Vostro 200

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Vostro 200

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I have two questions that require urgent advices please:

a.  I needed to reformat my hard drive and re-install xp sp2; however, even if my pc was booted from the cd-rom with the xp disc, I could not find the option of Delete All Partition, hence re-formating the entire hard drive; what I could only do was to install xp to C: thus replacing all files.  I recalled this option was available when installing Win 98.  Why is it gone now and how can I reformat the hard drive before re-installing all software please?

b.  When I first tried to re-install the xp sp2, I noticed that some USB drivers were not installed.  Why didn't Dell's recovery disc provide all drivers??  I could not find the right ones from Dell's and MS's websites?  Can anyone help please?  My mother board is Dell's Vostro 200 as indicated above.

Both questions are urgent please.  Thanks a lot!

 

 

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  • Hello,

    Once you get to the point to install XP onto the C partition ...

    Choose the location to install.
        If this is a clean hard drive, you can choose to create a partition in the un-partitioned space. At this point, you can allow Setup to use all the space or set a size for the partition.
       
      If the hard drive or partition has a previous installation of XP you want to remove, choose to delete the partition by pressing "D". You will then be prompted to create a new partition in the empty space. This will remove all data from the deleted space.

    Then after you install Windows, use the required order for install below ...

     

    Note: Some devices may not function properly if the drivers are installed out of order.

    Install your version of Windows.

    Install the following software and drivers in the order listed below.


    ***** 1.***** Desktop System Software (DSS) or Notebook System Software (NSS) - A vital utility that provides critical updates and patches for the operating system. If you are reinstalling the operating system or updating all the computer’s drivers, it is imperative that this software be installed first.
    This is located under the System and Configuration Utilities Category on the Drivers and Downloads page. The DSS or NSS may not be required for some systems that shipped with Windows Vista installed, or older systems that don't offer DSS or NSS files. But if your download page has a DSS or NSS file, "It is required".
    2. Chipset - Helps Windows control system board components and controllers. This is located under the Chipset Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    3. Video Adapter - Enhances video performance. This is located under the Video Adapter Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    4. Network Interface Card (NIC) - Enhances the network controller for Internet or network access. This is located under the Network Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    5. Audio Adapter - Enables and enhances the audio controller. This is located under the Audio Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    6. Modem - Allows dialup capability. This is located under the Communication Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    7. Wireless Network Card - Enables and enhances the wireless network controller. This is located under the Network Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    8. Touchpad, Pointer, Trackstick, Mice, and Keyboards - Enhances the pointing device features. This is located under the Mouse & Keyboards Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    9. Other Devices
    * Bluetooth Module
    This is located under the Communication Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    * Dell Wireless Mobile Broadband Cards
    This is located under the Communication Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    * PCMCIA/Smartcard controller
    This is located under the Security Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.

    Dell drivers and downloads page http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/. Input your service tag number to get the required drivers for your system, 'as shipped'.

    NOTE: If your system download page offers a DSS or NSS file in the 'System and Configuration Utilities' Category. And you have already tried to install some drivers, you will need to reboot in Safe Mode to install the DSS or NSS file, and the chipset. Then reboot the system and install the rest of the drivers in the correct order.

    Mis Dos Centavos,
    Darrell

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  • Thanks for the reply, but I was not allowed to Delete the C: partition.  I can delete other minor partitions.

    Also, what about the USB 2.0 driver, why didn't I get it from the disc coming with the computer?  Also, drivers are not shown on the invoices as a shipped item...

    Sad

  • Hello again,

    I have not seen not being able to delete the C partition before using the Dell reinstall CD.

    The USB drivers will be set straight once you follow the list with the DSS, and chipset. And drivers are not a shipped item that would show on an invoice. They would be included on a resource CD and are also available for download.

    Mis Dos Centavos,
    Darrell

    Gadfly at large

    Helping Dell Customers here since 1998

    My systems ...
    Dimension XPS D266 - Now retired
    Toshiba Tecra M1
    Dimension 4300 - Received DOA as a gift. Reinstalled XP and still working great
    Dimension 9150 - Pent D 3.2GHz, 4GB dual-channel 533 DDR2 Windows 7 Pro, Firefox 3.6.14
      Congrats to Jimmie Johnson #48 - FIVE time Nascar Sprint Cup Champ !!!!