fully updated. However, when the connection diagnostic for the wireless failed on the gateway IP ping test. How can i fix that?

Ive tried to have a look at similar posts other users have posted. Some say about checking the wireless adapter is on by pressing Fn + F2, this doesnt seem to do anything.

Im really stuck here so i'd appreciate any help, thank you.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 won't connect wirelessly

I would really appreciate it if anyone could tell me how to solve this IP gateway problem, it is definitely not my wireless card or my router. (I found it was just F2 to switch it on and off) i can get a connection but the IP failure is stopping any sites loading.

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Hi Thanks for reply. My friends Inspiron 1545 came pre-loaded with Vista Home Premium 32 bit. He bought the activation key from Sofoway in Banbury. They sent a link to Microsoft to download Windows 7 Pro 64 bit., which I did for him, as he’s not computer literate. I clean installed Windows7 Pro and then did the free upgrade to Windows10 Pro 64 bit. His computer was running fine. He came to pick it up from my place. I showed him it running Windows 10 and he was happy. Then about ten days later he called me and told me that he’s installed his mcAfee unlimited Internet Security, which he’d purchased from PcWorld. He got the activation key card, went home and went on McAfee, downloaded the software and so he tells me, after it activated, he got a message from McAfee telling him all his drivers were either out of date or weren’t installed. He called them and they passed him to some company on the phone that he doesn’t remember the name of and they offered to update and install any missing drivers for 80 pounds sterling and they requested him to activate Remote Assistant, which he did so they could take over his laptop and configure the drivers and missing drivers. He gave them his, either Debit card, or Credit card details and they took the 80 pounds from his bank account. He tells me that his laptop is running fine now, but it was running fine when I did the Windows 7 installation and the Windows 10 free upgrade, so I don’t understand why his l... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Windows 10 Pro 64 bit upgrade

Any chance the 32 bit vs 64 bit was involved when McAfee was installed?  Maybe McAfee was for Windows 7 and not 10.
I have a 1545 which seems to run Win 10 fine, although I had previously replaced the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card.
Have your friend check the Event Viewer and go through the logs.  Something may be there which would help lead to solving some problem.  Keeping track of what time something happens would help in finding entries in Event Viewer.

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I have a dell inspiron 1545 that will only display normal windows content when connected to ac mains power. As soon as I disconnect the dc jack the lcd display goes blank. Any one any ideas

Answer:Display problem Dell Inspiron 1545

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I got this bugcheck after my Dell laptop recovered from a BSOD error:
parameter 1: 0x0000007e (0xffffffffc0000005, 0xfffff880054c101a, 0xfffff88002db9958, 0xfffff88002db91c0)
parameter 2: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP
parameter 3: 072210-18673-01

Can anyone please tell me what may have caused this problem?

* 7 minutes ago
* - 4 days left to answer.

Additional Details:
The OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit version, if that helps.

Answer:BSOD problem with Dell Inspiron 1545

I posted this question on Yahoo Answers first and copied it, so that's why there's the whole "7 minutes ago, 4 days left to answer" thing, which I forgot to get rid of . The rest of it is the actual question. Also, for even more info that I can give, the event ID is 1001. This is the first time I've gotten a BSOD on this machine, and it hasn't reappeared when I rebooted, but I don't want it to reoccur in the future.

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Hi Guys,

I am having a absolute nightmare, Long story short....

I have a dell inspiron 1545. The Hard Drive failed so I bought a new hard drive. I have looked into how to format this new HD. I put the new HD in it and put in my DELL Software CD. Restarted the laptop, as asked and all I get is the bar with the green loading blocks, with the microsoft incorporation underneath it, and it does this for hours. It doesnt load anything?

Not only have a lost 4 years of data, now this new one wont work. I really need any advice, to sort this. Im not currently working and i cant afford a heavy bill to take it to someone.

[email addr. removed by mod] - if anyone can help me!

many thanks guys.....

Answer:Help please :( new hard drive - dell inspiron 1545

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My laptop will no longer conect to my wireles which it did 2 days ago--I have not downloaded anything but the wire less says that the signal is strong but it doesnt recognize the wireless. I ran spybot--and it found 21 problems but said that I was not the administrator of my own computer so i could not get rid of viruses and malware (How do I make sure I am the administrator--I know I set it up that way?) Also when i plug directly into cable without wireless it works great and my ipod works with the router so I know it's not broken. any help is appreciated thanks -chris
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:06:47 PM, on 8/14/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18226)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Dell\DellDock\DellDock.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Dell\apache\bin\httpd.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell DataSafe Local Backup\Components\scheduler\STService.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell DataSafe Local Backup\Components\DSUpdate\DSUpd.exe
C:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Stora... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 will not connect to wireless--Please Help

The entire middle section of your log is missing.

You need to get rid of HiJackThis 2.0.2 and then replace it with HiJackThis 2.0.4 and then submit a new entire log.

Why hasn't Windows Vista SP1 been upgraded to SP2 - which was released over 3 years ago?


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Please forgive me if this is not posted in the correct location . I have had my laptop for about 4 years. When i first got it it would connect to the internet fine. A year later it wouldn't work. I tried every option i found online to fix it and still nothing.I am not computer savy at all so all i can say is it is a dell inspiron 1545. Windows 7. And i have wireless internet
.any and all help would be appreciated. again sorry for lack on knowledge on the subject. thanks!
also it says connections are available and the.wifi has limited. access but still will not work

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Will Not Connect to Internet

Welcome to Seven Forums,

Have you tried connecting your laptop to different Wi-Fi networks and still can't connect?

Might be worth to update your laptop's Wi-Fi ethernet driver to the current one from Dell's support site.

If updating the driver didn't resolve your issue we'll need more information by following our networking preposting requirements to further assist you and provide you more troubleshooting guides.

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Well taken care of... can someone please tell me why my screen won't turn on????I can hook it up to a monitor and my laptop will work but not with out and I haven't doneven anything wrong and I spent lots of money for this computer

Answer:Dell inspiron 1545 black screen

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How can I find out if my Dell Inspiron 1545 has Bluetooth or not?
When I go to Device Manager in Control Panel, I don't see a Bluetooth device listed anywhere.
I've searched online, from what I've read some models of this laptop have Bluetooth and some don't. When I go to the BIOS screen, it mentions Bluetooth somewhere. Does this mean the laptop has Bluetooth?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop Bluetooth?

Thank you for writing to us!
The system supports Bluetooth. The Wifi switch also works as the bluetooth switch.This is the version of  bluetooth on the system Dell 365 Bluetooth v2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR).
Kindly click on the link which is the user manual
Kindly private message the service tag and email address.

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I recently hibernated my dell inspiron 1545 laptop and the following morning it would not power up. I tried with the battery alone still nothing. Even with the power adapter still it would not power up. What should i do?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 mobo not powering up

It may have nothing to do with the hibernation.
Check your power socket very carefully... The socket has been breaking away on some models... This is a "flat soldered" device, and when it breaks awayf from the motherboard, the board and other components cannot get power.
This requires a re-soldering by a person who is expert in flat solder techniques... it is not a job for first timers.
Whatever the problem, you would likely benefit from having it tested by a shop or technician who has all the right tools for testing circuits, power input, and power output.
It could also be a fusable resister or other device.
Plan to spend some money... Diagnostic time from an expert can be expensive.

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Dear Friends,

Good afternoon.

I'm facing difficulty in setting up wireless connection for my Dell Inspiron 1545. My Devices are managed as follows:

Under Network adapter:

-Marvell Yukun Fast Ethernet Controller
-Microsoft ISATAP adapter (Caution Sign with Yellow mark)
-Microsoft ISATAP Adapter # 2 (Caution Sign with Yellow mark)

Other Device:
- Network controller (Caution Sign with Yellow mark)

I don't know, what to do..

Is there anybody who can help me out?

Thank you

Answer:My Dell Inspiron 1545 is not connecting to wireless--Please Help

i suspect you need the wireless driver
so connect to a router with a cable so you have internet

on the laptop will be a service tag number

then goto the dell support site

enter the tag number or choose from the options on the right

and then download the wireless driver

if you want to know what type of wireless adapter you have

then for the device labeled
Other Device:
- Network controller (Caution Sign with Yellow mark)Click to expand...

do this
How to identify hardware in Device Manager

right click on the device with a yellow!

from the menu choose
Click on the Details Tab
Under the Property - drop down
Select hardware ids
Right click and select all
Then right click again and select copy
Copy and paste that information here

You should see a code similar to this


The portion of the code highlighted in RED is the Vendor ID and the portion highlighted in GREEN is the Device ID. In this example:


Vendor ID = 8086
Device ID = 008A

The Hardware ID's. VEN & DEV. Look them up here.

and data base tells us that the device
Vendor is Intel Corporation
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Ok here it is on my dell 1545 it has a window vista tag its suppose to be running vista but its running xp 64can i get vista back and if not could this be with my device's,like my dvd doesn't work it say it need a decoder, my wireless doesn't work my network controller has a yellow exclamation point by it and so does my video controller and standard vga graphics adapter. And on top of all that what every time i go to a site it say "server can not be found" until i reload the page

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 vista big problem

and welcome to the Forum

I guess you installed XP on it? You can find the XP drivers by going to the Dell support site, enter your Service Tag Number and download the drivers. Be sure to use IE and do not use the Dell Download Manager!

Just download the driver file, save it to the desktop and double click to install

On the list of drivers, click on the driver file:

Then the download button here:

See this for the order they should be installed:

Depending 0on how you installed XP, you may be able to recover the Vista installation . . If you have the Dell System restore ( not all Dells do ) you can use that and you will not need a install CD

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Hi, for no apparent reason I have lost both wi-fi and wired Internet on my Dell Inspiron 1545. I have tried to set up again etc but it states 'No connections are available'. I am connected on my iPod so my broadband is fine.
I have tried with an Ethernet cable but it does nothing.

Answer:No Internet Connection on Dell Inspiron 1545

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My laptop has been running slowly for a while now. Is there anything I can do to help it out? 
It's running windows 7. 
Any help would be appreciated. I already have one desktop that I think needs a new hard drive. I haven't been able to use it in about 2 years. I'm finally about to be able to take it to have it fixed, I hope.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 running slowly

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 

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Im am hoping someone can help me. My daughter has a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop and for some unknown reason, it will not load windows. She is using windows7 and was given no installation disc whan she bought it.
When switched on, the laptop goes to boot up as normal and says "starting windows" then it goes to a screen which says the following
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

If windows files have been damaged or configured incorrectly, Startup repair can help diganose and fix the problem. If power was interrupted during startup, choose start windows normally.
(Use the arrow keys to highlight your choice).

Launch startup repair (recommended)
Start windows normally

I have tried both options and it continually loops back to this page.

I have also tried using the F12 and tried installing using all of the available options.
The only way i can get it to load is to hit F12 key, then select "onboard NIC" then press F8 and get the advanced boot options.

I have tried selecting all three safe mode options but it goes back to the loading windows loop. I select "disable driver signature enforcement" and it loads.
It says "starting windows" and goes through the normal boot up procedure.
When selecting the user names etc, the desktop will sometimes load but then the laptop crashes.
A blue screen appears and says

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Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 booting up problems

Hi Andymac7. Welcome to TSF!

Do you perhaps have a small, tactical nuclear device you could attach to the computer? Just kidding.

In all seriousness, is there anything you did JUST BEFORE this started happening? Did you make any hardware or software changes to her system?

I would recommend running the Driver Verifier if you can get the system to boot up again. It sounds like you're able to but you have to jump through some hoops to do so. Read THIS POST and see if you can make it happen. Let me know how you fare.

Good day!


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i came to know that laptops touchpad work as a touch screen in windows 8 and my dell inspiron 1545 is not supporting those can any one suggest me wat to do

Answer:Gestures not working in dell inspiron 1545

A touchpad is not the same thing as a touch screen. Your touch pad may not support gestures, it may just emulate a mouse.

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Hello there my wife Dell Inspiron 1545 w/ Windows 7, laptop just stopped connecting to the internet. Last Sunday it was working fine then the following Monday she could not connect to the internet. I had tried all that I could think of and even call Belkin for help. Nothing was wrong with the router so they couldn't help me with the problem. I did a troubleshoot and the laptop gives the following problem. [The Diagnostics Policy Service is not running.] I have no idea in what that is and is hoping that someone can tell me. It do says that it have "Limited connection." Would appreciate it if someone could help to our problem.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 won't connect to Internet

Be sure to test your connection with another computer first, to rule out cable modem and other hard ware issues.
The Inspiron 1545 does not have a bad record of failure with the ethernet port... but this one could be gone, and might be difficult to fix at your desk without the ability to connect.
You might want to go to the Dell site with another computer and download and save all the driver updates for that Dell Product ID, download and reinstall them via a usb drive or CD... as a early test.
If the Dell is still under warranty, Dell will send somebody to your home or shop for diagnostics... otherwise, you can short cut wasted time by finding a qualified or experienced tech to run a few tests.
Ethernet ports do burn out, randomly, on a number of system boards, though the expected failure rate is very low. We have never seen a failure on the 1545's we see in our shops. Yours may be a goner that only a motherboard repair or replacement will fix...
Good luck. Please let us know the final diagnosis and fix.

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laptop has win 7 home premium and was given to a relative. its useless at this time. i need some help. without password i am locked out. boot order and system password are locked along with recovery options. i did try a win 7 install disk and a bootable usb with no avail. im running out of options.
help appreciated.


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My dell laptop has Windows 10 64 bit installed, and I have been having problems installing the latest video driver. It tells me that my computer is not compatible. I need to get the video driver installed to get OpenGL hardware acceleration working again.

Answer:dell inspiron 1545 video drivers

Unfortunately, the Inspiron 1545 is not one of the systems we tested to be compatible with Windows 10.  We won't be releasing any drivers directly for that model and Windows 10.   From the search I did it doesn't look like Intel has driver support for the 4500 GMA graphics card, for Windows 10.
Some of the Inspiron 1545 systems came with discrete ATI Radeon video cards in addition to the onboard graphics.  Do you know if yours has the ATI card?  I don't know that AMD has driver support for that card for Windows 10, either.
Have you tried deleting any video drivers you have in the system, rebooting, and seeing whether Windows is able to install a native driver that may work for you?   If you would like more help troubleshooting these questions please right click on my Dell Todd username and send me a private message with the Dell Service Tag of that Inspiron 1545.  Please keep all discussions and troubleshooting here in this public thread so that others with the same questions can see what we discover.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 and when I it on it goes to the 'Windows has failed to start' screen. It gives me two options - 'Launch Startup Repair' and 'Start Windows Normally'.

If I try to launch Startup Repair, the screen turns black for a second and goes back to the 'Windows has failed to start' screen.
If I start Windows normally, it tries to boot and just ends up getting the 'Windows has failed to start' screen again.
And if I press F8 as it starts, it goes to the screen where I can choose to boot in Safe Mode or the last known good configuration. Problem is, when I try to boot in safe mode, I get a blue screen and then it restarts. Last known good configuration doesn't work, either.
So, any ideas on how to fix this?
My laptop is just over a year old and shouldn't be doing this, please help as it is very important to me.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 startup fail.

and welcome to the Forum

If the laptop is still under warranty, I would talk to Dell.

Otherwise I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

See this for how to make a bootable cd:

How to Burn a Bootable ISO File

If the drive checks out ok, Probably worth testing your memory . . click on the link to Memtest in my signature . . let it run on one stick at a time overnite or until it starts reporting errors

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When the laptop is plugged in, it does not charge the battery. The battery is new so surely the battery is not the issue. Unfortunately, the battery is at 1% now so when the adaptor is taken out, the laptop immediately shuts off. I have tried these steps to no avail:

- Shut Windows down
- remove ac adpater plug from computer
- remove battery
- Now hold down the power button on the laptop for 30 seconds
- Put the battery back in
- Plug the ac adapter back in
- Turn on computer

So I was wondering if anyone could help me eliminate some possibilities as to why it is not charging before i take it into the repair shop or purchase an external battery charger or turn it into a desktop. Thank you.

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hi there i have a dell 1545 and i cant seem to pass the system password i did open da unit up and cannot find the prom chip either can anyone pleas help me ere..

Answer:dell inspiron 1545 system password

We don't help with passwords as it may relate to stolen property.

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About a week ago, I was stricken with a BSOD, can't remember the error code. After that, the computer ran like crap. Even in Safe Mode, it ran like crap, constant freezing after about a minute after boot up. I did a little research and found that registry errors can be responsible for this, so I ran a couple different registry cleaners and it seemed to have done the trick. A couple days later, it went back to running like crap.

I did a complete reinstall of Windows 7, and still runs like crap.

Every time I boot up in normal mode, after about five minutes, the computer freezes up. The mouse pointer still moves, but is unresponsive to function changes. Meaning, the pointer doesn't change from arrow to hand to I-beam, etc., and clicking does nothing. I don't even get the "(Not Responding)" tag in the title bar of the software. Ctrl+Alt+Del does next to nothing. The best result I get from it is a blank, black screen, and I have to shut down manually by holding down the power button, which is the case 100% of the time, black screen or not.

The computer runs perfectly fine in Safe Mode with Networking. I'm writing this post on it right now.

Someone suggested I remove one RAM stick at a time and test the computer with one RAM stick in, changing it from one slot to the next, then testing the other stick. Did that. No results.

It's a Dell Inspiron 1545, Pentium Dual Core T4-300, 2.10 GHz, 4.0 GB RAM, Windows 7 Home.

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Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Freezes After Several Minutes

so I ran a couple different registry cleanersBad idea. Never use them.Registry tools are not recommended and here is why: did a complete reinstall of Windows 7Clean installation?If so, we may be looking into some hardware problem.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545, windows 7, 64 Bit Labtop. I need help finding out whether or not this model has the Bluetooth card already installed. Im not sure what im looking for under the component list on the Dell Support Site. My Tag # is : FJJZ8L1
Any Help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Marie

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545, windows 7, 64 Bit, Bluetooth

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums .. Is listed under Network ...
Product Support | Dell US

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My dell inspiron 1545 wont boot up. It will only show me the dell logo with the options of pressing F2 and F12 then it goes on black. Then the same messeage appears:

"The AC power adapter wattage and typecannot be determinded.
The battery may notcharge.
The system will adjust the performance to match the power available.

Please connect a dell 65W AC adapter r greater fr best system performance.

To resolve this issue, try to reseat the power adapter.

Strike the F3 key (before the F1 or F2 key) if you do not want to see power warning messages again.

Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics."

And when I press F1, to continue, it sometimes shows me this message:

BOOTMGR image is corrupt. The system cannot boot.

Most of the time it goes black, sometimes with a blingking under dash "_". And sometimes it gives me severak white stripes, either 1, or 3 accros the screen.

Just recently it gave me this message:

Window boot manage​
Windows failed to start. a recent hardware or software change might be the cause. to fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and resart your computer.
2. Choose your language setings, and then click "next"
3. Click "repair computer"

If you do not have this disc, contact your system admininstratr or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc0000034
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Answer:Dell inspiron 1545 wont boot up

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I am getting frequent Blue Screen Memory Crash Dumps several times a day. Recently, I replaced the 3GB RAM with different brands of two 2GB DDR2 RAM sticks. The laptop seemed to do just fine. A few weeks after the replacement RAM was installed, the laptop screen was slammed down in a fit of rage by someone, and it ruined the 250GB HDD and the Integrated Webcam. I replaced the HDD with a 320GB HDD but I didn't replace or disconnect the non-working Webcam. I performed a Factory Restore with backup CDs that "The Geek Squad" set up for me after I bought the laptop. Then I started noticing that the NT Kernel & System process was starting to take up 50-56% of my CPU. After a few minutes of that, I would get the Blue Screen with "Dumping Physical Memory" and a reboot. It crashes when the computer even if the computer is idle. A week before today, I started getting more crashes each day. Today (4/7) I believe it has crashed atleast three times. I know it isn't good for the computer but when I've noticed the NT Kernel & System starting to hog the CPU, I would just hold the power button to turn it off (selecting Shut Down would not work as it would just freeze at the "Shutting Down..." screen. Last night I tried inserting the RAM into opposite slots, and tried using each 2GB stick by itself in each slot just to see if it made a difference, and it didn't. And unfortunately, I've been having bad luck finding the stock RAM I had r... Read more

Answer:Frequent BSOD Dell Inspiron 1545

One question. Do you have any usb devices hooked to this computer, and if so what are they?

A driver is causing an inconsistent power state.
Arg1: 0000000000000003, A device object has been blocking an Irp for too long a time
Arg2: fffffa80036a1060, Physical Device Object of the stack
Arg3: fffff80004cc04d8, Functional Device Object of the stack
Arg4: fffffa8001c328b0, The blocked IRP

Debugging Details:

DRIVER_OBJECT: fffffa8003b256a0

IMAGE_NAME: usbhub.sys



FAULTING_MODULE: fffff880040e4000 usbhub






fffff800`04cc0488 fffff800`03950b52 : 00000000`0000009f 00000000`00000003 fffffa80`036a1060 fffff800`04cc04d8 : nt!KeBugCheckEx
fffff800`04cc0490 fffff800`038f0062 : fffff800`04cc05c0 fffff800`04cc05c0 00000000`00000001 00000000`00000000 : nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+0x34a90
fffff800`04cc0530 fffff800`038eff06 : fffff800`03a8c740 00000000`0001c48e 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : nt!KiProcessTimerDpcTable+0x66
fffff800`04cc05a0 fffff800`038efdee : 00000004`3543703a fffff800`04cc0c18 00000000`0001c48e fffff800`03a5a448 : nt!KiProcessExpiredTimerList+0xc6
fffff800`04cc0bf0 fffff800`038efbd7 : 00000000`fd6d2bc1 00000000`0001c48e 00000000`fd6d2b07 00000000`0000008e : nt!KiTimerE... Read more

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my laptop does not connect to my wifi gets local access but does not connect to told y others i tried to enable dhcp server but still its not getting connected to internet.
when i go to run->cmd->ipconfig /all i get the following :
{\rtf1\ansi\ansicpg1252\deff0\deflang1033{\fonttbl{\f0\fswiss\fcharset0 Arial;}}
{\*\generator Msftedit;}\viewkind4\uc1\pard\f0\fs20 Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]\par
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.\par
C:\\Users\\AMIT>ipconfig /all\par
Windows IP Configuration\par
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : AMIT-PC\par
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :\par
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid\par
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No\par
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No\par
Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:\par
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :\par
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card\par
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-26-5E-24-AE-C4\par
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes\par
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes\par
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::a14f:97e2:f3f9:7d63%12(Preferred)\par
Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . :\par
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :\par
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :\par
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 268445278\par
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Answer:dell inspiron 1545 does not connect to internet

run a tcp/ip reset - see below

what firewall , security suite have you got or ever had on the PC like Norton, Mcafee etc

TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Vista/Windows 7

Start, Programs\Accessories and right click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt.

Note: Type only the text in bold for the following commands.

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset IPv4 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log
and press enter

Reset IPv6 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log
and press enter

Reboot the machine.

If you receive the message
The requested operation requires elevation.
Then please open the command prompt as administrator - as requested above
Start, Programs\Accessories and right click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt.

Please note and post back - if you receive the message
Access is Denied

Post back the results here - we need to know these commands worked correctly
rightclick in the box
select all
control key + C key - to copy
then reply here and
control key + V to paste


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I've had my Inspiron since the past 5-6 years and have never had any problems with it, but since it has started to become a bit slow so I was hoping to do a reinstall. 
The issue I am having is that I donot have any of the CDs or original media that it originally came with. I know that my other HP laptop (that came preinstalled with Windows 10) does not require external media for a reinstall, but since my Dell is so old, I am not so sure about it. Also I am currently running Windows 10 (free upgrade) but it came preinstalled with Windows 7.
How do I go about reinstalling Windows with a CD? Any help will be appreciated!

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 64 Bit Windows 7 reinstall (no cd). Help please

Please click on link below, hopefully it will be of help.

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I had a laptop brought to me and I diagnosed it as a bad hard drive. The owner has bought two replacements, one from Amazon and one from Newegg. Both of these replacements slide in, but they do not connect to the ports at all. The original hard drive firmly slides and and you can feel it slide into place. The two replacements I have tried are both Toshiba brand.

Both the original hard drive and the new hard drives look identical, but the original seems to be thicker by a fraction of an inch.

The model # on the laptop is PP41L. I've tried the Dell website by typing in the service tag. They have every replacement part under the sun except for the hard drive for this model.

I worked on a similar laptop a few years ago and was able to buy the replacement directly from Dell. Same model as the one I am working on now.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 Hard Drive

You need to pay attention to the drive thickness. Newer laptops use 9.5mm thick drives while older used 12.5mm thick drives. You need to check the thickness under the drive specifications when ordering a drive. I believe all current shipping models of 2.5 inch drives are 9.5mm but can't say that for sure. My guess is that the drives the owner bought were bargain drives that were being sold inexpensively because they were older drives.

The 9.5mm drives I've purchased actually came with a spacer so they could be used for laptop's requiring a 12.5mm. No clean way to adapt a 12.5mm drive for a laptop that is designed for a 9.5mm.

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Recently, on my Dell Inspiron 1545, the D key on the keyboard has become faulty. When I press the D key once, it doesn't register a key press. I have to hold the key down for several seconds for it to do so. 
I've searched online for ways to fix it. The guides mention using compressed air. However, I don't have any compressed air. I guess it's not worth buying without knowing if it will fix the problem?
Is there anyway to fix the key without using compressed air or would it be best just to replace the keyboard with a new one?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop key faulty

While you can try removing the keycap and cleaning underneath, it's more likely you're going to need to replace the keyboard.
To remove the keycap, see;

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Hi . .

I am just new to this site so hopefully I have not put this in the wrong section or anything, had a problem with my dell inspiron 1545 a few months ago and the problem still has not been resolved. it starts up fine and quickly then when I go to click on anything on the home screen it freezes, so it is unusable at the minute, a friend of mine ran a test and it worked for a while but the same problem returned. Just wondering is it worth giving it to someone with more experience to see if the problem can be fixed ? Have heard before Dells havn't a great lifespan so it isnt worth gettin them fixed (could be wrong, have very little knowledge of computers)

thanks for you help

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 freezes when loaded

If you start tapping the F8 key from the moment you switch the PC on you should be presented with a menu. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to highlight Safe Mode with Networking then hit the Enter key. Tell me if the same problem exist after it reaches the desktop.

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