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Operating System CD and Drivers and Utilities CD

  • I have a laptop Inspiron 1150.  I installed a new hard drive, plus increased memory, but then I could not find my file that contained the CDs for the Operating System and the Drivers and Utilities CD to reinstall them on my laptop.  Dell support said they did not have Windows XP CDs that I could purchase.  I would have to buy a Windows Vista, $255.00.  I have both CDs that came with my desktop.  They said I could not use them as each computer had their own.  I am a new novice computer person.

    What could be my solution besides purchasing the Windows Vists complete system? After buying the hard drive and more memory, and then if I have to purchase Windows Vista,  adding all those costs up I might as well send the other parts back and just buy another computer.

    Any solution?

  • Hi, SMcKinzey:

    First, you can use the OS disc that came with your desktop as long as it's the same flavor (home or pro).

    Second, all of your drivers can be downloaded from Downloads (click Support above to get there).

    Third, you can order replacment discs by going to this page.

    Now, you're probably asking yourself, Why couldn't Dell support tell me this? The answer is simple. I'm smarter than they are!! Big Smile

  • Hi, SMcKinzey:

    First, you can use the OS disc that came with your desktop as long as it's the same flavor (home or pro).

    Second, all of your drivers can be downloaded from Downloads (click Support above to get there).

    Third, you can order replacment discs by going to this page.

    Now, you're probably asking yourself, Why couldn't Dell support tell me this? The answer is simple. I'm smarter than they are!! Big Smile

  • Thanks so much. The OS disc I got for my desktop I guess is a home disc.  Are you saying I cannot use the driver  and utilities disk with my desk top for the laptop.  I have the battery out of the laptop and the hard drive installed.  So now do I put the battery back in and turn it on and then go to downloads for the drivers on the laptop?

    I guess they just want you to buy up the Vista.  And you are right, you are probably smarter than they are.  They  have little nitwiches sitting there just trying to sell you something.   I think the one I was speaking with was in India could hardly understand her!

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  • Genius!!!! I am going to try this.  So my old hard drive is still good?  My computer kept saying no bootable devices found.  And Dell said I needed a new hard drive. So I purchased one.

  • Hi, SMcKinzey:

    I believe I said you could use the XP disc if it matches the version, home or pro, between your desktop and laptop.

    Obviously, you cannot use the drivers disc, but you can download all of the drivers, as I explained above. You should click Support above, and go to Downloads to get all your drivers before you start. Make sure you follow these instructions for installing XP.

    Anything else, check your manual!! If you've lost it, look it up in Support.

  • Sorry, but there's no way to tell if your old hard drive is good or not based on the limited information you provided. You need to run the Dell diagnostics on the drive to tell.

  • Breathe muto... breathe Surprise

     

    I'm going to sound like the grammar police here, but that post is very hard to read, due to the lack of paragraphs, and an absence of capital letters at the start of new sentences - resulting in it being very hard to tell where one sentence ends, and the next starts?

     

    And...

     

    muto

     

    ... install all the other drivers in whatever order you wish...

     

    ... that's bad advice!

    Dell created a 'Drivers installation order' guide, specifically because all the drivers have to be installed in a certain order, to help avoid problems later Idea

     

    However, your advice about downloading drivers in advance, downloading them to individual folders (chipset, audio, graphics, network etc etc), and copying them to an external source, is first rate Wink

    That's exactly what I do myself.  'Nuff said Yes

    From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!

     

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    Breathe muto... breathe Surprise

     

    Big Smile

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    If there isnt anything wrong with your old drive you can clone the old drive to the new drive and not lose anything

    Apricorn DriveWire - Storage controller - IDE / SATA-150 - Hi-Speed USB

    http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Hard_Drives_External/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=bsd&cs=cabsdt1&sku=A1287050&~lt=popup&~ck=XYRelated

    DriveWire is the ideal solution for transferring the data from a desktop or notebook PC to a new hard drive in a few easy steps. It makes what can otherwise be a daunting and tricky process, painless and easy. DriveWire is bundled with Apricorn's "Upgrade Suite" which features the award winning "EZ Gig II" cloning software for Windows and "Shirt Pocket's SuperDuper!" for Mac. When used together, DriveWire makes it easy to transfer your OS, data, applications, documents, address books, e-mail, settings and preferences - from the old drive to a new drive, in few easy steps. Start by attaching the new 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive to the appropriate connector on DriveWire's cable head. Then connect the AC power adapter and the USB cable. Now, boot up your computer using the "Upgrade Suite" bootable CD and make and exact clone of the old drive onto a new drive. After the transfer is completed, install the new hard drive into the desktop or notebook, and the computer will boot up just like normal. DriveWire includes Apricorn's Upgrade Suite with EZ Gig II Cloning & Upgrade software for Windows and Shirt Pocket's SuperDuper! for Mac, a hybrid adapter that connects to any 2.5", 3.5" IDE/PATA or SATA Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable (USB 1.1 compatible) and high quality UL Listed power adapter. This unique adapter provides a SATA connector for the new style drives as well as 44 pin connector for a 2.5" Notebook IDE/PATA Hard Drive and 40 pin connector for a standard 3.5" IDE/PATA Hard Drive, allowing you to connect a hard drive to any desktop or notebook computer with a USB 2.0 port. This is the perfect solution for anyone needing immediate or temporary access to a Hard Drive. You won't need to buy a different enclosure for every Hard Drive or worry about whether or not you have enough power through your USB ports run the device. Because DriveWire is guaranteed to safely provide all the power you need and it is compatible with all of today's 2.5, 3.5 IDE/PATA or SATA Hard Drives. W

    Manufacturer Part# : ADW-USB-KIT
    Dell Part# : A1287050

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  • muto

     

    opinion is not helpful in these sorts of discussions.

     

    Mine wasn't an opinion.  The only person who has expressed an opinion in this thread regarding driver installation order, is you.

     

    You carry on installing them in whatever order you want, by all means.

    But if Dell advise owners that the drivers for their systems should be installed in a certain order, then it's advisable to do so - pure and simple.

    It's particularly important to tell new owners/forum members, that Dell advise installing drivers in a specific order - and (ideally) then point them in the direction of the document which lists the order.

     

    Whether installing the chipset drivers, then the others in any order works for you, is besides the point. 

    Dell state quite clearly before going on to list the installation order:

     

    Quote:

     

    The list below is an overview of the correct order to install drivers on Dell desktop and laptop systems.

    After reinstalling the operating system, follow the order listed when reinstalling drivers. It is recommended that you print this list for referral when installing drivers.

    /Unquote.

     

    So recommending "chipset driver first, others in any order thereafter." is not good advice to be giving others Confused

     

    muto

     

    ... the dell instructions break down after a couple of suggestions to simply says to install 'all others'...

     

    ????

    You must be reading a different document to the rest of us?

    This is Dell's official drivers installation order document.

    It lists a darned sight more than a "couple of suggestions"?  It doesn't "break down"?  And it doesn't say to install "all others"?

     

     

    @ OP:  Apologies for the thread hijack Tongue Tied

    From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!

     

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    Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis - with White LED Backlights
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    4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
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    640GB SATA II (2x 320GB WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm)
    8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
    Creative X-Fi Notebook (ExpressCard) + Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
    Integrated 2MP Webcam
    Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
    Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
    TV Tuner and Dell Travel Remote Control
    4-in-1 Flash Card Reader (SSD/MMC/MS Pro/xD)

    230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

    Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

  • Dell, INTEL, Microsoft, etc also have suggestions that install order DOES matter.

    Chipset drivers are mucho importante.

    http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/d845bg/sb/cs-013134.htm

    Driver installation order is one of the most crucial issues when talking about overall platform performance. This is especially true for Intel® chipsets. Drivers should always be installed in the order displayed in Table 1 below. The most critical step in the installation order is to install the Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility (INF) first before all other drivers. Once the Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility is properly installed device driver installation order becomes less crucial and will have less impact on system performance. 

    If your hard drive was built using a different board model, it is highly advised that a clean operating system install be performed before conducting these driver installations. 

    Table 1: Installation & Configuration Order

    Order  
    1 Operating system loaded OR clean install if hard drive was installed using a different board model
    2 Latest Service Pack or Patch
    3 Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility (INF Utility)
    4 All other device drivers
    5 Intel® Application Accelerator if needed
    6 Microsoft DirectX 8.0 or higher

     

    Driver Description

    • Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility
      The Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility (INF) is a driver that enables many features of the Intel chipset that are built into your Intel® Desktop Board. This utility must be installed FIRST in order for the operating system to accurately use the features built into the chipset. If this utility is not installed, the operating system will not know what chipset features exist. Peripherals added may, in most cases, not run to full potential. This is especially true with graphics performance.
    • Intel® Application Accelerator
      This driver provides all the features of the Intel Ultra ATA Storage Driver, plus Windows XP support and includes faster boot time via accelerated operating system load time. This driver also enhances disk I/O for games, graphic applications, disk utilities, and media authoring applications. On Pentium® 4 processor based systems, this driver provides a performance-enhancing data pre-fetcher. The Intel® Application Accelerator also provides support for 137GB and larger IDE hard drives.
    • Microsoft* DirectX* 8.0
      Microsoft* DirectX* is the next driver that will need to be loaded. DirectX* 8.0 or higher recommended

       This link will take you off of the Intel Web site. Intel does not control the content of the destination Web Site.

     

    This applies to:

    Intel® Desktop Board D845BG 

     

     


    Solution ID: CS-013134
    Date Created: 12-Jul-2004
    Last Modified: 13-Aug-2007
     
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  • Why not just go to ebay.com, order a Windows 7 Operating System DVD, it will load onto your computer. Cost is reasonable. Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP on April 8, 2014 and Windows Vista is next, both Operating Systems will ne obsolete very soon. So upgrade now. I can be reached at <ADMIN NOTE: Email id removed per privacy policy> for more information, been fixing Dell computers, since, 2006 as a hobby. I consider myself an expert when dealing with Dell computers.

    With the onslaught of variables by each Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of made computers, and the many design in motherboards, I find it compeling to consult with the Dell community & technicains; when,  drivers, repair,  upgrade & update information is available. I find this site & forum useful & helpful. I got extremely critical updates on the AC97 Audio Driver & the Intel Pro 2200 Wi-Fi Notebook Adapter, when, installing Windows7 Ultimate, 32bit Operating System, on my 2004, 2006, 2007 Dell computers. Exchange of information is a Networking marvel.

    Ja Melvin Horsey

    Gwynn Oak, MD

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    Philip Yip

     

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