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What are your PC specs for RAM and CPU speed? VLC player is an amazing player. Are you saying this player is jerky on the same videos that another player was NOT jerky on? That seems very odd. I have yet to experience a jerky playback on VLC for movies (mostly HD).

Is your PC doing something else in the background while attempting to play the movies? Hit Control, Shift, Escape while playing a movie and look on the bottom at how much CPU % the PC uses before and during movie playback.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Feb 26, 2020

Follow these instructions to change your font size.

1. Sign on to AOL and visit AOL Keyword: Preferences.

2. On AOL , click Font & Text Settings. On older versions of AOL, click Font, Text & Graphics.

3. Under the Font Preferences heading, select your preferred font, text size and color for writing email, Instant Messages and chat.

4. Under the Text Preferences heading, select your preferred size for viewing text from other people: Small, Medium or Large.

5. Click Save.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jan 29, 2020

if you look close infront of the cd-dvd playerdoor there is a little hole if you stick a paper clip in there it will eject it.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jan 25, 2018

Look for an adapter, avoid messing with wires

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Nov 04, 2017

F8 at power-on, Safe Mode, then go looking for the 'autorun' entry (launch 'msconfig' from a 'DOS box' (aka 'Command Prompt')

NB. For a long-term solution, I suggest you upgrade from Vista to Windows XP ...

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 30, 2016

You will find a small hole in the front draw insert a paper-clip in & push firmly the draw will pop out

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 22, 2016

Hello, make sure there is a green light on the front of the monitor, if not then no connection from pc to monitor, Make sure monitor is plugged in and powered up, and cable is connected into the pc. If all this is connected, then you either have bad video card, or motherboard for video or bad monitor.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Nov 01, 2015

Hello, There is a pin hole on the front of the cd player, straighten out a paper clip and stick in the hole and push to open the cd door, you can do this without powering up the pc.
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Dell Dimension... | Answered on Nov 01, 2015

Your graphics card may not be able to display this screen resolution.
Open Control Panel - Display - Settings tab and move the slider on the Screen resolution - to get as close to 1800 X 900 then click apply.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Sep 15, 2015


The beep code you are getting is faulty ram. There really is not anything you can do to fix this yourself. Sorry

Best regards

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 07, 2015

I presume that you are referring to the computer system password that is required before you even get to the Windows start up screen.
In this case it is easier for you to download the manual by going here:
Product Support Dell US
and clicking on the "PDF" link beside the Service Manual. You might find it handy to save the manual to your computer for future reference.
There are two sets of jumpers on the motherboard relating to your problem, they are the Password jumper "PSWD" and the RTC reset jumper "RTCRST". They can both be located on the diagram of the motherboard on page 75. The RTCRST is near the battery, and the PSWD is near the Speaker and CPU fan connector.
The PSWD jumper should be set on pins 2 & 3 to disable password features. (See page 90)
The RTCRST jumper should be transferred from pins 2 & 3,and put on pins 1 & 2. After about 5-10 secs this should be replaced on pins 2 & 3. (see page 85)
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Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jan 01, 2015

Check your settings and make sure the out going mail server is correct.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Dec 22, 2014

Try another keyboard, the one you used probably suffer a small surge

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Oct 22, 2014

Right Click> Eject> should do it

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Sep 24, 2014

If on boot you get a message saying Drive 2 is missing, check if you have 2 HDD's fitted, this would be the BIOS reporting it can't see drive 2, if the PC does have 2 drives then the 2nd drive has failed.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Sep 04, 2014

If the eject button is not working, go to Start and then my computer (Win XP) or Computer (Win 7) you should then see the drive, right click on the drive and click the Eject option.

Should that fail you may need to eject it manualy, check the drive door and you should see a small hole, use a paper clip or similar and gently press it in to the hole. This should release the lock and let you open the door.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Sep 04, 2014

Open the case, loosen the 2 screws holding the black plastic casingon the cooling tower over the CPU. Carefully remove, or tilt back to reveal cooling tower radiator and coil.
If there is a layer of dust built up (like there was on mine); carefully vacuum clean the radiator, cooling tower unit, fan and all other surrounding areas. Clean any residue from tower-to-CPU contact area.
Vacuum entire PC inside and out. Remove, reseat, vacuum video card. Reseat storage drive cables reseat the memory sticks, close it up and plug it back in start computer.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Aug 13, 2014

More detail is needed

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jul 16, 2014

whats the problem,?

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 13, 2014

I'm sure that Dell and Gateway don't get along.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on May 06, 2014

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