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Most dell machines do no come with dvd rewriting as standard. They only come with cd rewriting capability. Unless you specifically requested it as an add on to the spec it probably just has the ability to pay dvd's.

Most internet cafe's will have a machine with a dvd rewriter if you really need to copy a dvd


Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Mar 20, 2019

this thing is old right? made 2006 so is 13 years old today.
and is xp or vista , bad news.
vista released January 30, 2007 so is not vista. I guess.?

so why not take any usb keyboard made and try that.
if that works then we know the relic internal is dead. or just software bunged up.
we can boot to Linux demo disk and see of the keys work
all techs do that, takes 5 min work.
and omg the keys work in Linux. so windows is BORKED!("corrupted".
no OS stated, at all if XP this is normal for XP it is a virus magnet.
do not run XP ever again if doing so now, OK?

what also can change is language settings set wrong.

and last.
gives what? that is shifted character.
shift 7
so if 7 works and all shift keys fail then shift is bad.
so use the right shift, does that work.?
try all keys and see what works and not.
if Linux fails ,then the keyboard is toast.. (ask how to boot free Linux demo mode "try me" at
one of the best ways to test ANY PC after Windoz
goes mad?
is to boot from Linux demo desk (harmless it is)
we make a USB stick or burn a DVD-r disk and boot it. then run Linux see how it runs for what ever the ill's may be. bad keyboard or HDD test top my list.
boot it and click "TRY ME"

one other way (weaker by far) is to use BIOS and test your keyboard, but sadly a full test is not possible there.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Feb 23, 2019

Did you try booting your computer in Safe mode to check if you receive this error message?
1. Use F8 while restarting the computer.
2. Under Windows Advanced Boot Options select Safe mode and hit Enter.
Check if you receive this error message in Safe mode.

It seems like your drive might be corrupted. If your computer is still under warranty, I would suggest you to contact them to get a replacement. But before you contact them, let us see whether Check disk utility would make a way to boot windows succesfully or not.

If you've Windows Vista Operating System disc, then try running the check disk utility from Windows Recovery Environment.

1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2. Press a key when you are prompted.
3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
7. Type the following command and press enter.
Chkdsk /r

Once your machine has finished repairing the hard drive, type EXIT and press ENTER to restart your laptop.

You can also try typing the following command if Check disk fails to fix the issue. At the same command prompt, type fixboot and press enter.

For your information: If you've a Dell Laptop, then according to Dell, the error code 2000-0142 is a Drive Self Test failed error code. Visit the link below:

hope 2 help

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Feb 20, 2019

what password, there are 7 levels
not answering for all 7 me not can we see your screen (omg)

the question posed, is like asking, where did I lose my car keys.
only 7 times worse.
talking in a text box blind and not one photo of screen failing

Dell Inspiron™... | Answered on Feb 17, 2019

have you tried buying a canister of air and blowing the gaps around the keys as dirt and fluff can accumulate and cause mis strokes.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Feb 10, 2019

what is the OS? if windows go to control panel and select system and security to create a restore point, doing a factory reset will leave the computer without anything to restore to though

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Feb 10, 2019

go online at library or someone elses pc, do to dell web site. type in questions How to reboot after entering your model number or tag on webpage under Support. you should be able to find out. its usually a combination of keys, ie. ctrl+Fkey or just hitting an Fkey before the dell logo appears when rebooting. A menu will appear asking what you want to do-diagnostics, reboot to factory, etc. hope this hepled

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 29, 2019

Boot to safe mode with networking, download the Kaspersky Removal Tool at :, remove Kaspersky, reboot and reinstall. Question, What Antivirus did you have originally? Did you use the Anti Virus Removal Tool to remove it before installing Kaspersky? Most Anti Virus use a Removal Tool, obtained from the makers website. It's advised to remove Anti Virus completely with the Removal Tool before installing another.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 25, 2019

You may try to perform System Restore . Press and hold the Windows key and press 'R' key. This will open the run window -> Type 'rstrui' without the parenthesis, click on 'Ok' -> This will open the System Restore window. Follow the on-screen instructions to restore your computer to an earlier date, choose a date when the WIFI was working well

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 23, 2019

Look on he power adapter and some of the old dells has to have a 65 amp and you might have the 90 amp check to see which one you have. the 90 amp is for the docking station

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 20, 2019

change the power supply it seems like you are not getting enough power to the monther board or it could be the power board is bad

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 09, 2019

might have to reset it un plug it and then pull the battery out and press the power button to clean it. then plug it back in with out the battery in and if it did not start sometimes you have ot have the battery in for some laptops to start. see if that fixes it.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 07, 2019

In this case, check if you are able to login to your Microsoft Account. If you are able to login, then re-check if you are typing your password correctly while signing in to Windows. If you are not able to login to your Microsoft Account too, you may need to reset your Microsoft Account password by following the steps mentioned on the link below:

If you are able to sign in to your Windows account after re-entering the password, you can consider disabling Windows logon screen by following the steps mentioned on the link below so that henceforth you do not need to enter password while signing in to your Windows user account:

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 07, 2019

Beep codes for the Inspiron Mini are as follows:

Beep Code Possible Problem
One Possible system board failure — BIOS ROM checksum failure
Two No RAM detected
NOTE: If you installed or replaced the memory module, ensure that the memory module is seated properly.
Three Possible system board failure — Chipset error
Four RAM read/write failure
Five Real Time Clock failure
Six Video card or chip failure
Seven Processor failure
Eight Display failure

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 24, 2018

If you press CTRL + F11 at turn on you will be able to access the "Recovery Partition" If you follow the instructions it will restore you to factory settings.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 22, 2018

2000-0142 is a hard disk drive failure.

You will need to replace the drive to resolve the problem

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Oct 26, 2018

I would suspect a bad hard drive.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Oct 26, 2018

sure old post and 12 year old PC. (relic, we use dog years on LT)
you did it wrong, the tests. here is the order (&matters)
  1. main battery huge out, they short, remove it forever if you want.
  2. next this PC is today 12 years old and no RTC coin cell lasts 12years, below 2.9vdc it bad , did you forget this? why?
  3. rule one says the pink bunny, after 7 years get ride of COIN.!!!
  4. next is AC powerpack only, and the correct one and voltage and 100watts is best on old hot running PCs did you get this wrong ? a $15 cheap fix too, having full power to run this pig.
  5. Learn that old CPU and old GPU (omg both) waste huge power and heat, due to a verse Moores law effect. (google it)
  6. next is Fans they must run or there is no power, BIOS runs the fans if BIOS is dead fans will be dead, means no power in the PC.!!!! or shorts.!!!!
  7. The GOAL first is not windows or linux it is in fact BIOS. BIOS screens must all work even with HDD out. and sure DVD drive out.
  8. we next remove optional modules from the mobo. like wifi, modem dial up; useless card, and all ram tested ram 1 by 1, we then remove SD readers or card readers from MOBO and quite frankly all models NOT CPU/GPU. see if one module is shorted. we do, that and expect that, after all things do short, when they do the VRMs regulators SHUT DOWN ending that FIRE thing.
  9. there is more, if confused have a real shop fix it. they know these ropes. (electronics testing and isolating bad parts)

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Sep 27, 2018

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