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I Got My Dell Lap Top And Still Need Help....

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by ant, Mar 4, 2002.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    things work out for me from time to time...
    i was talking to a family member about me getting a lap top and he said "save your money i have one that i never used and you can have it..."is that great or what! and the best part "its a DELL"
    well i picked it up tonight and he explained to me that he got it a few years ago to keep records (retail sales).and it seemed not to work.
    1.a message comes up and it reads"KEY BOARD FAILURE"
    he does not remember ever entering a password.
    my question is what can i do to get it up and running?
    it is a DELL LATITUDE LX 475D
  2. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    If he included the software, just reinstall the software to the factory settings using the factory/master CD. As for the password is it in Windows or DOS. if Windows just click cancel and Windows should load.
  3. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    thanks ray for your reply..
    no software came with it...
  4. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 509

    If you are considering selling it, I may be interested. If it has a power on password (in DOS) it is not "brand new". Those typically have to be disabled in the BIOS and can be a realllll bugger to get around.

    If you are interested email me at jeff@ascapes.net. I tried to email you but you have that turned off...

  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I would take it to a professional and gladly pay $50/$100 for them to fix. You got it free....what the heck?

  6. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    its a 486 33 megahertz
    it may not be worth it..
  7. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 509

    ewwwwe boy... makes a nice door stop
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Oh OK, well I don't know what to tell ya. I am sure 33mhz will not run many games, but not sure about accounting software. I am thinking that the hard drive is small and probably not large enough to hold any of the up-to-date software. I have a desktop that is 5 years old and it is 200mhz, this thing has to be older that a few years?

  9. Brandon Wymelenberg

    Brandon Wymelenberg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    in my professional opinion i would recomend that you have a little "anger mangement". Take the pos out to the driveway and just start pounding it with a sledge hammer. that thing is a piece and not worth it cause in a year it will prob be truely out of date. pull out any expansion cards, hdd, and ram and you might be able to sell those on line to a nerd. but take your anger out on it, anything the sledge will hit, HIT!!!. i recently did that to 6 old 386 desktops that were out of date. felt good afterwards. anger mangement also works on old pos push mowers that just arent worth it anymore.
  10. JJOHN22042

    JJOHN22042 LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 159

    Think it was well said Door Stop. Its not work getting fixed and you will be pissed if you pay money to have it fixed then find out its just not going to work. Give it to some kids to play with..

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