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OS: Win XP, SP2
CPU/Ram: 1.50 GHz, 512 MB
System Manufacturer: Dell Inspiron 8600

Recently, this is what I did.
1) I upgraded the BIOS

2) partitioned the HD

3) reinstalled the OS and upgraded to XP SP2 from SP1.

Now in the Device Manager, there is no section for "Ports"



In Device Manager, originally when I clicked "show hidden devices", under "Non-Plug and Play Drivers", there were warnings/error notices next to "parport" and "serial".



I can't print or sync my Palm. Other USB stuff works. Strangely, when I installed the Palm Desktop software, it let me sync one time. When I went into the settings to set up my e-mail sync, I got an error that the COM 1 port wasn't available and it switched to COM 3. I won't sync now.

I tried deleting the "parport" and "serial" drivers and they don't (immediately) return when I restart or "scan for hardware changes", but eventually show up again.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Mei2Qiang2

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1) Dell says the BIOS won't cause a software problem, but......
2) In Safe Mode, it all looks the same.
 

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Squashman said:
Did you reinstall all the drivers for your Motherboard?
I'm not sure exactly what a Motherboard is, but I installed all of the Dell drivers that came with the installation CD. I actually installed the latest ones from the Dell site. Is that what you mean?

Any other suggestions?
 

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Mei2Qiang2 said:
I'm not sure exactly what a Motherboard is, but I installed all of the Dell drivers that came with the installation CD. I actually installed the latest ones from the Dell site. Is that what you mean?

Any other suggestions?
Which ones did you install?
 
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