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Dell Inspiron N4010 Troubleshooting
Dell's entry level laptop with a 14" screen.
- Slow Computer Performance
- Short Battery Life
- Computer will not turn on unless plugged in
- Computer will not charge
- Certain keys unresponsive
- Touchpad gestures not working
- Sound is not Playing Through the Speakers
- Screen Issues
- File Issues
Slow Computer Performance
Your computer takes an unusual amount of time to do offline activities
The Computer is in Battery Saver Mode
If your computer is set to a battery-saving mode, it may be the throttling the cpu which would lead to slower completion of simple tasks. Power modes can be accessed by clicking on the battery indicator in the lower right of the screen or in Control Panel.
The Laptop is Using all Available Resources
Right click the taskbar and click Start Task Manager then click the performance tab. You will see some graphs. If CPU usage is over 20% with no applications open and ram usage is over 50% with no applications open then you may need to perform a system restore or upgrade your ram or change your CPU
To perform a system restore open the start menu and search for System Restore then follow the steps in the wizard. NOTE: This will effectively take your computer back in time before these issues arise and will cause you to loose files created after the time indicated on the restore point. Back-up any data you don’t want lost to a separate drive.
The Fan is not Circulating Air Properly
If the fan isn't working, or not working well, the CPU will heat up and slow performance to manage its heat. This is called thermal throttling and can be solved by cleaning or replacing your fan. Follow the fan replacement guide for the Dell Inspiron N4010
Short Battery Life
Your computer dies in less time than the manufacturer indicates
Computer Is in High Performance Mode
Changing your power mode to a high performance setting will use more power than a battery saving mode. If performance is not required then changing the power mode is the easiest way to get better battery life. Power modes can be accessed by clicking on the battery indicator in the lower right of the screen or in Control Panel.
The Battery is Old and Needs to be Replaced
The battery that is dying faster than indicated by manufacturer might be faulty. Batteries also don’t hold capacity as they age. Replace the battery (*dell link*) by following the battery replacement guide.
Computer will not turn on unless plugged in
The Laptop turns on and operates as normal once plugged in but cannot stay on when on battery power
Battery is not Making a Good Connection with the Laptop
Remove the battery from the underside of the laptop and check to see if any of the contacts are damaged or dirty on either the laptop itself and on the battery. Clean them off with a dry microfiber cloth
The Battery is Broken and Needs to be Replaced
Replace the battery by following the battery replacement guide. Make sure you use Dell batteries (found here) //link to dell battery available to purchase
Computer will not charge
The Wire Coming from the Plug to the Power Brick is Faulty
Replace the cord with any 3-pronged cord with the appropriate connections. Simply pull the thicker cord out of the power brick and insert a new cord into the slot. Make sure the wire itself can handle the Voltage and Amperage supplied by your pug.
The Power Brick is Faulty
If the power brick is broken, it cannot be used to charge the laptop. Buy a new one from Dell [Link] and use that one instead.
The Motherboard is Broken
Follow the motherboard replacement guide.
Certain keys unresponsive
Keyboard is Broken and Needs to be Replaced
Follow the keyboard replacement guide
Touchpad gestures not working
Drivers are Out-of-Date or Faulty and Need to be Updated
Update device drivers through dell's website [Link]
Touchpad is Dirty
Clean touchpad with a dry microfiber cloth
Sound is not Playing Through the Speakers
Sound should be playing through the speakers but is not
Sound has been Turned Down to Mute
In the taskbar click on the speaker icon and drag the slider upwards. You should hear a chime.
Drivers are Faulty or Out-of-Date
If this doesn’t work, plug in external speakers/headphones and if that makes sound your speakers are bad, if that doesn’t work you need to update drivers (only if both speakers and headphones are not working)
Speakers are Broken
If one speaker works then the other is almost certainly broken and needs to be replaced. Follow the speaker replacement guide.
Many common issues reported are associated to its screen. If your screen is in constant BSoD (Blue Screen of Death) or it will not turn on, consider these helpful steps.
Computer Has Suffered a Fatal Error and Throws a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD)
For this, first check Error Code Guide on Microsoft’s website. This will tell you nature of the problem. Other fixes include restoring the system, replacing RAM, or even replacing the CPU.
Display Is Broken
To test, first try an external display on both VGA and HDMI. If this works shows a picture, this means the actual screen could be the problem.
Video Drivers are Out-of-Date or Faulty
Try either reinstalling video drivers and/or re-configuring screen settings. If this still doesn’t work, consider replacing the screen. However, if the screen does not work but the power lights on the laptop body are on, consider replacing the laptop’s battery or even replacing the CPU.
Serious Hardware Error Preventing Windows from Starting Up
If the screen flashes on and the computer begins to make a "beeping" sound use the following guide to determine the issue: [ Link ]
Files are either changing names, locations, or disappearing.
Hard Drive is Faulty and Needs to be Replaced
Follow our hard drive replacement guide. Please note you must back up any files on the drive, including recording any software keys, especially for Windows. You must also have some sort of installation media created for Windows as you will need to reinstall it after replacing the drive.