|XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that. |
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.
If you used a Dell labeled XP Home or Pro Re-installation CD or similar, it's used the same way as a regular Microsoft XP CD - it DOES NOT have any extra drivers built into it for your specific model.
You must go to the Dell site and download the drivers for your specific model and install them !
OR - if your computer came with a Dell CD with the drivers on it, install them from that !
RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen, select Properties, then the Settings tab - see if you can set the Resolution to a higher setting - you may not be able to.
In most cases, the monitor drivers for the built in display on laptops are embedded in the video drivers you get from the brand name's web site (if they're not they are listed in the downloads for your model) - your display will probably NOT be normal until AFTER you have installed Dell's video drivers for your model.
XP comes with IE 6, but IE 6 doesn't work properly with a lot of web pages on the internet anymore.
You need to install a newer browser version - I recommend IE 8 - even if you don't use IE, install a newer version of it. (You must use IE if you want to be able to use Microsoft's Windows Update web page.)
You can access some web sites okay (but they may have display problems) in IE 6 - e.g. Microsoft (IE 8) , Dell, Adobe (Flash player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Shockwave player) , Intel .
You need to install the Windows SP3 updates if your installation CD does not have them embedded in Windows.
RIGHT click on My Computer, select Properties. On the right side, if it says -
- Windows XP Home or Pro SP1 or SP2, you need to install the SP3 updates
- Windows XP Home or Pro with no SP updates mentioned, you need to install SP1 updates, then SP3 updates.