MadcapVista's Posts

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I've developed a work-around, although it is a pain. If I uninstall the adapter from the device manager (do NOT delete the drivers), it is re-installed when I reboot. At that point, the adapter w... See more...
I've developed a work-around, although it is a pain. If I uninstall the adapter from the device manager (do NOT delete the drivers), it is re-installed when I reboot. At that point, the adapter works, it finds networks, and all is well. As long as I hibernate the system, it comes back and the adapter works without issue. As soon as I restart, or shut down without uninstalling the adapter, the next time the system boots the adapter flakes out as described above. Very weird!!
np. Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction. I'm back up and running - which given where I was for a while is a huge relief!
Actually, I figured it out. I simply didn't realize all the configuration settings needed to activate RAID. Now that I have it set in the BIOS properly, all is well. Thank for the tip that got me... See more...
Actually, I figured it out. I simply didn't realize all the configuration settings needed to activate RAID. Now that I have it set in the BIOS properly, all is well. Thank for the tip that got me started - I really appreciate it!
Well, that got me further. It now goes through POST, I see a set of disk messages, which are NOT the same as I used to see (there were two lines, and now there are three, basically too fast to re... See more...
Well, that got me further. It now goes through POST, I see a set of disk messages, which are NOT the same as I used to see (there were two lines, and now there are three, basically too fast to read), then I see the standard BIOS messages. After that, I'm back to a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. Still won't boot into Windows. I suspect it may be the RAID configuration, but I don't know how to deal with that. Thanks for your help so far. If you've got other insights, please share them.  
Updating the BIOS appears to have bricked the system. It no longer will boot from disk. I can boot from a DVD, but get neither the RAID display nor the Respawn messages. Any ideas on how to ge... See more...
Updating the BIOS appears to have bricked the system. It no longer will boot from disk. I can boot from a DVD, but get neither the RAID display nor the Respawn messages. Any ideas on how to get out of this?
I don't want to go down the system restore road as it will create other problems in the system. What I did find that worked is to uninstall the device in the device manager application. I have to reb... See more...
I don't want to go down the system restore road as it will create other problems in the system. What I did find that worked is to uninstall the device in the device manager application. I have to reboot, but after that it works fine. I have to do this every time I first boot the system - I haven't tried it with hibernate yet, but I suspect the same will be true. Thanks for letting me know. This is a weird problem - the fact that you can delete it and then it will work makes it look like software. But then, once it is set, it should just work. That suggests hardware. I'm confused, but at least working!
The wireless adapter appears to work only when the laptop has a hard-wire (ethernet) connection. Without an ethernet connection, when it first boots up it will see my wireless network (and othe... See more...
The wireless adapter appears to work only when the laptop has a hard-wire (ethernet) connection. Without an ethernet connection, when it first boots up it will see my wireless network (and others in the neighborhood), but after about 5 minutes all the networks disapppear. If I try to connect while the networks display, the connection fails. As soon as I connect the system via ethernet, the networks all appear again and I can connect successfully to the wireless network. If I disconnect the hard-wire connection, the wireless connection fails as well. During the time the networks are not appearing up nothing shows up in the Site Monitor, either (using the Broadcom Wireless Utility program). The system has an 802.11n Broadcom wireless adapter. I checked the driver - it appears newer than the one available on the Dell support site. I've disabled and then re-enabled the adapter, and the behavior remains unchanged. Suggestions on how to remedy the problem will be greatly appreciated!
The wireless adapter appears to work only when the PC is also hard-wire connected. When it first boots up it will see my wireless network (and others in the neighborhood), but after time all the netw... See more...
The wireless adapter appears to work only when the PC is also hard-wire connected. When it first boots up it will see my wireless network (and others in the neighborhood), but after time all the networks disapppear. If I try to connect, the connection fails. As soon as I connect the system via an ethernet connection, the networks all appear again and I can connect successfully to the wireless network. During the time the networks do not show up nothing shows up in the Site Monitor, either (using the Broadcom Wireless Utility program). The system has an 802,11n Broadcom wireless adapter. I checked the driver - it appears newer than the one available on the Dell support site. I've disabled and then re-enabled the adapter, and the behavior remains unchanged. Suggestions on how to remedy the problem will be greatly appreciated!
That did it! Thank you for the prompt response.
My son broke a portion of the case on his XPS M1530, so I bought a new one and transfered everything over, using the instructions from the service manual. All appeared to go well, but now when I try ... See more...
My son broke a portion of the case on his XPS M1530, so I bought a new one and transfered everything over, using the instructions from the service manual. All appeared to go well, but now when I try to start up the PC, I don't see any of the POST. Rather, all I get is are the NUM LOCK, SCROLL LOCK, and a blinking CAPS LOCK lights. I suspected the keyboard connector, but I've gone back and re-seated that twice. Any other ideas would be appreciated.  Thank you.
The hard drive in my daughter's Inspiron 1520 failed, and I'm rebuilding the system (fortunately, I have backups!!). I started out by installing Vista, installed the drivers from the Dell CD, applied... See more...
The hard drive in my daughter's Inspiron 1520 failed, and I'm rebuilding the system (fortunately, I have backups!!). I started out by installing Vista, installed the drivers from the Dell CD, applied what seemed to be endless updates from Microsoft (involving hours of time), and then turned to MediaDirect. Unfortunately, it appears that I got the sequence wrong. As I read the limited documentation from Dell and some of the threads on the forums it seems that MediaDirect has to be installed before doing anything else.. As I've already got hours into this project, I really, REALLY don't want to start over again, not to mention that my daughter would probably lynch me. I gather that MediaDirect wants a separate partition, and the brief pamphlet that Dell provided talks about possibly creating one with a third-party tool. Without knowing more, however, I'm very leery about proceeding. I don't even know what size to make it, or how to format it (although I presume it is NTFS). Space is not an issue - I have 320 GB drive rather than the 80 GB that came with the system. Any suggestions that anyone can provide on this will be greatly appreciated. If I have to go back to scratch I will, but that will absolutely have to be a last resort. TIA
Jim,   The disassembly / re-assembly went quite well. I downloaded the service manual (HTML format in a zip file) from the Dell support site, and simply followed the directions. There is a separa... See more...
Jim,   The disassembly / re-assembly went quite well. I downloaded the service manual (HTML format in a zip file) from the Dell support site, and simply followed the directions. There is a separate section that deals specifically with the audio daughterboard. I was using a separate PC alongside my work area so I could refer to it as I went. The steps are straight-forward; the only challenge is that it is a bit tedious and you have to keep careful track of the different size screws that come out of the various components. I also used a digital camera and took photos of how wires and wiring harnesses ran before I removed them. This helped me insure that everything went back the right way. One thing that I did have to do that was not documented was remove the heat sink. It blocks removal of the daughterboard, at least in the Inspiron 1520 and this is NOT mentioned anywhere. It is quite simple - there are four very obvious screws that secure it. One advantage of doing this was that I was able to clear out a bunch of "fuzzies" that had accumulated in an airflow "radiator".   The one caveat I would provide is that I have disassembled laptops previously, including replacing a system board in an IBM ThinkPad. On the other hand, I don't think there is anything involved that is particularly difficult. Just make sure you have an array of small Phillips screw drivers available, and put sufficient pressure on the screws when you begin to remove them so that you don't strip the "cross" in the head.   My cost for the daughterboard was about $40.00, including shipping and tax, ordered under the "personal / SOHO" option. You can get it for less if you are some type of enterprise customer of Dell.   One other thing I should mention here. I thought this was a fluke failure. However, it turns out that my daughter (it is her laptop) had dropped the laptop with her headphones plugged into the jack. Evidently it fell on the jack and that likely pushed it in further and caused the problem. She didn't want to 'fess up about her handling of the PC. That certainly explains the symptoms I saw when I was troubleshooting.   Thanks again for your help! It was invaluable.   Craig
Jim, I received the daughterboard yesterday, and just finished the installation. Replacing the daughterboard was indeed what was required. Thank you once again for the suggestion!   emoticon.Smile.... See more...
Jim, I received the daughterboard yesterday, and just finished the installation. Replacing the daughterboard was indeed what was required. Thank you once again for the suggestion!   emoticon.Smile.title     Otherwise I would likely have purchased a replacement system board which would have been a complete waste of money.   Craig
I am indeed still following the thread, and I appreciate the update on the daughterboard. The item is only around $25.00, so I'm going to take the chance and order it. Presuming it works out, I'll po... See more...
I am indeed still following the thread, and I appreciate the update on the daughterboard. The item is only around $25.00, so I'm going to take the chance and order it. Presuming it works out, I'll post back to this thread.   Thanks again - I really appreciate your persistence!
I have two questions, as it appears I need to replace the system board. The warranty on the laptop expired a week ago (just my luck). 1) How do I determine which system board is required for a syst... See more...
I have two questions, as it appears I need to replace the system board. The warranty on the laptop expired a week ago (just my luck). 1) How do I determine which system board is required for a system. My experience suggests there may be multiple system boards depending on the model. 2) Is there a way to order a system board from Dell, or do I have to take my chances on eBay or something similar? TIA
My daughter's laptop has lost the sound from the speakers. I can get sound on the left channel only via the headphones, but I have to work around the jack in the plug to get it to work. I've run all ... See more...
My daughter's laptop has lost the sound from the speakers. I can get sound on the left channel only via the headphones, but I have to work around the jack in the plug to get it to work. I've run all the Dell diagnostics, and nothing helped. I suspect there is a problem with the headphone jack, but that's about as far as I can get. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. TIA