Can't seem to reply to Post XP install on a D

Compaq PRESARIO
May 27, 2011 at 17:42:18
Specs: Windows XP, 224
I can't seem to reply to a post when I'm logged in:

Just wanted to tell John FL with the Dell Dimension 2400 about the CD Driver Disk on EBAY
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...

I reinstalled win XP and had to manually install the drivers I could find... and my computer still showed a problems with the PCI Input Device so I thought it might fix it but it didn't, so I can't give the disk a thumbs up.... but it may be because of my manually installing drivers, and not in the right order.

I'm currently trying to reinstall the Win XP again, but I can't get the disk to boot before windows, even changed the start configuration to the CD first, and disabling the hard drive. Not sure what to do?

Be prepared to have the drivers you may need. The Dell Site, well, there's about 74 drivers to choose from, so do you know which ones you might need? I also found it difficult to try to download them and SAVE them to a Flash on another computer to use on the Dell which could not connect to the net after reinstalling XP.


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#1
May 27, 2011 at 17:55:39
Why not get the drivers from Dell??

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#2
May 27, 2011 at 18:32:02
Do not pay for drivers - EVER! They are always available for free from the computer manufacturer (Dell) or the individual hardware manufacturers (nvidia, ATI, Intel, Broadcom, Realtek, etc). But you need to be familiar enough with your system specs to know which drivers to download. If you use the Service Tag number on the rear of the case, you should be able to nail it down.

http://support.dell.com/support/dow...


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#3
May 27, 2011 at 22:07:58
I was just at the Dell Site to download Drivers, and for some reason or another, I am having no trouble with the download. Previously, when I was using another computer, it needed to have Framework installed, and I couldn't master the download manager, or any form of download.

Also, maybe I don't understand this thing about using the service tags...
I enter mine, and it tells me of one update.... and below to choose all the 73 drivers for all Dell Dimension 2400's.

Then I have to Pick and Choose....Guess Work at the least for me. And I also have no idea which ones to install first/second/etc.

I have worked with a Pavilon 505, Compaq ,and Acer Laptop reinstalling XP, and there was no problems. This Dell, well I'de like to do something with it....

Now I can't even seem to reinstall the XP on it when I change the Boot Sequence to start the CD first.

I have a DVD from another Dell, and when I plug it in and connect the IDE to it, it doesn't seem to recoginze it. Nothing but a flashing light. Nothing in the Device Manager, Nothing to be seen when I click My Computer.


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#4
May 27, 2011 at 22:28:42
Not enough to just set the proper sequence for boot-up. That CD must be bootable.

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#5
May 28, 2011 at 07:17:15
"Then I have to Pick and Choose....Guess Work at the least for me"

Those 73 downloads are NOT all drivers, more than1/2 of them are software/utilities. You only need the DRIVERS, & the ones you need are:

- audio
- chipset
- communication (56k modem)
- IDE controllers
- network
- video

Choosing which drivers to download isn't rocket science, all you need to do is read the descriptions. You'll see some are labeled "optional", others "recommended". They also have Release Dates & Version numbers. If you'd use a little deductive reasoning, you should be able to determine which one to download & install (generally the newest one). Let's take a quick look at the list:

Audio - 3 downloads are available, only ONE is a driver. That one should be easy.
Chipset - only one download is available & it's the driver. That one's a no-brainer.
Communication - 10 downloads are available, 2 of them are drivers. For this one, you need to know which modem you have installed,
IDE controllers - 2 downloads available, neither are drivers, so you don't need either of them.
Network - 7 downloads available, only one is a driver.
Video - 5 downloads available, 4 of them are drivers. Choose the newest one from 9/19/2005, version A09.

Was that so difficult? The only one that you may have a problem with is the 56k modem.

"I have a DVD from another Dell, and when I plug it in and connect the IDE to it, it doesn't seem to recoginze it"

Did you configure the master/slave/cable select jumper on the rear of the drive?


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#6
May 28, 2011 at 13:20:27
You use your service code number or simply let the dell app find your correct drivers.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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