20 Most Recent Dell Studio 540 MT Pentium DualCore E5300 26GHz 2GB 500GB DVD±RW Windows 7 Home Premium wHDMI (683728212391) PC Desktop Questions & Answers


Not very helpful info! I would try tapping f12 on booting up which takes you into the Dell Diagnostics mode. Then come back here.

Dell Studio 540... | Answered on Feb 24, 2014


The hard drive could be corrupt, this will cause the operating system to run the error checking. If you had a virus, and it infected any windows files, windows will check the files, but if it can\'t fix them, then it won;t run. You can try to enter safe mode, tapping F8 at boot, you should see a option to repair or restore. If not see if you can enter Safe Mode.

In safe mode you can go to start button, all programs, accessories, system tools, system restore.

You can also get a windows install disk, same version as you have, and put in the disk and hit F11, and boot from the disk, and run a repair from it.


You really should go to the website Avira, and download the rescue disk, burn it to a CD. This will run a virus scan of the hard drive before windows in DOS.
If there is a virus, it will kill it. But there is a chance it can\'t clean the virus and windows won\'t start.

The other option is to just erase the hard drive, not format, erase it with a program like Active kill disk. Then reinstall windows, all the drivers.

Dell Studio 540... | Answered on Mar 31, 2013


The audio output jacks on the back of your computer are for 5.1 speaker setup. Meaning that you have a speaker array of 2 front side speakers, 1 center speaker, 2 rear left and right speakers and a sub-woofer speaker. Here is a link to the set-up giude of your computer:

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_studio_desktop/studio-desktop_Setup%20Guide_en-us.pdf

Dell Studio 540... | Answered on Feb 17, 2013


WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL. http://www.kitchentablecomputers.com/static.php - rules Only work inside the computer case when the power has been switched off and disconnected. Never open the power source. Some of the below steps recommend removing physical parts within the computer. While in the computer it is highly recommend that you be aware of ESD and its potential hazards Remove the memory modules from their slots. Take the opportunity to clean the slots on the motherboards and the memory module connectors. Use compressed air to blow dust away and clean contacts with a soft cloth. Do not use a metallic vacuum cleaner if it touches any component it may create a short and cause damage to the motherboard or other components. Do not use solvent that may attract dust and never poke things like cotton buds in to slots. lightly rub an alcohol (Methylated Spirits) on a cloth not to hard let the alcohol do the work on the copper gold or silver tabs and r Allow the pins to dry. They will air dry in a matter of minutes. If reseating the memory did not resolve the issue try swapping the location of the memory. If you have only one stick of memory in the computer try moving it to another slot and then boot the computer. Check the memory module and memory slot contacts. They are either copper tin or gold. The colour will tell you which they are. Mixing tin and gold can result in corrosion that prevents proper contact. Look for any sign of physical damage to the memory module, memory slots or the motherboard. Reseat the memory modules. You should hear an audible click when they are in place. Do not use too much force to reseat the memory module in to the slot this can cause damage to the module, slot or motherboard. The hardware that you are trying to access is damaged or failing.


The device drivers for the hardware are faulty or incompatible. Could be a problem with the Hard Drive or the Hard drives PCB http://www.onepcbsolution.com/ There is a connection problem such as a bad cable for internal hard drives
Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA
the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty if its a flat 40pin ide this will be the first to fail Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd and floppy (If Applicable) have secure connections and are not faulty. or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error

Hope this helps.

Dell Studio 540... | Answered on Jan 03, 2013


They are different Operating Systems. Window vs iOS. Different features. However, Win 7 does have sticky notes. Like post-its. Download a sticky notes program if you don't have Win 7.

Dell Studio 540... | Answered on Oct 08, 2012


If it seems like it booted up all the way except the screen is black try the steps below.

Either the monitor or the video card inside the computer is bad. Borrow a monitor from a neighbor, friend, relative or co-worker and connect it to the computer. If the Borrowed monitor displays ok, then your video card is good, but your original monitor is bad. If the Borrowed monitor does not display then the video card inside the computer is bad.

If it does not seem like it booted up all the way try the steps below:

When you plug in the power cord is there any lights whatsoever on the laptop, where the plug goes in or on the AC Adapter of the power cord?

When you press the power button do you hear fans running, hard drive spinning, lights on the computer, hear any beeps or lights constantly blinking, hear the DvD/CD drive click and the light on the drawer of the DvD/CD turn on for a second or two? If so the computer is trying to boot or may have booted, but the screen is not showing for some reason.

Beep tones and blinking lights tells the technicians what is going on with the laptop and why it is not booting. Most times it's a motherboard issue when you hear beeps or blinking lights continuous. Most times the problem is with the memory or Video Card. Count the Blinking Lights or Beeps and take note of their pattern (1 Long or 1 Long followed by 2 Short).

Maybe you have a Static Charge Buildup. Remove the Power Cord, then Press and Hold the power button for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds plug the power cord back in and hit the power button to see if it boots.

Maybe your memory is bad or the memory slot is bad.

Remove the Power Cord, Open the Case and remove one of the memory chips. Set the chip aside then try rebooting the computer. If it boots, then you know the memory chip you set aside is bad so mark an x on it with an ink pen. If it fails to boot then move the chip to the next memory slot and try rebooting. If it fails take the chip out and set it aside, then put the other chip in and try booting it in both slots. If it boots, just to verify that the chip set aside is bad, mark an x on it and put it into the open memory chip slot and try booting.

Dell Studio 540... | Answered on Jun 08, 2012


This error message indicates the video setting of your computer has exceeded the operating range of your monitor. You need to reduce the screen resolution and/or the monitor refresh rate.
This is not a hard disk problem.

Dell Studio 540... | Answered on May 07, 2011


If you have an optional video card installed in your system, try plugging in the the monitor using the 15 pin VGA plug on the back of the computer and see if you get the same results. There might be a plastic cap covering the VGA plug so you'll have to remove it for testing purposes. If no change then try using a different monitor. You can also try plugging the monitor into a different computer.
If the monitor display is normal using the VGA port then your graphics card has a problem. If the monitor is still dark attached to a different computer then your monitor or monitor cable is bad.

Dell Studio 540... | Answered on Feb 17, 2011


Turn it off. Symptoms suggest hard drive failure. Use of s taking a physical battering. This may damage data beyond recovery. The drive Take it to a shop. Your other choice: Oddly, freezing the hard drive sometimess temporaily fixes the drive long enough to recover data. Replacement of the hard drive is the likely fix. Unless you want to try to freeze the HD and copy data off of it quickly, only a shop specializing in data recovery might recover such. Hopefully youhave backed up data to another drive. You might want to consider a new laptop, after you eye the possible cost of repair and/or data recovery.

Dell Studio... | Answered on Jun 03, 2017


Always include the version of Windows in your posts.
Could have been a RAM problem if you got 4 beeps and you seem to have resolved that by reseating the modules. But the RAM error may have caused some corruption to a file on the hard drive.
Assuming the diagnostics pass, you can reboot and press F8 before Windows starts to load. Select Last Known Good. If that gets you to the desktop without errors, shut down normally and reboot normally, and you should be good to go.
You may also want to run chkdsk on the hard drive:
Click: Start>run
Type in: chkdsk C:
Click OK
Accept the offer to run chkdsk at next boot and then reboot. chkdsk will run before Windows loads. It may take a long time, depending on size of your hard drive, so be patient.

Dell Studio... | Answered on Dec 27, 2016


Can you specify WHEN and perhaps what was on the screen? What were you doing when the problem started?

Dell Studio... | Answered on Dec 30, 2015


Hi Praveen,

My name is Pradeep and I work for Dell's Social Media Team.
Please reach out to our Sales team at 1800-425-4026 or 080-25108032 to purchase Studio laptop Battery.

Pradeep Lokesh
Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status: http://del.ly/61822hij
Download Drivers: http://del.ly/61832hid

Dell Studio... | Answered on Jun 29, 2015


Hi Ken,

My name is Pradeep and I work for Dell's Social Media Team.
Please follow the steps in this link: http://bit.ly/1LfQ23w
Right click on your Desktop and select the Screen resolution option, uncheck the Allow the screen to auto-rotate checkbox. Let us know the results.

Pradeep Lokesh
Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status: http://del.ly/61822hij
Download Drivers: http://del.ly/61832hid

Dell Studio... | Answered on Jun 17, 2015


the only thing to be aware of is the voltage cannot exceed that required for the laptop . for example if the solar panel puts out 12 volts you will need an adaptor before the usb connection to reduce the power to the voltage for the laptop

Dell Studio... | Answered on Mar 29, 2015


go to Dell.com and contact Support

I’m happy to help further over the phone at https://www.6ya.com/expert/wynn_5ba0205233ebfc15

Dell Studio... | Answered on Jan 25, 2015


either the spring inside is broken or it needs cleaning up

Dell Studio... | Answered on Jan 05, 2015


Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, select "start Windows Task Manager"
Under Applications Tab, right click on the program you want to close.
Select "Go to Processes"
Right click on the highlighted process and select"End Process Tree"

Dell Studio... | Answered on Jan 05, 2015


Generally, a code 10 says that the driver was not loaded, which could be the driver is missing or corrupted .
Go to the Dell download center and download the driver for your profire device.
It could be on a driver CD that came with the computer Too

Dell Studio... | Answered on Dec 14, 2014

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