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Old 08-22-2010, 12:13 AM   #1
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I just formatted my computer. I did not make any back ups of anything because the computer wasn't functional.

I have a home made Dell computer. I don't know what's inside it but I just formatted it and Installed Windows XP Professional.

The format and install worked fine and was a piece of cake.

Now the real problem is when I have it on now.
The Desktop is empty, the Add/Remove is empty.

There is nothing on this computer but XP Pro.

Internet does not work. (I have a wired connection)


I want to know if there is any way through possibly the BIOS to find what my computer really is. (What are the parts inside)

As far as I know, it is a Dell shell..


I have no drivers, no updates, etc. NOTHING AT ALL.

I also have no manufacturer CD's with drivers on them.







Please help me. I have given as much info as I can, but if more is needed, let me know. I will do my best to get you the info.

Any help, comments, suggestions, links, etc. is EXTREMELY appreciated!!

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:18 AM   #2
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was the motherboard replaced? if not, go to dells website, search for the specific computer and get all the drivers from them. as far as add/remove and desktop, it could be empty because nothing but the os is installed at this time. If you have a program you were going to install, install it and see if it appears in add/remove.
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I honestly don't know if the motherboard was replaced.
If it was replaced, could I get the model and serial numbers from the BIOS without having to open it up? Or CMD?

And if it wasn't replaced, again, can I get the model and serial numbers form the BIOS? Or CMD?
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Hi,

you can use a freeware program called CPUID to find out details on the motherboard and chipset etc:
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

After you run the program, go to the 'Mainboard' tab for the info. Feel free to let us know what you see there and one of us will be able to direct you to where you can find drivers.
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You can go to the Dell support site, enter your Service Tag Number and download the drivers. Be sure to use IE and do not use the Dell Download Manager!

Just download the driver file, save it to a flash drive or burn to CD and install on the Dell . . double click the file to install

On the list of drivers, click on the driver file:



Then the download button here:



See this for the order they should be installed:
https://support.dell.com/support/topi...=en&l=en&s=dhs
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