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There are several reasons for a slow computer:
  1. Processor speed
  2. Memory size
  3. Too many program running
If your computer used to run fine, then it could be that there is too much running now for it to handle, in which case either a cleanup or upgrade (or both) is in order. Based on the specs from the CNET website, the Dimension 3000 comes with a Celeron D 2.4 GHz processor and 256MB of RAM (Memory).

If this is the case, then your memory needs to be upgraded at the very minimum. Anything less than 1 GB (1024 MB) just doesn't cut it anymore.

I would also HIGHLY suggest looking at the programs you have running in the system tray (bottom right corner of the screen) to see how many programs you have running, you might check to see if all of those are necessary.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 23, 2012

there are several areas that slow. you can address them one at a time.
1. internet... download and run ATF Cleaner here www.atribune.org/ccount/click.php?id=1 -
Run it everytime you exit your internet broswer, always run it twice and look for the "no files found" message. this free program belongs on everyone's desktop and almost eliminates the need for spyware programs.
2. Programs-- go to your programs list and UNINSTALL (NOT DELETE) any old programs your not using-- if there's no uninstall for the program, do it from the add/remove software area of the control panel.
3.remove all entries from the start-programs-startup folder.. This will not uninstall programs, just keep them from starting untill you actually need them (imagaine that)
4. Start- run- type in MSCONFIG, click the startup tab at the top. uncheck all boxes for stuff like yahoo messenger, real player, quicktime....make sure you dont touch the ones for your virus programs and video and sound cards. restart the computer, asnwer ok when it says you've changed things.
5. Get a can of canned air unplug the computer from power take the side or back off the case and blow all the cobwebs out. especially the fans and metal finned heatsincs under them.
there is more , but this should speed ya up a bit.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 23, 2012

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Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 22, 2012

try pinging google.com from the problem pc.

  1. Go to START
  2. Go to RUN
  3. Type in CMD [hit enter]
  4. IN the dos window, type : ping google.com
  5. hit enter.
If your pc can reach google, it will ping back 4 successes

I would install and run spybot from spybot.com. That is a spy-ware checker program and is free.

Post back with results.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 15, 2012

turn on your PC, press DEL or F2. find the boot order and set your optical drive as the first boot order. press F10 and then save. This should solve your problem

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 13, 2012

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Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 12, 2012

The Dell Dimension 300 gets the amber blinking light when there is power to the computer (the power supply) but the motherboard isn't getting the correct power. Sometimes it can indicate a motherboard fault or that the power supply is not set to the correct incoming voltage.

Check the back of the computer. If the power supply has a switch for incoming voltage, make sure that it matches your incoming voltage. Next check that the main power cable (20 or 24 pins depending on the computer) is fully seated on the motherboard. (It can only be connected one way and should lock onto the connector on the motherboard.)

Next check that the power supply is providing the correct power. You can simply install another power supply (known to work on another computer). Make sure that the PSU is correctly sized for the computer components. Alternatively use a multimeter or a dedicated power supply tester or put it in a different machine.

If the problem is not cured with a new PSU, the motherboard has a failure. Unfortunately, it's difficult to identify the exact bad component. (If a major component other than the CPU on the motherboard had failed, the diagnostic lights or beep codes could help identify the issue.)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 12, 2012

Remove the side panel of the computer chassis to get to the internals.

Now find the slot type that is supported by your new ethernet card. Usually it's a white PCI slot.

Undo the screw above the slot and align the card, pushing it firmly into the slot.
Then tighten the screw to hold it in place.

Presto ur done.

Take care!

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 09, 2012

Check whether the modem recieves the signal by examining the status signal.
Else it might be the providers problem.Request them to solve the problem.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 09, 2012

Is the computer connected to your tv?

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 08, 2012

try a diff keyboard

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Dell Dimension... | Answered on May 28, 2012

that is a specialized switch and it can be frustrating trying to get Dell replacement parts(I used to do Dell service in Hawaii)

this switch is unique and an on off switch is not useful at all

contact dell parts and give them the computer code(usually a series of numbers and letters) called the service tag and that should get you closer

Dell Dimension... | Answered on May 27, 2012

if you have a spare cd lying around, one way is to download HBCD

which contains several utilities for reformating hard drives.


I recomend using the dos program option, and selecting hard drive tools, and your manufacturers tool. select write to zeros, and that will completely wipe the drive to its raw state.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on May 26, 2012

You probably have viruses or infections.

Go to www.google.com and in the search box type:"Download cnet Malwarebytes" (without the quotes). Download andinstall malwarebytes from the sites download.cnet/malwarebytes. When thesite opens up click on the Green Download button on the left. Do notclick the Red Download button, that's junk. When it finishes installing the GuiInterface will open up with an offer to Accept a Trial Version orDecline. CLICK DECLINE you want the totally free version. Run aQUICK SCAN. As it scans, if it finds infections the number will be inred. When it finishes scanning, click SHOW RESULTS. A notepad textdocument will open up showing you the results. You can close the textdocument and go back to the Gui Interface where you will click REMOVE SELECTEDRESULTS. The objects will already be selected for you. When itfinishes removing the objects click ok and it will sometimes reboot yourmachine.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on May 01, 2012

Try using VLC as your player. Go to www.google.com andin the search box type "download vlc" (without the quotes). Look for the Video Lan download from site www.videolan.org/vlc Downloadand install it. It downloads and installs in 3 minutes or so. It'sa very fast player, smooth and it can play just about any type of dvd formatsand media. It's totally FREE.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Apr 24, 2012

Either the hard drive has gone bad or the disk controller is having issues recognizing it.

Remove the power cord, then remove the cables from the drive and put them back if it's a desktop. If it's a laptop, remove the power cord, remove the battery, then remove the cover that houses the hard drive on the bottom of the laptop. Remove the hard drive from the bay, then put it back.

First off turn off the computer then turn it back on and watch for which key to hit to get into the System Setup or Bios. You want to go there and look at the hard drive and make sure it is set to Auto for the primary drive. Also look thru the bios settings and see if you see anything that references Large Drive Support or AHCI. If you see AHCI toggle it to another option. If you changed anything in the bios, save it and try rebooting.

If the system still does not recognize the hard drive, see if you can run the Check Disk Utility. I've seen time when it looked like the operating system was gone from the disk, but Check Disk repaired it.
To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem your hard drive might have crashed.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Apr 21, 2012

Drive might have gone bad possibly? Or power the PC down completely push the power button for about 1-2 seconds to discharge the PC then plug it back in and restart the computer. If this does not work and you still cannot see the device. Check the cables and make sure they have not come out or are loose. If this is not the problem then you may try downloading the driver file for it at Dell.com replace drive if necessary. John

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Apr 19, 2012

HelloIt doent have wireless card by defaul, you may install wireless or wifi card then it will work on wireless

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Apr 14, 2012

Keyboard might be bad or you might have a virus that has hijacked the keyboard.

Make sure the keyboard is plugged into the computer good. Then reboot the computer into Safe Mode and see if the Keyboard works.
Turn off the computer, then hit the power button to turn itback on and immediately start hitting the F8 key repeatedly until you see SAFEMODE. Take the Safe Mode option and let it boot up. Safe Mode will lookdifferent to you, the screen will be darker and the icons bigger, this isnormal.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Apr 05, 2012

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