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Remove unwanted programs on your Dell Computer
The PC De-Crapifier - The PC De-Crapifier is designed to remove a specific list unwanted software in an unattended fashion. Before running, the user may select exactly what software should be removed. Currently, it is targeted for use on most Dell machines; however it will theoretically run on anything that has the software listed below.
Malware Removal - This is a website and forum dedicated to helping people regain control of their computers. With so much in the way of malware around, sites like this are needed to help the individual person be able to fight back against all that is bad on the internet.
Transfer Ownership Of Your Dell Computer
Transfer of Ownership - Go here to transfer the ownership of your Dell computer to the new owner. This will also transfer any service and support on that system. Note: This link is for the United States only.
Transfer of Ownership - Used to transfer ownership of and service and support on your system to another party or to another country. - This link is for International transfers.
Dell's System Profiler
System Profiler - If you own a Dell computer, you can go to this site and it will scan your system and let you know what hardware and software you are running.
Dell's Utility Partition
Dell's Utility Partition - Recent Dell computers come with a hidden Dell Utility partition at the front of the disk. By pressing the right keys while the computer is starting up, the bios startup procedure will pause and display a boot menu from which the user can choose to boot this utility partition instead of the normal Windows partition. If you alter your hard drive, you may loose the use of this partition. Here is how you can get it back.
Upgrading Your Dell Computer
Dell Dimension Processor Upgrade FAQ - This page discusses information related to upgrading the processor on a Dell Dimension machine. This information is derived from postings in the DellTalk Upgrade - Hardware forum from users who have performed these upgrades, and from information and data sheets available on the web.
Dave's Dell Portable Computer Information Site - This site has an FAQ page, some useful downloads, and some wallpaper bitmaps.
Dell Inspiron 8200 FAQ - This site addresses some of the question regarding the Inspiron 8200. Even though it targets the 8200, some of the information can be applied to other computers.
Modifying your Inspiron to work in a Latitude C/Port or C/Dock - This page describes how to turn your trick your Inspiron into thinking that it's a Latitude so that you can use the the powerful features of the Latitude C/Ports and C/Docks.
Inspiron 8X00 Notebook Series CD Bootable Images - These images include the I8000 A21 BIOS, Inspiron 8100 System BIOS Flash A14 and the Inspiron 8200 System BIOS Flash A08. Also available is Mobility Radeon 9000 BIOS Flash, Mobility Radeon 7500 BIOS Flash and Dell 32 bit Diagnostics v1208. All on CD bootable images.
Install the GeForce4 440 in a Dell Inspiron 8100 - The title says it all. The site gives step by step directions on how to install a GeForce4 440 in a Dell Inspiron 8100. It even has pictures to go along with the instructions. NOTE: This web page was originally developed and hosted by Lee R. Chasse. He no longer host this web page but he has kindly allowed me to host it so it can continue to be shared with everyone. I have modified the page slightly to fit into my web site.
Stonent's Ultimate Dell Laptop Hack FAQ! - This site contains a lot of good information about Dell Inspiron and Latitude computers.
Stonent's guide to CPU Upgrades - Most Dell laptops have can have the CPU upgraded simply by replacing it. Some systems may require the BIOS to be upgraded. This site explains what it is all about.
Stonent's guide on how to replace your backlight tube or LCD - This site explains with pictures on how to replace your backlight tube or LCD. It even has pictures to show you what needs to be done.
Stonent's Rage Video Drivers Site - The purpose of this site is to provide better drivers for users of Rage Pro based video cards. These drivers will work on any of these cards: Rage - Pro, LT Pro, XL, XC, Mobility - C, EC, L, M, M1, P. If you have a Dell, then that means Optiplex GX1, G1, Latitude CPxH, CPxJ, Inspiron 3700, 3800, 5000, 7000, 7500 and Dimension V. These drivers add ALL of the missing features back that the default driver takes away!
Where does the bad memory go? There is a class of memory-module manufacturers commonly known as downgrade manufacturers. Rather than use DRAMs from the regular channel, these manufacturers buy C-grade DRAMs from regular memory-chip manufacturers and produce what generally are termed OEM memory modules. Buy from reputable vendors only. Buy from Crucial.
Inspiron 8500 and Latitude D800 keyboard stabilization - Some people have complained keyboard flexes and as a result, has a "bouncy" feel to it. This site gives you pictures and details on how to fix it.
Dell Inspiron Notebook / O2 Micro PCMCIA Cardbus Controller Fix Page - If you have problems in general with writing to any adapter connected to your notebooks PCMCIA cardbus and you have an O2Micro Cardbus contorller, this patch may be your solution. This seems to affect the Inspiron 2650. The D600 has been reported that it may have this problem.
Enable the IR port - This document is about drilling a hole in the case of the Advanced Port Replicator to allow for the use of IR enabled devices to work when the notebook computer is "docked".
Operating Systems and Related Items
You Forgot Your Windows Password - How can I gain access to a Windows 2000/XP/NT computer if I forgot the administrator's password? How can I reset the administrator's password if I forgot it? This site has a list of free tools that you can use to recover or change your admin password.
Windows XP Clean Install - This is Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows. It gives a step by step instructions on how to perform a clean install of Windows XP. It is complete and very informative.
Dell's Information on Reinstalling Windows XP - This site has step by step instructions to install Windows XP.
Registry Edits for Windows XP - "Tweaks and Tips" for WinXP. With the help from this site, you can fix or tweak your Windows XP operating system.
Home PC Firewall Guide - The purpose of the this site is to provide easy access to independent, third-party reviews of Internet security products for home, telecommuter, and SOHO (small office, home office) end-users. The products that this web site tracks include personal firewall, anti-virus, anti-Trojan, anti-spyware, and privacy software as well as low-cost wired and wireless routers with firewall features.
Running Linux on your Dell System
Running Linux on Dell Notebook Computers - Various forms of Linux running on different Dell notebooks. You can read about the experiences of others. You can also share your experience.
Linux on a Dell Latitude CP M233XT - This site gives instructions on how to set up RedHat 7.0 on a Dell Latitude CP.
Installing Suse (versions) on a Dell Inspiron 8000 - This web site gives the details that it took to install Suse.
Installing Linux on a Dell Latitude D600 - This document describes the steps to get Linux installed on a D600. It pirmarily deals with Debian. Note: most of this stuff can also be used for the Dell Inspiron 600M, it's hardware is nearly identical.
Getting SpeedStep to work in Linux - This web page gives instructions on how to get speedstep working under Linux via the cpufreq API. Speedstep is a technology from Intel in order to switch the frequency and the voltage of a processor.
Knowledge Base Links for STOP messages - STOP Messages literally mean Windows has stopped! These appear only in the NT-based operating systems: Win NT, Win 2000, and Win XP. Most are hardware issues. This page links to Microsoft's web pages that desribe what the Stop Messages mean.
Linux in the Dell Inspiron 8600 (I8600)
SuSE Linux 9.0 on the Dell Inspiron 8600
Testimony: Getting Linux on the Dell Inspiron 8500
Linux on the Dell Inspiron 8500 (I8500)
Linux on the Dell Latitude D800
Running (K)Ubuntu on a Dell Inspiron 9300 - This site gives you the ins and outs of how to get this operating system working on your Inspiron 9300. After a few tweaks, everything, including the SD-slot, works! (except for the orange WiFi LED).
homenethelp.com - This site covers home computer networking and Internet connection sharing help for beginner and intermediate users. It also contains product reviews and tutorials.
Practically Networked - This site offers reviews of various networking equipment, troubleshooting guides, instructions on how to set up Internet Connection Sharing and how to network WinXP to other operating systems. This site contains a lot of information but can be overwhelming. It does offer a search function for this site.
Visio Stencils for Dell Servers - Microsoft Visio Stencils for Dell's Servers can be downloaded here.
Fix Problems with Internet Explorer
Browser Hijacking - Has your browser been hijacked by another program. There is a despicable trend that is becoming more and more common where the browser settings of web surfers are being forcibly hijacked by malicious web sites and software which modifies your default start and search pages. Sometimes internet shortcuts will be added to your favorites folder without asking you. Learn how to prevent and fix this problem here.
Da Phantom's Dell Follies - If you want a good laugh, visit this site. You won't believe some of the posts on Dell's Community Forum.
WebSite 101 - A list of articles which briefly explain some of the basics of HTML. It is not meant to be exhaustive or complete in scope.
A Beginner's Guide to HTML - This is a primer for producing documents in HTML, the hypertext markup language used on the World Wide Web. This guide is intended to be an introduction to using HTML and creating files for the Web.
HTML Tidy - HTML Tidy is a tool for checking and cleaning up HTML source files. It is especially useful for finding and correcting errors in deeply nested HTML, or for making grotesque code legible once more.
w3schools - At W3Schools you will find all the Web-building tutorials you need, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, XSL, Multimedia and WAP.
Deprecated Attributes - A list of HTML attributes that have been deprecated in the HTML 4.01 specification.
validator.w3.org - W3C MarkUp Validation Service is a free service that checks documents like HTML and XHTML for conformance to W3C Recommendations and other standards. You can enter a URL in the Address field and have the page validated for errors.
HTML forums - You can join the forum and ask questions on how to create HTML pages or how to solve a problem regarding your web page.
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