Driver Help. PLEASE!

Dell Inspiron e1405, e1505, e1705 series...
June 29, 2010 at 22:21:28
Specs: Windows XP - Media Center Edition
I have re-installed Windows XP Media Center edition on my Dell E1505 Inspiron computer.

My wireless (as well as non-wireless) internet is no longer working. I used the disk with device drivers the Dell provided when I purchased the product to re-install device drivers.

This is not working. Looking at "Device Manager", it prompts me to re-install all the following drivers under the "Other Devices" driver category: (1) Base System Device (2) Base System Device (3) Base System Device (4) Ethernet Controller (5) Network Controller (6) SM Bus Controller (7) Video Controller (8) Video Controller (VGA Compatible).

Upon attempting to reinstall, Windows asks me if it can connect to Windows Update to find the driver (of course, it can't, because the internet is not working). It then tells me to insert the disc the driver should be located on. I do so. It then fails to find the software, and asks me if it can connect to the internet to search for the software (of course it cannot). I have used the driver software CD to unzip the driver software into particular folders. Even when pointing to these particular folders, the software is not found.

I have tried installing the drivers from the CD. They all appear to successfully install. Then the new hardware wizard pops up, and I wind up with the exact same problem described in the last paragraph.

I have tried uninstalling each driver that is not working before attempting to re-install. No success.

I have downloaded the drivers from for the hardware requiring drivers "IntelĀ® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility for Windows XP 32-Bit*". I have tried to install these drivers. No success.

My next attempt will be to install service pack 3 and see if this magically fixes my problem. Anyone have any ideas?

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June 30, 2010 at 04:52:38
I'm not sure how you're doing it but normally the drivers from Dell are named something like R123456.exe. After you download the file & double click on it, it unpacks itself into the C:\Dell\Drivers folder...the driver does NOT actually install. You then have to open the the Drivers folder, find the R123456 folder, open it & double click on Setup.exe

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June 30, 2010 at 07:53:53
If you installed XP MCE from two CDs, you have to install them the correct way, otherwise the operating system is not properly installed when Setup has finished.
(MCE does NOT fit on one CD, and I've never heard of it being, or have seen it, on a DVD.)

All versions of MCE have these Setup bugs that have never been fixed.............
After a lot of files have been installed from the first CD, you are prompted to insert another CD, but the title of it it asks for is NOT CORRECT. At that point, eject the first CD, insert the second CD, in the SAME drive you had the first CD in. Setup will install a lot of files from the second CD, then you are prompted to insert another CD, but the title of it it asks for is also NOT CORRECT. Eject the second CD, insert the first CD, in the SAME drive the second CD was in, Setup will continue to it's end, and MCE will have been installed successfully.

Setup defaults to making only one partition on a hard drive.
The problem with that is if you ever need to re-load Windows from scratch, you lose everything on the partition Windows was installed on, and when you have only partition on the hard drive, that's everything on the drive - unless you copy the data you don't want to lose to elsewhere BEFORE you install Windows from scratch (most people don't bother, and lose all their data) .
If you're installing XP from a regular CD, it's recommended you make at least TWO partitions on the drive.
How to make more than one partition on a hard drive, when you're installing Windows on a blank hard drive, or when you are deleting the existing partition(s) on a hard drive before you run Setup .....
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In this case, the brand name system CDs that install MCE are probably only slightly modified from those of a regular OEM MCE 2 CD set, and are 99% or more identical to those. The following applies.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

Load the main chipset drivers first.

In this case, install the drivers from the brand name's Drivers CD for your model. Make sure you install the main chipset drivers. If they're not there, get them from the maker of the main chipset's web site.

If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included.....

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starting at
"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."

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June 30, 2010 at 13:51:13
Dear Member,
please reinstall the window Xp with services Pack 2
and try the driver

Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card
i think your will be slove the problem


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June 30, 2010 at 14:25:36
All, thank you for your responses!

Jam - I did open up the the driver folders that were unzipped from the Dell drivers cd and launch setup.exe, so I don't think this was the issue, but thank you for trying to help!

TubesandWires -
The version of Windows (from Control Panel--->System) is:
Microsoft Windows XP
Media Center Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3
(i did end up downloading SP3, but it did not magically fix my problem)

My Windows XP MCE disk is definitely a DVD.

When I re-installed Windows, I went with only one partition (though I backed up to my external hard drive before doing so). Based on your recommendations I may re-do this. Also, I believe I may have selected "Perform a Quick Format" - another reason I may re-do this.

It appears my chipset drivers are in place and working, but I am not sure if I installed them first. I will make sure I do so when I re-re-install XP.

I downloaded and installed service pack 3. Are you suggesting SP3 be installed prior to the drivers?

Thank you for your help. I will update with news of my success or failure.

M Ghazanfar Ali -
Would installing the driver you recommended still work if I had SP3 (rather than SP2) installed?

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June 30, 2010 at 18:32:35
Reinstalling XP and installing the drivers in the recommended order seemed to work out. Also downloaded a chipset driver from that was not on the driver CD, which seemed to take care of two of the hardware items that could not find a driver.

Thanks all!

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