I have just taken over care of a proprietary laptop. I installed the Vista disk and using the original drivers disk I installed the drivers needed, from what I could tell. (I didn't need card readers or bluetooth for basic function, etc) so I skipped them.
Drivers I installed are NOW properly listed in the C:\Dell folder. BUT----sound, wifi, video don't work yet--so evidently my installs failed!
I wanted to update drivers ( network, bios and audio drivers are new) but I was waiting for the old drivers to work so I use the computer itself to download the updates into the laptop. Then it probably recognizes what I have and still need.
I have read since my install a week ago that a certain install order must be followed. I had no knowledge of that and initially I did try the audio and wifi drivers first just to see how the process would go.
Could that have been an error that stopped every other driver from loading?
I am willing to start over and reinstall in that order--but-------------
IS IT POSSIBLE TO UNINSTALL or DELETE CURRENT DRIVERS COMPLETELY AND START FROM SCRATCH?
Can I do that?
OR is there some other button I have to push in a Dell to make the drivers wake up?
I have uses generic PCs since the 80s, installing drivers was easier than this. This proprietary stuff is a puzzle. I have asked at the Dell community forum--no answer yet. This is an older laptop--not commonly viewed in the forum.
Any helpful idea would be appreciated!