how do you reset a dell 1100

February 21, 2010 at 22:54:34
Specs: Windows xp home
someone installed a bigger processor in my wifes dell but the fan would just come on and the screen was blank and the keyboard did nothing. he told me to try to put in another processor , but the one he took out has broken and bent pins on it now, so i re-installed the one that he put in (suposed to be a 3.4 gig but i don't know). I took out the ram and harddrive also and now it just turns on for a few seconds with the fan running but turns right back off. I know that there is a reset pattern for sonys, how do you reset a dell 1100?

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#1
February 22, 2010 at 00:29:42
Well, I guess that's the last time you'll let him mess with one of your computers.

You first need to verify you've got a compatible cpu. There's no 'reset' if your hardware isn't right. There should be a service tag number on the computer. You'll need that to specifically ID it on Dell's site. Go to:

http://www.support.dell.com/support...

You might try 'drivers and downloads' first and see if it shows the specs.

Or post back the service tag number and maybe we can find something.

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#2
February 22, 2010 at 09:26:37
it was working untill i took out the processor and put itback and took out the ram and harddrive. now it just comes on then right back off? I cant download drivers if the thing wont stay running?

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#3
February 22, 2010 at 12:08:10
Make sure all the pins are straight on the cpu and it's firmly seated in the socket. Make sure the cpu heatsink and fan assembly is properly installed.

I assume you reinstalled the hard drive and ram. If you have all the parts installed--and they weren't damaged--then it should at least give a posting screen. Do you get any beeps? If so, describe them.

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#4
February 23, 2010 at 16:18:33
i think it is a bad processor and somehow the old one the pins are so bad that i cant fix them. it doesnt beep or do anything but turn on for a few seconds with the fan running and then shuts down. the old processor was about 1 1/2" ont the top contact, the new one is only about 1/2" on the contact to the heat sink, they guy told me to try another processor and when i went to get them they where all trashed, the ram cam up missing and so did the top with the back light old screen and bezal and a harddrive that he sold me. he gave me another hard drive but but now he saying its the mother board which was fine before he touched it and wants to charge me again. I guess i lost out on that one and will learn from my mistakes. how can it be the mother board when it was fine before he installed the processor?

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#5
February 23, 2010 at 17:26:34
I wouldn't put too much faith in what that person has to say and it's obvious he doesn't stand behind his work.

The computer isn't going to post anything on the screen unless the ram is installed and I can't tell from what you've said if it is installed.

It's pretty hard to know if a motherboard is bad. It's kind of a last resort conclusion where if it's not this or that then the only thing left is the motherboard. And the only way you know for sure is to swap it with a known good motherboard and it that works then the other one must be bad.

They can go bad due to mishandling, static or a power supply going bad can also do it.

What you describe now--that it power up for a few seconds and then shuts off--could be the power supply, motherboard, cpu or a combination of those.

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#6
February 26, 2010 at 19:48:34
i have ram installed. i really think it is the processor, he keeps telling me that he can fix it but wants to charge me another 35 dollars. he just had the processor siting on there so i put it in and tightened the little screw and the heat sink screws then reseated the ram and hd and thats when the problem started.

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#7
February 26, 2010 at 21:57:30
I suppose you could verify all the processor pins are OK and not bent. But if you take it back to that person he should guarantee you a working computer when he's done. Make sure it's working before you pay.

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