|"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:
- communication (56k modem)
- IDE controllers
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?