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RAID is where you use data in stripes over many disks to improve reliability, one disk can go down and can be replaced without rebuilding machine. RAID is not appropriate for a single disk machine.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jul 15, 2014

Intel what. And why would you want to up grade an 8100?

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

Ask a question, it makes it so much easier to provide an answer.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Sep 24, 2013

i have a dell dimension 8100 no audio device the multimedia audio controllers has a yellow question mark ive try fixing but cant

Dell Dimension... | Answered on May 11, 2013

Restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer

As the computer is booting repeatadly press the F8 key as the computer is booting

If done properly the user should get to a screen similar to the below screen.

Select the option for Safe mode command prompt only

Windows Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Debugging Mode

Start Windows Normally
Return to OS Choices Menu

Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.

select safe mode with command prompt

Then type at the C:\> prompt: type


and hit Enter. You'll see a dash (-) at the DEBUG prompt. Now type:

o 70 2e

which will show as -o 70 2e at the DEBUG prompt. Hit Enter. Then type:

o 71 ff

and hit Enter. Finally type:


and hit Enter one last time to quit DEBUG back to the C:\> prompt.
Now you're ready to reboot your PC, and press the appropriate key or key
combo (look it up in your motherboard manual if you don't know it) to access
your BIOS Setup.

Youll notice the password is gone.

If this fails try typing

At command prompt type debug
you will get a - prompt where you can type the following (<enter> means press enter, not type enter*)

JB 103 <ENTER>
<ENTER> just hit enter on this line

Basic BIOS password - works 9.9 times out of ten

If this fails you will need to

Select safe mode with networking to download

you could download all of these or just one save them to a usb drive for later use if one fails to remove the password


At some stage you might need to press Ctrl+Enter rather than just Enter if on a Dell Latitude E5410


A CMOS BIOS password recovery tool

Editors note: This tool should only be used by experienced computer users.

Please see the enclosed read me if you would like to run it from Windows.

Failure to follow instructions (from Windows) will cause your anti-virus to flag this as a virus.

Hope this helps.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Dec 03, 2012

I suspect you already tried the drivers. Dell site only has drivers from 2001. You may have to roll back or purchase new cards. It's the same reason I can't use Win8.

http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/19/Index Choose drivers and downloads..

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Aug 31, 2012

means no display right .....press f8 when switching on......may be the resolution problem.......otherwise press del or f1 to go into bios......still no display.......motherboard has internal problem give it to service center

Dell Dimension... | Answered on May 08, 2012

Best way is to download Windows disc image from internet, burn it to CD/DVD and make a clean installation with it. What type of windows you need you will find out on that sticker If it is too complex to you then I would suggest to hand your computer to local computer specialist or friend who knows how and what to do.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Aug 20, 2011

If the drives share the same IDE cable, try to replace the cable and make certain it is seated properly on the motherboard. Check for bent pins on either drive and on the motherboard IDE connector. Sometimes pins (especially near either end of the 2 rows of 20 pins) will bend under if they are not lined up with the IDE cable. Also check that nothing changed on the Jumper positions on the drives. They should be set to Master if both drives are single and Master (hard drive) and Slave (CDROM) if they share the same cable.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 24, 2011

Go to www.dell.com/support and get the audio driver appropriate to your computer and your OS.

Thanks for visiting today.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Feb 05, 2011

The best thing to do is go to Dell's website using the following link.
Once there enter your PC's Service Tag number from the back of the PC and you will see what will work with your system.
Then head over to Newegg,com and look for the proper parts.
If you need more help send me your Service Tag number and I'll look it up for you.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Dec 06, 2010

When you boot your computer, spam the F2 key to enter the BIOS setup. Select the Drives/Drive Configuration menu, make sure PATA-0 and PATA-1 are enabled. (or whatever is listed for your physical drive ports, the Dimension 8100 doesn't use SATA so those shouldn't be listed). Save settings and restart. XP should now be able to detect the new hard drive.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Sep 29, 2010

Go to start-

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Sep 20, 2010

It might be really what it says, but chances are you have accidentally started a "fake virus scam" malware, that acts a bit like a virus, but with an added function of luring you into paying for some miraculous anti-virus, that will cure your computer of the multiple "infections" it has allegedly "discovered".
If you can open Internet Explorer, you may try one of the online virus scanners available. If not, the only thing left is to prepare on a clean computer a startup antivirus CD, from which you could boot your computer and run an antivirus program.

Free Online scanners:

Free boot antivirus products (CD image to burn):

Please come back with a testimonial if helped :)

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jul 17, 2010

If your internet is working, I would advice you to update the driver using the drivermax free software. It will automatically search for the updated driver for your sound card and other devices. Its a free software and Ive been using it for a w hile now. Its been very helpful to me.


Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jul 07, 2010

Servral ideas for you.

1. Take out the hard drive and put it into the new computer.

2. Get a external drive and transfer that way.

3. use the microsoft backup software and back it up then restore on your new computer from back up set.

4. burn to CD's dvd's

There are many ways to do this and I am not sure witch you choose so I can expand on it more. please do leave postive feedback and ratings for your free answer today.

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Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 24, 2010

This is a generic issue with all Windows OS updates....many of the users are facing this issue....this issue began after an auto update from MS changed many IRQs of Win OS, mainly the Sound and Audio Control system of Windows.
1 - R U facing NO Audio / No Sound issue...?
2 - Is ur Volume Control not responding ?
3 - Is ur Sound and Audio Device in Control Panel Grayed out ?
4 - Do u get a msg "No Active Mixer Devices Installed....when u try to open Volume Ctrl etc etc ?

If ur ans to any one of them is Yes...then u are being spammed by Microsoft....as ur Sound Control IRQ is being frozen by a recent update from Microsoft....

No file update or any sound driver update can fix it, neither Microsoft is issuing any patch to fix it…or giving any help on this.
Full solution is available in my website (Support page)...it's quite simple process to fix it, and I am not charging any money, just trying to do some service and help everyone affected by this stupidity from Microsoft.
visit my support page.

all the best...
i am also a victim of this mis-adventure from MS

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jan 18, 2010

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