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I reinstalled my windows xp OS on my older Dell and looks like my only problem is the ethernet/internet connection. Since i cannot access the internet on that machine, seems problematic getting downloads/drivers somehow copied and installed on my older pc. I do have all of the installation cd that came with the Dell, but from what i gather, they should be installed in a certain order... that is what i need to know. If someone could please help with the order, i will try and do another install.
Thanks for any help... my cd's are:
1 - OS windows XP, sp 2
2 - drivers and utilities V.9x/56K data/fax/modem software
3 - driver and utilities Resource cd (device drivers, diag.+utilities)
4 - Application for tool system (support,multi-media,internet software)
5 - Appl. cyberlink power dvd
 

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Re: ethernet after install

I reinstalled my windows xp OS on my older Dell
is this the recover CD that came with the Dell PC

you should have a TAG number on the PC - use that and goto the DELL support website and download the drivers
I would install the chipset drivers straight after the XP CD
 

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Yep, i have a tag, and it is a re-install OS cd, no mention of recovery. What would be the way to download ? to a flash/jump drive? all chip sets and drivers( Intel ). How/where do i load/download to my other older machine? sorry for all the newb ?'s:4-dontkno
 

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Re: ethernet after install

Dell Drivers: You can go to the Dell support site, enter your Service Tag Number and download the drivers and save them to a flash drive or burn to CD to install on the Dell. Be sure to use IE and do not use the Dell Download Manager!

Just download the driver file, save it to the desktop and double click 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:
How to Download and Install Drivers in the Correct Order | Dell
 

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hmm, i stopped after the OS install... the 'chipset drive' i downloaded came up showing as an Exceed extractor Application.?? thought this was wierd as i didn't see anything regarding Intel... should i install that ?
 

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I get to try again today. Why do i have to load these drivers anyway ? I have all the cds from Dell that came with. Why wouldn't installing the 'new' chipset after all the Dell cd's/drivers work, if the new chipset extracts 1st?
If anyone could help with what driver to choose from the 'new' Intel set
(i think there were about10), would be much appreciated.
 

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you could use the CDs that came with the PC _ but often the drivers are modified over time and they fix issues - so its usual practice if possible to load the later drivers - but if you want to use the driver CD you can

post the tag number and we can look at the site for you
 

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thanks guys got it connected. I think i'll hang around, listen (read)+ learn.
Been catching up on 7 years of updates, up to IE8, and service pack 3.
Will be setting up printer and other accessories. Was wondering about the
Intel Chipset, everything thing seems fine but i don't think all of the chipset package has been loaded, should i load all of it?
Also asking for your expert opinions on something like
Auslogics disk defrag., are they better than what comes with Windows?.. should someone run/have both ? thanks again
 

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If everything is working ok, I would not worry about the chipset driver.

I have used Auslogics and other third party defragers, but frankly could not see any advantage to them. You do not want to use both because they use different algorithms to place files and you woud just be moving them back and forth.
 

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Re: ethernet after install

Just got a new problem, thought i'd post here since my history is here.
I created another user to log in, while logging off to switching user, the screen goes black and reads 'cannot display video mode' and seems to lock up. I do have a newer Dell flat panel that worked before re-install.
again , thanks for any help.
 

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thanks for the replies, monitor has been ok since i believe went to 16 bit on settings (was 32), left resolutions high. Finished up loading cameras, scanners, etc. since. Also been becoming familiar with things i never heard of before like BHO's... oh my :rolleyes:
 
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