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1) Remove ALL power to the laptop. Remove the AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.
2) Lay a towel on a table, lay the laptop upside down on it.
3) Look to the side with the optical drive. (DVD drive) Remove the single Philips screw which holds the optical drive in the laptop. Use the tool to push on the notch where the screw was, and push the optical drive out.
Go inti the BIOS settings and see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If not then re-seat the hard drive to make sure it is connected properly. If the hard drive still isn't detected, then most likely the hard drive is faulty. In this case to get the Dell operating again, replace the hard drive, install Windows on the new hard drive plus install the Dell Inspiron 1526 device drivers and your programs.
Hi, the audio driver is the AC97 a google search will get you a free download, or go to this link: http://www.driversbay.com/drivers/notebooks-tablet-pc/dell/inspiron-1526/microsoft-windows-xp/ For your vidio card I would go to Del website for the latest driver. Hope this helps
The charging port is soldered onto a charging plate that also includes usb ports. It is a separate plate that can be purchased and it simply screws into place, no soldering. Below is the links to the charging plate on Ebay and the service manual that shows the disassembly of the laptop.
Step 1: Start up your computer and as the computer logo appears (such as Dell orHP) hit "Ctrl>F11" simultaneously. This may be different fordifferent machines, but the most common keys to hit are"Ctrl>F11." If this does not work, the F8 key has been said towork for certain machines.Step 2: Select "Repair My Computer" from the list of menu options thatappear and press "Enter."