It will not recogonize anything that gets plugged into the usb slots, my printer etc. its like they are no longer functional. It also quit letting me go online via wifi so now im having to plug into the modem cable. My USB slots aren't working all 5 of them its like there not functional
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Re: my Dell vostro 1710 usb slots are not working
Hi there. It sounds like the bios may have become corrupt knocking them and the WiFi out. Go here to dell support and download the bios (it has to be on the machine that's faulty) make sure the laptop is plugged in to the mains power when you update the bios >>>>>>>>
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You can flip the laptop over, find the screw(s) holding the drive in the bay, remove the screws and the drive, and then either attempt repairing the drive (highly likely not to be worth the time), or breaking down and buying a replacement that does have a tray. Old laptop parts can be quite expensive, but CD-ROM drives in laptops old and new are often quite widely compatible among many makes and models.
Loading mechanism fault. In most cases, the CD ROM might be replaced. If you wish to get some details; check the site linked here. Viewing it in "Mosaic" or "Magzine" will make surf easy Pull up older posts. Surf the site with patience. http://electronicshelponline.blogspot.com/
It is an optional extra on this laptop according to dell link below. the webacam is located at the top center of the screen if it is installed when you shine a torch in there you should see the lens like a camera on your mobile.
I would also check the device manager and see if anything appears in there. Perhaps drivers need to be installed.
First, try reseating the memory modules in the laptop.
If still nothing, try removing the hard drive, CD/DVD Drive, and memory one at a time (in that order) see if anything makes it boot.
Replace the parts and try booting again.
The error flashing means a processor failure. If you are knowledgeable you can try re-seating the processor.
However, if your unit is in warranty I would call Dell and have them replace the main board and the memory modules as a set. Warning: They will make you go thru these same tests even if you already have.