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#1 fleetbob1

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:04 AM

I installed a new hard drive in my dell inspiron 1700e with xp media center edition.
I have all the startup discs that came with the computer, ( i am the original owner). I installed the operating system disc first, i did not know to install the media center disc first, i didnt read the disc,
so now none of the drivers work , no sound , no video..etc. So i called Dell and asked them for help. they wanted money to help me, F that, i am the original purchaser, so i bleeped some and they gave me the fix for the wireless network and they said i could go online and download the rest of the drivers............This did not work.
So i want to completly blow out the new hard drive and install the right disc first.but Dell said there is a proper way to install, otherwise it will still not work right. has anyone done this before ?? and what is the right sequence????

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 11:38 AM

Since you are going from scratch, try starting over. Nothing to lose!
I am sure the drivers that you need are on those discs though.

You can go into device manager and for each device that has a yellow exclamation, right clik and choose update driver,
then put one of those cds in and direct the driver update toward the disk to search it.
If it finds nothing, then try the other disk. One should say it has drivers on it(on the label).

From what I remember, media edition stuff (?disk) installs after XP pro, and it is optional.

Media edition is a bloated XP pro.

Do you still have the old drive/installation? Useful to see the device names.
If you keep it installed as a slave drive, windows can find the drivers there too.

Edited by FrankOtheMountaiN, 04 January 2011 - 11:41 AM.


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Posted 04 January 2011 - 11:58 AM

....they said i could go online and download the rest of the drivers............This did not work.


How did you attempt to do this?

You can go to Dell Drivers and Downloads. Enter your service tag and it will point you to the latest drivers available for your particular machine.
Free :wink:

Edited by ThunderZ, 04 January 2011 - 12:00 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:08 PM

THANKS, NO THE OLD DRIVE TOOK A CRAP THATS WHY I REPLACED IT. BUT I DID TRY TO INSTALL DRIVERS, AND I HAD TO ADD WINDOWS INSTALLER FIRST, AND YHEY STILL DIDNT WORK. SO I LOADED THE DISC THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOADED FIRST. AND IT BLEW OUT THE OPERATING SYSTEM, SO I LOADED THE OPERATING SYSTEM AGAIN AND STILL NO LUCK. THE ONLY SOLUTION I CAN COME UP WITH IS TO COMPLETLY CLEAR OUT THE HARD DRIVE AND START FROM SCRATCH.. A HOW DO I DO THAT?? B IS THERE A CERTAIN WAY TO INSTALL BESIDES PUTTING IN THE APPLICATION DISC FIRST ??

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:20 PM

If you load the 1st disk from cold boot, it should wipe all.
It may ask, and answer yes to start fresh.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:35 PM

i tried that , no luck

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:53 PM

Did the drive come with a disc? Maybe try booting to that to reformat it.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 01:35 PM

NO DISC

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 01:38 PM

NO DISC


I have all the startup discs that came with the computer


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Posted 04 January 2011 - 01:40 PM

Sorry no disc with hard drive

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 02:45 PM

You dont need a disk for the hard drive

Dell should have 2 disks. One labeled operating system and the other labeled drivers & utilities.
Insert the operating system disk and boot to it to install XP.

Then, from another computer, download the drivers from the Dell website onto a USB drive or burn a cd.
Installing them from the Dell cd can be thorny. Its easier to download them individually and install from a usb drive.

Am unable to locate an Inspiron 1700e on the Dell site to provide you with a link of the drivers.
Would you please confirm the model number.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 03:11 PM

Best if you put in the disc that says Operating System, then tell us what happens. Step by step.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 04:35 PM

there are three discs one says install before operating system has drivers and applications, then operating system then inspiron disc

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 06:10 PM

So what happens when you put in the one it says to put in 1st?


(the only way that could work is if there was another partition on the HD to store this data).
Or this is the function of this disk...to make a hidden dell recovery partition to store drivers in.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 06:25 PM

You have to install the operating system before you can install any drivers or applications.
After all, the drivers and applications need something to install onto. Without Windows installed in the first place it is not possible to install anything else.

Put the operating system disk in and boot from it to install XP.
Then, to make things easier, please give us the correct model number of the system so that we can provide a direct link to the drivers that you need. Sometimes installing the drivers off the cd can be a real chore.
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