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I wonder if anyone on here could please give us some assistance..

We've just dug out our old Del laptop,with thoughts of maybe using it,whilst in the van...and we're having "some" trouble with it... *-)

Firstly,it now takes ages(..and I mean ages!)to start up...and when it has finally finished loading,there's no sign of the cursor anywhere...? :-S

Is there a way of "resetting" the cursor? (..if indeed,that is the problem?)

We have tried using a seperate mouse but that didn't work either....

 

(It is about 12years old and using Windows XP).

 

Any thoughts?...

 

Thanks

 

 

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Right then....

 

Remove battery. It WILL be knackered after that timescale.

Laptop does not need it to run on mains, and will be a lot lighter too.

 

Don't change from Windows XP. it's the best (and simplest, and by far the most stable) operating system Microsoft ever did. it also takes up about a zillion miles LESS space than later offerings from the Geek.

 

Look in Start-Control Panel-Add/remove programmes, for stuff that you never use, and delete those programmes. A lot of these will be no doubt starting as Windows loads, and thus will be slowing down your startup regime.

 

Delete all the gazillions of documents, photos, porn movies etc that you don't need, on the machine.

 

Empty recycle bin.

 

 

Then run the defragment programme....you know how to do that I hope? You should be doing that every couple of weeks anyway....

 

 

 

That'll be 200 quid please...........ta mutchly

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Thanks for all the input...

 

I should just point out that,although when "in service" we did keep it relatively clutter free,defrag'd etc,being only 256mb, it wasn't exactly lightening speed in the first place(..hence why we replaced it). (lol)

 

Unfortunately I don't think the OH purchased(or kept!) any discs when she bought it back in 2000/2001,so I assume that un-installing stuff is a no go...and we looked at some of the tips online but none that I've found seem to relate to the situation that we've got...nor does using a seperat mouse work...

 

..and oddly,now when it's starting up, prior to it bringing up the usual blue page with the Windows XP Logo (and blue "loading bar" thing), it now also has a black/blank screen,which has a thick white segmented loading bar sitting at the bottom of it ..?..and both pages take a good ten minutes each to load.. *-)

 

And when all that's done ...there's still no sign of any cursor...which makes any actions that may need taking,somewhat "challenging" (lol)

 

Oh well,never mind,it has been sitting in the cupboard for a 18 months..so it's no great loss.... ;-)

(..If we can't fathom it out,I suppose we may have to look at a safe way of "disposing" of it ...I gather from on here,that the safest way is to remove the harddrive and put a hammer through it..? :-S )

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A couple of things that may be worth a shot.

 

When you get the Dell logo at the very start either press F2 or F12 to get the boot menu. You will find somewhere a line which states 'start in last known good operating set up' or something like that. That will restore it to when it worked well. Also if you have never re-installed Windows DFell usually provide a part of the hard drive for a system restore function. Check the Dell support pages and see if that issstill available.

 

http://support.euro.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs&docid=DSN_347576&isLegacy=true

 

 

If that does not work try again from the boot menu to run it in 'safe mode' this will only run the minimum system to get windows running. If it does work then run a compete scan to see if there is anything affecting the machine. Try more than 1 scann system, Kaspersky is a pretty brutal one.

 

However, the best optio is to reload windows XP. I am sure someone somewhere, kids, relatives etc will have a 'gash' copy. Even if it was just Home Edition, that would get you started. Do not try the 'repair' function on the OS disc as it will just make things worse. You need a clean installation.

 

By the way, do you have another Dell machine in the house, if so try the disc from that as it should recognise Dell software and load as long as it is not Vista.

 

If all fails then I am afraid it is time for 'boot hill' for computers., but wipe the hard drive first. Google 'boot and nuke' and this will download a disc that will completely clean the hard drive. If thta fails then a screwdriver through the hard drive will bevery effective.

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I'd ditch it as it isn't worth the hassle. You can buy a better one than that on e.bay for way less than £100.
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peter - 2012-04-02 8:15 PM

 

I'd ditch it as it isn't worth the hassle...

 

Yeah,that's very much what I'm thinking...and even if we did manage to "re-load" it,check with scans etc,I should imagine,as soon as we show it the internet(..for maps,campsite searches etc),it would get totally overawed and swamped by it all... (lol)

 

Thanks for all your thoughts on this chaps.. ;-)

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pepe63 - 2012-04-01 4:18 PM

 

I wonder if anyone on here could please give us some assistance..

We've just dug out our old Del laptop,with thoughts of maybe using it,whilst in the van...and we're having "some" trouble with it... *-)

Firstly,it now takes ages(..and I mean ages!)to start up...and when it has finally finished loading,there's no sign of the cursor anywhere...? :-S

Is there a way of "resetting" the cursor? (..if indeed,that is the problem?)

We have tried using a seperate mouse but that didn't work either....

 

(It is about 12years old and using Windows XP).

 

Any thoughts?...

 

Thanks

 

 

 

Reformat and re-install windows if you know what your about, mind you 256 megs of ram is a bit on the low side for XP, as others have said I would not bother if you need to pay to have this done for you. A complete waste of time trying to do any of the windows tools, disc defrag etc. it needs wiping end of, and the OS re-installing, or it may well have a hardware fault, especially as you say there is no cursor, and no response from a USB, or PS2 mouse. Trust me I live and breath IT stuff and fix machines for a wide circle of friends and family. Modern laptops are light years better now,go treat yourself. Or go to your local computer fair to pick up a second hand bargain, loads and loads of them about.

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Sersiously if its 12 years old dont bother.

 

However you may well sell it on Ebay. Some idiot will buy it. I sold one a while ago for a little old lady near where we live, similar age Dell. It did work though (just). It sold for £75!!!

 

Tescos sell new ones for about £300 now! I think you can get them new online for even less.

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Barryd999 - 2012-04-02 11:06 PM

 

 

Some idiot will buy it. I sold one a while ago for a little old lady near where we live, similar age Dell. It did work though (just). It sold for £75!!!

 

 

Now there's someone full of the milk of human kindness, sells a load of junk to a little old lady for £75, astonishing bit of information to share with us ,must have given you a warm glow.

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1footinthegrave - 2012-04-02 11:31 PM

 

Barryd999 - 2012-04-02 11:06 PM

 

 

Some idiot will buy it. I sold one a while ago for a little old lady near where we live, similar age Dell. It did work though (just). It sold for £75!!!

 

 

Now there's someone full of the milk of human kindness, sells a load of junk to a little old lady for £75, astonishing bit of information to share with us ,must have given you a warm glow.

 

Yes FOR an old lady. She was delighted. Poor as a church mouse she was and couldnt afford a new one but managed to get a reconditioned one which I sourced for her for £150 so only £75 to her seeing as I made sure she got all the money!

 

I have been known to be ruthless and run an IT company but even I have a bit of a heart! :D

 

Sersiously though you will be surprised what stuff on ebay will fetch. I had a three year old Toshiba. I broke the screen and in a fit of anger, drop kicked it across the office floor. 8-) It was totalled and in bits. Flogged it on ebay, fully described with most of the bits in a padded envelope. £100!

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peter - 2012-04-02 11:37 PM

 

Just for your information one foot in the mouth, he sold FOR an old lady.

 

Oh sorry, missed the FOR, wonderful that he should do such a kindness and no doubt as he put it sold it to an idiot as he said loads out there, including me for missing that. The definition of poor as a church mouse has obviously moved on to include only owning a second hand laptop computer. :D :D :D

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Actually when I eventually get back to work after Easter I have a customer who I will be selling some five year (or so) old laptops including a battered Sony vaio all with xp and Office 2003 on eBay. I'll be starting them at 0.01p.

 

Will put the links in when I get round to it. I hate doing this as it's a chore but in the case of the old dear I didn't mind. 50% cut for my efforts on this one which I'm hoping will stretch to a new 12v tv or maybe a solar panel!

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