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#1 blazebaer

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 08:58 PM

i recently had to reformat my hard drive the windows XP home edition set up discs. Then i reinstalled windows XP, now when i turn on my computer, it wont leave 16-bit memory resolution, no icons are on the desktop, and i dont have any drivers. I cant connect to the internet, because im guessing it cant tell theres a connection, because i dont have that driver.. i used the drivers and utilities discs to try to install them, but still doesnt work.
Under Device Manager List, there are big yellow question marks and exclamation points under a cattagory Other devices. The ones with the icons are: Dell A920, Ethernet Controller, Multimedia Audio Controller, PCI Simple Communications Controller, SM Bus Controller, Video Controller (VGA Compatible)

Can anybody help

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 10:54 PM

This might give you a start.

http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/how-tos/up...rivers-faq.html

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:27 AM

What is the model and make of your computer? Are you using the CD that came with the computer or a full version of XP? Which version of XP?
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:00 AM

You need to install your motherboard drivers.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:56 AM

Every Dell I had to format have left the drivers uninstalled. Do you have the disk that came with the computer. Dell sometimes sends a driver disk or a recovery disk with the PC.

If so your going to want to explore the disk to locate the drivers for these devices (right click CD drive, click on search) this will get you to the files on the drive, all you need to do now is locate the drivers. Once you find them go to device manager and reinstall the drivers, chose a location and browse to the location on the disc. (D:\).

If you don't have these disc your going to have to download them on line, try here:

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...;l=en&s=dhs

Type in your service tag, it will give you the drives for that machine. Then go through the list and find the downloads you need.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 09:09 AM

Your system would likely have come with a CD that contained the drivers on it. If you don't have that CD, then you'll have to use another computer to access the website of the manufacturer in order to download the driver. Then copy it to a CD, put the CD in the computer without the drivers, and then run the installer.

It may be easier just to download the Ethernet/Modem driver (see below) and install it. Then you should be able to connect with that computer and download the rest straight to it.

If you connect to the web via Cable or DSL - then I'd download the Ethernet Controller first.

If you connect to the web with a telephone cable (modem), then I'd download the Modem drivers first.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:18 PM

where is a site that i can find my ethernet controller at? its a dell dimension 2400

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:27 PM

Try here:

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...tid=&impid=

What is the number on the back of the case? It will be 7 numbers and letters and have bar codes on the top and bottom. (Example:W1HH34R) This wll get the drives for that machine. The path above will get you all the drivers for all 2400 shipped out.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:31 PM

i used that site you gave me earlier and put my service tag in... downloaded my video drivers and all, but i dont know which one would be for the ethernet controller... my service tag is CM6SB51

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:46 PM

Try here:

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...mp;fileid=84196

And if not here:

http://search.dell.com/results.aspx?stag=C...cs=&snpsd=A

Dells is a pain with there Ethernet controllers. Finding the right one is the ttrick. device manager just says Ethernet Controller right? See if those drivers work let me know if not.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:46 PM

Try the Broadcom 4401 Integrated NIC Driver. It is a 5MB download.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 02:22 PM

got it man.... i somehow found my resource cd, then went and found the broadcom 10/100 thing... so my internet works now... and im guessin ill just run windows update to make sure its all good? and thanks alot by the way

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 02:34 PM

Right on. Enjoy
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