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Opening up an Inspiron 8100 Laptop

Are there "any" instructions available that explain which screws to remove when replacing/repairing an Inspiron 8100 laptop? I'm going to be replacing the cooling fans AND possibly (depending on the complications) a new screen and hard drive.

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My Dell Lap Top needs a hard drive installed

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I need to transfer data from an old and sickly Dell Insiron 8100 to a new 2010 external hard conforming ports....pls advise what I need to purchase...cable?....for transfer ...and either...

The first thing I would do is pull the hard drive from the sick Inspiron. Now get yourself an IDE/SATA to USB adapter from a computer retailer or on Ebay, they cost about 20 bucks. Attach the HDD from the Inspiron to the adapter and attach the usb side of the cable to a good computer. The computer will now read this drive as an external and allow to access any and all files. Just make sure that before you remove the HDD from the Inspiron, you remove any passwords on the computer that might limit your access to files. Also on the good computer go to control panel > Folder Options. Click on the boxes to allow viewing of system files etc. just for a little while, during the files copy. Make a folder on your desktop and name it whatever you want. Now go through the HDD from the Inspiron and copy any and all files to that folder. When you have finished, attach your new external. Now just copy the files from the folder on the desktop to the new external drive and there you go. These adapters are the only true way to be able to pull this off. Good luck

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My dell 8100 laptop is locked and at the bios . how do i break the code?

YOu can reset bios password with 2 method.
(1) open back cover of laptop then find motherbord .Pull cmos cell from motherbord for 15 minutes then again put it in it's position .then it not ask for password.
(2)You can clear password with jumper settings find jumper on motherbord named clear cmos it has 3 pin .1-2-3
Put jumper in 2-3 position then again put it in 1-2 position then check .
Let me know if you need more assistance.

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I am attemping data recover on Hitachi 80 GB 2.5" SATA hard drive, need instruction to open cover, etc.

Generally there is a small screw, (Or two of them), that go through a thin metal tab, affixed to the harddrive. They usually have a strip of thin cloth, that you pull on, to ease the harddrive out, after the screw is removed. Sometimes it's hard to see.

I have to give you this information in a generic form, because laptops differ in the way they keep the harddrive in. I better go ahead, and tell you, that this specific info may not be available, for your particular laptop. However, you may want to come back, and post the laptop manufacturer name, and model number, in case it is. (I've worked on many, and have a lot of information available, but am being straight up front with you, that I do not have info available for every laptop out there. Just trying to help, is all)

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Dell inspiron 8100 notebook

You may need to try installing windows xp. I had a gateway that had a brand new hard drive and wouldn't take 98, but installed xp flawlessly. Look at the computer and see if it says designed for Windows XP

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Where do you find the P/N # on the Dell 8100 Video Card?

Dell 8100 is a tower and you can replace it with any video card and get better performance with a replacement.

PN typically means Part Number so that is probably correct. Also, if you call Dell support, if you give them the pc serial number, they should be able to tell you the part number of the video card. If it is out of warranty, just explain to them you just need the part number

I have done this before and gotten the info I needed.

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Wipe hard drive

under the laptop xp home sticker.
have u backed up personal files ? pics docs music ?

turn pc on .repeatedly tap F12 then put xp cd in it. then choose cdrom. then it will boot to a blue screen. loading stuff on bottom 2 minutes.then 2 options repair console or install windows. choose second. then F8 i agree to licensing terms and then drive is listed.. at that point u can delete and create partition then it will ask to format i do quick. then rest is easy.

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what brand pc. if its dell on the main beginign powerup screen press repeatedly f12 then choose ide cdrom. with xp cd in drive allready. make sure u have the xp key for that version usualy on side of pc if its brand.

What brand pc?

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Wipe the hard drive

if its inspiron 8100 you wont have theoption of ctrl f11 as its older than 2005 when quick restore was added to dells. you will need the xp cd dell can ship it for under 11$ also download audio video network drivers for that model then burn them to cd .

However im able to remove almost all viruses with boot cd ( even with remote support= tech can do it remotely)

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