Dell Inspiron 5502 laptop won’t boot with Team Group DDR4 ram

I just bought a Dell Inspiron 5502 Laptop with 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and 12GB of RAM.

I want to upgrade the RAM so I bought two Teamgroup Elite TED416G3200C22-S01, DDR4, PC4-25600 (3200MHz), CL22, 16GB memory sticks from two different stores since the first store only had one left.

After installing them the laptop wont boot, only the keyboard lights up and I get a blank screen. I tested each one by themselves on each of the memory slots and the same happens.

After installing the original RAM sticks the laptop boots normally.

The Team Group site says that memory is compatible with Inspiron 5000 series laptops.

Could both memory sticks from different stores be defective? I have never gotten a DOA ram stick before, altough it’s the first time I buy Team Group ram.

The laptop came with a Samsung 4GB DDR4 3200Mhz and a Hynix 8GB DDR4 3200MHz ram sticks.

Anything else I should test before returning them? Maybe some UEFI Bios setting that could be preventing them from booting?

keyboard – Connecting two macbook pros and a windows laptop device to external monitor

I have a brand new Windows 10 laptop that I use for wok. I also have a macbook pro from 2012 and a new macbook pro with thunderbolt 3 ports.

I want to connect at least the windows laptop with the new macbook (and maybe the old one). My goal is to use my dell monitor, logitech bluetooth keyboard (which has a bluetooth receiver) and the logitech mosue (which also has a bluetooth receive that is plugged in).

What type of device(s) do I need to connect them? I would prefer something that makes it easy to switch between laptops.

networking – Only dropbox.com isn’t resolving on my laptop. How do I fix it?

OS: Windows 10 20H2

Dropbox.com isn’t resolving. I cannot connect to it using my laptop. I have tried the following methods:

  1. Disable the firewall
  2. Different browsers (Chrome, Edge and Firefox)
  3. Reset Network in Windows.
  4. Change DNS to both Google and CloudFlare; neither worked.
  5. Use a VPN
  6. Reset Chrome / clear cookies and cache
  7. Flush DNS record

The website is up and running though. I can connect to it using my Android phone that is connected to the same WiFi as my laptop. However it doesn’t load on my laptop. I have tried all these methods so far. Every other website is loading perfectly fine.

Can someone please tell me how do I fix it?

asus laptop – Nvidia Prime Hardware LED

I run Vanilla Elementary OS 5.1 on an ASUS N53SV. It has an Nvidia GeForce GT 540m as well as Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics with Nvidia Optimus.

If I switch the Prime profile to the intel chip the nvidia driver is not loaded anymore on startup. On the other hand, the laptop has a hardware LED indicator for the graphics chip. On Windows, it is white colored when the dedicated nvidia Card is used and Blue colored when the Intel chip is used. On elementary os, it stays white whatever I do. Does this mean, prime simply does not Trigger the LED which would be triggered on windows via Software? Or is this led Hardware-triggered and in Fact the nvidia chip is still running? How can I Check?

Many thanks!

laptop – Acer Helios 300 – CPU/GPU performance dropping to 0 during gaming / high intensity usage

Greetings, (tl;dr at the end of post)

I bought my laptop somewhere around March 2020, and the issue first arose somewhere around July and hasn’t ceased since.
I started experiencing problems with temps, and soon after with performance. The problem is in essence that the CPU and GPU performance instantaneously dips to 0% and then goes back to what it was before. This seems to primarily happen while playing games (I did some minor blender rendering and both the GPU and CPU seem to function perfectly well under load for prolonged periods of time).

CPU temps specifically get as high as 97C, which worried me at first and I ascribed the problem to thermal throttling as this whole thing started happening at the beginning of summer, but further, more recent testing seems to contradict this.

Specifically, I’ve been playing some older games on extremely low settings where the PC has no problems pulling 300FPS (e.g. Starcraft 2) and the problem persists in very specific cases. Namely, the game lags for about half a second to one second when selecting certain units or issuing movement commands into unexplored territory.
Here’s an example of the usage% problem in MSI afterburner; top graph is GPU usage, bottom graph is CPU usage, and the very clearly dip to 0, which happens just as the game lags/stutters. The causes were when selecting a unit for the first time, and subsequently when opening certain parts of the interface (e.g. build interface).

The problem is of course a general feature when playing pretty much any game (though there are some exceptions) and the cause primarily seems to be interacting with something in the game (e.g. doors, npcs, etc.) or which requires the game to load a part of the UI (e.g. opening a dialogue menu, inventory, interacting with an object in the game, etc.)

A perfect video example of said stuttering can be found here, albeit on a different system:

The timestamps are listed in the description and they seem to happen just the same as mine: 1) when opening doors (changing environment) and 2) when opening the inventory (loading UI).
Obviously, I tried the solution found in the video, as well as numerous other ones found online and nothing seems to work.

I think the issue isn’t cause by a CPU or GPU bottleneck as both seem to be operating under a very low load (albeit high temperature, which is suspicious in and of it self, but seems unrelated to this problem) while playing most of the games I play, and the stutter doesn’t happen when e.g. rendering something in blender, under constant 100% load, even for multiple minutes and at comparatively high temperatures:
CPU load example, no dropping usage%
GPU load example, no dropping usage%
(In both examples, the dips one sees in the graphs happen when one frame is finished and another one is being loaded, so they’re expected to happen. If the stuttering is happening between frames, then we can’t conclude anything from this type of test.)

I’ve tried quite a few solutions found online, including managing power settings of the laptop, installing / reinstalling drivers (I’ve recently found out this might have been a mistake, am working on testing this as laptops might require OEM drivers?) and undervolting my CPU (back when I thought thermal throttling was the issue).

I’ve yet to try clean installing windows, repasting my cpu/gpu and possibly remounting heat sinks but these would void my warranty I’d prefer a conclusive: “just clean install” or “repaste” for my specific case from a knowledgeable community before proceeding.

Sorry for the rather long post, I just wanted to be as thorough and clear in explaining the problem.

tl;dr: read the bold parts of the post; they explain the gist of the problem.

Specs:
CPU: i7-9750H;
GPU: GeForce RTX 2070 (Max-Q Design);
OS: Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)

laptop – Syncing a folder to Google Drive

I need to sync a folder in the desktop of my Windows 10 PC to Google Drive such that when the contents of the folder are altered(new files added/ existing files removed), the changes reflect to the drive as well. Please let me know if this is possible with Google Drive. If not, tell me how its done in any other services which supports the same.
Thanks in advance!

Running Windows 10 on laptop dedicated GPU

I have an older laptop with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and nVidia GeForce GT650M. I bought a monitor that supports Quad HD, but the Intel HD Graphics 4000 does not support it. So I would like to disable it completely and use only the dedicated GPU.

Is this possible? I am aware of the ability to switch the GPU for rendering during playing games etc. But I have not been able to find a mention of forcing its usage to allow the use of higher resolutions on a monitor.

In the NVIDIA Control Panel, I found a diagram that seems to indicate, that the dedicated GPU has no physical outputs. diagram
Does this mean there is no way to use the GPU to get to QuadHD?

tethering – Being able to retain LiveView in both your Camera and on your Laptop at the same time

Are you able to retain the live view on your Camera (Nikon D5100) to shoot, while also using a live view on your laptop. I don’t see the point to having just live view in a program on your Laptop. Unless I am doing something wrong. I tried both digiCam Control and Camera Control. I haven’t tried Control My Nikon

networking – Can be upgraded wifi card faster than ethernet connection in laptop

My laptop Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IW has ethernet card that supports up to 100 Mbps, and wifi card
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC which supports up to 65/65 Mbps (I found this speed info in Win 10 “View your network properties” settings).
I suppose that my ethernet card can not be upgraded, as it comes with motherboard. But Wifi card can be upgraded (as it is being done in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Xl3XCB3xU&ab_channel=Jarrod%27sTech).

Is it possible to upgrade wifi card, so it will provide better connection speed than ethernet? I found for example Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 on the internet, that supports up to 867 Mbps. Could I buy for example this card, and will it be compactible? And generally, it is possible to achieve higher speed this way? Or is 100 Mbps (that is provided by ethernet) the maximum that my motherboard can generally handle?

Thank you!

Wild cursor on ASUS laptop

ASUS laptop—cursor goes to the top right corner of the screen intermittently. Have not been able to locate the cause. Very intrusive when typing. Just upgraded to the current version of W-10. Any suggestions would be appreciated.