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LandzDown Lounge / Re: Sound problem
« on: September 09, 2019, 01:45:56 PM »
It's not that difficult to replace them, but you have to be able to open the case

Well... you have to turn the computer into pieces and then find the little speakers hidden in the last layer of the box!

When I changed the hard disk it was much easier. It's difficult for me now to do such a thing. I'll use this external blue tooth speaker and I'll see for the future. It is a good computer, but time started to leave its signs on it. First the battery, then the dvd/cd case, now the speakers.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Sound problem
« on: September 09, 2019, 11:47:23 AM »
Is there much/any "noise" on a low volume?  Does the noise get louder/more noticeable as the volume goes up?  Crackling sounds during audio playback could be a sign of blown speakers.

Do you have headphones you can plug in?  If there is no noise present, that would indicate a speaker issue.  Speakers are a relatively simple and inexpensive repair.  If the problem is caused by the audio chipset you’d hear the crackling noise in both headphones and speakers.

Yes, the noise gets louder/more noticeable as the volume goes up.
No noise present with the headphones plugged in.
I plugged in an external speaker and everything is OK.

So, you think it is a speaker issue? How difficult/complicated would be if I changed it myself instead of giving it to a technician?

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Sound problem
« on: September 08, 2019, 05:46:48 PM »

The noise is like the sound being produced when a dvd/cd tries to load but it can't. Perhaps it has to do with the broken case/device? Just an hypothesis.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Sound problem
« on: September 08, 2019, 03:45:17 PM »
The noise occurs with every sound, using a browser or not, with audio or video, in youtube, in every format, with VLC and WMP. Especially when the volume is high.

The computer is old, almost 8 years, Dell XPS. The cd/dvd case/device stopped working the last couple of years.

I tried to record external sound with the same program I used before, but it says that the device is invalid. Is there a way to check anything about the audio device? In device manager I don't get any error.

I will try to record the sound and attach it.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Sound problem
« on: September 08, 2019, 01:26:46 PM »
Since you didn't describe the problem with the screws, I may be making erroneous assumptions. Just take this for what it's worth...
Are you using a screwdriver that fits the screw perfectly? The wrong size will just slip if the screw is tight.
See also

Thanks, pete!.

It sounds ... somehow, but I am dealing with a problem with my hand right now, so I can't remove the two specific screws. The screw driver can't remove them and I can't try the specific actions. And of course I won't give the computer to a technician so...  :(

LandzDown Lounge / Sound problem
« on: September 08, 2019, 09:21:29 AM »
Suddenly I am hearing a strange bad sound every time the computer plays audio (loud). It is like a screw that is inside the laptop and moves due to the sound waves.

What I did:

I recorded with a sound editor program (audacity) the sound from the computer to check if the sound is internal issue. The result was perfect, no problem at all. So the problem is due to something in the "environment" of the laptop. Of course I didn't use the computer to hear to the sample of sound, but another device.

I tried to open it (I did it before, when I replaced the hard drive), to see if everything is in their place, but there are two screws I can't deal with... :(

Any other ideas? I will be very  :(  if I can't use the computer for audio works, so any comment will be very appreciated...

Thank you.

These were already done:
  • uninstalling graphic driver
  • DISM
  • SFC

The only thing I didn't try is updating BIOS. I didn't do that again, and I don't want to mess up anything. So I will return the computer tomorrow.

This is the link I found, describing a similar problem, solved by updating the BIOS:

Thanks again.

Hi, Digerati.

All the strange and unusual things here! 

I have tried this too, it is the Fn + F1 keys, as well as the Windows key + P, that give this option. No luck...

I also tried to "wake up" the graphic drivers: Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B. Nothing.

The black screen goes away when the computer goes for a nap and then wake up.  ;D

Hi, Paddy. Thanks. :)

I already have it to Never sleep option, either on battery or plug in.

But the problem is not that the computer gets to sleep mode by its own. It needs me to do this for it, and then wake it up. Really strange behavior! 


I'm having an issue with a Dell Inspiron laptop, that I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, using the Media creation tool.

Everything went OK, all the updates are done, but the problem is the following:

When I select Restart, the computer starts, there is the Dell screen, then the Windows logo, and then a black screen (no white moving arrow). It's not the black when the computer is turned off, but it's black. What "solves" the problem: Click the power button once, the computer gets in to sleep mode, and then once more, to wake it up. After this, the log in screen appears. The log in screen appears also when I close the lid (the computer gets into sleep mode), and then open it again. In other words, the computer needs to sleep and then wake up!

No problem at all if I shut down and then press the Start button. The problem is only when I select Restart.

I already checked the display driver (Intel) checked for updates, uninstalled and reinstalled but nothing changed.

A topic I found suggests bios updating, but I'm not sure if I can do this.

So... I'm asking here for help, hoping that a simple and unexpected solution will occur, as always!

Thank you!  :)

It sounds good.

Not for Pale moon though.

An advantage (for me) of ebooks readers is that you also can organize your books in them. This can not be done in a browser. I guess it is a matter of what anyone is used to do.

My opinion for these I tried:

Edge: I tried it for a while, but I don't know why something made me to search about something else. Perhaps I had the feeling that Microsoft would stop supporting the epub format.   ;)

Sumatra: As Corrine, I used it a lot. But I will not stay with it, because of the dictionary feature in the other ebooks readers. I often read books in English, but because English is not my native language, I need sometimes to translate a word. I can't do this in Sumatra as I can do in other readers.

Kindle: I have the Kindle for pc application, and I read my kindle ebooks. It can also read books in pdf, but not epub, at least without a further action. I like it.

Bookviser eBook Reader: It's good. But: the application does not take the whole monitor space. I mean, the surface of the book's pages is smaller than what I want. Also, I can't find the dictionary feature.

Calibre: It's an open source reader and has many features, even converting different ebooks formats. So, it can convert the epub books to MOBI. This gives you the opportunity to open the epub books to kindle. It can also open the Kindle books. I like it.

In the light of above, I prefer Kindle and Calibre, and probably I will keep both. If finally I stay with Kindle, I need the Calibre for converting the epub books to MOBI.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Game: You're Banned!
« on: August 26, 2019, 01:57:20 PM »
You are banned because you are a fly fisher.  :)
(I wondered if you catch flies! )

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Game: You're Banned!
« on: August 25, 2019, 05:37:53 PM »
You are banned because I don't understand your avatar picture.  :)

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Game: You're Banned!
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:43:11 PM »
This is exactly what I mean "killing time"!

I ban you (I'm sorry!!!) because you made me kill my time!  ;D

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