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So I Have This Old Lap Top


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#1 loque

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 12:01 PM

Sorry, didn't know where to post this question!

I was given this old laptop a while ago by someone who works for a computer company. The Windows installation on it is damaged and there are vital components missing like paint and other stuff.

Do laptops have onboard drivers? I want to stick a new copy of windows on and I dunno if it'll work once I've done it.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 12:06 PM

Yep

Just like any other PC (desktop or laptop) there will be specific drivers for it.
I'm assuming you know the make and model, so why don't you check out the manufacurers website and see if you can find the drivers there.
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 12:42 PM

It's the operating system that has the driver support.

IMO, XP has excellent driver support for older systems...I'd just try to install XP and see if it comes up with basic drivers for the system.

Make and model of the laptop?

As slix suggested, it's still a good idea to download the drivers before doing the XP clean install. But, if one has two systems, you can just make the clean install and get the drivers anytime on the other system, if they are needed.

Another alternative: Repair Install, How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install (Stevens) - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Louis




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