20 Most Recent Dell Inspiron 4100 Notebook Questions & Answers

Some aftermarket batteries don't play well with your Laptop, the "pin-outs" may not be correct. Be sure to buy a genuine Dell replacement. I have no idea where you purchased it, but inexpensive replacements found on-line can be a problem, and, at best, will not work correctly, worst case can be a fire hazard. Return it and find another.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Apr 01, 2013

What happens when you hook it up to a external monitor? If it works fine with a external monitor, then your laptop monitor is going bad. If it does it with an external monitor, then its more than likely an issue with your laptops video adapter.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Oct 21, 2012

Try connecting an external monitor to the laptop (15 pin VGA connector). If the display appears normal on the external monitor then you have an issue with your laptop's LCD display. If the external monitor also has vertical screens then your video circuit on the laptop has a problem.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on May 20, 2011

There's a possibility for the keyboard under they keyboard you see to be broken. Try pressing them really hard, and in between.

If they still do not respond, contact your manufacturer and send it in for repairs.
You could also buy a USB keyboard and use it with your laptop, but i am sure it won't be easy to transfer the whole thing.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 02, 2011

This problem generally arises when the LCD of the notebok is didturbed. Problems related with the LCD can't be repaired. You can get the LCD replaced for free if your notebook is covered by warranty or also in case of warranty extension.
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Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 20, 2010

Look for a key named "F-lock" or something that activates/deactivates the function keys.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Aug 23, 2010

You need to re-install the CD-ROM driver.
You can download the drivers from Dell WEB site, the support download page. Make sure you select your model desktop or laptop, better still, type in the Service Tag number, it is printed on the label on the bottom of the laptop and on the back or sides of a desktop. (If the Service Tag label is missing then go into the BIOS setting and on one of the BIOS pages, the Service Tag number will be displayed). This will open the page where the specific drivers for your model computer are located. Also make sure you select the Windows XP or Vista version of the drivers for your Windows operating system. Click on this link to download the drivers: -

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Mar 06, 2010

Most likely, the CPU cooling fan, as the system doesn't really start generating any heat until the windows video initializes. If you have the resource CD, run the diagnostic for the fan, see if the noise occurs during the test.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 21, 2009

Very general question, but check the soundcard (are drivers installed), codecs for the files you are trying to play. Or look for Fn+F1toF12 combo, which may mute/unmute.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Nov 07, 2009

I have 2 solutions, reset the BIOS by removing the CMOS battery or you can make a bootable USB or Floppy password resetter, if you wan't to know how to create one please chat me so that I can instruct you directly.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Oct 22, 2009

You can try reseating the video cable under the keyboard. If that has no effect then you are looking at replacing the LCD assembly. Replacements are generally $150 or so on Ebay.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Sep 30, 2009

The LCD is going bad, the replacement cost is about 200$ a ballpark figure keep in mind, first bring it to a repair shop and get a estimate, i usually don't charge for this. But this will depends on that specific shop that you bring it to. Good luck.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Sep 21, 2009

Easiest thing to do is to use a mouse. Just plug it in (ideally before you switch on), should automatically be recognised and away you go. I hate trackballs and the mousepads and when working on anyone elses laptop, always connect a mouse up.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on May 06, 2009

This is a common problem that affected a host of dell models which had a 'trackball' or whatever the little 'nib' in the middle of the keyboard is called?
You can try to remove the 'Synaptics pointing Device' in add/remove programs. This may help.

There is one and only one way to fix this issue, you have to lift the keyboard and disconnect the 'trackball' thingy from the mainboard....do not disconnect the touchpad, the touchpad itself is not the problem but suffers from the drift caused by the malfunctioning ball in the middle of the keyboard.
the fix above u will lose use of the 'ball' but not the touchpad, and you wont be tempted to smash the laptop off the wall .

if you want to know how to get at the connectors under the keyboard goto:


look in 'Removing and Replacing Parts'
Follow the steps to remove the keyboard.

Click on this link or copy and paste the complete link into your browser.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

I’m happy to assist further over the phone at https://www.6ya.com/expert/joe_8b8c2cd6ce148309

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on May 06, 2009

post_old.gif The error is a software error in the NT File System which is the format that you have installed on your computer. The repair is to boot to the CD installation disc or a copy of the boot discd (K)s and open the repair console to repair the file system....since you are unable to boot to the repair console then your only option is to reformat and reinstall....I hope that you have your system backed up!

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Apr 30, 2009

The Inspiron 4100 has a 16MB video card built in to the motherboard. It is not upgradable. It appears that the system doesn't meet the minimum requirements for the program, so you'll have to get a more powerful system to run that application. sorry =(

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Mar 14, 2009

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