Hi.. Yes, it is possible. It depends on how old your computer is. It may either detect it automatically, or you will have to set up in the BIOS.
Dell's have used different key combinations over the years. It could be F2, F12, or the delete key. Can you get into the BIOS?
It's just a thought, but my experience as a tech has taught me that when there are inconsistent freezes/hangs, you could be looking at a bad power supply, loose/dirty RAM, or your cooling fan may have stopped, resulting in an overheating processor. Check those things out, especially the dirty cooling fan and see if that helps. I'm not saying it's likely, but I have sen it before. The point is, that if it IS somethinglike that, the symptoms will send you down many false paths and drive you crazy. So, at the least, is the fan on the processor turning, making a nice hum?
Just recently, I had a laptop someone thought had a bad hard drive. You know what it was? A big dust bunny in the cooling fins of the processor heat sink.
LOL.. So, can you get into the BIOS? What kind of dell, ie what is the make and model?
It's hard to tell from your posts, but do you consider yourself pretty experienced? I don't want to tell you things you already know, and if I do it's because I want to help, and it's best to be simple and systematic.
Edited by legacyabcd, 20 October 2011 - 06:06 AM.