Having problems with your Dell Inspiron B130 Notebook ?

My laptop (Inspirion B13) speakers work

\015 I have the same model and problem. I noticed that audio gets choppy and cuts out the same time the hard drive light is on. The less the light is on, the better the audio quality. I downloaded and installed the latest drivers as suggested, rebooted, and still have the problem, so it must be the hardware.\015

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Does the same problem happens when the unit is running with the AC adapter plugged in and charging? Or, pls try with the AC adapter/charging.

Offhand, it could be a battery issue or (most likely) an internal power distribution issue. I am tempted to suspect that the audio circuitry is not getting sufficient power when the hard drive motor accessed. Should this be the case, then it would be the system board since the regulator circuitries are built-in to it.

Pls postback results.

Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.
This is because your Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is set to Programmed Input/Output (PIO) mode. Your HDD should be running in Direct Memory Access (DMA) mode. To correct this, follow these steps:
  1. Go to the control panel with Start -> Control Panel,
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  3. Double-click on the "System" icon (minus quotes).
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  5. Go to the "Hardware" tab (minus quotes).
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  7. Click the Device Manager button.
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  9. Locate the "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers".
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  11. Right click the "Primary IDE Controller".
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  13. Choose properties
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  15. Click the "Advanced Settings Tab"
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  17. If Device 0 and Device 1 mention "PIO Only" for the Device Type, you need to change the Transfer Mode to "DMA if available".
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  19. Do this for both devices and when it asks you if you want to restart (if it does, I can't remember), select no.
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  21. Repeat steps 6 throgh 10 replacing "Primary IDE Channel" with "Secondary IDE Channel".
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  23. Now right click everything under the "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers" and choose uninstall. Uninstall it all but don't worry, the PC will reinstall it all when you reboot.
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  25. When prompted each time, to reboot, select no at this time.
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  27. Once all the controllers are uninstalled, reboot the PC.
When the PC boots again, log back into your PC and wait. It's going to pop up "New Hardware Found" info down in the corner. This might take a while. Wait until it stops displaying those icons before you restart the PC. Eventually it's going to say you need to restart your PC for these changes to take effect. Select NO to the first ones and ensure it has installed all of them by checking the Device Manager again. Remember, to get here its Start -> Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager -> IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. If it looks like it has installed them all, restart the PC.

Once booted, head back to the Device Manager again and check the Primary and Secondary IDE Channel and ensure both are running in "DMA if available".
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