During startup alarm sound

Dell / Inspiron 910
December 19, 2010 at 12:03:46
Specs: Windows XP, 1.595 GHz / 1014 MB
Laptop is making loud alarm noise during startup and then when windows starts it is automatically pressing key 5 to password area, when i try to delete it it does not let me so i have to restart again. Also when pressing keys 4 and 6 nr 5 comes as well. Recently it gives notices that low disk space, but i have cleaned everything and i dont have any downloads or big files like movies, music etc. in it. Any ideas?

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December 19, 2010 at 13:12:54
The alarm sound is probably related to a keyboard error.
Check your keyboard for keys that are stuck in the down position, e.g. one of the two 5 keys.

If that doesn't help, you may need to replace the keyboard.

Laptop keyboards are a frequently replaced item, and there are lots of economical replacements on the web, but you must get one with the right part number.

Search the web for: Dell Inspiron 910 manual -
one of the first "hits" will be the Dell Service manual for your model. That should tell how to remove the keyboard - the Dell part number is usually on the bottom of it. You usually don't need to disconnect it's cable on order to be able to read the part number.

You can make do for most things when the keyboard is disconnected by connecting a USB corded keyboard.

Have you spilled liquid on the keyboard ?
You could try cleaning the keyboard when it's disconnected but that usually doesn't help. Search for instructions on the web. It must be completely dry inside when you connect it again.

"Recently it gives notices that low disk space, but i have cleaned everything"

You need at least a minimal amount of free space on the C partition, say, 10% of the total space.

You get that message when Windows finds you have less free space % than the minimum.

Did you empty the Recycle Bin ?
The files and/or folders listed in the Recycle Bin are not actually deleted until they have been deleted from the Recycle bin. If there are files and/or folders listed in the Recycle Bin, the drive space they occupied cannot be used for any other data.

Did you set your Folder Options in Control Panel - View to show hidden and system files ? Sometimes there are huge system related files that don't need to be there.
E.g. if the properties of the C:\Windows\Installer folder say it's huge, you have that problem.
How to determine which .msp files are safe to delete

Check the properties of the C:\Windows\Temp folder - that can be huge too.

You can use Disk Cleanup to clean up data you don't need, and once it has been run, you can choose to delete all your System Restore restore points except the last one.
(All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup.)

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December 19, 2010 at 14:30:56
Whether your recycle-bin is full or empty makes no difference. There is a system defined maximum size for recycle-bin and that space is reserved. Rightclick on the bin and select properties. it is probably set at 10% of total drive capacity.
On small drives this is reasonable but on large drives it locks up a large amount of space and renders it un-usable. Reduce the bin to say 5%
System Restore is another space-hog. If you have SR running open it and click on the Settings link in the left pane. You only need SR to run on your C drive. Highlight that and click Settings button. Will bring up a slider control that lets you adjust the total amount of space reserved for SR restore points. If you choose to reduce this it will result in a lower overall number of available restore-points with older ones dropping off.

These two simple things can free up around 10% of total disk space. The recommended minimum amount of free space on a drive is 15% as this is what is needed for defrag to operate.

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December 19, 2010 at 16:05:15
"Whether your recycle-bin is full or empty makes no difference"

It DOES make a difference.
I've been freeing up disk space on drives for years by emptying the Recycle Bin !
That applies to WIN 95 and up.

"There is a system defined maximum size for recycle-bin and that space is reserved."

There is a max size, that is user changeable within limits, but NOT a minimum size. The space is NOT reserved when the Recycle Bin is empty.

"When the file is "deleted" by emptying the Recycle Bin, the space on the disk used by the file is designated as "free" without any changes being made to the file data itself."
"In other words, the data is not erased, but the address marking the data's existence is."

"Items in the Recycle Bin remain there until you decide to permanently delete them from your computer. These items still take up hard disk space and can be undeleted or restored back to their original location. "

"If you're running low on hard disk space, always remember to empty the Recycle Bin. You can also restrict the size of the Recycle Bin to limit the amount of hard disk space it takes up."

Obviously, the space is NOT reserved when the Recycle Bin is empty.

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