Question about Dell Latitude D830 Notebook
My Dell D830 wireless switch seems to be broken. It just flops back & forth. Unfortunately it's broken in the off position. Is there another way to turn on the wireless?
If you are not willing to risk your laptop, do not continue. If you are, be sure to take all possible grounding and electrocution protection measures.
If you look at the service manual for the D830, you can access/see the inside switch to the left, below and to the left of the red arrow, in the first diagram here: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latd830/en/SM_EN/sysboard.htm#wp1084976
The pins that push the slider on/off have probably broken on your case, but you can probably manually flip the switch to the ON position. The switch may still be broken, but you can at least use your wireless!
Note the series of instructions on that linked page are to REMOVE the system board - you will not need to do EVERYTHING, but it gives all the steps to open up the case which will let you access the switch. Taking out the keyboard is not enough.
Posted on Aug 02, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Your boot up needs to be repaired...follow the following repair and you should get booted back up. I do believe however that you are losing your hard drive, so watch it carefully and think about getting a backup for your files.
Windows Start-up Errors
Step one, you need a Windows XP CD. If you only have a recovery disk set like the ones from HP or Compaq they will not do what you need done. Under normal circumstances however, you can use a Dell disk because the Operating system is on a stand-alone disk. All retail versions are also acceptable as well as upgrade disks. For a rule of thumb, if the disk has the Microsoft hologram it should work. You can order a boot up floppy disk from here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994 with this file, if you know how, you can use “ImageBurn” to burn the file into an ISO file which can be burned to a disk. Now make sure your computer boots to the cd rom first. If you know how to do this skip on down, if you don’t, while the computer is first starting up and you see the manufacturers splash screen, tap F12 (some computers it’s F9, others it may be another key, you may have to watch and see if the computer lists the key strokes for getting to the boot menu. If you still cannot find it, boot into the BIOS settings and change your boot order there. Save your settings and exit, the computer will now seek the cd rom as its boot source first.
Place your Windows disk in the computer and start it up. When you see the test at the top of the page “Press Any Key To Boot From CD” Just hit the space bar to activate. The next screen you will see will most likely be a Windows setup screen, when you see this press the “R” key to get to the recovery console. It will get there, it may take a little time, patience. Once it loads you will be given a choice of Windows installations, there should only be one, if there are more, always pick number one. It may ask for an administrators password, if you have not set this particular password, then just leave it blank and press enter. The next prompt you see is:
You need to type the following:
hit enter. Pay close attention to the spacing between the characters. There is a space between the character “d” and the “\”
You are now at the ROOT of the drive, this is where basic commands can be given and changed. You should now see the following:
Now type the following:
Hit the enter key.
The chkdsk /r command also includes the P command and will also look for lost recoverable information in bad sectors.
There are occasions depending on how corrupt the system is, that this process could take several hours, so be patient with it.
Now, after chkdsk has run type the following:
Hit the enter key.
It may prompt you with a warning, that’s ok, just continue. When fixboot has finished, type: EXIT hit enter and windows will reboot. When the system reboots, tap the F8 key during this time and you will see the multi-boot menu come up. Scroll to the title “Last Know Good Configuration” and hit the enter key. If you were having some simple drive errors this should have fixed them.
Posted on Oct 12, 2009
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