Dell laptops are no where near as full of bloatware from the manufacturer as some others but they still do come with a lot of rubbish to get rid of. The cleanest and simplest thing to do if you buy one is to just format the machine and reinstall Windows 10.
The problem is there’s no install media provided.
First off, some things you should note:
Most models come with an M.2 SSD drive which requires drivers during a Windows install.
You won’t require your Windows 10 key from the old install. It is no longer on a label stuck to the machine unfortunately, it is stored in one of the chips on the motherboard. The installer will pick up the key automatically.
Update 13-02-2019: Orbitron doesn’t seem to work well unless you run it as admin – it can’t save files to its install dir and won’t pick up config changes. Please let me know if there is a work around for this.
Don’t directly run the exe, you have to launch it from Orbtron itself by going to the rotor/radio tab, selecting the correct DDE driver, in this case it’s DDEOrbitronToSerial. Then click the button to the right of the dropdown to start sending data and launch the application:
The DDEOrbitronToSerial application should now launch and you will be able to select your COM port and output the satellite data to the serial port.
NB: You can edit additional options such as com port baud rate in the config file by clicking the open config button.
I wanted an easy way to send hex characters over serial and TerraTerm, Terminal and RealTerm didn’t do it. (in fact RealTerm doesn’t even seem to run on my Windows 7 machine) So I found HTerm which did the job nicely:
After loosing my PC audio (the device just disappeared from the list of playback devices) I checked device manager to find the following error:
Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. (Code 52)
It turned out to be currpt system files, the fix for me was to run checkdisk on my local C drive. It found errors, fixed them and then my audio was working again.
Right click your main C drive and select properties, then the tools tab.
Click Check now and select both options.
A message will appear to say that it cannot run it now but can schedule it for boot, so go ahead with that and reboot your machine.
Hopefully after the scan has finished things will be better.