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No sound from Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop

Question: No sound from Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop

Hi all
Just done a fresh install of XP Pro, now no sound, no startup/shutdown music. The sound card is OK, the speakers are working as the error bleeps etc are making there sounds. Any ideas please?

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Answer: No sound from Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop

It sounds like you haven't installed the sound/audio drivers, which aren't part of XP and which you should be able to get from the Dell website. There may be other drivers you need to install too - look in Device Manager for yellow exclamation marks.

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i've been looking around for days, so i wouldnt be posting here unless i was completely desperate.

i got my laptop, Dell Inspiron 6400 about 2 weeks ago. Tried Vista, hated it.. formatted to my old XP Home. realised i had to download and install all the drivers myself as i dont have any cd's or manuals from Dell. so i did that..

only problem is my 'Ethernet Controller' and 2 'PCI Devices# have yellow exclamation marks next to them, and i have no sound on the laptop. ive tried absolutely everything. hundreds of different drivers, tutorials, etc. i'm very desperate. i need my sound back. please help if you have ANY idea's.

thanks very much.

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Hey, worked for me on my Dell Inspiron 6400, with the home drive installed as drive E: instead of C: which happened when I put in a new hard drive. Anyway, the sound has not worked for 3 years and this fixed it I ran the exe it asked wher to put the driver and I selected the E: drive, and the folder that exists in dell/drivers/R12nnnn which I wont spell out because of you know, hackers and stuff.Rebooted and she's all done.thankyou thankyou thankyou.

Answer:had no sound on the Dell Inspiron 6400 for 3 years - fixed

Hi fandoog,We are glad to know that you got it working.If the issue reoccurs, install the latest drivers using the link given below: & RegardsManshu S#iworkfordell

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Hi, I recently bought a new Dell Inspiron 6400 about 2 months ago.

For the past few days,I've been getting sound only on the left laptop speaker. It is not permanent, it is intermittent and the sound on the right still works, but it keeps switching on and off. There is no disturbance in quality.

I've checked my driver (SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC) and there are no updates for it.

I'm running Windows Vista Home Basic.

Anyone have any idea what this is caused by? Have I damaged something?


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Hi people hope you are all well.
This is my first post and I hope you can help me because I feel I am going in sane else.
I have a Bought a Dell inspiron 6400 laptop.
It is running Vista and everything works perfectly except the sound.
I have unistalled drivers intalled the Dell drivers as recommended but still nothing.
There is no sound at all on start up, windows sound, internet, media player. I have even tried to plug it in to the super video outlet and play it through a TV and still no sound. I have tried the head phone socket with good headphones and that does not work either. I have taken it apart to check the speakers and cables and they are plugged in correctly and not broken and the cable is good.
I think it must be down to the motherboard that controls the sound because the laptop dictates everything is working correctly and when you play music you can see the bars jumping in tune it is though you have got the sound turned down to 0, it is set on 100%.
Any help guys n girls.

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My laptop seems to be dead? when I try to boot up it remains as a black screen & fan does not run. I have been told by a friend that it means the processor is dead.
P.S. It does not respond to disc's or function buttons.

Answer:dell inspiron 6400 laptop

hi, so when you try to switch on you hear absolutely nothing, and see no lights? couple of first steps - you never know it may work: with the battery removed and the power adapter removed, press in the on/off button for about 20 seconds, then put back the power adapter and try switching on again. If no go, remove power adapter and battery again, remove and reseat ram modules. Then put back power adapter and try switching on again. Does anything happen?
Did the laptop die when you were using it? Did you have any error messages in the days before this happened?

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My cousin bought this laptop second hand - somehow he 'caught a cold' with it - it would run - but so slowly and not always obeying the keyboard - he brought it to me to fix.I found that it had McAfee Security and Norton Ghost installed - both of which had expired - so, knowing his kids habit of surf dangerous sites I reckon he had quite a few viruses aboard.Fortunately I have been able to reinstall his operating system (via Cntl/F11) so the machine is healthy again (and a good machine it is!). One problem however has arisen, the left 'mouse' button does not work - probably didn't before the reinstall process - but I'm not sure. Is there a chance that this could have resulted from that reinstall. I think not, it's just broken - but what do you think - is this a machine weak spot? Meanwhile, as a wireless mouse works OK I shall advise him to get one.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop

the left 'mouse' button does not work I think what you think it just busted, sometimes you can look for faults that are not really there, if a wireless mouse works you have sorta answered your own question...

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Hello everyone,
Recently the 4 key on my laptop fell off, and I do not want to do anything to mess it up before finding out if there is a safe way to put it on without replacing the whole keyboard(i could do that, have done it before, but I do not feel like spending the dough for a new keyboard). Thanks in advance,

PS: would superglue do the trick??

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I'm thinking of buying a Dell Inspiron 6400 which has the Intel Duo Processor and the basic price does seem quite reasonable - about £600 - but was wondering if it's worth the extra upgrading to the ATI Radeon graphic card listed below for the extra 116? (I´m in Spain). I do not really go in for gaming but would all other applications perform well with the basic Intel 950 graphics onboard? The PC does come with 1024MB of memory installed as standard.Also are there any opinions yet on this new Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop?Many thanks.Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory [Incluido en el precio] Tarjeta grafica de 128MB ATI® MOBILITY? RADEON® X1300, PCI-Express x16 [agregar 116,00 ? o 4 ?/mes1]

Answer:Graphic card for the Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop?

Heres a link for the others so they can see what you're talking about click here I thought initially that you had it wrong as you mentioned a graphics card and laptops, in general do not have graphics cards per se as they are integrated on the board. I now see what you mean, the more expensive laptop is tempting as it appears to have a DVD writer as well as more memory and the different integrated graphics. Wish I could advise but I'm afraid I can't comment on how much better the graphics is but with the extra 512mb RAM and the DVD writer it would definately be better. I'm sure some of the others who have laptops and have seen these graphics options will advise.

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Hi all, the xp startup screen starts then the music at the blue startup screen is heard. 30 seconds and screen turns grey. I can access the task manager and when I put a dvd in you can hear it play. I ran dells diagnostics and everything passed. Thanx in advance for any help.

Answer:xp running but no desk top dell inspiron 6400 laptop

Hello have you run malware scans?Try this not certain,,,Go to Start > Control Panel > Display. Click on the "Desktop" tab, then the "Customize Desktop..." button. Click on the "Web" tab, then under Web Pages, uncheck and delete everything you find (except "My Current Home page").These are some common malware related entries you may see:Security InfoWarning MessageSecurity DesktopWarning HomepagePrivacy ProtectionDesktop UninstallIf present, select each entry and click the Delete button. Also, make sure the Lock desktop items box is unchecked. Click "Ok", then "Apply" and "Ok".When done, go back into your Desktop Settings and you should be able to change the color/theme to whatever you want.

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Hi, I have a Dell 6400 Inspiron Laptop. It all of a sudden stopped holding a charge. I thought it was the charger. Got a new charger and it still doesn't work. I was told it is the motherboard? Could this be the problem? How do I what product to buy to try to replace it? Where to buy? Is it worth trying to replace it or buy a new laptop?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm a college student with little money and can't afford to spend lots to fix my computer. It is only 2 years old and of course, just ran out of warranty.

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To whom it may concern...
My brother in laws daughter was playing games and has accidentally pressed some wrong button on his laptop changing the orientation of the monitor image. I'm a MacUser running Vista on Parallels... and I have been trying to figure out how to fix it for them. I have gone into Control Panel and then into Monitors... as I was hoping there would be a setting to rotate the monitor view.... but no such luck. Can anyone tell me how I can fix this... as his daughter also needs to have it working for school assignments.

Any comments most welcome...

Yours sincerely,

Answer:Problem with Screen Orientation on Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop running Vista ?

Ctrl + Alt + <an arrow key>

It can probably also be done where you are looking, but only for those monitors/cards/drivers that allow it.

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Hallo!I own a Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook computer.In the last 1 month,my system occasionally hangs when I log into my Windows XP OS and a blue screen appears showing the following text below
Hardware malfunction

Call your hardware vendor for support

NMIarity check/memory parity error

****The system has halted****

I am thus forced to re-boot my system.My initial thought was that my RAM has a problem.I installed and run the Windows Memory Diagnostic software but the software found no hardware errors in my RAM.I have also re-installed my XP twice and I still have the same error.

How do I solve this problem?Please respond to my query as soon as possible and I shall be infinitely grateful.Thanks in advance. My laptop specifications are as below.

1.73 GHz Intel Pentium Duo Core
120 GB Hard Disk Drive
Windows XP Proffessional.

Answer:NMI:Parity check/memory parity error : Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop

There are a few more things to try to fix the probem, see:

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i have lots of problems since its old and over used, but recently it used to close itself then when i close it and reopen after a while it give me message that it was over heated but opens fine after i skip it, i think its not a heat problem cause sometimes it close after a while.anyway today when i was using it i noticed the light getting darker than normal in seconds then suddenly screen turned black i tried to close it and reopen i see dell start screen and low beep then screen turn black but its still working and i can hear it open normally just screen black.i tried to take off battery, AC chord and pressing power button for a while but didnt work same thing happens though the screen sometimes give red light.i tried to work with AC chord or battery only still not working.i tried to connect my laptop to another screen but it doesnt connect i dont know if it needs options first or no but with black screen i cant see everything to download program if i need.well i dont know whats wrong all happens dell start screen low current beep then open normally but with black screen.a note if it helps, my screen side cover broken did that cause problem or it doesnt matter?EDIT:i tried to open it again its fine but screen black i can barely see shadow of everything, i think something happened from cover damage or is it something else?message edited by mamera

Answer:my dell inspiron 6400 turns black after dell screen and beep

Best first step would be to beg or borrow a monitor and plug it in as an external. That would tell you if you have a monitor fault or not.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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I was wondering if someone could e-mail me about my computer issues. I recently re-uploaded all my drivers and such to my dell. I cannot get my sound card to work from any of the drivers on dell. And when I log on it tells me that its found new hardware. some pci device but it wont let me dowload it cause it can't find it obviously. any help would be appreciated since dell won't help me anymore cause my warrenty is gone.


Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 help

Hi theycallmejg15, and welcome to TSF.

Do you have any yellow exclamation marks in device manager?

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I bought a used computer that is exactly the same as the one I am using now. Do you think it is possible for me to take my old hard drive and just put it into the new computer?

Dell Inspiron 6400 to Dell Inspiron 6400.

They are both the same year and have the same numbers on the back. Do you know if there will be a problem taking my old hard drive and sticking it into the other computer.

I'm changing computers because my current one, has 'on' button troubles, the screens a bit flimsy on its hinges, and the upper right corner isn't connected where it should be.

I plan on copying all my data off the old hard drive just to keep it safe incase of trouble. Is there any easy why to do this?


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Question: Dell Inspiron 6400

Hello guys i am having problems with my dell inspiron 6400.
Im stuck with my LCD and keyboard.
I have no picture on 6400 LCD but i have picture on external screen.
Same with keyboard i cant use my keyboard. It doesnt work (niether the brand new one), but external does.
Please Help!!

Thank You.

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Question: Dell Inspiron 6400


I am new to forum and I have a problem with my dell inspiron 6400 laptop. Actually I bought this from an unknown seller about a month ago. last night when I was working on it, It stop responding to me. So i press the power button to restart the computer. I shut off properly as the windows shuts down with all the messages but when i start it again it does not restart. Its lights come on for about three seconds and nothing on screen and then there is no light or power in it. I tried many things like with ac adapter or with out ac adapter or without hard drive or without dvd rom as told by dell technician.

If anybody has any idea or any suggestions, well come.


Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400

This is definitely a hardware issue. An essential hardware device is broken and the system can't even initialize.

I used to work for Dell. If the laptop is still under hardware warranty thy can send a technician to your place to fix it. If it's not still under warranty or the warranty is not transferable then you'll need to take it to a local computer store.

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Question: Dell Inspiron 6400

Hi, I'm considering buying a Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook - Core T Duo processor 2400, 1GB RAM, Mobility Radeon X1300, 15.4-inch, 80GB hard drive - for £711. Dell seem to be the cheapest option around, but I wondered if anyone had any experience with them - particularly regarding their reliablity?

Are they a good buy? Any advice would be appreciated

Thanks, Jake

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400

For me Dell laptops are amongst the worst made. The graphics are fair, but even when you unload all their proprietary crap software, I don't care how much ram you put in those things, they run like turtles.
For price and quality blows them to bits with the same deals on free freight and free cdrw's or whatever today's special is. And don't be afraid of the Compaqs which are now their promo line, I am on an outstanding 17" model.

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Question: Dell Inspiron 6400

Is it Vista or the Dell Laptop but two USB ports on the right hand side have stopped working whilst the two ports at the rear are still functioning correctly. I have tried restoration unsuccessfully and have run out of ideas..Helpm Ratler.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400

The first thing i would try is to update your motherboard chipset drivers.You ask "is it Vista?" Is that because you have recently installed Vista or is it a new pc?

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Question: Dell Inspiron 6400

Himy son is after a new laptop around(£800-£900) for use at uni.I have come across the "Dell Inspiron 6400"which seems to have reasonable specs, does anyone have one,if so comments please. Can anyone give info on which O.S is the better option to choose,Windows XP Home or Media Centre Edition 2005.Regards tonyq

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400

Depends what he needs to do with it, If it's just for word processing and surfing the web, then it's more than enough. My baseline Inspiron 1300 is fine for that and anything else I chose to throw at it. Though it would need a memory upgrade if I wanted to use it for heavy duty graphics or 3d imaging work.As to what OS, I'd go for XP home as I really don't see the point of spending the extra for media centre unless you've got a silent PC with a large enough screen and quality stereo output to make it of any use.Don't forget to buy some security for it, a cable lock should be a minimum.

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Hi guys I wonder if anyone could advise me? I would like to upgrade my hard drive to 60 to a 160 an dnot spend a lot on the dell new part,I see these drives on eBay but do not feel that I know what to buy,has anyone experience in this ??? will it be worth the trouble?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400

Please can you supply the Model of your DELL(?) PC, so that we can check whether it needs an IDE or SATA drive.You could always buy an external hard drive in an enclosure which connects to your PC by USB...the size of the drive then would be based purely on how much you want to spend.For example: click here:o)

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my dell at present has a Fujitsu HD MHW2080BH ATA 80gb I want to replace it wih a 250GB HD i did try one by Seagate who asured me that it would be fine,however when I tried it in the PC I found it had a quite diferent power connection,do youknow of a suitable Fujitsu drive ...fighting into the fujitsu page is a nightmare!!! This must be the best forum for Silver surfers there is George

Answer:Dell inspiron 6400 upgrade

Hi gmpy1, I think you purchased a SATA drive instead of an IDE one.What is the model number of your Dell?There are two possible options:1. Keep the SATA drive & get an PCI SATA card, e.g. click here.You might also require the correct power cable adapter, e.g. click hereOR2. Return the SATA drive & get an IDE drive, e.g. click hereG

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Hi there.. im hoping someone can help me out here.Basicaly i bought two of these laptops a couple of months ago, one for me and one for a friends daughter, mine works fine however my friends daughter has a problem, windows will not load at all.. when you turn on power it boots up and then you get this screen click here if you click any of the options it starts to load up properly and you see the dell XP windows screen and just as it seems to work i get this screen everytime click hereIts tearing my hair out, if someone could help me out i would be extremely grateful, i thought it might be just the case of trying a recovery disk but i never had one with this laptop..many thanks in advance..will

Answer:dell inspiron 6400 problems.. HELP!!!

It looks like the bios needs resetting or xp isn't properly installed. Not sure if it'll work for a lappy but press F8 on bootup and you'll have some options, one of which is to reload to factory settings. The bios will then connect to a hidden reload partition.

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I got a dell Inspiron 6400, when I turn it on it's turning off immediately after the bios loads..

Sometimes it loads to the windows and if I try to load a CD it just turns off or if I try to boot with a CD it turns off, also I managed to do a diagnostic test and got the DST Fail error code: 1000-0146

You have any idea what the problem could be?


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Hi everyone,

I have a dell inspiron 6400 notebook which I am planning on connecting (permenently) to my TV to use with a remote keyboard. I am planning on just putting the computer on the shelf with my dvd player etc, so I was wondering if I could completely remove the monitor part of the computer so I don't have to take it out and lift the monitor to turn it on every time. If I disconnect the LCD, will the computer run fine if attached to the TV or will this throw it off in any way?

Thanks for any help in advance,


Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 - run without monitor?

You do not need an external monitor for a laptop at all
Maybe I don't understand the question well enough, but a computer does not need a monitor to turn on and boot up, but a laptop has a built in screen, so I'm a tad confused anyway

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i didn't find any where dell inspiron 6400 drivers for win 7...pleas help me....thank you ....

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Quote: Originally Posted by aLLy07

i didn't find any where dell inspiron 6400 drivers for win 7...pleas help me....thank you ....

Hello aLLy07, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

There are no drivers available specifically for the Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop in Windows 7. However there are 32 bit Vista drivers that should work. Actually, Microsoft Update *should* find all the drivers your laptop needs to run Windows 7 32 Bit. If you need a driver for a specific hardware device (like a wireless card) please say so and we can see what can be done.

Drivers & Downloads


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I replaced my existing battery which only had a lifetime of just over a year with a new battery but I cant get it to charge beyond 57% any ideas

Answer:dell inspiron 6400 battery lap top

new adapter?? is a good source.

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Hi. I have a Dell inspiron 6400 ( laptop ), 2 weeks ago when i tried to start up the machine not boot and a screen said No Boot sector on internal hard drive, No bootable devices press F1 etc... so, I put the hard drive in other laptop and I can see 2 partitions, I recovery all my files and then I formated the drive, put again in the Dell and reboot and said again same... I have a Hiren disk and tried to boot with them, but give a error when the disk tried to load the cd drivers ( Itried whit differents boot disk and ever is the same error ) The memory is ok ( 1 GB ) the processor is ok. I install other hard disk and is same.. so I think the disk is not the problem. The bios version is A17 and is the most newer. Please some give a help ???

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Hi. I have a Dell inspiron 6400 ( laptop ), 2 weeks ago when i tried to start up the machine not boot and a screen said No Boot sector on internal hard drive, No bootable devices press F1 etc... so, I put the hard drive in other laptop and I can see 2 partitions, I recovery all my files and then I formated the drive, put again in the Dell and reboot and said again same... I have a Hiren disk and tried to boot with them, but give a error when the disk tried to load the cd drivers ( Itried whit differents boot disk and ever is the same error ) The memory is ok ( 1 GB ) the processor is ok. I install other hard disk and is same.. so I think the disk is not the problem. The bios version is A17 and is the most newer. Please some give a help ???

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 not boot

Go to the Bios with the drive attached and see if it is being recognized. If not then you should open the case and make sure the IDE cable is connected properly to the MOBO and the drive. You may have a bad controller.

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My PC starts up right through to the Welcome screen,then stops at this ,a black panel top left....
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights reserved.
I am not able to get any further , any ideas would be great fully received ,do bear in mind I am a silver surfer and. Bit dim!!
Many thanks

Answer:PC stopped !! Dell Inspiron 6400

Windows 7?
Have you just used a virus removal tool?

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Dear guys,
I try to install Win7 on my Dell inspiron 6400 befor i hav VISTA running on my Laptop. i try to format my laptop then boot from windows 7 ultimate cd but every time its getting error when goes to format the hard drive. i also try to change the HDD 1st i replace my 120sata with 250 gb but my laptop not detect that hdd in bios that 250seagate is brand new and working on other PC fine. then i try 160 hdd and same problem came during format the partion during windows 7 setup. then i try to install XP on Same HDD and same problem came when WIN XP Setup goes to format the Partion. Now i am Stuck in the middle of nowhere Plzz some one Help me Out.....

Answer:Installing WIN 7 on DELL INSPIRON 6400

Can you trigger the Dell Recovery partition to return your computer to factory condition in order to Update BIOS?

If Recovery partition will not run using cNTRL + f11 or whatever key combination they tell you to use, then you have nothing to lose and can wipe the HD which might stop one of the utility/boot partitions from interfering with install.

Boot Windows 7 install DVD Repair console or Repair CD, choose Command Line, type:

SELECT DISK # (replace # with Windows 7 HD)
CLEAN ALL (zeroes HD for deepest clean, takes about an hour per 320gb, drop "all" if you want shorter)

Now boot back into the installer to attempt Custom install, using Drive Options to create New partition and Format.

Try also removing all but 2gb of RAM to try install, reset the CMOS: What is the SATA controller setting? Try AHCI, then IDE.

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Hi i have a dell inspiron 6400 win vista home premium with Intel Onboard 256 MB Graphics and 1 Gig RAM. I installed Prince Of Persia (the two thrones) and after that each time i start my laptop i get a message saying Starforce Protection Driver Incompatible and it switches theme to win vista basic and all my games have started to look so ugly. everything's graphics has gone bad. i even re installed my video driver from dell driver cd but nothin helps.can anyone help me plz ?

Answer:Graphics gone bad on Dell inspiron 6400

the problem is starforce. look for updates to that. if the game is warez forget about playig it.if you bought the game go to the website for it and look around

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my wired network card is not recognizing my connection, but the wifi is fine. the card itself is enabled, i updated the drivers to the latest of my knowledge. i am running vista home, the card is a broadcom 440x 10/ 100 Integrated Controller.

any insight into this would be appreciated

Answer:dell inspiron 6400 problems

i have looked into the problem further and i notice that my PCI Bus 3 function 1 2 and 3 in the device manager are not recognized (they have the ! by them) which coinciedently is where the network card is located.

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I hope that I have put this question in the right forum......

I am going to upgrade my Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop hard drive from 100GB to 500GB. I have Acronis which I plan to use to do the job, which as far as I can see involves cloning the 100 GB drive and putting it onto the 500 GB drive.

But I don't think it can be as simple as that.

Do I have to alter the Bios to take into account the size of the new drive before I boot it.

When I look at what the excising hard drive contains using Partition Magic
there are 4 sections
DELLUTILITY(*) Fat 78.4MB None Primary
Local disc (C) NTFS 90.797.1MB Active Primary
Local Disk(*) CP/M.Conc 3.074.9 None Primary
(*) unallocated 7.8 None Primary

My next question is will Acronis configure my new drive with the same types of file system i.e. Fat NTFS CP/M.Conc, Some of these look like files that might be needed to recover machine configuration in cases of failure.

Is there anything else that I need to do to make a success of the clone

Answer:How to clone Dell Inspiron 6400 ????????

You might want to read this thread. It's above my pay grade.
It discusses problems because of Media Direct, in using a cloning tool

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Can anybody advise please ?My wife has passed onto me our Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop but it aint arf slow ! It's running Vista, could that be the trouble. My desktop which now is super quick runs with XP. Are these OS's transferable ? I recently fitted 2GB memory cards in the laptop (doubling the RAM) but its no faster.We don't use any games, it's only for my photos (which I haven't put on yet) and searching the web. Thank's B.J.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 Speed up.

Have you tried running the free version of malwarebytes just to make sure the computer is clear of any spyware problems.Defrag maybe.Or drivers needing updated.Give c Cleaner a run to remove any old crap on the computer.Check Task manager to make sure there are no programs using up most of the CPU.if nothing running system idle process should be showing about 96% and that it normal.If anti-virus is running a scan at start up change it to a time when you want it to run.

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I got a dell Inspiron 6400, when I turn it on it's turning off immediately after the bios loads..

Sometimes it loads to the windows and if I try to load a CD it just turns off or if I try to boot with a CD it turns off, also I managed to do a diagnostic test and got the DST Fail error code: 1000-0146

You have any idea what the problem could be?


HDD changed too.

still same...

Answer:DELL Inspiron 6400 Issue

DST stands for Drive Self Test and because it's failing it might mean that the drive itself is failing. According to my boss (who is much more experienced with computer repair than myself) suggests that the test itself might be corrupt.
Have you tried testing these two drives outside the laptop?

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I have a Dell 6400 Inspiron laptop and opted for a Dell TrueLife screen. Will the difference of High Definition content played on my laptop be notable from Standard Definition content?click here

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Hi guys. I am a new member and i really need your help in the following. I have dell inspiron 6400 dual core. T2130 Processor 1.83GHz, 512MB RAM. The OS is Microsoft XP pro. It was too slow, when  i asked i was told to increase the RAM. I had another 512MB installed (now i have 1GB of RAM), but this made only a slight change, if any. How can make it faster in applications and in opining windows? plz help.

Answer:My Dell Inspiron 6400 is slow!

Download HijackThis: on Download HijackThis InstallerPost HijackTHis log.

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Hiya guys,

I bought myself a bluetooth module (Truemobile 360 Bluetooth), and can't seem to find the right bluetooth peripheral device drivers.

I run Vista Ultimate

Any help much appreciated

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Hi guys n gals i am so happy that i have been visiting these awesome forums in most recent days. All the genuine help and comments i have received here have helped me decide what was best suited for me. I finally decided to purchase a Dell Inspiron 6400 with the following specs. Please tell me what you think of my buys, was it a good deal or a bad dealIntel CORE DUO T2300(1.66GHZ 2mb cache/667 MHz FSB)Windows Xp Home15.4 Inch Wide Screen XGA Display with TrueLife1GB DDR2 SDRAm at 533MHz, 2 Dimm80 GB 7200rpm Hard Drive8x Cd/DVD Burner with double-layer DVD+R write capability256 ATU Mobility Radeon X1400 HyperMemory80 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primar BatteryIntegrated 10/100 Network Card and ModemIntel Pro/Wireless 3978 802.11a/g Mini card (54 Mbps)Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 Enhanced Data Rate)Nylon Backpack Carrying Case90 Watt space AC adapter1 Year return tp depot service with 1 year yech supportIntegrated Sound Blaster Audigy Advanced HD AudioConfigured Cost = $1529 + Tax = $1758.35Final Cost =  $1,365 inc taxSavings = $393.35The time i spent to get this deal = PricelessSo i ordered this on Monday May 29,2006 and the estimate delivery date is set to June 9,2006. Now i would appreciate any comments and suggestions regarding this. Also i would like to know is that is the estimate date by any chance accurate ? Or do they always delay it ? Thx in advance

Answer:Finally ordered Dell Inspiron 6400

Sounds like a great machine at a good price. Usually they are pretty close on the shipping estimates.As a rule I never get an extended warranty, but in the case of a $1300+ laptop I would consider it.

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A few days ago, I installed Windows 7 on my laptop, a Dell Inspiron 6400. I downloaded the Vista drivers for my bluetooth module as there were no W7 drivers available. Whenever I try to install the drivers, the setup asks to enable bluetooth by pressing Fn+F2. So I press Fn+F2 and the only thing happening is my WiFi switching on and off. Nothing happens to my bluetooth and therefor I can't continue the setup. How do I get my bluetooth to work. I checked the BIOS, bluethooth-module is enabled.

Answer:Enabling bluetooth on Dell Inspiron 6400

Try this - Drivers and Downloads

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I have a Dell inspiron 6400 with a bad battery. When I plug in the ac adapter the unit powers up. When I hold the power button down to shutdown, it does.. then it comes back on again by itself. So I think....let it boot to Win XP and shutdown from the desktop. START....turn off computer...turn off...10 seconds beep and power on! What is going on? Got any ideas?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 auto power-up

read the approrpriate bios beep guide in the guides forum to determine your beep codes.

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Okay, so I'm having problems starting up my dell inspiron 6400. I'm trying to convert it into a touch screen because its my old laptop, but I haven't even started that yet. My power adapter was bad and the computer would start up before, but the power button was sometimes act strange and would take a few pushes to start up, but some other times it would start up immediately. So my computer was already telling me that I had a bad charger, which had exposed wire. So I immediately thought that getting a new charger would take care of the problem. Now I got a new power adapter, and new battery and it wont start up. The battery charged normally with the green light and then shut off when fully charged. I have no indications of the new power supply being bad at all. I can press the media direct button for dell and it starts right up immediately. So I know that the new power supply and the new battery is good. I can run that just fine with no problems. I fell the power button and it feels just fine. So what should I do? My power button is on the same board that the other media direct button is on. So I would have no intentions on thinking that there is anything wrong with the board. Plus my other question would be that. Is there any possible way someone could hack into your computer and somehow prevent it from turning on like this? Whether through the web or in person at the computer. I know a few people who would find this very funny to play a practical joke on me. C... Read more

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A few days back a thick pink band started appearing on my dell lcd. This caused my pictures to appear bad, but i was still using the laptop. A few days later the laptop screen started displaying poor artifacts, flickering and blanked out after a while. All through when connected to an external montor the display was perfect.

Today i replaced the LCD, inverter and video cable with those i pulled from another working inspiron e1505 (my friend's).

While the pink band is gone on my e1505, the poor display artifact, flicker and blanking out continues.
When i boot up the Dell logo will appear some times and the display will flicker all the way till i land on the page where i select the log in user. Once i select the user and land on the desktop and after a while the screen will blank out. All through the picture i seen on the lcd is of poor quality.

The display is perfect on external monitor even now.

Here are some details about my laptop.

Windows 7 Home Premum -Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600 (about a year back upgraded from xp professsional)
Processor Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2080 @ 1.73GHz, 1733 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A14, 4/2/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4
NVidia GeForce Go 7300 display adapter

The old LCD was an AU OPTRONICS B154EW01 15.4 LCD
The new LCD is a Samsung taken from my friends e1505.

I have checked the connections multiple times. Please let me know what could be causing the poor lcd display.

Should i be usi... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron E1505/6400 LCD flicker

I replaced my nVidia 7300 graphics adapter with ATI X1300. This fixed the flicker issue. Now the laptop works great !!

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Can anyone tell me the difference between a 6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery and a 9 cell Lithium-Ion Battery? Am about to order a Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook for my daughter for uni and have this as a choice. Also, does anyone have an Inspiron with 'True-Life' LCD monitor - does it make a difference visually? Also, is there much difference between 1024MB 533 MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM and 1024MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM?Many thanks for any help

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook and battery

In answer to your first question, look under Item 17 (battery Glossary) click here

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Hi All

Im running Windows Vista. The original battery wouldnt hold charge and could only use while AC adaptor was plugged in. Since then I bought a non original replacement battery and the system does not recognise it. I have tried closing the UAC and downloading the BIOS off Dell Support but for some reason the battery is still not charging and the battery indicator flashes from red to green.... On start up it displays that it does not recognise the battery and to continue have to hit the f1 key. I have also tried reseating the battery but to no avail. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.


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I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 with windows vista home basic running at 32 bit and i can't seem to get my Microphone driver to work i tried downloading a few and succesfully installed but when i want to use it it won't work advise would be lovely



Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 Microphone Problem!?

Go into device manager and look for sound or microphone and update latest driver.
Best bet is to go to Dell Inspiron 6400 and get latest driver downloads or Dell tech support and ask for help with you microphone.

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Dell Inspiron 6400 bios master code please


I need help removing a bios password from a Dell Inspiron 6400

G07S72J service tag

34841590219 express service code

Thank you so much. I really appreciate any help given.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 bios password help please

Hello, arguc, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

Please take a moment to read the following threads to make your experience here as enjoyable as possible

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With regards to your problem, please see this thread: Dell Bios Password removal. Read this first BEFORE posting and this thread to post your information, if your PC can be unlocked. Dell Bios Password removal (Nov-Dec 2007)

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 and it seems to be giving a false reading on the battery charge.

Right now there is a battery connected but the power meter indicates that there is no battery. The first battery i had was working fine before it suddenly would not charge beyond 5% or less. Since it was over a year old I got a new battery which worked fine for a few days containing almost a 3hr charge. Suddenly it dropped down to 5% (orange light blinking) and sometimes indicated that there is no battery present.

I presume this is a motherboard/bios issue rather than the battery.

Any advice/ suggestions?
Thanks in advance

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Hello i have a dell inspiron laptop and from the day i got it it never worked the playback works fine but the Microphone dosent

does any one know about this problem?


Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 Microphone Problem!

are you sure you've turned the recording level up?

look at this thread, and let us know if it works.

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I wandered if it is at all possible for me to purchase a Blu-Ray internal optical drive for my Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop?
If so would I need to change the drive bezel in order to install it?
Also another question with the Dell Inspiron 6400.....
I am looking to fit an SSD inside of the machine rather than the standard conventional hard drive that is already installed, is this possible?
Many thanks!

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 Blu-Ray drive installation + SSD

You can use a standard 2.5" SATA SSD, but will need a shim to mount it (SSDs are all 7 mm in height;  the carrier in your system is designed for a 9.5 mm drive).  Crucial supplies the shim with most drives -- others may not.
That said, your system won't be able to fully use an SSD's bandwidth -- you'll never see the full throughput because of the advanced age of the system and limitations of the chipset.  Make sure you're running Windows 7 or newer as well - XP doesn't work well with SSDs.
As for Blu-Ray, if it's for data storage, you can use an external drive.  I wouldn't bother with an internal -- they generate quite a bit of heat the system may not handle.  If you're thinking of using a BluRay for movies, forget it on this system  - the video chip is just too weak to handle BluRay playback.

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my son receved new laptop today .thought it could be connected to internet without cable . have broadband on desktop and understand about router to network but can laptop be connected and pick up broadband at home without router or networking and if so how? help please.

Answer:dell inspiron 6400 internet connection without cab

What model of laptop and is the router a wireless one...

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I have a dell inspirion laptop 6400 running xp home.

i turned on my laptop today and i gt a message telling me that it can'r recognize my ac power adapter. says it will power the laptop but wont charge the battery. says i can reset the power adapter.

does anyone know how to reset it?

Answer:Power Adapter for Dell Inspiron 6400

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My Dell 6400 just hangs.I cannot do anything meaningful
I just bought it and installed some programs now i uninstalled everything i did but still hangs and works very slow.
After sometime it crashes,with the blue screen of death.
I even tried upgrading to XP Professional but the upgrading so slow to.

Is it a virus,spyware?
I have the file that keeps showing up in different parts of my computer called
Dunno if thats the issue.
Right now the system is almost useless boots slow,logins slow,you clikc a folder its so slow.

Please help.

I have little or no programs.
Just the basics and microsoft word.
How can a 1 gig memory be burdended with that.
Not that the system crawls but it has momentary delays.
You know when you click the start button and it takes a extra 20 seconds to respond.
Same with opening other programs and folders.
Even shutting down and starting up takes more time.
Even when am using an application it delays ....
like as if there is a service drawing the system resources and then it releases and its free again.

There is something.




Answer:Dell 6400 Slow Inspiron issues

Someone say somnething.
I think i have hupigon malware after running a pandaonline scan

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Hi, I have been helping a friend to remove unnecessary software from her Dell pc. Since I did this it stalls at the 'welcome' screen after she inputs her password. If I press Ctrl/alt/del briefly it will continue to load as normal. I have unchecked and stopped various programmes that might be slowing it up eg java jusched.exe, adobe updater, and removed others that are not needed such as Works, orange preload, roxio, quickset, net waiting. The hard drive seems to run very slowly. I have also installed and run ccleaner and eusing reg cleaner, which I have used on my own machine for some time.

It has Hijackthis on the machine, but I am not sure how to upload a log to this site, any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 stalls at welcome screen

quicksetClick to expand...

This is critical Dell software for the notebook, normally installed first when a clean install of XP is done.

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My Inspiron laptop has been working fine for me for the past year or so, I decided to back up my files on a Lacie external hard drive and sought after a way to reformat without using the vista cd (b/c dell never sent me a copy from the factory).

In the Recovery Drive (D i found the option PCRESTORE under Tools folder. The option was everything I needed but when I ran it i would get an Error message without text. This message pops up after only a second of the wipeout process. I cannot find the file pcrestore anyone on the net and I'm not knowledgeable enough about computers to know wtf it's doing that.

Any input on how to just reformat my laptop w/o cd or to get prestore back operational would be great! Thanks ahead of time!

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 System restore

That restore has to be run from the pre bios, use F8 after restart at the Dell logo screen to use PC restore.

Using any other method to install XP or Vista will break the PC restore feature on a Dell.

See this article,

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Hi all,
After I loaded to my laptop 7, bluetooth doesnt work. I just cant find on web '' silicon wave bluetooth wireless adapter '' driver. Can anyone help ?

Answer:dell inspiron 6400 bluetooth problem

Quote: Originally Posted by Asgz

Hi all,
After I loaded to my laptop 7, bluetooth doesnt work. I just cant find on web '' silicon wave bluetooth wireless adapter '' driver. Can anyone help ?

Try this : Silicon Wave Bluetooth Device driver


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Lately I have been getting BSOD on a old but reliable Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop. The BSOD message I get is "Driver Power State failure". It does not happen regularly or follow a pattern. It is random (but follows Murphy's law and happens when I have not saved an important document

Any help will be appreciated.

Perfmon.html and file is attached as a single .zip package.

Answer:Occasional BSOD on Dell Inspiron 6400

No DMP included in upload try this method.

We do need the DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.
Please attach the DMP files to your next post not to post one.

If you are overclocking STOP

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder. If empty (or non existent) please look in the following folders. C:\windows (the dmp should be called memory.dmp), and C:\windows\LiveKernelReports\Watchdog.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
*If the files are too large please upload them to a file sharing service like "Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
* Ensure that the Small Dum... Read more

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My sister's Dell Inspiron 6400 has a weird habit of randomly restarting without any error notifications. However, this is not happening when the computer is running in safe mode. My initial reaction because i didn't have much time to search around for the problem was to do a format and start again. This done the problem still persists. My second reaction was maybe heat and running speedfan I'm getting the following temperatures:

HD0: 44C
Temp1: 63C
Core 0: 44C
Core 1: 48C

Temp1 seems a little high to me but is it high enough to trigger a restart?

This has really stumped me any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 random restarts

Yes, over heating will cause restarts. Check in the Bios for temps and voltage as well. Blow out all fans with compressed air especially the processor fan and heat sync.

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Today I impulsively reformatted my laptop without properly looking into steps that would need to be taken to get it up and running again. I don't expect any sympathy, I screwed this up and I take responsibility for it, but I'm just hoping there might be a way to undo the damage I did.

Basically after months of battling with random browser crashes (on all browsers I tried, Firefox/IE7/Chrome/Safari) I was nearly at my wit's end with how much I could take my laptop inconveniencing me before I tossed it out the window (seriously.) Today was the worst of the worst, I installed nothing new, I was just browsing like usual and suddenly, every site I tried to go to gave me this:

The connection to the server at [address] was interrupted while the page was loading.

This was on Firefox. It just instantly went to this page, it made no effort to load. Third party applications like AIM didn't work, but for some reason Gmail did. "" didn't work. Neither did my Gmail bookmark. But in Firefox I have this little Gmail extension that keeps a button in the lower right hand corner of the browser and lets me know when I have something in my inbox. I forget the name, exactly. But for some reason that would load fine, but I could not get to anything else. Also, every other computer in the house was working perfectly.

I ran Norton Antivirus (nothing) and Spybot S&D which found more spyware than it usually does, including two Trojans and a keylogger. This made me ne... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 Reformat issue

Here are the drivers for your laptop. From what it looks like - it's the same drivers for my laptop (E1505).

First - you want to install the chipset drivers. (Intel) You will need to download them from another PC and transfer them with a blank CD or flash drive or any other kind of removable device.

After that - you can pretty much install any drivers you want in any order. Just check Device Manager on your PC and anything with a yellow question mark or exclamation point will let you know what drivers you still need.

Once you have the chipset drivers - I would go with the network drivers to atleast get you back up and running on the internet. Then you can download all the other drivers from the correct PC.

Hope this helps!


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I've been kindly helped on this forum before and am hoping i might get some help again.

I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 which is, and always has, run very slowly. I know this is not a high spec machine, but the computer is used purely for word processing and web surfing.

I have uninstalled McAfee and installed Avira which found only 1 warning. I also installed MWB antimalware which found a number a suspicious files which were removed. Then i downloaded defraggler which told me the drive was 44% defragmented. It has since been defragmented.

I am only today noticing that the drive is partitioned, which isn't necessary for the owner, so if someone could also tell me how to undo that. My main worry, however, is that there must be some kind of malware on the computer that is causing this speed issue. I have disabled as many unneccesary startup procceses as i safely could but it is very slow on startup and program loading.

Below i have attached the HJT log and would very much appreciate anyone's help. Thanks.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 14:23:31, on 09/09/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Fil... Read more

Answer:Painfully slow Dell Inspiron 6400

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Hey GuysI bought my laptop not too long ago to replace my old, and relatively crap Desktop. It has tons of ram and a fairly decent processor, but lacks a Video card, so pretty much every modern game I play lags tons.Does anybody know if it is possible to install a video card in this type of laptop? Cheers!

Answer:Putting a video card in a Dell - Inspiron 6400?

I would say no most laptops use onboard graphics.If you want to play games in the high sec then you will have to pay above £800 to over £1000 for a high spec laptop.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6400. I can't find any display drivers for it on dell website. the default driver by winxp gives me resolutions of 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768.

Can anyone help me get the right and a better resolution? thnx

Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron 6400 display driver plz

Dell lists several video options for a 6400. If you don't know which particular video card yours has then you can just try each until you get the correct one. (if you try installing a driver for a card that isn't there it will tell you). I'd suggest starting with the Intel first then the ATI .. if neither of those work try the nVidia.. Go here to get them.. click the plus beside the video list at the bottom.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6400

When I turn it on I see the usual initial screen; the windows logo and the loading bar below it. Then the screen turns off. (a bit like hibernation)

If I leave it there I eventually hear the usual sound of windows loading up that I would be familiar with when one reaches the desktop stage after startup.
At this point if I close down the laptop and open it back up, the screen lights up and displays the screen that usually comes up when someone reactivates a turned-on laptop(blue screen with the button in the middle and the account name and status:locked). However the entire screen is slightly off in colour. But before I can click the button to unlock the account the screen goes black again.

So that's what's happening all the time now. Initially I had been using the laptop and it was working fine. Then left the room. Then returned and was looking at the screen not touching the cursor and the computer went black like it would if no user had been inputting into it. So the screen going black seemed normal at first. But since that occurred I have not been able to interface with the computer.

SO the computer seems to be working and the screen can display. But it keeps going black. As if the computer keeps thinking its time to hibernate.

I looked at the dell site about opening it up and i read posts about other people opening their laptop to fix issues with screen. I'm not sure what I'd be looking for though.

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first i say think you for this site and membors because they help me to solve my prolem , it,s was in base system drive so i want to show the solve for others .

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Just as the topic suggests i have finally decided that i am getting the dell inspiron 6400. Now before i really do order it i would like to verify with you people as you guys/gals have been very very helpful in my previous one month research and postings on this forum. I am hoping to get a lot of response on this post as well. Here is a link to the laptop i am getting will use a coupon to get $100 off or mayb talk to dell customer service directly to get a better price, what do you guys think ? Also i would like to know is the following.1)Is this laptop a good bang for the buck? I mean i am spending over $1300 i just want to make sure i am getting what i want. Here are requirements once again, please let me know if i have made a good choice or a bad one."In a nutshell i will be using my laptop to watch movies,listen to music,planning on playing high graphics/quality previous,current and future games, run appz like photoshop,frontpage, burn dvds and cds at high fast/speed without leeching all of my system ram and cpu usage, want to connect my laptop to my tv to watch movies (with good quality/speed) from my notebook"2) I would like to know from people who have used or using this laptop as to whats their opinion about this product and for how much did they get their machine for ? 3)I would like to know if there is a way to get a little more discount on the laptop if ... Read more

Answer:Buying Dell Inspiron 6400 . Is it a good choice ?

Why don't you inquire on the Dell support forum where a lot of people may use this particular machine? thought this message was very interesting:

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I plugged in my dead(battery needing charged) laptop only to have the power adapter start making a high pitched whinny sound. The green light will not light up on the box. Any ideas what could be wrong with it? If there is no way to get it back in working order, does anyone know of a cheap and good place to find a new one? And how do I tell if its actually the one I need? My power adapter says its part of the PA 10 Family, It also states 100-240v-1.5a, Output is DC 19.5v 4.62a. Any help would be greatly appreciated as my son watches movies on my laptop and is very upset that I can't get it working. Thank you so much in advance.

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I have a Dell inspiron 6400 with Windows XP Media Center 2005 with a Sigmatel STAC 9200 sound card. While talking on Yahoo messenger with voice the microphone ( Logitech Desktop microphone) voulme goes down automatically within a few seconds of starting the conversation and I have to bring the microphone right next to mouth. In the recording volume control panel the volume tab can be seen going down untill it touches the bottom. I have tested the recording system ( start- accessories- entertainment- sound recording) and it works fine. Have written to Yahoo - no reply so far. Dell say not a Hardware or Software problem. Any help will be appreciated.Thanks

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I cannot get my scanner to work. It will not Scan at all the printer keeps giving me a download disk error. I cannot find the download anywere. dos anyone use the same setup?

Answer:Dell inspiron 6400, vista, with a hp 2355 all in one printer

How did you install it?  Did you install the software first?  Here the drive if you need it. 

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Hi,For a couple of weeks my Dell Inspiron 6400 Windows XP Professional SP 3 is working very slow, Internet Explorer 8 freezes, CPU usage reaches 80-90 % due to iexplore.exe, comodo firewall.I ran full scans of Avast Antivirus Spybot and Malewarebyres and they identified some viruses-trojans [Tibs.vq, Smitfraud-C, Spyblocs detected by Spybot ; JS:Agent-CV[Trj] detected by Avast; scsiport.sys (Trojan.Dropper) detected by Malewarebytes]. Also the Dell PC Tuneup, when running the "Manage the processes that load at startup" tool, listed the advpack.dll in the Windows/system32 folder as "potentially dangerous" stating that "This file is a component of the CoolWebSearch spyware application".Please help me !Thanks !Here is my Hijackthis log file:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 3:48:43 PM, on 12/23/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\ANTI SPYWARE WINDOWS DEFENDER\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Thomson SpeedTouch\ST330\service\st330service.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 slow due to viruses, spyware !?

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool. No inp... Read more

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Yesterday while playing World of Warcraft my laptop experienced a blue screen and error message saying something about memory parity error. Afterwards when I restarted my laptop I saw not one display but four identical displays one in each corner of the screen along with verticle bars on the screen.

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When I tried to boot normally, after the windows loading screen, it just restarts again.
When I tried to boot in safe mode it worked but I still had 4 identical displays.

After taking apart my laptop and inspecting the lcd screen and the video card and then putting it back together I turned it on and now every time time I boot up it goes to MediaDirect loading screen and after that I get a blue screen error.

O.S.:Windows Vista Home Premium
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 7300 or 7400 idk.

Please help me with my problem, is there something wrong with the LCD screen or video card, is it something I can fix? I've tried googling this but no one else has experienced this quad display problem.

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Hallo!I own a Dell Inspiron 6400.My internal DVD-R/W got spoilt so I bought an external USB DVD-R/W.

I would like to make the external USB DVD-R/W the first bootable device so that I can use it to boot installation CDs eg Windows XP CD.

So far I have been unable to set the BIOS settings to do this.How can I achieve it.

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First post. Hi all!

Been trying to fix a laptop for a friend the past week & it's driven me nuts. It had no internet connection due to winsock corruption but no matter what i did i couldn't get the headings down to 10 in msinfo32 -> Components -> Network -> Protocol.

Gave up & reinstalled a new XP Media Centre OS profile from the installation cd so that it gives them the option of using the old OS profile to use files & new one for internet access. After installing the drivers I'm now getting a yellow question mark in Device Manager beside Other devices & yellow question mark with a yellow exclamation mark inside it beside the following:

Base System Device

Base System Device

Base System Device

PCI Device

SM Bus Controller

Video Controller

Video Controller (VGA Compatible)

When i check msinfo32 -> Components -> Network -> Protocol i'm getting 16 headings, including MSAFD Pgm (Stream) & MSAFD Pgm (RDM). In regedit, under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-> System -> ControlSet001 -> winsock ->Transport i'm seeing something called RMCAST.

Here's my HijackThis log file:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:03:44 PM, on 7/3/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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Answer:Wireless Network Issues - Dell Inspiron 6400, Win ME

If you look at your HJT log:

O23 - Service: Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Event Log (EvtEng) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\EvtEng.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Registry Service (RegSrvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\WirelessCommon\RegSrvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless WiFi Service (S24EventMonitor) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\S24EvMon.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Dell Wireless WLAN Tray Service (wltrysvc) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\NEW\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXE (file missing)Click to expand...

You need to go to the manufacturers website and download the drivers.

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SERVICE TAG ( F4N6P2J - 595B )
EXPRESS SERVICE CODE ( 329-325-433-39)

[email protected]

Answer:Help with Dell INSPIRON 6400 Password or Shorting Method

call dell tech support... they may be able to help you with this one.. they can reset your password

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Greetings, I am a newbie to the forum and am here looking for advice on an increasingly annoying/worrying problem to do with the worm.win32.netsky virus.
Since Saturday I have made various attempts to boot my Inspiron 6400 (running Win Xp SP2) using normal boot up, safe mode & last known good configuration, etc etc.

Up until this morning I kept receiving the Spyware Alert! warning message just as my peronsal settings are loading telling me how bad this virus is and what it can do...but when I click the Ok button (the only option available), nothing happened.
When trying to boot in any type of Safe Mode I only receive a Blue Screen with no errors except for "-?" displayed in the top right hand corner of the screen.
I have read plenty of solutions for actually removing the virus with various tools/utilites on lots of sites but unless I can actually get my laptop to boot I won't be able to run any of the solutions! I should also say that when I was successful in booting up normally (just ONCE mind you!) I was unable to get Task Manager to initiate (Administrator has closed it), I was able to gain access to the net but when I tried to click on any sites or lniks I was immediately directed to some random site selling chinese tvs or some such nonsense. So I have now dowlnloaded a few programs in work to a cd which seem to have been successful for people in removing the virus. However, I now have a new issue when trying to boot up...

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Answer:Worm.Win32.Netsky on Dell Inspiron 6400

Hello and welcome. I suspect you have the Internet Security 2010 malware. You may need to copy these tools to a flash or CD to use them if you cannot get them fro m your connection.First try using the Automated Removal Instructions for Internet Security 2010 from our guide here.Remove Internet Security 2010 (Uninstall Guide)Post the scan log in your next reply with any questions and an update on the PC.The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.For TASK MGR DISABLED.. IF this is XPThis step involves making changes in the registry. Always back up your registry before making any changes.Go to Start ? Run and type: regeditClick OK.On the left side, click to highlight My Computer at the top.Go up to File ? Export Make sure in that window there is a tick next to "All" under Export Branch.Leave the "Save As Type" as "Registration Files".Under "Filename" put RegBackup.Choose to save it to C:\Click save and then go to File ? Exit.Or you can download and use ERUNTwhich is an excellent free tool that allows you to to take a snapshot (backup) of your registry before making changes and restore it when needed.Click on the link below: down to #275 and click "Lift Res... Read more

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Hello all. Pretty simple question. Quick back story, have a 2006 Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop...was not charging battery... technician said it's not a DC jack issue (he put in a new one) is the section of the motherboard where the DC jack is that does not "know" when the adapter is plugged in.

So with that said, I want to take a crack at replacing the motherboard (I know I am crazy). Is there a specific model # of a motherboard that I need to look up or how does that work? If a model # is needed, where would that info be located. I am hoping the info is not in the laptop because it's dead. Thank you for your help...

Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron 6400 Motherboard model?

Dell Part Number: MD666, available from many third-party online suppliers. Example below:

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This dell has two OS installed Windows and Linux. I thought it would be a routine LCD inverter replacement. Dim picture? Ok I have to replace the inverter. After install the inverter I start testing and boot it up everything is ok in Linux. Now this is a weird one. I did tried to boot up in Windows everything looks ok until it logs in Windows then goes dim. I did try many times same thing. It does it in exact precise time in the boot like it is a driver or a glitch in the next step of boot. What I noticed next thing I did plug in the external monitor and both lite up like they suppose to and works as well like there is no problem at all. Unplug external monitor dim again. Boots in Linus again no problem at all. I have never seen or heard of a problem like this. Could it be a driver? But it worked before the inverter failure.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 dimm picture in Windows only

check the connection between LCD-module and motherboard.

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Hi,at the moment I am having to use windows media player 11. However I want to be using Itunes Problem is the multimedia keys on my Dell Inspiron 6400 dont seem to control Itunes (play pause etc)Does anyone know why I get this problem and does anyone know how I can get it to workThanksBen

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 multimedia buttons for Itunes

multimedia keys on a keyboard normally have to have a driver installed to make them work. Yours may be activated by media player but itunes may not be able to use that driver. My multimedia keyboard came with a mini cd 'keyboard hotkey driver'

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Hello everybody

I've done something really stupid. After problems with my laptop yesterday (windows Vista Home Premium) when it would no longer boot I accidentally disrupted the dell restore process (from F8 on boot up) and lost some files. Being the extremely impatient person that I am I decided to load XP pro from my desktop installation disk so that I could access the recovery partition.
At the moment my laptop thinks its a desktop (on XP pro) the recovery partition is intact, I can see the recovery partition but cannot get to it to restore it as now if I reboot F8 no longer gives me the restore option. I have created a vista recovery disk and when I try the restore option from there it says it can't find any image to restore. I can get to command prompt with the recovery dvd does anybody know if it's possible to restore from the command prompt ?????

Answer:Emergency Dell Inspiron 6400 Factory Image Restore

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Hi,I don't know if anyone has had the same problem but, when i go to turn on or off the laptop sometimes it is very hard to press the button you really have to like force it, is this problem or is it faulty? Other times it will be okay.I would like someones support ThanksBen

Answer:Dell inspiron 6400 power button hard to press.

Unfortunately, I don't know the product, but was just wondering if it was just a case of:the buttom not moving very far, but needing to be held down for abouyt 5 seconds, as on some.Just a thought.

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please I need help on locating the eeprom chip on my dell inspiron 6400 laptop motherboard. Anyone have an idea plz. The system bios is locked with a password.

Thanks very much

Answer:Motherboard location of Dell Inspiron 6400 eeprom chip

Good luck. A very difficult fix unless you are skilled in cold solder.

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I have just got my laptop and bar the upgrade to 1440x900 screen I am happy with it. The draw back is actually the screen which is a glossy unit. Unfortuantely, there are reflections in any natural light around (or in the office), especially when running on the battery as there is far less backlight. I tried to adjust it to the best quality when using battery but to no avail. When I plug AC adaptor is much better but I did not buy a laptop to sit with it at my desk all the time.What can I do? I have started thinking to send a laptop back as there was no single word on the Dell's website that this panel is a glossy one. And as far as I am concerned, I have not seen Dell's glossy LCDs anywhere. Even in the office, normal desktop panels have matte finish as they are not that reflective. May be there is a filter that I could stick to the panel that could help, as this really gives me headaches and eye strain. I am seriously frustrated.

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Hi folks, I have a Dell Insp 6400 and on boot I get a blue scren with horizontal lines scrolling. I have run the LCD BIST test and get an error code 2000-0333 and a message 'Graphics test timed out waiting for keyboard response'. I ran a diagnostics on the keyoard and all passed except I could not complete the key sequence test, the 'windows' key was not recognised and the only option for the layout on the laptop was the European 88 key, 103 key compatible. I have looked at the Dell site with a view to contacting them but get no joy. Any ideas?

Answer:Error code 2000-0333 Dell Inspiron 6400

Have you tried pressing the link to fix.
Scroll down till you get to the error code that you are looking for.

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Hi people, following recent issue where I had to completely wipe my grandads laptop and replace it with a different version of Windows XP I have run into problems with the wireless. The problem is that when I turn the laptop on its fine, I can connect to the internet and surf. however, after about 30-60mins of wireless use, it cuts out, the device turns off and dissappears meaning that I can't enable it again. I have tried uninstalling the drivers and reinstalling them again but doing this via the Windows device manager causes it to crash whilst removing the drivers. I am currently trying to install the drivers using the Intel driver package I found online which is taking a while. When I did the reinstall I used the Dell driver discs which originally came with the laptop to install all the drivers required by the detected hardware. The laptop works fine off ethernet. Is there anything i am missing?

The laptop is a Dell inspiron 6400 with WinXP Home Edition installed, it also has Service pack 3

The specs of the laptop are as follows:

Intel Core 2 CPU
T5500 @ 1.66GHz
1.66GHz, 0.99GB of RAM

The network adapters installed on this PC include:
Broadcom 440x 10/100 Intergrated Controller
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
and the standard 1394 adapter

Any help would be appreciated as I haven't the fogiest clue whats going on And dell doesn#t have the best software to diagnose the problem

Answer:[SOLVED] Dell Inspiron 6400 Intel proset problem

Download the driver from the Dell Web Site.

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My Dell Inspiron 6400 is 13 months old - has Windows Vista Home Basic Edition. My grandson tried to uninstall Vista and replace with XP. It didn't work so I reinstalled Vista HB. I have a 19 GB folder "Windows.old" that I don't want. I don't find where I can custom an install without having that file. Help?

Answer:Clean Install Vista Home Basic On Dell Inspiron 6400

Windows.old is a backup of the old OS (in this case, it's probably the XP installation). I'd suggest exploring it first to see if it contains anything that you want - then delete it to reclaim the space on your system. Also, run a defrag after deleting it so that they system will effectively utilize the space right away.

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I'm working on another friends computer and this one seems to be working well. It boots up fast and doesn't have a lot of clutter. If the computer is idle, it seems to be fine. But I did some CPU torture tests and it seems like if there's a significant amount of CPU load the computer will freeze up and start emitting a faint but fast beeping sound coming from the right side.

When I ran the CPU torture test and monitored the temps, it seemed to stay at about 56C on both cores the whole time (about 20 minutes) until the screen saver came on and then a few minutes later it froze. 56C isn't that high as far as I know right?

I also installed ActiveSMART to check the HDD integrity. It seemed to be fine as well. Disk health and Performance were good and the temp was steady at 39C which was in light yellow.

My friend said that recently she reinstalled windows so I'm not sure if it has anything to do with system files.

What could the beeping be? What should my next step be?

Edit: The whole time I was testing the laptop was not connected to the internet.

Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron 6400 lcoks up and starts beeping faintly

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I have Windows 7 Professional running perfectly in a Dell Inspiron 6400 with a Samsung SSD. I was accepted by Microsoft for a free upgrade to Windows 10 but I now have a message from Microsoft telling me that I will be unable to upgrade due the OEM Nvidia GeForce Go 7300 being incompatible with Windows Ten. I have the latest driver dated March 2009 for that device. Can anyone offer advice on how or where I can make my laptop pass the Windows 10 installation criteria?

with grateful thanks

Answer:Nvidia GeForce Go 7300 in Dell Inspiron 6400 - unable upgrade to W10

Irish Wolfhound said:

I have Windows 7 Professional running perfectly in a Dell Inspiron 6400 with a Samsung SSD. I was accepted by Microsoft for a free upgrade to Windows 10 but I now have a message from Microsoft telling me that I will be unable to upgrade due the OEM Nvidia GeForce Go 7300 being incompatible with Windows Ten. I have the latest driver dated March 2009 for that device. Can anyone offer advice on how or where I can make my laptop pass the Windows 10 installation criteria?

with grateful thanks

I have the exact same laptop (minus the SSD) and ran into the same issue.

It has been a great laptop for 10 years so I would love to be able to move from Windows 8.1 to 10 so that all my pcs will be on the same OS for networking purposes.

I don't understand how a video driver that was not certified for 8.1 but ran okay (much better than the original Vista driver!!) is now blocking the install of Windows 10. :-(

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Hi All,

I having a problem with this laptop that when I go the search screen, it shows the puppy dog, and I can make the tail wag, but it doesn't show any options to search for anything.

System restore will start up and it's blank. Same sort of thing.

Windows updates, also goes blank when I run it (I can do them manually).

When I go to look at user accounts, it's blank too.

I ran Spybot S&D on it, and it seems okay.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6400 won't allow searching,system restore, windows updates

click start, run, type cmd, typed sfc /scannow. You will need you xp cd for this if it finds any errors. If that doesn't solve the issue post back.

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I have an inspiron 6400 which came with four primary partitions
1 dell utilities 55mb
2 recovery 10gb
3 os 137gb
4 dell media direct 2gb
I would like to install even xp on this system with out loosing vista for which i need to make a primary partition but all 4 primary partitions are filled as above.Any one please help me in which partition to delete to make a new primary partition for xp?

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For some reason my card stopped working, I tried reinstalling the driver, fn + f2 (to activate my card from my keyboard), and a few others basic thing, nothing is showing up, where I am with other PC I can see at least 5 networks. my PC gets nothing,
im running vista 32bit
intel pro wireless 3945ABG
dell inspiron laptop 6400
I also tried a fixit microsoft tool for network, didnt work,
Im on the net now using wired cable from my router, and its ok but I need my wireless on the road
I have uninstalled reinstalled the driver

I did a fresh format last week

I cant reset TCP IP. I get access denied, even in safe mode

I did use many different use for removal of malware on my pc. im using avg

chkdsk found no problems

*** I did try alot of things, anyone has any idea what can be done

Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : john-PCtop
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : Dog2
Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:
Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
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Answer:dell inspiron 6400 intel pro wireless 3945ABG card stopped working

Wehen you go into the device manger, do you see the wireless card?

Its quite possible the cards died, and yes they usually replaceable.

Have you by any chance dropped or bumped it fairly hard?

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