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If you press CTRL + F11 at turn on you will be able to access the "Recovery Partition" If you follow the instructions it will restore you to factory settings.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 22, 2018

If you mean the touchpad, you can turn it off with a button combination of "FN" + F2 or F3 or F4

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Mar 06, 2015

If you remove the drive and then boot the laptop, it will not be there. The BIOS sorts that out.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jul 17, 2014

Check your backlight settings, Power Settings, etc.....

You may have Vista (vista has other power settings such as a custom sleep mode which can fail sometimes to work properly with some hardware/monitor configurations).
So Disable any unconventional Hibrid Hibernation options k!

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Feb 09, 2014

Since you did factory install, Might probably that's the recovery partition you used, Try to restart computer, if does not work, turn it off, unplug ac adapter and battery then drain residual power of laptop by pressing the power button for 5 secs, then put the ac adapter and battery again. If it still doesn't work, try to run diagnostics first if it fails then you'll need to replace a part, if it passes then you'll need to do operating system re-installation manually.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 17, 2012

Download the latest version

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 13, 2012

You can remove or change the Window's User or administrator's password. You need access to a computer with Internet access to download the Hiren's Boot CD and burn it onto a CD. Then insert this CD into the laptop/computer and boot up the laptop/computer with the Hiren's CD and follow the instructions. There are very useful utilities CD and it a Linux boot CD which contains quite a lot of Utility programs including a password removal program. Click on one of these links to download HIREN'S BOOTCD :- http://www.hirensbootcd.net/

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Nov 24, 2012

If the screen goes dark after BIOS, there is a software conflict - either a driver or screen resolution was set incorrectly. a couple of ideas to solve:
boot from disk, or another hard drive - if this works, it confirms the software conflict - which would mean having to re-install the OS.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Nov 20, 2012

if you go to youtube you will find a video that will walk you through this problem....just type in your model and password rest it will show you how to...its just a matter of taking battery out and memory and jumping.. take a look on youtube.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jun 04, 2012

This looks very much like my old M90... you pop out the battery, locate and unscrew the memory door, and then snap in the new memory. Then restart the laptop... if it beeps at your (this is called a beep code) then the BIOS doesn't recognize one or both of the sticks. Assuming all goes well it should prompt you and say something to the effect of 'amount of system memory has changed, press F1 to continue or F2 for bios'... go into BIOS and confirm its reading the new memory amount (2GB will say 2064). This model apparently only accepts 2 x 1GB sticks so hopefully you didn't order 2GB sticks... unless there's a BIOS update you can install the mobo won't recognize memory sticks greater than 1GB. Good luck.

These links will be very helpful... please rate me if this helps you:


This is the parent page for the E1705:


Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 15, 2012

What did your laptop tell you?
Just curious

1) "Help, I'm being held prisoner inside this laptop"
2) "I'm tired, and I'm going to bed. Lights off"
3) "Use the Brightness control, and brighten this screen up"


An LCD screen does not produce light. It needs an additional light source.
A Backlight is the additional light source.

A Backlight is a CCFL.
Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp.
Similar to Fluorescent lighting used in homes, and businesses, but on a MUCH smaller scale.

An Inverter (Screen Inverter) is used to convert the power from the laptop, to the Backlight, and LCD screen.

90 PERCENT OF THE TIME the fault is the Inverter, when it's a Display Assembly issue.
The rest is a bad LCD screen.

The Inverter is a small rectangular circuit board.


It is mounted behind the Display Bezel, and at the bottom of the LCD screen.
{The Display Bezel is the thin plastic frame in front of the LCD screen. Resembles a picture frame)


Scroll the page down.
(The Inspiron 9400 and Inspiron E1705 uses the same service manual)

Suggest you connect a VGA monitor to the back of the laptop, to the blue VGA connector.
(Laptop OFF, external monitor {VGA} OFF)

You can use a VGA monitor that is a CRT. Looks like a small TV.
Or you can use a flat LCD screen monitor if it has a VGA cable.

Turn the monitor on. If it is a CRT model, let it warm up.
Turn the laptop on.

The display should automatically be on the external monitor. If it isn't press, and hold down on the Fn key, then tap the F8 key once.
No? Tap the F8 key again. (Still holding down on the Fn key)

If the graphics (Display) is the same on the external VGA monitor, as they it is on the laptop's internal monitor, you have a graphics chipset problem.
Usually requires motherboard replacement, unless you know a really skilled tech.

If the graphics are fine on the external monitor, you have problems in the Display Assembly.

More than likely the screen Inverter.

Dell Inspiron E1705 Service Manual,


Pictorial guide for replacing the LCD screen, and the Inverter,


1) Use an ESD wrist strap, and connect it's alligator clip to a good ground source.
(I connect to an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of an empty desktop computer case.
You can also connect to a unpainted surface of a metal table leg )

2) Use a multi-compartment container for the various screws you will remove.
Label each compartment for the area the screw/s come out of.

If no multi-compartment container is available, you can use a clean egg carton as a substitute.
Label each egg holder.
Some screws look VERY similar to other screws.
DO NOT mix them up.

For additional questions post in a Comment.


Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Oct 03, 2011

Hi, you can try to renew the network driver from here:


The driver has to be unziped before installation.

Check also your internet connection for fault wireless or lan.

Are the router or dial up set to on ?

Check also firewall and antivirus settings.

If you are useing dial up connection check for fault.

Hope this will help you.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Aug 17, 2011

Hi try the following link for some very helpfull information:

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 18, 2011

I think now problem is from Monitor side,Check with another monitor and also possibility of VGA driver problem,so reinstall driver for VGA.I think it helps. Let me know.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 08, 2011

May be this is a problem of your Graphics Drivers. Try to have your Graphics Drivers updated.
You can get your all updated drivers from this link. Please select your correct Operating System (XP/Vista/7) to have all the drivers that support your Laptop model. To have the Video Drivers click on Video in the given link.

Upgrade the drivers from here

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 05, 2011

It can be a possible hardware issue or a software issue

Try to run the dell diagnostics


If it fails replace the part on which it fails.. If it passes reinstall the OS to fix the issue


Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 22, 2010

Hello millstm, You can view or download your manual from the following link: If you choose to download the manual it will be in PDF format. Post a reply if you have any issues with this solution. Thanks for using FixYa! Edward

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Aug 25, 2010

Should be on the Dell site, but you can also use a driver finder program. All required software is provided along with the actual bluetooth drivers.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Aug 12, 2010


You would have been better off factory restoring the laptop after you upgraded the RAM.

But if you don't want to do that you could clean the system and perform a disk check on the hard drive.

First off all you need to clean the temp and temp internet files and also the registry.

For this you will need to download and install a program called ccleaner.
This is a very useful tool when it comes to cleaning the system of unwanted files and registry keys which are obsolete. Read the info first before use. Get ccleaner here >>>


Once you are done with ccleaner you will then need to perform a disk check.
To do this click on the start menu and again click on Run. In the box type cmd a command line window will open. For Vista type cmd in the search box and hit enter.
In the command line window type chkdsk /r and hit enter. You will get a message saying that the volume cannot be locked and would you like to schedule a disk check next time the computer restarts. Type Y and then hit enter. Close the window and restart your pc.

Disk check will start before loading the operating system and could take 2 to 3 hours to complete depending on the state of the volume.

If this still is not to your standard then you probably are best off backing up all your data and performing a factory restore on the laptop.

If you need anymore advice please post back.

Good luck.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jul 20, 2010

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