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I think your Thermal Paste on the CPU HeatSink might be dry. When this happens it like metal touching metal and the computer shorts out so it can't boot. You need to open the case and you will see 4 screws that hold the cpu heatsink on top of the processor chip. There are lots of videos on Youtube that show you how to replace the thermal paste (sometimes called thermal compound). I'm going to post a link here to one. I normally apply a thin coat of the paste all over the cpu and also on the heatsink. Then I put a coat of the paste in the middle of the cpu just like the video shows. This insures that I have coating all over the cpu and the cpu/heatsink. Don't worry as the video says about letting it dry. Put it on and turn your computer back on and start using it.
How to Replace Thermal Compound

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IBM Netvista A30 8315-61U what does IBM have to do with DELL?

that is now Lenova , IBM sold PCs div, to Lenova long ago.
so ill move you to lenovo

my guess the post should read
old Pentium 4 PC from Lenovo per above
I can not install and OS
NO OS stated, windows sure... but...
NO version OS stated XP, vista,w7,8,8,1.w10
no media you are using to install it.

the cure is easy , re-Install windows fresh
all data and your apps will be gone, we backup first.
if that fails the HDD is bad, run HDD test.s
run crystaldiskinfo on it if smart param, C6 is wrong, the drive is toasted.

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Somehow you lost the Computers Operating System. Try to insert the original windows disk and try the repair phase.

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test the PSU yet,
the jumper clip tests?
are the fans dead?

bad PSU
PSU overloaded
or worse. ask

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try verifying your game files in steam

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Did you install burner software? Are you sure the unit is a burner?

If you need further help, reach me via phone at

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That may not resolve the error without further actions, but you may wish to personally consult a technician or someone with more experience than you to help boot into safe mode, and use regedit or other software to identify and remove any errors on the system.

The alternative will be to reinstall Windows software entirely by booting with a legitimate CD-ROM.

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Try unscrewing the bottom of the laptop carefully, then make sure that all the hardware components such as the memory is re-seated properly.

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Hi, just use the steam service online they are very reliable,

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Audio is easy...requires little ram to operate. Video today needs 2 GIGABITS or more for VIDEO. A lot depends in the Motherboard Processor also. If it is old, the main processor is no doubt slow. High speed internet is faster than some computer speeds and thus the computer is trying to buffer (catch up) which causes means conditions to occur. Lag time with Video is one problem.
Windows operating system is another. Win 8-10 are ok, but older OS's are slow. THEN we have a Video Card problem. Old cards require new drivers to keep up with changes. Some old Video is slow because the VIDEO RAM is too slow and old. Solution = a New 2018 Computer

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I hope you have the cd that came with that or you made system disks. You are going to have to repair the installation. Try pressing F8 and see if you can enter safe mode.

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Look for an adapter, avoid messing with wires

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first unplug all power from your computer. Next open the side panel of the desktop. Inside the computer you will see the motherboard. locate the battery ( round flat like a quarter size, silver color). Carefully ( very carefully) remove it. Wait 10 seconds and reinstalled it. This will reset all your cmos or bios setting to factory setting including deleting your password.

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yes but you will need to download a wifi driver in the Dell so that it can communicate with the wifi service provider
best download the driver from the modem used for the connection

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the mail problem with those dells is the video card was not very good. you can go to dell and put in the tag number and download the drivers for it and that might help. the old dell was a xp machine and it might be the only drivers you can get for that. if you have upgraded to windows 7 there are not drivers for that in w7

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If it fits the connector on the motherboard. Also be sure to check the motherboard for compatability for the new PCI card

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Hi sir/madam
Have u tried with Reinstalling powerdvd,windvd or nero only if it is winxp operating system.

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jsut install the driver anyway. for just about all the xp programs that was not dell or microsoft will say that

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it seems to me that the jumpers on the drives are not set right. if you do not know how to do this find someone that can help you

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You need to reset it to factory defaults. Several youtube videos can help you (I have exact printer but book is put away). Have you done anything to it lately with ink cartridges and the like? may need to get some mineral spirits, take out ink cartridges, and clean contacts with swab. Try the reset first, though.

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