djmayer21
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Need a guide through bios settings

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Hey Guys

My inspiron 1750 took an epic crap this week. in the same day my lcd screen stopped working (LCD cable problem) and my wifi card stopped working.

Now after hours of research i seem to have figured out the wifi problem.  I believe when i was hooking up the external monitor (so that i could use my laptop while waiting for a new lcd cable) that i acidentally disabled the wireless card in my bios settings.  The problem im having now is the fact that, when you boot the computer with an external monitor, it doesnt show anything on your screen until windows starts to load.  So i was wondering if one of you kin gentleman (or ladies) would be ever so kind to guide me through the exact procedure to enable my wifi card again. by this is literally mean a step by step on each exact key you press to get to where.

Thank you in advance for your time

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I have just connected an external to my inspiron 1545 which has a VGA output and rebooted.

At first I could only see the Dell Logo but nothing on my external screen.So I instantly pressed F12 to get access to Boot options and to stop the system from booting into Windows.Using FN and F1 I was able to switch between internal and external screen....

I think that all Dell systems use F1 for screen switching - if in doubt check the manual

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Re: Need a guide through bios settings

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Hi,

Loading the BIOS to defaults should enable the wireless card again. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Restart the computer and keep tapping the F2 key to enter BIOS.
  2. Use the Up and Down arrow key to select “General”.
  3. Click “Load Defaults”.
4. Click “OK”.
5. Click "Apply".

Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

Alternatively, the other way to enable the Wireless card in the BIOS is:

  1. Restart the computer and keep tapping the F2 key to enter BIOS.
  2. Expand the “Wireless” tree.
  3. Click “Wireless Devices”.
  4. Ensure that the “Enable Internal Wireless WLAN” and “Enable Internal Bluetooth” options are checked.
  5. Click “Apply”.

Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

Please post back the results.

Thanks & Regards
Sudeep S
#iworkfordell

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djmayer21
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I apologzie as I probably didnt make myself clear enough.  The problem is that i cant see the bios screen because my external monitor wont kick in that early in the boot process.  So what i kinda need is an exact step by step on what keys you press ( i.e up, down , enter) to do exactly what you are proposing in the above. I tried looking at the pictures to try to figure out the key strokes but it didnt work.

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Hi,

As the external monitor does not display the video from the laptop early, there is an alternate method to work on the BIOS of the laptop.

Restart the laptop and keep tapping the F12 key during the restart to access the One Time Boot Menu options. Do not press any key on the keyboard until the monitor starts displaying.

Once the display is up, use the up and down arrow keys to highlight the System Setup in the options listed and press the Enter key.

Perform the steps that I have mentioned above to make the changes in the BIOS.

Please let me know if this solved the purpose.

Thanks & Regards
Sudeep S
#iworkfordell

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djmayer21
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This did not work at all, after pushing the f12 button at start up i waited and waited , but the external monitor did not kick in at all.

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Re: Need a guide through bios settings

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I have just connected an external to my inspiron 1545 which has a VGA output and rebooted.

At first I could only see the Dell Logo but nothing on my external screen.So I instantly pressed F12 to get access to Boot options and to stop the system from booting into Windows.Using FN and F1 I was able to switch between internal and external screen....

I think that all Dell systems use F1 for screen switching - if in doubt check the manual

djmayer21
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Re: Need a guide through bios settings

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Good news and bad news, that good news is that the above mentioned scenario worked like a charm.  The bad news is that that wasnt the problem.  So im assuming now 99% it must be the wireless card itself, so a new one is on the way!

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Re: Need a guide through bios settings

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With "F2" on your keyboard you can activate or deactivate the wireless card - make sure the card is activated (Quickset needs to be installed for this to work - but this is normally pre-installed)

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