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Manufacturer-spplied hardware support disk

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  • Anonymous May 05, 2009

    i have no any problem

  • workneshmoge Jun 29, 2010

    dell computer gx 520 format set up not continue 2 questions manufacturer supplied hardware support disk and windows automated system recovery disk what I shall do

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You can go to support.dell.com and get all the drivers that originally shipped with your system. It's a bit of a pain-especially the first time around but when you do get them downloaded, burn them to a disc and store it away for future use. I was a tad dismayed the first time I found out that Dell puts all their drivers on a disc separate from the OS so it's a 2 stage process when you have to reimage but at least they do make them available. The only b**ch is when you need the network drivers to get there in the first place! In that case, you'll need a buddy's computer and internet connection to download them. I recommend a flash drive as it is easier to transport. Let me know if I can help further.

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Help with upgrading Dell Dimension 4600 GPU


June,

The Dell Dimension 4100 Desktop PC, utilizes an AGP slot on the motherboard, for a graphics card.

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/p/17152514/17275500.aspx

There are different styles of AGP expansion slots.
The one on your motherboard was the last current style of AGP -

AGP 8X

Therefore your Dimension 4100 uses an AGP 8X graphics card.
It is (Was) an Nvidia GeForce FX5200 graphics card, and the AGP 8X style.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGP

To replace it just use a graphics card that is AGP 8X, and is better, or equivalent to the GeForce FX5200.

You also need to know that your Power Supply in your computer, will handle the power requirements for the computer system, AND your new found AGP 8X graphics card.

Power Supply was rated, at a maximum Wattage rating of 200 Watts.
Problem is; that back in the day when the Dimension 4100 was made, the Power Supply manufacturer 'Fudged' the real Wattage specifications.

Power was (Is) more like 60 to 70 percent of what is stated.
Divide 200 Watts by 10
= 20
Now take that times 6, for 60 percent.
= 120 Watts
Now take that times 70, for 70 percent.
= 140 Watts
ACTUAL power

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4410189&CatId=2234

I would recommend this one, but it requires 250 Watts MINIMUM,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=853908&CatId=2234

[Graphics card manufacturers, base the Minimum power requirements for their graphics cards; based on a test computer system.

So the Minimum power requirement stated, is not only for the graphics card; but ALSO the rest of the computer.
The test computer system is usually based, on all of the top of the line, power consuming hardware components; of that time

Top of the line powerful Processors, and Motherboards.
Add to that the maximum amount of Ram Memory, that can be used.
Two optical drives, (CD/DVD drive)
Processor fan, and at least two computer case fans ]

KNOW THIS:

A) FOLLOW Anti-Static Procedures

Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Relieve your body of Static BEFORE reaching inside your computer, and BEFORE taking any new parts out of their Anti-Static bags, or cartons.

Computer on a table, computer Unplugged from power, computer case open;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

IF, you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return

B) Windows running on your computer, PUT the Installation disk that comes with the graphics card, in your optical drive tray.
(CD/DVD drive)
Install ALL software.

There will be Drivers you are installing, and also a graphical user interface. (GUI)
The GUI for an Nvidia graphics card, (Evga GeForce 6200 is an Nvidia card), is the Nvidia Control Panel.

(For ATI it's Catalyst Control Center)

Driver: Small piece of software that allows the Operating System to communicate with a device

In this case the device is the graphics card.
What version of Windows operating system was not stated.

-> AFTER <- you have installed the software, and if it asks you do you wish to restart your computer; the answer is -> NO

Close all windows, go back to your desktop screen.
Now turn the computer off normally.

Follow Anti-Static Procedures, and Physically install the graphics card.
Note*
The AGP expansion slot on the motherboard, will have a type of Locking Arm on it. With most the end of the arm, has a 'fingerdip' in it.
Makes it look as though you press DOWN, on the end of the Locking Arm, in order to release it. (Unlock)

Actually you GENTLY pull up a little on the PLASTIC Locking Arm, to release it.
Release to remove the old graphics card, and to install the new one.

After the new graphics card is installed, attach the monitor cable to it, and close the computer case.
Turn the computer on.

You MAY have to go into the Nvidia Control Panel, and set Screen resolution, and other parameters.

(Look up your monitor by it's manufacturer name, and model number. {Back of monitor - Model Number}
See what the Screen resolution is.
Example - 1280 x 800 pixels

Set Color quality to High (32 bit)

Have additional questions please post in a Comment, or Reply.
(Below my solution)

[When a device is installed on a computer with Windows, Windows will 'break it's neck' to find suitable, matching drivers.

If THE drivers are not there, Windows will match up one of it's THOUSANDS of generic drivers.
This = NO
A Driver Conflict can result.

Windows: "Which drivers do I use? These or THESE?"

With THE drivers installed first, Windows will find them.

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Usb device not recognized


New hardware often comes with specific instructions for installation. Some want you to install software first - others want the hardware installed first. Make sure you're supplying the PC with what is needed - in the order it is needed.

If the device requires external power - be sure to provide it.

When prompted to allow connecting to the internet to search for drivers after connecting the hardware - be sure to allow it. If the PC is unable to locate drivers online, the device should have come with software on a disk. Insert the disk into the computer and tell the computer that you have inserted the disk and choose "removable drives". If no software was supplied, check with the manufacturer's website. Download the drivers needed for your operating system. If there are no drivers for your operating system listed, the hardware may not be supported on it. You should contact the manufacturer of the device to see if they have a "work- around" for you.

Good luck!

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I have a dell dimension 4600. I had to install windows xp again and now my drivers are gone. I have no cd's for installing the drivers again. Can i have a link to the right drivers i need?


~To download drivers and specific software;

Always get your drivers from the manufacturer of your Laptop, Notebook or Desktop.

If you were to log on to the dell.com web site, usually one is able to download if available, by model number, All available Driver downloads as required.

If the driver is not available, perhaps your manufacturer does not support the OS you are installing.

This is the best way of ensuring up to date drivers for your system and they are free of charge!

There are no XP drivers to be found with Microsoft as XP is no longer supported.

Some manufacturers may have a limited number of Drivers still listed.

I hope this helps.

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How do I replace the graphic card on a dell dimension 4600 desktop


open left side of computer (after shutting it down and disconnecting it)locate the graphics card, its the one your monitor connect to,disconnect monitor cable from board remove little screw holding card to back frame and ease card out replace with new one put it all back together and start pc up if it asks give it the software disk that comes with new card and follow the instructions.

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I need printed instructions on how to install Dell Dimension 4600c power supply. I ordered the part but it came with no instructions.


Power Supply Removing the Power Supply caution.gif CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in your Owner's Manual or Product Information Guide. caution.gif CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the cover.
  1. Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin."

  2. Remove the fan assembly.

  3. Disconnect the AC power cable from the AC power connector on the back of the power supply.

  4. Unplug the DC power cables from the drives and system board.

  5. Remove the four screws that secure the power supply to the back of the computer.
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As you add more devices to your Dell Dimension 4600 desktop, it is important to ensure there is enough electrical power being fed to the components. While the 250 Watt power supply that comes standard with the Dell Dimension 4600 is acceptable at stock settings, it is almost certainly not capable of providing power for many more devices such as graphics cardsmag-glass_10x10.gif and multiple hard drives. If you add such devices, you also should upgrade your Dell Dimension 4600 power supply.

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Have a dell dimension 4600. I have a blinking


The two biggest culprits would be:

the power supply and the motherboard.

I'd start with the power supply since it's cheap and easy to install.

Find a local computer shop that sells 'em.

Make sure they've got a 100% return policy.

Swap 'em, if it works problem solved.

If not it's probably the motherboard. You could always have a local tech check it out.

Make sure they provide FREE diagnostics. It shouldn't cost you anything to have ti looked at.

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Transfering data from one desktop to another


sol 1 you can burn your data in dvd or cd
sol 2 you can transfer your data in thumb drive (pen drive)

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Computer on the blink


this is the'blue screen of death..the Dell model is usually on a tag somewhere on back. supply that, and perhaps you can gain assistance here(I'm Dell Certified going back in time, by the way)

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