[Suspend Manager] [Screen
Shrinker] [Rain 2.0] [Cooling
Fan] [Maestro2 Drivers] [Synaptics DOS
Drivers] [ OEM Stuff]
Manager program will allow you to close the lid on
your Inspiron or Latitude without going into Suspend or
Standby mode. Al's program works with Windows 95, Windows
98, and some versions of Windows NT. After downloading and
unzipping the program read the readme.txt file that is
included, prior to installing and running the program.
not use Suspend Manager if you are going to close the lid and put your computer
in a case or bag as there is a very good chance that you will
overheat the unit. It is ok to close the lid with this
program if you are going to leave the computer out on a hard flat
surface. I leave the lid closed on mine every night and have Virus
Scan, Scan Disk, Defrag, and my backup program run during the
night while I sleep. I've been doing this for several months now
without encountering any problems at all.
The following NT info, from Al
been added to the readme.txt file as of 14 July 1999 00:09
Using Suspend Manager With Windows NT
For the Suspend Disabled feature to work you must have NT 4.0 or greater
For Suspend Now to work you must have NT 5.0 or greater
It's all Microsoft's fault :)
The Suspend Disable feature traps the WM_POWERBROADCAST message which is sent by the OS to ask permission to suspend which Suspend Manager denies if in disable mode. Microsoft documentation says this is supported in NT 4.0 or greater.
The Suspend Now feature makes the API call SetSystemPowerState to say "suspend now and don't ask for permission". Microsoft documentation says this API call is only supported in NT 5.0 or higher.
Windows 95 and 98 support both of these features and Suspend Manager works fine in these enviroments.
program is for the Inspiron 3000 and Inspiron 3200 only.
It is designed to sharpen and focus the
screen image when the screen resolution is changed from
1024x768 to 800x600. It was never an Offical Dell patch,
although it has been provided by Dell, on DellTalk, from
time to time (which is where I got it),
and therefore is not available for download from Dell's
After downloading the program double click lcdutil.exe
and a diskette will be created with the necessary files to
run the Screen Shrinker utility which you can copy to a
folder on your HDD. Read the readme.txt file that is
included, prior to using the Screen Shrinker utility.
the readme.txt file does not mention it, this utility does
work just fine in Windows 98 and I believe that it will
work Under Windows NT as well.
This utility will help keep your system cool and extend battery life. It's
smaller than both Waterfall and CPUIdle and generally provides better
results. To install, simply download, unzip, run install.exe, and select
your processor--if you have a Pentium III, select Pentium II. When running,
Rain will appear in your system tray as a chip with three water droplets.
This utility is only useful under Win9x--NT's idle loop accomplishes the same
job in NT.
beta by Dell Computer Corp.
This utility will allow you to override the BIOS thermal tables and turn on
the fan in your Inspiron 3500, 7000, 7500, or 5000. Although this utility
has been posted by Dell on DellTalk, it should be considered as beta
software; in other words, it's not an official Dell program. Simply
double-click on FAN.EXE to run the program. A WinDOS box will appear
momentarily, and the fan should begin to run. To restore your fan to normal
operation, suspend or shut down the computer.
- On the Inspiron 5000, you must run the program twice to turn on the fan.
- This utility is not compatible with the Inspiron 3700,
3800, or the Latitude
line, since the BIOS used in these machines is substantially different from
that used in the Inspirons.
- Testing on an Inspiron 3000 and an Inspiron 3200 indicates that FAN will
not work on these machines.
by Doug McFadyen
If FAN.EXE doesn't work on your system, or you want to turn the fan on in
DOS, try this utility written by DellTalk user Doug
McFadyen. Make sure to
read the FANON.TXT file, since it contains important information. As with FAN.EXE, this utility is unsupported, which is why the ZIP file has been
encoded with the password useatmyownrisk. (See above for a list of
|Maestro-2 Sound Drivers v4.11.0293
These are the latest drivers for the ESS Maestro-2 soundcard in the Inspiron
7000. They're not a whole lot different than the ones on the Dell file library, but they
may help if you're having sound-related problems.
To install the drivers, download the file Maestro.exe, run it, and click the
Unzip button. This will create two items on your Windows desktop: a Maestro
folder and a shortcut labeled "Run Maestro-2 Driver Setup". Double-click on
that shortcut and follow the instructions on the screen. After the drivers
have been installed and your computer reboots, you may delete both the folder
and the shortcut.
NOTE: There is a known issue with EAX audio on the Maestro-2. If you are
attempting to play a game that uses 3D positional audio and hear a hideous
screeching noise, disable 3D audio in the game or uncheck the "DirectSound
Hardware Acceleration Enable" box under Start |
Settings | Control Panel |
System | Device Manager | Sound, video, and game controllers |
Wave/WaveTable Synthesis Devices | Audio Settings.
This problem should not exist, since the Inspiron 7000 was advertised as
having 3D positional audio capability. Feel free to email ESS technical support or Dell portable technical support
about this. You may also want to contact the Dell
These drivers will enable you to use your touchpad in
DOS mode. Extract the files to your root directory and add the line
c:\syntouch.com to your autoexec.bat
file. Syntouch.txt explains the various command-line switches you can use, but none of them are really necessary.
file contains oeminfo.ini, oemlogo.bmp, the Windows 98 splash screen
with the Dell Logo, the Windows 95 splash screen with the Dell Logo, two
Windows 98 Plus splash screens with the Dell Logo created by Steve
readme.htm which explains where to place each file.
Copyright © 1999 - 2006
Dykhuis Last Updated On
25 March 2006