Solved All Dell E6510 drivers running Windows XP

April 11, 2015 at 17:03:45
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Core i5
I have a Dell E6510 with the Intel Core i5. I installed Windows XP 32 bit because I have alot of programs that only work with XP. My main problem is getting it to notice and acknowledge my wifi card. I have downloaded the drivers from Dell's website but they error out. When I started a chat with Dell support, they only said that no one supports XP anymore and they couldnt help. I also contacted Microsoft chat support, even worse response.

I realize the Core i5 wasnt even around when XP went off the market and Vista came in, but surely there is a way to get all the drivers I need for my laptop running XP as an OS.

Help please.


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April 12, 2015 at 11:49:52
mmm - Clearly both sides of this venture were up front and so on... Pity you didn't manage to unlock the bios though. Perhaps you can pass on the link I posted re' Dell bios tweaks/unlocks to the vendor - so he might be able to clear that password/lock?

The vendor does sound like a decent sort and perhaps some good for him can come out of this wee saga?



#1
April 11, 2015 at 17:32:13
you may be able to use software such as SIW to identify the hardware make and model of the wifi card in your laptop. You might then be able to go straight to that manufacturers site to check for drivers.

Another option as far as your wifi goes is to use a USB adapter. They are inexpensive and do a reasonably good job:

WiFi USB adapters at Amazon

What are the other problems you are having with installing XP on this machine specifically?

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#2
April 11, 2015 at 18:05:23
XP installed just fine and works just fine, I just cant get on the internet. XP shows my Broadcom card but says the driver isnt installed. When I go to Dell and get the driver for an XP operating system, put it on a flash drive and try to install it on my laptop; it errors out and says an exe file could not launch. I tried a few different drivers from Dell and other reputable sites and all say the same thing, either error out with a 150 code when unzipping or cant execute a setup file.

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#3
April 11, 2015 at 19:39:19
Have you tried installing the driver in safe mode?

Would be a good idea to set a restore point first


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#4
April 11, 2015 at 19:47:12
I havent, but will try that next. I am in the waiting process now of disconnecting the CMOS battery and seeing if that will clear the bios. It seems that nothing will execute and when I went into bios to look at a few things, it asked me to "unlock" to change configurations. It is password protected. I just bought the laptop today and contacted the person I bought it from and he stated he had no idea it was protected. I have been messing with this issue for literally 9 hrs straight. If the bios reset doesnt work and safe mode you suggested doesnt work, I am returning it for a refund tomorrow.

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#5
April 11, 2015 at 20:41:36
nope, nothing worked. Dont know if having bios locked and pw protected was the issue or just having a fairly new machine with an old OS. Not a single driver download would work from flash drive or cd. BIOS never did clear and I waited 30 minutes with no HD in it, no CMOS battery and no power battery. I cant own a machine that I cant have 100% access to.

Sorry to waste your time and efforts, but im at the 10th hour and im DONE. Ill just buy an old machine that can run and old OS with super slow internet.


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#6
April 11, 2015 at 21:45:34
Yeah sounds fair enough. Even if you could run the laptop as it should run you never know when you might need to access the BIOS. I guess the difficulty with installing the driver is a blessing in disguise.

I wouldn't want a computer that I didn't have complete unrestricted access to either, especially if I paid for it.


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#7
April 12, 2015 at 03:10:12
This link gives a few options you might feel to investigate re' the bios lock item... The first in the list deems very specific to most/all the Dell range?

http://tinyurl.com/otbzt3s

On the other hand if you're not fully comfortable with unit you have (for whatever reasons) then a refund might be better?

Incidentally would not the programme you want run not run in a compatibility mode?

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#8
April 12, 2015 at 05:49:57
I don't know why you would downgrade the OS when all you had to do was run your programs in XP compatibility mode?

"surely there is a way to get all the drivers I need for my laptop running XP"

I checked the Dell site & your laptop is listed as "Latitude E6510 (Early 2010)" & there are XP drivers available. I don't know what your problem might be unless you're downloading the wrong ones? Make sure to click "Change OS" & then select Windows XP from the list. There are 7 network drivers listed. You need to know which wireless device is installed in your laptop so that you can download & install the correct one. Did you make a note of all the hardware listed in Device Manager before your wiped out Win7?

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us...

"XP shows my Broadcom card but says the driver isnt installed"

Is it listed under Network Adapters? I'm guessing it's not. Because if you look at the Dell drivers page, there is no Broadcom driver on the network list. My guess is you didn't install the Control Point driver:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...

"I am returning it for a refund tomorrow"

Don't be surprised if the seller says NO. YOU screwed up the laptop, not him. And now you expect him to refund your money for a laptop that no longer functions properly? He will be perfectly within his rights to refuse.

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#9
April 12, 2015 at 06:44:22
trvlr...I did not try compatibility mode, but did try to run the xp virtual machine on it. Home Premium does not support a virtual machine unfortunately. After finding out about bios being locked and the seller unable to assist besides a refund, I have decided its best to take the refund and move on.

riider...I downloaded ALL the drivers that were for my E6510 and nothing would launch or execute. Just kept getting error code 150 when unzipping and error failure to execute setup.exe. I also made sure each time to select MS Windows XP as the OS, even tried Vista files a couple times just for giggles but nope.

All in all it was my fault for trusting the seller and not digging into the machine when I was buying it. With BIOS locked and such XP issues, its best all around to get a refund and move on. I am going to look for a Windows 7 Pro machine that is decent so I can flawlessly run an XP virtual machine and still have the convience of a newer OS.

Thanx again for all your help and suggestions, I will certainly use this site in the future if I have issues and questions :)


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#10
April 12, 2015 at 07:10:40
I just added to my reply #8. I also tried downloading the network driver to see how it works. Once you have it, double click on it & you should have the option to install or extract to a folder. I don't have a Dell so I extracted to a folder on my desktop & had a look...all you would have to do is run setup.exe. I suggest you try do the same as I did - download the driver & extract to a folder, then copy that folder to a USB stick, insert the USB stick in the laptop, THEN run setup.exe. The trick is, you need to know which drivers to download in the 1st place.

Regardless, downgrading the OS was a mistake. I know if I sold a working computer & the buyer brought it back to me a few days later with a different OS on it & said it wasn't working properly, I either wouldn't offer a refund or I would deduct some cash for having to invest time into making it sell-worthy again.

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#11
April 12, 2015 at 10:45:36
I guess I didnt fully explain, but its cool...I bought the laptop with the full intention of putting Windows XP on it and told this person that before I ever went to get it. HE is the one that gave me the XP disc and fully understood my intentions. There was nothing hidden or manipulated or shady from him or I. He was just unaware that the BIOS was locked.

As for the extracting and flash drive, yes tried that as well. I didnt post each and every step I took here because that is a long boring read. I sat with the laptop for 11 hours and was so into it that I didnt even eat anything. The laptop has been returned and all is good.

I probably wouldnt have even considered returning it if the BIOS wasnt locked down tighter than a drum, but lesson learned from us both...1) make sure each and every aspect of any pc machine is accessible before you try to sell it, 2) as a buyer make sure all aspects are accessible before you make the purchase.


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#12
April 12, 2015 at 11:49:52
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mmm - Clearly both sides of this venture were up front and so on... Pity you didn't manage to unlock the bios though. Perhaps you can pass on the link I posted re' Dell bios tweaks/unlocks to the vendor - so he might be able to clear that password/lock?

The vendor does sound like a decent sort and perhaps some good for him can come out of this wee saga?


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