I have Dell Dimension 5150 that was purchased in Dec. 2005.I have Windows XP operating system.The computer some times shuts itself off or goes to restart.Most of the time I was able to restart without problems.
Then I had the problem that the switch that turns the computer on started to blink (orange) when turned on and stoped right there I was able to redtart the computer by unpluging all peripherals including the inner CD drive.Then "drain all charge" by unplugging power and pushing the start button for a few seconds.Plug power back on and start and start plugging peripheral starting with keyboard and mouse. Now it has reached a stiuation that it can an not be restarted.The switch that turns the computer on starts blinking (orange) when turned on and nothing else happens. I had done virus scan every time I was able to start the computer and no virus was detected.
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1. Install its software from the dell web.
2. Before choosing the driver choose operating system as XP.
(You can use the following link; http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/product-support/product/dimension-5150x/drivers)
3. When ask for the device or dongle attach then not before starting the installation.
Hope it will work perfectly, feel free if you have any question.
You can try calling Dell to see if they will send you a re-installation CD. If it's out of warranty they will charge you for it. Either way you will need to have the OS (operating system software) CD to re-install Windows XP or Vista.
While the system begins booting --before the xp logo shows, if it gets that far for you, hold down the F8
key. This will bring up a menu. Choose "start windows in safe mode with
networking". The OS will start in safe mode. run a virus scan,
defrag and scandisk, then restart the system. If is still wont boot
normally, do the same thing then run a registry fixing program such as
uniblue registrybooster, then reboot. If it still won't boot you may
have to format the drive and reinstall the OS. good luck. PLEASE RATE THIS ADVICE WITH
SOME THUMBS UP!!!
Okay, so it seems you installed Microsoft Windows XP Home on a what was Media Center Edition installation, and the ethernet is no longer worker.
Please refer to dell.com's support section, enter your model, and download drivers that you need.
To find drivers you need, Go to start --> control panel and then go to (under classic view) system --> the hardware section, open up device manager, and then look for ones with a yellow big question mark, and get those drivers from dell's website. Burn these drivers to a CD on another computer, or use a USB flash drive if that does work.