My e1505 came with Vista which isn't usable. I spent weeks with Tech support trying to make it play nice. It didn't and won't. So I paid a guy to install XP but it's not Dell's XP, it's the XP that works on any pc so it lacks the proprietray Dell drivers. He installed them. But it's been two years and i'm doing a fresh reinstall. So I'm wondering which ones are required to make the Dell run again. I still have my XP disk but don't want to pay a guy $200 to intall it on a machine that's worth $300.
3. Run a harddrive test.
4. Run a full erase.
5. Remove cd disc utility
6. turn off pc
7. turn on pc and let it boot you should get a disc error (this is good)or missing OS.
8. Put your cd disc of windows in and reboot pc and press enter to boot from your windows
9. Install drivers
10. Install protection
11. Update windows
Notes: reboot inbetween each driver installation, also, important to follow
the order of installation of drivers.
LOOK AT: what simpswr has posted ( 2 links) in his last post, wouldnt hurt to do
some reading also on the subject.
The reason for erasing harddrive with a HD utility program first is that it will erase
everything on HD, as formatting only prepares drive for installation of windows, doesnt
necessarily wipe out harddrive from information.
Its important to install the drivers in correct order. Which is was Riskyone101 has given you. One of the drivers that is not on the list is under chipset in drivers and downloads for the E1505, is the Ricoh drivers for the memory card slots. You can load that driver at the end. The video driver can be one of four, because the E1505 came with either and Intel, x1300 ATI, x1400, or a 7300 nvidia graphics card. To check what hardware came on your computer you can enter the service tag, which should be on the bottom of your computer, here. Post the results here and we can tell what they mean if you can not tell yourself.
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