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#1 shogun697

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 05:06 PM

someone give me there old xp laptop when they got a new one.It was'nt working so i decided to reinstall xp.(my first time!!!) It all went well but now i'm having problems getting on the net to install the drivers.I using a lead from my moden into the back of the laptop but still cant connect.Any ideas what i'm doing wrong??Also I was wondering if I cant connect to the net can I download the drivers onto a usb stick from the dell website using another computer?? its a bell inspirion 5160 . any help would be great thanks

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 05:15 PM

yes you can go to dells website and download the drivers that are needed and put then on a flash drive and then install them on the new machine. :thumbsup:
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#3 Ken-in-West-Seattle

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 07:15 PM

If you post the service tag number we can give you a link to go to the right page from any computer. You can use a flash drive or burn them to a cd.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 08:01 PM

Thanks I'm at work so Ill post it in the morning.Thanks again for the help and Ill let ye know how it goes.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 06:30 AM

the service tag is DXL681j thanks again for the help

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 07:16 AM

When installing an OS on a laptop, it's usually a good idea to visit the mfr's website and download all the pertinent drivers for the OS you are installing before you do the install. As suggested, putting them on a USB stick is a good way to do it. The problem you're encountering is most likely because XP doesn't contain drivers for the network adapter in your laptop.

Here's the link to the drivers page on the Dell website for that laptop: Dell Drivers download page.
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Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:05 PM

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...p;fileid=113177

link to internal ethernet driver. Then you can download the rest.




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