Comment from: Susan Gray Visitor
I purchased a Dell Inspiron 1520. Like you said it's a disaster. Unfortunately for me I don't know how to get rid of all the crap it came with. Can you direct me to a website that can explain how to stop all of the miscellaneous programs from starting up. I know about the task manager but I don't know what processes go with what programs. I'm afraid I'll delete stuff I need. Thanks for any help. Susan Gray firstname.lastname@example.org
The simplest way of sorting it out would be uninstalling the programs I've mentioned above from Uninstall a programs inside the Control Panel.
That'll sort out most of it.
Comment from: Kyle Visitor
I have an Dell Inspiron 1520, believe me it has given me about 32234 heart attacks...
It all started after about 2 days of owning this death machine. The Laptop started locking up for no reason. To top it off xp wasn't providing sufficient support for the dual core processor which made it feel like it single core... but worse. The Audio drivers that came with this POS were horrid, don't plan on listening to music unless you want it to crash your computer. Currently my laptop is working at a somewhat good level, just as long as i dont use the audio too much. Time to time it will have horrible slow downs and lockups while playing even the crappiest quality game, most likely has to do with the audio drivers.
Comment from: Nanci Burt Visitor
I bought a 1720 and a Toshiba 305 and I have a delima I have ot bring one back I keep hearing horror stories about this dell and about there customer service but i have somewhat old eyes and the silver keys seem to be easier to find does anyone have any comments help asap please !!!!!!!!!!
Comment from: Giorgos Vlachopoulos Visitor
I also have an INSPIRON 1720..I had a lot of problems with slowing down and sound when I was using Windows Media Player, till the moment I decided to change OS. I now use XP , LINUX...I can finally be proud for choosing this machine and my decision to get rid of Vista.
Comment from: Nick Allen Visitor
I also have a Dell Inspiron 1720 running on Vista Home Premium, and I'm also experiencing problems with colours being washed out.
I am using an nVidia graphics card, and would be grateful for any directions you could give as to fixing the colour problem.
Comment from: david Visitor
how did u install winxp on 1720
I am trying it out now but still not successful. I tried 2 methods describe in the net both are not workable...
method 1 is to disable AHCI
method 2 is use nlite
I will try method 2 again, may it's my CD media's fault...
Can you elaborate on your gamma settings? I love my 1720 (once I cleaned it like you said and will be dual booting x64 Ubuntu shortly), but the monitor is just... weird. Of course, I'm comparing it to the sweet panel in my XPS 1710 and my 2407WFP. Anyway, I see JPEG effects like the annoying blond kid sees dead people. Many web site's logos, no matter how professional. I have to look at the screen at a really awkward angle to fix it. I am Googling "inspiron 1720" gamma and came across this page. Thanks!
I used the nVidia control panel to adjust the display a bit. Although it still isn't perfect.
Heh, I specifically meant what did you end up with?
Right now I have Gamma 1.5, Brightness -30, and Contrast 40 and it seems better (less noticeable artifacts) but not very vibrant. Thanks again.
Couldn't tell you, don't have the machine anymore.
Comment from: glenn Visitor
hello, im not really much of an expert with computers and after buying my inspiron 1720 on 19/08/08, it has already gone wrong. After hours of talking to Dell technicians over the phone, their final solution was that i needed a complete factory reset. However, it would cost me £59 to have this, which wouldnt be so bad if their was someone coming out to fix it. However, i was horrified that it would cost me this to be instructed over the phone! Does anyone know how to do this, i figured it cant be too difficult if you can do it over the phone, well for people who know about computers at least! Thanks
Bought a 1720 six months ago.
I'll never buy Dell again.
The primary HD died after 5 months. (This following a Vista reinstall to overwrite the botched one from the factory).
After the HD died, Dell replaced it. I thought that this would fix the problems, but no. A clean install, with all patches and SP1, and it's still crapping out. It's crashing on shutdown; working SLOWLY, videos drop frames, and audio crackles if it plays over 30% volume.
A lemon...pure and simple. DO yourself a favour and buy a real computer.
To hell with Dell.
Comment from: Christine Hoffman Visitor
My Dell Inspiron 1720 is a lemon. I have installed the OS from scratch 3 times now ... the last time was because Windows pushed an automatic update that corrupted my system. They finally decided to replace my HD and motherboard. System OS reinstall (4th time) went fine, until I went to reboot in the morning to find out my LCD is now shot. The Dell On-Call Service technician has been here now twice in the same week.
The customer service reps are pleasant, efficient and all in awe of how long my case file is. I'm at the point I want to start warning other people away from (1) buying a Dell, and (2) from Windows Vista Home Premium -- DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!!
Well the Dell laptop in the original article I find works flawlessly, even a year later, you just need to get all the junkware off of it to start with.
Comment from: Ann Visitor
I purchased the 1720 during the Christmas holiday of 2007. I did my homework and I thought I got a good deal. However, since I bought it the system has shut down on me constantly. I restored it to the factory setting 3 times and lost my data. Now it gives me the error message "No bootable Device found" I paid for an extended contract with on-call which expired 2 weeks ago. To fix the problem they what another $130. Does anyone know what is causing the problem?
Comment from: Andrew Visitor
I'm quite happy with my 1720, although the audio has never been right since day one.
The first thing I did when i got it was wipe the HD and install Windows XP. But since the sound card is software-based, it was "erased" in the process--which I suspect is the reason for my audio problems.
I would like to record live music with a stereo mic, but when I do, the signal is much to low, and there's nothing I can do to improve it--just a lot of hiss.
Comment from: passing by Visitor
another 1720 owner here.
i has never had a problem with my 1720.
what i did was, reinstall the vista since day one. because dell put so much crap on my machine, and Norton it is the trouble maker. never let it stay on your system whatever the brand is!
now running vista ultimate x64 with 4gb.
free of problem.
Comment from: CrazyEnigma Visitor
I own a Dell 1720, and I had nothing but heartaches. The Video Driver keeps failing. Installed the latest BIOS, and drivers, and Vista keeps rebooting for no apparent reason.
I was on the phone with Dell Support twice. The first time, they had to replace the HD. It did nothing. The second time, they said there was nothing they can do, because all the hardware worked. And said it was Microsoft's problem. I would then have to fork out money to fix the problem. WTF!!! All I want is a working machine that is reliable.
I have resolved:
1. To never buy a Dell ever again. Their support is crap. Their product is crap.
2. To never buy Microsoft again, because Vista just violated me. Even though Windows 7 is coming out, I am only going to put it in a Virtualized environment, and it won't be for another year+.
I have now booted UBUNTU 9.04 64-bit with some minor support issues. There is online help that couldn't solve the problems. I don't get the performance I need, but it is stable, and makes this laptop usable.
Me again (the guy whose C drive crapped out after 5 months). Well, the D drive just gave out - TWO WEEKS after the warranty expired - so tough luck for me.
I've reinstalled the OS so many times that I've lost count. I THINK that I've got a stable Vista SP2 on here - though there was one BSOD in the first few hours of use, though it seems fine so far.
Regarding Ubuntu - I think that the ultimate fate of this machine will be Ubuntu; that's the only way to be sure as to whether the fault is hardware or software.
If you are going to use Ubuntu, try SuperUbuntu - it comes with a ton of apps preinstalled: skype, realplayer, operabrowser, and the killer: WINE (the windows emulation environment, that'll allow you to install and run windows apps). I've got Flash 8 and Photoshop 7 on there, with no problems yet.
Also, SuperUbuntu even recognised my Cintiq, which blew me away. Pressure sensitivity isn't as good as Win, but it's perfectly usable. Bloody amazing.
Comment from: Robert Visitor
I'm trying to find out if any one is having this problem. My computer crashes and it says it's because of my wlan card. Do you know any one who is having this problem.Bob
Comment from: Chris Ludaescher Visitor
I got a 1720 in August 2007, shortly after it came out and since then have been very happy with the machine. I did not used the McAfee security suite, but installed Antivir, which updates automatically everyday without pain. I use the PC for normal office work, video editing and now 16-track Audio recording...not a single problem!!!! Stop..one there is, which I guess is Vista related, which I left on the machine: I cannot switch on the security center, or a part of it.....that is all! Happy with the PC since day one! Looks like I am the only satisfied DELL customer around here....