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Fn key not working on Inspiron 1501 with XP

Q: Fn key not working on Inspiron 1501 with XP

My hard drive died and I took it to a computer shop where he put in a new one and windows XP, as no one had a vista disc. Since I got it back the blue Fn key doesn't work. Numbers lock works, but all the F keys, volume controls, brightness controls and my crt/lcd don't work at all. Dell doesn't seem to have a driver that I can find. Does anyone have one that would fix this? Is there another way to use the F keys, especially the crt/lcd without having to use the Fn key?

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A: Fn key not working on Inspiron 1501 with XP

Be sure you are the registered owner, then call Dell Tech support, and ask them to send you the install disk set... It is usually free for the original owner, if not supplied at time of purchase.
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Try pressing the Windows and the X key together. Brings up Windows Mobility Centre. There should be an option to swich the Fn key function. If that does not work then there should be an option in the bios.
You get to the bios setup on most Dells by tapping the F2 key immediately after power-on when the initial Dell logo appears. Look at the top left, you should see a message about entering setup. That I believe will be F2 on it's own. Not Fn + F2. Stop tapping when you see the message.
Might be in system Configuration > Function key behaviour. Something like that.
Once you have changed the behaviour, you will have to save and exit.
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Welcome to Techspot!
Do you know anyone with a dell laptop that you can try the charger with?
Was it plugged in when your dog did this?
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Sounds possibly like a graphic card or driver problem.
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try with new ram.
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Using "Factory Recovery" is probably the best option. Basically, it will re-install Windows XP as it was when the laptop was first purchased, using the factory-installed recovery partition. No CD required. Go here for instructions:
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That sounds like a dead or dying power supply. Smell anything burning? If you take the power cord out and swich it off on psu(if that crap has a switch) then press the power button for 5 seconds. Then sit for about a half hour and plug it in and try to start again, what happens?
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You may have to replace the keyboard.
What operating system. What connectin. On what were you working when the change occurred.

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You can purchase a dual band usb adapter...
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A:Inspiron 1501 startup problem

Its either some sort of a power supply problem or possibly the motherboard is failing.i also have the same computer and i believe that model is at least 5+ years old. either problem isnt going to be cheap to fix and it might not be worth fixing. id suggest taking it to a qualified computer repair place and get an expert opinion and then you will know for sure how you want to proceed.
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Is the a disk in the CD/DVD drive? If so, remove it and try again.

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It's either booting to the wrong drive, or the hard drive has failed or become corrupted.
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A:Inspiron 1501 clicking noise in the harddrive

Yeah that doesnt sound good at all. The spindle may have become slightly off centre and as it spins faster the edge of the disk hits the wall of the drive case or something else. I sujest that you save what you can onto pen drive or external hard drive and buy a new hard drive for it. It would be a good chance to upgrade it aswell.
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Try going here and create a recovery disc. Boot the cd you create per their instructions and see what happens. Now you will need a working comp with internet access to do this but......
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Thanks in advance,

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A water Spill, would be one thing, but a Beer spill, would require disassembly for cleaning. Water doesn't leave sticky residue after it dries. Beer does though. Turning the laptop on when you did less than the amount of time forthe liquid to dry actually even using hair dryer, may have caused damage. If you are not comfortable doing a deep cleaning of the laptop your self, I would suggest taking it to a competent Shop to have it cleaned and possibly repaired. I would avoid the Geek Squad though.
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A:Inspiron 1501 keyboard autotypes '=' but only in certain applications

Never mind. I just found out the solution. Long story short: if you're having the same issues I was-

1. Remove your battery.
2. Press the Power Button for about 4-5 seconds.
3. Wait 4-5 seconds
4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 about 4-6 times.
5. Insert battery.
6. Be very happy!

Not sure why this works, but it does. Thanks go to the people here at this particular forum post... Never mind. It appears that I'm not allowed to post links. The thread was called - "Tech Support Forum > Hardware Support > Laptop Support > typing problem with my inspiron 1501" at Tech Support Forums if you desire to find the source of this information. Hope this helps!
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Release Date: 12/24/2007
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Download Type: BIOS Other Versions
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Thanks in advance, Jeff

Driver Home Page for Dell 1501

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Most brand-name software drivers needed for the function keys you have to call up and ask for in my experience - its a dedicate drivers suite that initiates most, if not all, touch-pad and function key support. It goes big time for Acer multi-touch pads as well... if you accidental uninstall or re-format, you have to get a hold of them for access to the proper drivers.
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If you're lucky, the AC adapter is bad. Worst case scenario would be a bad motherboard. My advice is take it to a shop that has a universal AC adapter and a tip that works with your Dell and have it checked. Otherwise, you really have no way of troubleshooting the problem.
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"so I sent it in to get fixed and the motherboard was replaced"...

You did this once, now it's time again... or save your money for another computer
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Also, I thought about running my operating system cd, but was a little worried about doing so. Wasn't sure if running it would cause any more problems. That's the last thing I need.
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Yes, you probably damaged the charging circuits/motherboard by using an after-market AC adapter... These charging circuits may be part of a $300+ motherboard. Good luck
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Re-check the connection from the keyboard to the mobo
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Is your screen shot? do u hear it loading?? if so try plugging in a screen.
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A:Need advice for soldering Dell Inspiron 1501 motherboard

Can you post an photo of your soldering?I'm not sure if I can help, but an image might help us understand what you are looking at.

I solder quite often, and have done repair work such as you are attempting. I do know it is easiest to when there is only one solder joint to contend with. One joint such as a wire you can pull the wire as you heat and once hot enough the wire will pull free. Several solder joints are a different ballgame. There are two choices, and one choice I've never had the equipment to do so. Heating every join at the same time, can be done by blowing hot air across the component. I've never had the equipment for it, so I've been left with the choice of cleaning each joint one at a time. I noticed this is how you were attempting solder removal.

Solder tips must be clean and prepped for use. A trashy tip can cause an insulated barrier and prevent heating of the solder joint. Always tin your tips with a tad of solder before you ever use it the first time. If you don't tin your tip, you will always have trouble using it.
Pre-heat the tip so you are not waiting and possibly causing damage to the solder joint and/or component. Spending too much time on a solder joint is never a good idea. You want to heat the joint as quickly as possible without heating everything else.
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you can hit on your keyboard the following combo to make it pop up:

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I've never had any luck with "conversion" cables. So it doesn't surprise me that it doesn't work. And even if it does recognize hardware connected, I doubt it has the drivers needed to interface with hardware that is not natively USB.

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If the Charger is in bad shape, dell sells the factory replacement charger for $59. here
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Remove the battery and try booting only from the AC adapter
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sounds like the backlight or the transformer that powers the backlight has gone out
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I suggest you download HiJackThis v2.0.2, install the program. Open HJT and click the Do a system scan and save a logfile button. Copy the HJT logfile and paste it here in a post.

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what happens when you press FN+F2 key?
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try going into device manager and removing the entry for the video card, then reboot, windows should find and reinstall the drivers for it, do the same for any monitors listed in device manager.
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Hey, Welcome to techspot

I think i had this problem once before on my 1501 i forgot how i fixed it exactly but i would try hitting the function key and see if there' an f lock or something like that that will take function lock off.

Ill look on my laptop later and see if i can replicate the problem
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A:Dell Inspiron 1501 onboard wifi adapter driver help

Quote: Originally Posted by hitek

Hello all, from hitek,

Wow nice forum!
I was searchn on the net for Dell Inspiron 1501 help.


Subject of help needed:
Dell Inspiron 1501 onboard wifi card not working with Windows 7 Ultimate and NEED help getting a working driver.

I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 currently using XP w/SP3 as I'm typing now.

I have made a Acronis backup image of my Dell 1501 laptop so I can quickly within 30 min.s pop back my Windows 7 Ultimate back on when I can either find and get a Dell Inspiron 1501 onboard wifi driver that works OR buy a 100% sure Windows 7 USB wireless adapter with driver.

I have freshly formatted hd and fresh full install of Windows 7 Ultimate and seems to load and work great BUT.....

I went to Dell support / Driver download website page and I entered in our Dell Service Tag number and in the drag box, they are NO Windows 7. So, I'm guessing they do not support and offer a Windows 7 driver for my onboard wifi card?

I currently have stinky dialup internet and live in a rurual country area but sometimes go up in town to visit a spot that has cable wifi connection. My onboard wifi card with XP works great.. I have installed Vista and the drive for my onboard wifi card works fine. I went in to town to connection to cable with wireless router high speed connection to get Windows 7 updates but this onboard wifi card seems to recieve and reports wifi signals fine but trying to get it to connect and go is another. I have tried many many different wifi signals and areas and this onboard wifi card with Windows 7 does not want to work. I'm guessing it needs a Windows 7 driver. Do you think its not working cause of the driver too?

I need help finding out if they are anyone else with a Dell Inspiron 1501 have Windows 7 and have they found a Windows 7 driver work?

If I wanted to buy a 100% sure best range hottest USB wireless adapter coming with Windows 7 driver, what Name and Model would you recomend?

PLEASE HELP, and thank you all so much.

Please reply.


Hello hitek, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

Since the Vista wifi works I would recommend you download that and install it, in compatibility mode or manually if necessary.

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