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Fn key not working on Inspiron 1501 with XP

Question: Fn key not working on Inspiron 1501 with XP

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

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Preferred Solution: Fn key not working on Inspiron 1501 with XP

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Answer: Fn key not working on Inspiron 1501 with XP

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

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

thank you. I'm new to this site.

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

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

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 My Inspiron 1501 "Fn" (function) key is working in reverse

Answer:My Inspiron 1501 "Fn" (function) key is working in reverse

Try pressing the Windows and the X key together. Brings up Windows Mobility Centre. There should be an option to swich the Fn key function. If that does not work then there should be an option in the bios.
You get to the bios setup on most Dells by tapping the F2 key immediately after power-on when the initial Dell logo appears. Look at the top left, you should see a message about entering setup. That I believe will be F2 on it's own. Not Fn + F2. Stop tapping when you see the message.
Might be in system Configuration > Function key behaviour. Something like that.
Once you have changed the behaviour, you will have to save and exit.

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Question: Inspiron 1501

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

Answer:Inspiron 1501

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

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Question: inspiron 1501

Hi everyone. I have an Inspiron 1501 and I want to get videos from my laptop to my tv. I have a vga port that say "video" in the manual. I am assuming that I can use it to transfer videos to my tv. My tv does not have a vgs connector so I would like to buy this adapter(picture below). Will this adapter work? Any assistance will be appreciated. mary

Inspiron 1501
Windows Vista Home Premium
AMD Turion? 64 or AMD Sempron
ATI RS485/RS485M/SB600
Video Controller R845M
Sigmatel STAC9200 Codec
14.1-inch WXGA and 15.4-inch WXGA

vga to s-video adapter - Dell - Search - All

Answer:inspiron 1501

From what I've read that might work though if your going to try buy this one it's cheaper.
Ignore the reviews these buyers are literally stupid. - Cables Unlimited - VGA to S-Video or RCA Adpater - 5 INCHES

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

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

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

Assembled unit and here's my problem.

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

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

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

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

Any input or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Help with Dell Inspiron 1501

try with new ram.

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

Answer:Inspiron 1501 won't charge

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

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I have a Inspiron 1501 Laptop with an Athlon 64*2 TK53 (1.7Ghz,512) and 2*512 533Mhz DDR2 SDRAM. I currently have Windows Vista Basic. Would I benefit from upgrading to 2*1024 ram? I currently use it for a bit of gaming (not high speed high quality graphics)but I am going to use it for downloading video and creating video on it.CheersWRG

Answer:Inspiron 1501 - RAM Question

click here will scan pc and advise of maximum you can use.johnny.

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

Answer:Dell inspiron 1501 ip

Welcome to Major Geeks!

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

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

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

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

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Hi everyone. I have an Inspiron 1501 and i have attached it to my tv. I attached a vga cable to the laptop and rca cbles to the tv. I am receiving two displays on the laptop, but nothing is on the tv. I manual says that the vga is for video. Does that mean it can show video a televison via cable? If I can I would like to know how to accomplish this task. Any assistance will be appreciated. mary:confused
Inspiron 1501
Windows Vista Home Premium
AMD Turion? 64 or AMD Sempron
ATI RS485/RS485M/SB600
Video Controller R845M
Sigmatel STAC9200 Codec
14.1-inch WXGA and 15.4-inch WXGA

Answer:Inspiron 1501-video out

You need to set graphics output from the Dell via the Fn+F7 ? key combination, also change the input on your TV to PC.

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

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

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

Answer:Inspiron 1501 Does Not Turn On

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


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Question: Dell Inspiron 1501

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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Thinking of getting a Inspiron 1501

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

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

Answer:Inspiron 1501 problems

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

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

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

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

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Hi all,

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

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

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

any help would be great


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My Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop can only support 2.4Ghz.

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

P.S. Referring to Wi-Fi

Answer:5Ghz Dell Inspiron 1501

You can purchase a dual band usb adapter...

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Inspiron 1501 Vista Basic. I cloned the existing 80GB SATA to a 320GB. Used my old reliable Ghost bootable diskette and cloned disk to disk like I always do (100's of times). Installed replacement drive into notebook and power on. BIOS detects the drive correctly and POST screen shows the drive, but after the POST screen goes to blank like it normally would to then boot to Windows splash the POST screen returns and this becomes an endless loop. Never got past the POST screen. What am I missing?

I've been troubleshooting and repairing computers 16 years. Been around them and using them longer than that. Hell I started out with an Apple II and a Vic 20!

Answer:Inspiron 1501 reboots after new HD clone

So you should realise

1) That when you do this cloning you may get problems with the BIOS trying to boot to the wrong partition.

2) I'm not sure that Ghost will properly clone a Vista partition. All the boot stuff is different from NT/2K/XP/98/Me

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

Answer:Dell INSPIRON 1501 will not boot

Here is a photo of the boot order:
& here is the message i am getting everytime i boot:
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i have a dell inspiron 1501 that ive had for 2 years. when i press the power button the power indicator comes on and fan powers up but then stops and its just a black screen. please help

Answer:inspiron 1501 wont turn on

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

Answer:Inspiron 1501 startup problem

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

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

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

Any answers to my questions would be greatly appretiated.

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

Answer:dell inspiron 1501 restore

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

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

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


Answer:Inspiron 1501 Drivers NIGHTMARE!!!

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

Answer:dell inspiron 1501 problems

Uninstall Norton and install an alternative.

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

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

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

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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop

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

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

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


Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Windows XP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi Guys and gals,

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

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

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

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

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

Please help...if poss


Answer:Inspiron 1501 not communicating with DIR 615 router

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[insert arguing here]

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Information

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

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

Answer:Dell laptop Inspiron 1501

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

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

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

I have tried doing &q... Read more

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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 won't charge

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

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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Won't Turn On

Is it still under warranty?

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

Answer:Inspiron 1501 memory limits

The max memory for your system is 2 gigs.

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

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

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

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

Answer:cpu upgrade for dell inspiron 1501

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

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

AMD Sempron Processors

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

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

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

Answer:password dell inspiron 1501

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

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

Answer:Add memory to Dell Inspiron 1501

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

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

Answer:Solved: Inspiron 1501 is dead

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

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

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I have a broken dell 1501 inspiron. I am thinking of removing all the parts and selling on ebay except the cpu which I would like to keep.
I plan on buying a desktop mb and putting in the laptops cpu-AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 1.6 GHz.
My question: Will any AM2 mb such as this one - JetWay JM26GT4 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards work?
Your input is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Inspiron 1501 laptop cpu to desktop mb?

Well that is a Socket 1 CPU so no it wont work.

Turion 64 X2 TL-50 Socket S1

From Wikipedia

So unless you find a desktop Mobo that can support a Socket 1 CPU you will be out of luck.

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

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


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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 won't start-up

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


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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 problem

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

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

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

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



Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 just died

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

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

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

Answer:Inspiron 1501 DVD not recognized in My Cmputer

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

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I have put at least 20 hours into this laptop. I'm not crazy tech savvy but here's what's going on...

Dell inspiron 1501 decided it couldn't read the battery one day. "Battery not identified" on boot up. When I look at the battery icon it says "Plugged in, Charging" except it's not charging. The day before I could get 2 hours off this bad boy so I doubt it just died all of the sudden. The cable looks great too. I can only run it off the AC. As soon as I disconnect it, it dies. I tried flashing the bios, computer froze, and I learned the hard way why you don't restart mid flash.

Bought a new motherboard and installed it all myself. Upon loading, same problem. I tried to flash the bios again but this time got an "error code - 144" I read about removing the battery so the computer runs on AC to flash and that working. I tried removing the battery, uninstalled the battery driver so it had to run on AC, and the fact that it was working and the battery symbol showed it having a plug means it's running on AC. Nothing. New motherboard, can't flash the bios.

SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! I'm going insane. Thank you.

Answer:Inspiron 1501 impossible battery fix

Hello guys I need help... My Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop has a weird problem. the laptop does not recognize the power adaptor and hence it is not charging but when I remove the battery and keep plugged in, it shuts down. (That means battery is fine just not charging). I can not bypass the battery coz if I do, the laptop shuts down. I had to take the battery to another laptop and get it charged. When I return it back to my laptop and plug in, it displays 2500 hours remaining-not plugged in. when I remove the power adapter, it displays 2 hours remaining-not plugged in. Please help me!!!

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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 - problem with 8GB RAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:system recovery dell inspiron 1501

F8. See step 3.

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The machine is a Dell Inspiron 1501 dual-boot machine running Ubuntu 12.04 and Vista. 1GB, 80GB, dual core, Anthon TK-53 x2. When booting with the battery in the laptop, it issues beep codes for over a minute, but then boots to a GRUB boot menu, from which it will boot to both operating systems. It runs about as well as can be expected on 1GB of RAM in both OSs. Without the battery the machine hangs in BIOS, but can be booted via the native boot menu (after pressing "F12").
More on that below.

My main question has to do with the beep codes: what's causing them, and what might they mean? A key determination I would like help with has to do with the logic board: if it's bad, then I think the thing to do with the machine is just to use it as is&#8212;a batteryless Ubuntu box&#8212;until it dies.

So it boots, but it's, uh, complicated. The videos I've included show the machine booting with and without the battery (which, according to Ubuntu, is at 46.6% capacity). I did run a memtest86 overnight on the RAM. No errors. However, the "System Testing" utility in Ubuntu indicates the following: "memory/info FAILED Meminfo total: 894128 kB DMI total: 1024000 kB Accuracy: 87.00 Memory totals not close enough" Interestingly, the utility issues the same evaluation for another set of RAM modules I happen to have here, which I traded out and tested in the machine with the Ubuntu utility. Suffice it to say that I don't believ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Inspiron 1501 beep codes

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

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

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

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


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

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

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My windows xp inspiron 1501 laptop won't start up.. well the screen is smashed so i used vga to use the computer, one day i wuz playin a game (gothic 2) and it froze so i held the power button and it shut i have done this many times. Although when i turned it on it wouldn't go to the login screen and i can't see the screen on the vga and i have no idea what to do please help me i really need tha laptop!

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My keyboard spontaneously starts typing '=', but only in certain situations. Most programs (Word, Firefox, Excel, etc.) have no issues whatsoever, but those that do are starting to drive me nuts.

The programs where I've specifically noticed this problem include flash apps (will auto forward through some options), screensavers (will immediately quit after starting), preview options in programs like MSPaint, certain games including Lego Universe (autoforwards through options and types the '=' in the login option). The real kicker was when I realized that I cannot develop anything for the Google Android as the emulator/virtual machine will immediately start filling in the search bar with '='s with no chance to open up any apps that I'd like to test.

As you can see it's a wide variety of programs, and most are completely unrelated to each other. Any idea as to why this might be the case?

Computer: Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop
OS: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-50 1.60 GHz
Using built in touchpad and keyboard.

Note: Windows 7 was added well after I'd bought the original computer and after the factory installed Vista had spontaneously stopped working one day... The current keyboard issue did not exist for about a month or two after this fresh install, but then spontaneously appeared at some point and has been wrecking havok ever since.

Answer:Inspiron 1501 keyboard autotypes '=' but only in certain applications

Never mind. I just found out the solution. Long story short: if you're having the same issues I was-

1. Remove your battery.
2. Press the Power Button for about 4-5 seconds.
3. Wait 4-5 seconds
4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 about 4-6 times.
5. Insert battery.
6. Be very happy!

Not sure why this works, but it does. Thanks go to the people here at this particular forum post... Never mind. It appears that I'm not allowed to post links. The thread was called - "Tech Support Forum > Hardware Support > Laptop Support > typing problem with my inspiron 1501" at Tech Support Forums if you desire to find the source of this information. Hope this helps!

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

Answer:Dell inspiron 1501 not connecting to internet

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

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

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

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

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

thanks in advance for any and all help

Answer:Terrible Dell INSPIRON 1501 Problem

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I have an Inspiron 1501, 2 Gb memory, Vista Home, and when it boots the screen flashes twice and stays black. When I connect an external monitor, I get a message that it cannot detect the battery so it will be unable to charge it. If I am quick enough I can hit the f12 key and tell it to boot to the HD and then it comes up, and Windows reports a 100% charged battery, but this is not so. Also the screen will not show an image while the power supply is connected. This I can only test for a few moments since the battery is very low, and cannot sustain an image, and the machine shuts down.

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I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate in my Inspiron 1501 and found out that the brightness is very dim. I can adjust in in the BIOS, but not by using the Fn key once in Windows. I have the most recent BIOS update, or so I think. My BIOS date says December 7, 2007 Version 2.6.3 and does not have "A16" after it. I tried installing the download and it won't work. Any suggetions would be great.

This is the info from the Drivers page on the Dell site:
Release Date: 12/24/2007
Version: 2.6.3, A16
Download Type: BIOS Other Versions
File Format: Windows/DOS
File Size: 3 MB

I assume it needs to be run from within Windows, but not sure if it needs to be run in XP or if 7 is ok.

Thanks in advance, Jeff

Driver Home Page for Dell 1501

Drivers & Downloads

Answer:Inspiron 1501 Brightness Adjusts in BIOS, but not in Wi

Most brand-name software drivers needed for the function keys you have to call up and ask for in my experience - its a dedicate drivers suite that initiates most, if not all, touch-pad and function key support. It goes big time for Acer multi-touch pads as well... if you accidental uninstall or re-format, you have to get a hold of them for access to the proper drivers.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop, and I have had problems with it for a while, a few months ago I had a problem with it not turning on, I was using it one day turned it off and the next time I went to use it, it would not turn on, this lasted a long time, and then one day it just turned on, it was fine for a while until a similar problem occurred, so I sent it in to get fixed and the motherboard was replaced, it worked fine for about a week or so and now I am having problems with it again, I was using it one day and I got a blue screen that I couldn't read because it was shaking up and down. The computer started up again right away, and then it started running memory tests on itself, and some system tests, the next time I turned it on, but while it was doing the system tests it shut off and I haven't been able to turn it back on since. If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Inspiron 1501 unexpectedly shuts down and won't reboot

"so I sent it in to get fixed and the motherboard was replaced"...

You did this once, now it's time again... or save your money for another computer

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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 BOOTMNG Missing

Try going here and create a recovery disc. Boot the cd you create per their instructions and see what happens. Now you will need a working comp with internet access to do this but......

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 and the right-hand side of the keyboard types as if it's in <function> mode. That is, the j, k, l, ;, m, u, i, o, p keys, when typed, come up with the blue function numbers. Only on the right-hand side of the keyboard, though.

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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 keyboard problems

Re-check the connection from the keyboard to the mobo

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

Answer:Horrible Problem with Dell Inspiron 1501

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

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

Synaptics Touchpad driver:
Synaptics :: Drivers

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



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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 battery issue

Welcome to Major Geeks!

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

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

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

Hope this helps.

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

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

- How can I tell whether the socket can just be re-soldered or the motherboard really would need to be replaced for the AC adapter to be recognized again?
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Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 not recognizing AC adapter

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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Graphics Driver

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

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I have an Inspiron 1501 that drank a few beers last night. Alot had been spilt. I left it to dry, then used the hair dryer and tried to get it going (i know this is a big no no)
Anyway, later that day I got it not only to turn on, but got it to the desktop. Since then however, the laptop turns on to a white screen and shortly after turns back off again.
I know the general way to deal with water damage is to give it time. I just want to know whether my baby's gnna be back to its old self -_-
Thanks in advance,

Answer:aftermath of liquid damage to inspiron 1501

A water Spill, would be one thing, but a Beer spill, would require disassembly for cleaning. Water doesn't leave sticky residue after it dries. Beer does though. Turning the laptop on when you did less than the amount of time forthe liquid to dry actually even using hair dryer, may have caused damage. If you are not comfortable doing a deep cleaning of the laptop your self, I would suggest taking it to a competent Shop to have it cleaned and possibly repaired. I would avoid the Geek Squad though.

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I have a vertical red tinted stripe about 2 inches wide on my dell inspirion 1501 (windows xp) it popped up this morning out of nowhere. Computers functioning fine no blinking and I'm not sure if I need to get a new video card or a new laptop screen. or if it's something else. Also if it's one of those two things how hard is it to repair yourself? I've done software repair and basic big tower repair(changing harddrives adding memory) but when it comes to laptops the smallness has always daunted me but I'm pretty broke now and I can't swing the services fees if I buy the equipment

Answer:Red stripe on laptop monitor inspiron 1501

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

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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 won't recognize AC adaptor

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

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My computer is Dell Inspiron 1501.

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

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

Who didn't understand..:

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


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

If computer shuts down immediately:

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


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

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

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

Main question:

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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Battery problem

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

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

Answer:dell inspiron 1501 touchpad replacement ??

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

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

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

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

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Hello all,

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

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

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

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

Conflicting device list
Include all listed in the resourse set... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 screen problem

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

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

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

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

Answer:Inspiron 1501 no hard drive detected

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

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

Answer:Battery Not Charging On Dell inspiron 1501

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

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

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

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

Searching for answers, I tried the following:

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

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

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

Any ideas? Thanks!

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


Answer:dell inspiron 1501 wont turn on?!!

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

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

Answer:Solved: dell 1501 inspiron laptop no internet

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

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

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

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

Windows was reinstalled, drivers updated; problem continues.

Any ideas what I can do?

Answer:Inspiron 1501 shutting down and freezing - black screen

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

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


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

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 Screen Resolution problems


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

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Hey guys,

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

Any ideas what could be causing this problem?


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

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Hi, a few days ago i turned on my keyboard and like any other time, my laptop couldnt recognize my battery. Than a few minutes later my laptop crashed,restarted and this constant beeping noise went on for like 30 seconds than let me on through. When i got to my login screen, a bunch of my keys no longer worked and theirs too many to list. Lets just say i need a keyboard thats usb now. And now my laptop keyboard will randomly pop up random letters on my screen without me touching anything,so it takes forever typing any passwords in or going to any websites. Ive spilled nothing on my keyboard. It just randomly started doing this stuff on its own. AND this is vista,so in a way, im not surprised. So if anyone can help, pls post :[.

Answer:Inspiron 1501 Intergrated keyboard and battery problems

Remove the battery and try booting only from the AC adapter

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

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

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

Answer:Hooking Iomega Zipdrive 100 to Dell Inspiron 1501

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

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

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

Answer:Boot up problem on Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop

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

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

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

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


Answer:Dell Inspiron 1501 external USB Port attachement

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