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Dell drivers for XPS 8900 Win 10 clean install

Q: Dell drivers for XPS 8900 Win 10 clean install

I am planning on adding an SSD and doing a clean install of Win 10 on my new XPS 8900. I've spent a lot of time researching this and have notes and tutorials to follow that I feel comfortable with. The one area that I have not found good answers and only general advice is on reinstalling the drivers. The advice has been to go to the Dell download center and get them there.
To make sure I end up with the correct drivers on the SSD, I first took a look at what I currently have in the Device Manager and compared them to the list of drivers on the Dell driver page specific to my computer tag #. That has been an exercise in frustration. I have lots of questions. Please be patient. Hopefully this will help others also.
Let's start with the video drivers. Device Manager vs Dell list:

I have the GTX 745 and the Dell config on the Dell site lists it correctly. So why doesn't it show up on the list specific to my computer? Instead it lists an AMD. So, now I select to show all drivers for all XPS 8900s and it adds the following driver:

Even here, the GTX 745 isn't listed. Why? Can anyone from Dell explain why they don't have the driver listed for the most common graphics card installed on current XPS 8900s?
When I do a site search for a GTX 745, I find:

So, is this a newer driver compared to my installed?:
Version 7 Aug 15 (the date is later but the number is lower)
Also, is the Intel HD Graphic Driver listed above on the Dell site for the onboard video? Do I need to install it to use the onboard video? (based on my BIOS setting). If so, then where is it on my current Device Manager listed drivers? I can't find it.
For the sake of others trying to follow this later, I'll move on to the other driver questions after these are answered.

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I am planning on adding an SSD and doing a clean install of Win 10 on my new XPS 8900. I've spent a lot of time researching this and have notes and tutorials to follow that I feel comfortable with. The one area that I have not found good answers and only general advice is on reinstalling the drivers. The advice has been to go to the Dell download center and get them there.
To make sure I end up with the correct drivers on the SSD, I first took a look at what I currently have in the Device Manager and compared them to the list of drivers on the Dell driver page specific to my computer tag #. That has been an exercise in frustration. I have lots of questions. Please be patient. Hopefully this will help others also.
Let's start with the video drivers. Device Manager vs Dell list:

I have the GTX 745 and the Dell config on the Dell site lists it correctly. So why doesn't it show up on the list specific to my computer? Instead it lists an AMD. So, now I select to show all drivers for all XPS 8900s and it adds the following driver:

Even here, the GTX 745 isn't listed. Why? Can anyone from Dell explain why they don't have the driver listed for the most common graphics card installed on current XPS 8900s?
When I do a site search for a GTX 745, I find:

So, is this a newer driver compared to my installed?:
Version   7 Aug 15  (the date is later but the number is lower)
Also, is the Intel HD Graphic Driver listed above on... Read more

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looking for a bit of help. I just clean installed WIN 7 PRO on an old Vostro 3700. Now I'm looking to load drivers. Don't have network connection no driver. I can get driver off DELL easy enough but how do I find which ones to use and in what order to load??Does DELl have a standalone tool to scan my machine and tell me which drivers I need?
Thanks in advance

A:DELL VOSTRO 3700 clean install WIN 7 need drivers

You'll need to chipset driver and the driver for whatever you use to connect to the Internet (wired or wireless Ethernet).
If wireiess, identify the card before downloading the driver (use the service tag at or open the cover and visually check the card).  DO NOT guess which card you have - make sure you load only the correct driver.
Put those on a flash drive, install the chipset driver and Ethernet drivers - then go online and fully update Windows 7 with SP1 (this is likely at least a day's worth of work, or use the "SP2" rollup for 7) and download the other drivers.

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Any performance gain to do a clean install of Windows 10? Currently, on 10 Home. I have the opportunity to get 10 Education for a low price through school. 
In addition, would like to load the OS on a SSD.
Thanks for the help!

A:Advantage of Clean Windows 10 Install for XPS 8900

Yes there is a performance gain in performing a clean installation. You should feel a significant performance boost particularly after upgrading to a SSD. You will need to use the Academic Media Creation Tool to Download a Windows 10 Education .iso (opposed to the Retail/OEM one for your Home OEM license) once you have the Education Product Key:
See here for instructions:
On this model the SecureBoot and UEFI should already be enabled.

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I have a new Dell XPS 8900 connected to a Dell U2413 monitor using the HDMI to mini-HDMI cable.  When I switch off the monitor (to save the screen and energy), the PC jumps into an unrecoverable power saving mode, shutting down all open applications in doing so.  The mouse and keyboard lock up.  The only way to restart the PC is to press the power button for several seconds (hard reboot).   This began happening recently.  What can be done to fix?

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Two months ago bought a Dell 8900 from Best Buy. After 20 days, it would not start, same with the next 8900 replacement... only fewer days. The first gameware as a replacement did not start at all. The Alienware Aurora worked beautifully for 3 days and then would not start. In the 8900's,,, got the blinking amber lights on the start button. Tech is coming to replace motherboard. What the heck is happening? Could it be the monitor... or the external hard drive or what? Come on Dell,,, what's up? I have a Dell XP Laptop as a back up using the same external hard ddrive.

A:Dell 8900, Gaming Computer, Dell Alienware Aurora

There is a power issue with the external hard drive.

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I have downloaded the necessary drivers and have mounted the .exe files onto a USB pen for installation.

Before I proceed to wipe windows 8 I'd like to know - if I install 7, will my trackpad stop functioning?

If so, how do I install the relevant drivers from the USB pen?

Thanks, John

A:Clean install of windows 7 - how to install drivers from USB memory stick?

99.9% sure that W7 will identify the trackpad and install it. You just run the exe's using file explorer or Start >Run then browse. You may decide to leave the laptop as the W7 install left it but you should check Device Manager to ensure there are no unrecognised devices

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I have a new, clean install of win7 and I'm trying to sync my ipad 2 with itunes but when I plug the ipad into the usb port I don't get that beep/sound acknowledgement that a device has been plugged in and installing it's drivers so itunes can recognize it?

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Hi all,

I'm working on a re-install of all components following a complete corruption of the boot sector on my drive which could not be fixed with repairs. The last time I installed everything fresh, I had no issues. Between then and now, there have been no hardware changes on my system, but now I am having issues installing the IDT Codecs.

I keep getting an error along the following lines:

ExitError: Error=Device Object not present, restart the system and run setup again.

Running under compatibility mode, and running drivers from both the motherboard CD and the manufacturer website both have the same effect. The CD, when booted, says "This OS not support!" and only contains 32-bit vista codecs. ECS' website download indicates the IDT drivers as being compatible with Win7. Both do not work. It is almost as if the hardware "disappeared," despite the fact that I was using the drivers quite successfully till just 2 days ago, when the boot sector went kaput.

Windows has installed its own default set, which do nothing to power the 8mm jacks which I use with my speakers, but instead put sound through the HDMI, which is useless because I use a dedicated graphics card. I have tried uninstalling this codec and re-installing IDT, to no effect. Windows replaces with its own default codec.

I have referenced this thread here, but offered solutions do not seem to work for me: Intel IDT Audio Driver will not install

L... Read more

A:IDT Audio Drivers Won't Install - Win7x64, clean install

Do you actually have the newer IDT audio chip or an older SigmaTel audio chip. In most cases the newer IDT drivers will not work with the older SigmaTel chips.

If the drivers are Vista compatible and the correct IDT or Sigmatel (32 and/or 64) they should work in Win 7.

When you reinstalled did you install any motherboard chipset drivers? Generally, on a reinstall if the chipset drivers are not installed then some device drivers and especially sound drivers will not install.

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Hello I am getting ready to do a clean install of windows 7 on my PC. What would I need before I do the clean install and what is the proper order to install drivers. Also where would I get the drivers from? Should I let Windows pick the drivers or get them off my manufactures website?

Here Are My Computer Specs:

A:Doing Clean Install, Order To Install Drivers?

Visit the support page for your motherboard and download the chipset driver and LAN driver. Install those following the install and then run all rounds of Windows updates until no more are offered.

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Dear all,I'm gonna add a Samsung EVO and make a clean Windows 10 64 install in this Envy 17. Apparently, this is my notebook: First question is how do I get a list with my product specification? Could not find on the site. I can easily find them for my previos HP notebooks. Second, in which order should I install the drivers I downloaded from HP site? Which of them need a reboot after install? HP Notebook System BIOS Update _Intel Processors_sp75152.exeHP Wireless Button Driver_sp74735.exeIntel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver_sp72105.exeIntel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework_sp72106.exeIntel High-Definition HD Graphics Driver_sp74569.exeIntel Management Engine Interface MEI_sp74364.exeIntel RealSense Depth Camera Manager DCM_sp74366.exeIntel Serial IO Driver_sp72681.exeIntel Software Guard Extensions Device SGX_sp72682.exeIntel Wireless LAN Drivers_sp74466.exeNVIDIA High-Definition HD Graphics Driver_sp73302.exeRealtek Card Reader Driver_sp72116.exeRealtek High-Definition-audio_sp74368.exeRealtek Local Area Network LAN Driver_sp72119.exeRealtek RTL8723BE-RTL8188EE 802.11bgn Wireless LAN Drivers_sp73310.exeSynaptics TouchPad Driver_sp74369.exeValidity Fingerprint Sensor Driver_sp74365.exe Thank you.

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I'm typing this from my laptop (Thank goodness I have one). Alright, on my Windows XP desktop I installed the Flyakite OSX Tramsformation pack that makes your Windows computer look similar to Mac, including boot screen, login screen, shutdown screen. When I used the uninstaller it uninstalled everything except those three things above. My computer was also very slow. So I decided to do a clean install of my system using the CD that came with my computer. I formatted my hard drive then it continued with the installation. When it was finally over, it loaded very fast but the screen resolution was at 640x480 and I couldn't make it larger (The slider wouldn't move. The colors were Medium (16 bit) and it was the only option in the drop down box. Troubleshoot didn't help me at all so I clicked Advanced. I couldn't even access the dropdown box for DPI setting (It was greyed out and on Normal Size (96 DPI)) Under the Adapter tab in Advanced, all of the Adapter Information was <unavailable> (Is this normal?). Under the Monitor tab, The Monitor type was "Default Monitor" and the Properties button was greyed out and I couldn't click on it. There is also only ONE thing under Add or Remove programs: Dell Resource CD, which I had installed while trying to fix the problem myself. I tried to install the monitor driver but in the readme on the CD it told me to go to Monitor properties to install them (But it was greyed out) Someone PLEASE help me fix this! My desktop is practi... Read more

A:Can't install Display Drivers after clean install

Hello Mp5shooter

There are lots of drivers on that Dell Resource CD which you need to install.

See this help from Dell. It tells you which order to install them.
Installing the video driver will probably fix your problem


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..and won't install my network card or printer. They all have a question mark beside them in Device Manager.

I recently performed a driver update on this computer using Driver Genius then I had to format and install a new drive on to which I've been trying to install XP

I can't connect to the Net although I have one 1394 connection installed.

Any ideas most welcome. In fact my first born may be available....
Thanks in advance

A:Clean install won't install various controller drivers?

PS I'm still able to operate my laptop which has a wireless connection to the same modem/router I use for my desktop. Hope this helps

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I downloaded latest Win 10 64 Home ISO with Media Creation Tool. And prepared bootable ISO with latest Rufus portable.

I clean install Win 10 64 Home with this bootable ISO on 3 laptop, HP (almost similar to mine), Acer & my laptop HP.
On both HP & Acer no probs.

I tried 3 clean install on my HP laptop (I had already installed Win 10 on first stable release & no probs were there) install, windows updates & everything is fine.
BUT on first windows updates it find couple updates & everything installs fine except graphic & audio drivers. It mention error failed to install. And for other installed updates I have to restart the system. After system restart on settings panel windows updates mention there were probs with some updates, Retry. I click retry & windows updates starts checking windows updates & mention up-to-date. I checked graphic & audio drivers on device manager & it mention drivers working fine. No yellow icon or anything. Graphic & Audio on the system seems fine.
But whenever I start system it remains black for couple mins (little longer than normal) & screen directly appears on logon screen or sometimes I press enter few times & then logon screen appears. Subsequent restart no probs. But if I shutdown the system the same prob i.e first start with black screen & subsequent restart no probs.

I am thinking of uninstall/reinstall drivers. How to do it?
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I am upgrading from Vista premium to 7 pro. I'm doing a clean install.
I have read allot to prepare and I am lost when it comes to the following questions.
Yes I know I ask allot of questions but I'm stupid and it's my job.

I have read that I need to download all the latest system device drivers before I install.
I would then have to also get directions on how to install as some require special methods
I have gleaned that some will come with installers.
Then I guess the others I would go to device manager right click on a sub menu and click upgrade driver and browse to where I have it stored, right?
In order for me to know what drivers I need I have read the following tips.
1. Run DriverMax and go by the list it provides.
2. Any sub menu in device manager is a driver I will need.
3. Go to my pc manufacturer (hP) and input my model # and OS version to see list
4. Run SIW or Belarc to get a list.
These are the problems:
They all 4 seem to list the drivers differently-very confusing
I have found that some of the list splits some drivers into 2 or 3 names.
In Device manager, Sub menu under Computer says: ACPIx86-based pc. ? This is a driver name?
Every list has different amount of drivers listed. No way this newbie will ever figure it out.

The word "Latest" is in a lot of tutorials, when describing what version of the driver I need. Yet I have heard if it isn't broke don’t fix it.
Hp will not even give a list of drivers for the windows 7 Os.
The ... Read more

A:How to know what drivers you will need for clean install.

This is not XP. Win7 is driver-complete with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates when you enable driver auto-updating: Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware

Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for the Device or Computer model.

I would not change out any drivers given by the installer/Updates unless performance problems are confirmed to be caused by them. Driver programs, like registry and optimizer programs, are not advised in Win7.

Put any wireless driver on a stick just in case so you can get online quickly after install to run your Updates.

Other tips for getting a perfect Win7 install based on hundreds done here - use the ones which apply: Reinstalling Windows 7

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Do I simply go to device manager and remove the old 8800 drivers? Or is there a more complete method that people prefer?


A:How do i clean install drivers?

simply just uninstal the nvidia drivers and then download the latest amd drivers from their website. the drivers are part of the nvidia experience software so simply uninstalling that from the add or remove software page.

you only need to worry about fully removing the nvidia drivers using aftermarket cleaners if you run into driver issues with the new card.

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i dunno whats wrong i dont think any of u guys need info for this
im trying to clean install
using the ctrl+F11 during the boot
it doesnt work
but my mom has done it with the ctrl+f11 before
anyone got any ideas on what im doing wrong

A:dell clean install

and welcome to the forum.

The CNTL+ F11 will only work if the pc has the Dell Restore partition on the hard drive. If the drive has been replaced or formated, the restore function will be gone.

What pc did your mother use CNTL+F11 on? . . yours?

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A:New dell xps 17 - how to do clean OS install

Why would you want to re install a brand new computer?

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Hi everyone,

I apologize if this has been asked before, but through all my searching I haven't found the exact answer I'm looking for. I just took delivery of a Dell (xps 9000, w7 64) and it's the first system I've had that didn't come with an OS disc. So, I'm new to all this recovery/diagnostic partition stuff. I'd like to be able to do a clean install of w7 so I don't have the bloatware that came pre-installed. But, from what I've read it seems like my only option is to create a system image to restore to (which would have all the pre-installed stuff anyway)?

Is my only option to uninstall anything I don't want and then do the system image? I know that would leave some registry files and whatnot, but ideally I'd like a completely clean install.

Thanks for the help!

P.S. I wasn't ready to dive into the "build it yourself" pool. I realize I probably could have avoided this because I would have the OS disc in hand. Live and learn I guess.

A:No clean install possible on new Dell?

If you call Dell there will send some install DVD's. (may be a postage fee)

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So i clean install win7 ultimate in my laptop, everythig went fine until i discover that no drivers have been installed such is Ethernet, wireless and USB driver. I have tried to install it through using flash drive where LAN driver is there however even the USB driver isnt installed somy laptop cannot read it. I had tried updating drivers but ethernet connection cant be also detect.

A:Clean install, no drivers installed

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Laptops can be a pain
The chipset driver should fix the usb issue
If no usb you'd have to put the drivers on a cd and see if that will work

It is unusual if the basic lan driver isn't installed though
But wireless wifi/ touchpad/ chipset or vga ... drivers would need to be manually installed.

There have been a few issues updating for clean installs
Reinstalled twice, but Windows still won't update

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I am really in a pickle. The short story is that I'm trying to do a clean install of Win 8.1 with a bootable USB and the first attempt, where I created partitions, failed. I'm trying again and it can't find a storage driver to even see the hard drive. I can see the install medium and the files stored there. Where do I look for a storage driver so I can see the hard drive again?

The long story-
Windows 8.1 drove me crazy. Every time it updated, it forced me to reinstall the OS. I went to Win 10, which worked great for a month or so, then an update crashed it and while trying to reinstall it, it reset to Win 8.1. I was so fed up I went to Ubuntu, which worked very well. Then I foolishly tried a workaround to run Skype on it and I messed up my system. I can't reload Ubuntu so I'm back to installing Win 8.1. See above notes for what happened from there.

Please help!

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I have an HP laptop, and it will not boot up.

Have tried safe mode, repair, everything. But no go.

So right now I am reinstalling W7 from the original CDs.

After I get that done, I have the drivers CD. So, my question is what is involved in doing that installation?

A:Clean install of Windows 7 and drivers

Hi Johnneeo. I have an HP driver DVD for my laptop and it is just a matter of popping it into the optical drive and running setup. I usually like to choose the drivers and install them one by one from the DVD. You can run the driver installation automatically, but then you may also get something like MacAfee AV installed as well.

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Completed clean install 8.1 on new SSD from 8.0.
Device manager shows no exclamation points/errors.
Went to manufacture website and attempted to download all drivers . After restarting got a code 19 error in device manager on my keyboard and touchpad. No sure what happened, but both did not work. The option to roll back both drivers were graded out. I then uninstalled both drivers and then restarted hoping it'll install the driver correctly,but did not work. So, I did a system restore and now I'm back to where I started. Which drivers do I stay away from? Looking at all dates listed on acer's website, I should be dling/updating all thats listed.
My pc-os info:

Acer | Download -Manufacture produt model # ao756 .... Win 8.1 64bit- drivers link
Acer | Windows 8.1 Update - "4. Intel? does not supply drivers for computers with 2nd generation Intel? CoreTM (i3, i5 or i7-2xxx), Pentium? dual-core G6 or G8, or Celeron? G4, G5 or 8 series processors." <-What does this mean?
Bluetooth Driver (WLAN+Bluetooth driver)
184.3 MB

Card Reader Driver
15.9 MB

Chipset Driver
5.3 MB

ME (Management Engine)Driver
55.9 MB

Other Drivers (RF Button)
1,009.6 KB

Touchpad Driver
123.2 MB

Tou... Read more

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I have just done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit on my Dell Vostro 1720.
Most things are working (The web cam isn't but I never use it anyway)

Is it necessarily to upgrade the drivers and if so, which drivers should I upgrade?

Dells support site isn't very helpful...

// Anders

A:Clean install - Which drivers should I update?

If Windows and/or Windows Update brought you drivers that are working, I would let them alone. If you don't think something is working as expected, look for updated drivers. Typically, on a laptop, if Windows Update brings down the drivers, I leave them alone. On a tower, especially one used for gaming, I always update the video drivers.

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Hey all. Ok, firstly I have no disks for this pc, and so far it has taken me the best part of a day to download and troubleshoot a ton of problems, in order to work out how to get XP installed back onto this desktop. Which I have now managed to achieve successfully. But now I am stuck on installing drivers.

I used an application called 'Double Driver' to back up all my drivers from my previous installation, and was hoping this would save me hours of collecting and installing each driver individually (wishful thinking). But I don't think it works like that with the motherboard, and perhaps not for other drivers either, as I seem to have some drivers which don't work (I'm thinking I should have installed the mobo drivers first?).

Anyway, here is what DxDiag threw up..

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: FUJITSU SIEMENS
System Model: P5GD1-FM
BIOS: BIOS Date: 08/22/05 11:02:52 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Page File: 615MB used, 1846MB available

I then googled P5GD1-FM drivers and found a couple of files which I had no idea how to use. So upon further googling, I found some info which said I needed to put the ROM file on a floppy drive (which my pc does not have), so I tried a usb stick and then pressed... Read more

A:I need help installing drivers after a clean install of XP

Welcome to PCHF Mandigo.

You should never use a third party site to look for drivers you should use the systems manufacture if a pre built system (Gateway/Dell/ETC) or the Hardware's site to get the proper drivers.

Pre Built post the make and model of the system.

DIY go to and download the portable file this way there is nothing to install and run the file from a USB Drive or CD.
Click on the Drivers Icon on top and post screen shots if you need any help.

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I managed a clean install yesterday on my wife's "Dell Inspiron E1405"
OS "Windows Xp media Center Edition 2005"
Service tag # 3MBL7C1

The issue I am having is with driver install from the dell's website.
I have already downloaded the correct chipset drivers (I believe :\)
and the notebook software driver) I have also downloaded a modem driver
for it, it gave a local area connection incon in my desktop toolbar, however, before
the clean install, I had a wireless card and was connected through that.

My pressing concerns now are
Which driver downloads do I need exactly,
and can someone help me with getting my wireless driver (correct one) back.
I am restoring this for my wife, who was more than happy (thanks to you folks)
that I was able to get this thing from the blue screen of death.
I'm almost there, please someone help me with the final steps.

feel free to pm me, since I will be on all day today,
side note ( when in hardware manager, I cannot tell which driver I require for the wireless card because there is no device listed,
however I was connected through it before the clean install.

A:Help installing drivers after clean install.

I have some yellow question marks under "Other devices" on device manager

? Audio device on high definition audio bus.
? base system device
? base system device
? base system device
? modem device on high definition audio bus
? network controler

it say no drivers are instlled for this device under the following:

under system devices - Direct memory access controller
numeric data -processor
programmable interrupt controller
and four system board
system speaker,
system timer

I believe that seems to be all, but again this is my first time doing this...
any help would be greatly appreciated...

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So i clean install win7 ultimate in my laptop, everythig went fine until i discover that no drivers have been installed such is Ethernet, wireless and USB driver. I have tried to install it through using flash drive where LAN driver is there however even the USB driver isnt installed somy laptop cannot read it. I had tried updating drivers but ethernet connection cant be also detect.

A:Clean install, no drivers installed

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Laptops can be a pain
The chipset driver should fix the usb issue
If no usb you'd have to put the drivers on a cd and see if that will work

It is unusual if the basic lan driver isn't installed though
But wireless wifi/ touchpad/ chipset or vga ... drivers would need to be manually installed.

There have been a few issues updating for clean installs
Reinstalled twice, but Windows still won't update

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A buddy of mine brought his computer to me yesterday because it was blue screening. After backing up all of his personal files I formatted the drive and re-installed XP pro. I actually still had a copy of all the drivers the mobo needed from the last install I'd done for him (he loves his online poker!) so I loaded them on to my USB flash drive and tried installing from there.

The ethhernet gave me an error saying there was a file that couldn't be found (at work and don't have the exact error on hand sorry)
and then when I tried installing the audio it gets to 94% complete and then just stops. I copied all the files to the computer's desktop but still get the same results. I can't update the SP without internet and I can' t get internet with no drivers. Help?

A:Clean install now drivers won't load

Would it be possible to update the service pack by downloading it on another computer, burning it to CD and installing from that CD?

Can you give us some specifics about the computer: Manufacturer, model, what hardware?

These would help us help you.

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So yeah, there are no drivers installed after i install win7 from a windows 8.1 laptop . I already tried to install LAN realtek driver through using dvd because flashdrive cant be read but sadly when i tried it , it still dont work. Can i just clean install back to win10 then get those driver then just use setup of win7 from the iso files i have burnt in my flasgdrive? Is it possible that the drivers still work? I mean even just the ethernet.

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I have a Dell 8250 which after several years and 2 teenage daughters is grinding to slow crawl. It's painful to use. I am considering resetting it to the factory settings and then try installing just the software we actually need and the data files. I contacted Dell who instructed me restart the computer while holding the control key and the F11 key. After many attempts all I get is a black screen with a "keyboard error" and the option to go into setup or to continue with normal startup.
Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong?


A:Dell 8250 Clean Install

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I'm beyond exasperated at the point and would greatly appreciate any help that can be offered.

In order of operation - I've got Dell Dimension E310 that came with a RAID 1 setup (two 160GB drives). Within 6 months the 'backup' drive began to have physical issues so I broke the raid and bought an external for backups - easier than dealing with Dell tech. The main system drive started showing signs of wear and it had to have clean installs several times over the years. Recently the blue screens got unbearable so I installed a new 250GB West. Dig. drive where the 'backup' drive was and installed XP on it. I've been using it successfully for about a year. I should have left well enough alone. I ended up with a Seagate 1 TB drive (due to a poor experience with Iomega Home Media Drive) that I was going to use to replace the original 'system' drive. I didn't realize the second XP install was still utilizing the boot info on the original drive to operate. When I switched them out, I received the "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem" error, and realized that I had gone too far.

Since this happened, I've tried replacing the original hard drive, which resulted in access to the old, glitchy, version of XP I had on it, but when trying to access my most recent XP, I would receive the Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem error. After t... Read more

A:Trying to clean install XP on Dell Dimension

Are you following Dell instructions for reinstalling the O/S?


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First off, great forums. Im pretty proficient with Windows 98SE, but I have absolutely zero experience with anything newer.

I ordered myself a Dell Dimension 5150 and its supposed to be here Monday. Its got:

XP Home
P4 3.0Ghz
512Mb RAM
17" analog flat panel
i paid the $10 for the XP cd

Anyhow, heres what I want to do. Right away when I get it I want to format and install XP without all the junk Dell includes.

I have no idea how to go about doing this. Ive done some googling, and my head is swimming with phrases like "slipstremed with SP2", "Backing up restore partitions to CD before starting", "making sure you have a FULL copy of XP and drivers" and Im terribly confused.

If some one could give me detailed step-by-step instructions as to how I perform a clean install of XP on my new Dell, I will be eternally grateful.


A:Getting a new Dell. Want to perform a clean XP install.

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Dell XPS-400
Windows XP Media Center Edition Software
Pentium D Processor 820 with dual core technology
TV Tuners with remote control
1 GB dual channel DDR2 SDRAM Memory

Due to numerous nagging problems, I would like to do a complete Windows XP Clean Install. I only received an operating system reinstallation DVD (Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Version 2005 with update rollup 2) with the system.

On some information that I have, it states that "restore" CD's will NOT work. Is this Reinstalltion CD considered a "restore" disk?

If I use the reinstallation disk, will it reformat my hard drive (which I want to do) or do I need to do that prior to inserting the DVD? What is the best method of getting a completely clean install if I have only the reinstallation disk?

Thanks for any help!

[email protected]

A:Dell XPS-400 Windows XP Clean Install

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I have an older model Pavilion laptop that was working just fine until I had problems with windows 10 anniversary update and had to do a clean install back to windows 7 after replacing the hard drive.  I need all the drivers, but can't locate on HP website as it does not recognize my laptop model number.  Can someone give me a hand.  Thanks

A:Help finding drivers after windows 7 clean install

@SigInt? Are you sure it isn't a DV5??? Look here. REO

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How do I perform a clean re-install of Windows 7 which would completely remove motherboard drivers on the system? This is my very first self-build and I have some system instability as some motherboard drivers failed to install correctly. For example, despite having installed an audio hd driver, the audio GUI kept turning on and off by itself and so I've had to disable it. It's properties in Device Manager says it is not working properly because it has a problem.

My usual way of re-installing Windows 7 is as follows -

Custom (advanced) → Choose drive partition to completely erase (primary) → Drive Options (advanced) → Format → OK → Choose Disk 0 Partition (unallocated space) → Next → Installing Windows.

This method always leaves the motherboard drivers intact and I need to get rid of them and start afresh. My new build specs is -

Motherboard: ASUS B85M-G
Processor: Intel Core i5 4570 3.2GHz (s1150)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600 XMP 2 x 4GB


A:Clean re-install of Windows 7 and motherboard drivers

Well; the way I know to do this is first to do a complete format of the drive you want to re install windows on. Doing a format should completely erase any and all drivers so that you can do a complete reinstall of windows. Try giving this a shot and see what happens. Report back if it does not do anything and we can try and go from there. I did notice you said that formatting the drive still leaves the motherboard drivers still in tact. however, when you format; make sure you do not just a minimal format but a complete format.

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Gooday all at BC. I have been messing around with a crash and burn box that I have. I formatted the drive, installed XP with a legit Disk I bought and updated through Windows update site.Speccy below shows the outfit specs. Problem is that I can't get the mo-bo drivers. I have tried going to the Gigabyte site and entering pertinent details but still no go. Would one of you kind souls point me in the right direction. Thank you in advance. James.

A:Clean XP install, unable to find drivers.

Have you tried here:

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Hi All,

I think i've performed around 20 million or so clean installs of windows in my time, but have never ran across this problem i'm having now. I bought an HP laptop from an auction with a wiped HD. When i installed Win7 on it, VERY minimal drivers seemed to be installed. I know HP has a long list of drivers on their site for things like the Radeon card in it and the fingerprint scanner, but Windows usually handles other things with default drivers correct? I mean, can't even use the ethernet port because it only shows up in device manager as an unrecognized device. Since when does an ethernet controller not just work? I even found an HP Win7 OEM disc that i thought might get me started at least with getting this thing setup, but no dice. Any thoughts?


A:Clean install of Win7 installs no drivers to PC

ok just download the drivers from hp then. Ive done 1 billion LOL installs of win 7 and had to download nic's audio, video, touchpad, motherboard drivers windows doesnt do it all

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Hello all,

I wasn't sure where to place this FYI; however, I know many are interested in upgrading their old rigs to Windows 8, and since the integrated sound drivers seem to be a problem area, I decided to share my personal experience in the Sound and Audio Forum.

So, I upgraded my ancient rig (see my specs) to Windows 8 Pro x64 (via a clean install) yesterday and I was delightfully surprised to find that after the initial installation (and applying all Windows Updates to current) all of my devices were working perfectly (including my sound). Now, this came somewhat of a surprise to me because I was all ready to go out and buy a sound card to replace my ancient integrated audio. Anyway, here's a screenshot of the device manager showing the audio drivers that it auto-installed:

In summary, the Windows 8 x64 installation program may have a better catalog of device drivers than previous versions so don't go out and buy that new sound card before you upgrade to see if your integrated audio actually works.


A:Win 8 Pro x64 Clean Install Found My Audio Drivers


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Hello ,

I have a problem during "clean install" of nvidia drivers 268.56 .Ok here it goes...
As i am trying to install new drivers i select custom installation from nvidia installer and clean install .I noticed during the installation that after removing the old drivers and starts to install the new ones ,the system gives me a blue screen with the message " fault page in nonpaged area". Its quite strange because if i remove by my own manual the old nvidia drivers from add/remove programs ,the nvidia installer doesn't have any problem at all to install the new ones .It seems that the problem with nvidia installer is tha it doesnt want to do 2 works in a time unistall-install .
I want your advice .Some people told me that the problem maybe is the ram ,but i checked the ram sticks one bye one repeating all the above procedure .Same problem ...Do you know any free program which i can use to restore missing drivers ,or restore default settings in my windows,maybe this will help .I want your help please.I don't want install again the entire windows because i did it a month ago .

A:BSOD after during the clean install of nvidia drivers

Hello and welcome to the forum.

First did you create a restore point before trying to install the new drivers.

Here is a BSOD tutorial made by Brink that might be very helpful in finding what the problems is.

BSOD - Debugging a BSOD in Vista

Have you tried to uninstall the drivers for NVidia.

I would aslo check to see if there are any yellow flags in the device manager. If there are any flags those need to be updated first.

Click Start...
Control Panel...
Click System and Maintenace...
Click Device Manager...
Click view...
Click show hidden devices..
Then you can update them the drivers from there

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I apologize if this has already been discussed, I've just recently joined the forum. My main hard drive recently failed. I got a new one, reinstalled windows and got my graphics card and everything else installed, along with drivers. I cannot seem to get my system to get my audio back up and running. I have an XPS 420 running Vista Home Premium 64 with HDA 7.1 channel audio. I know I need RealTek but every time i try to install it, it doesn't "take" and just recognizes it as "High Definition Audio Device". Also, I had an IDT Control Center that came along with it. The drivers on my disc didn't seem to work, the only luck I've had is a Sigmatel codec but it doesn't appear to have everything that everything back to the way it was after the install. Any help would be insanely appreciated.

A:Clean Install, Cannot get correct audio drivers

Did you get your Realtek from here?

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Hi all

I posted this thread about my issue with my boyfriend's computer showing a BSOD with a Nvlddmkm.sys error.

Apparently his version of Windows 7 wasn't legit, so we purchased a legitimate version on a CD/DVD. I'm trying to do a clean install, but I can't do anything. It gets caught in a start-up loop, and the BSOD comes up when I try to "start Windows normally". It seems to be okay in safe mode.

I'm also having trouble trying to get his computer to boot from a disc. I'm not sure what to do at this point, but I think the first thing would be to get this real version of Windows working so I can get some help

Hope to get some advice from you all. Thanks for reading.

A:Trying to do a clean install of W7, won't boot, BSOD about drivers

Okay, sorry to add-on to this, but I managed to get Windows 7 installed and it wiped everything, including network drivers.

I'm missing some ethernet/network drivers and I'm not sure where to go from here or what this means. This is new to me, so bear with me

From the Ethernet Controller, I'm missing:

From Network Controller, I'm missing:

I've tried Googling the above, but I'm taken to weird Russian websites.

The hardware is TP-LINK 300Mbps Advanced Wireless N PCI Adapter. I think there is still an issue with the graphics card because there is still a thin blue line appearing on the monitor even after the wipe.

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Hello to everyone ,

I have a really big problem ,ok here it goes.
One week ago i tried to perform a "clean install " for nvidia drivers through the nvidia manager installer.After nvidia removed old drivers and during the installation of the new ones my system gave me BSOD :

Built by: 6002.18327.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.101014-0432
Debug session time: Sat Apr 2 16:33:20.575 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:05:03.294
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for dxgkrnl.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for dxgkrnl.sys
Probably caused by : dxgkrnl.sys ( dxgkrnl+19e6 )
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x7E_dxgkrnl+19e6
SystemProductName = System Product Name
Built by: 6002.18327.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.101014-0432
Debug session time: Sat Apr 2 16:15:46.544 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 2:13:04.170
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for dxgkrnl.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for dxgkrnl.sys
Probably caused by : dxgkrnl.sys ( dxgkrnl+19e6 )
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x7E_dxgkrnl+19e6
SystemProductName = System Product Name
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A:BSOD during clean install of nvidia drivers

Please provide this information:

Just FYI - I had a P6T (v1) mobo that had similar (but not identical issues) - the only solution that I found was to upgrade to the P6T (v2) board.

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Just did a clean install of W7 64 and all is fine except that I'm missing a few drivers.

Ethernet controller, SM Bus Controller and Universal serial bus controller.

MS couldn't fine them on line.

System has an ASUSTEK P8P67 Pro mother board and I've tried downloading drivers from their site, bit it didn't help.

BIOS is American Megatrends

Any help with how to get the drivers would be much appreciated.


A:[SOLVED] how to find drivers after clean install?

Hi redmike,

I want to verify, is this the exact computer motherboard you have?

Motherboards - P8P67 - ASUS

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So, my computer suddenly started finding a handful of devices it can't find drivers for. I didn't add any new hardware. After trying all I could think of I resorted to trying a clean install. Sadly that did not help.

Can someone advise me on where to begin to diagnose this problem? Obviously I'm not very experienced with this.

I'm sure you'll need more information to truly help with this, but I'm not sure what to provide or how to obtain it.

A:No new hardware, can't find drivers even after clean install

Please provide more information. What do you mean your system is finding devices for which it can't find drivers? Please explain IN DETAIL.

Also, after the clean install did you download and install the chipset driver followed by all other appropriate drivers? Look in device manager - any yellow or red symbols?

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I brought an old computer home (Dell Dimension 9150) from work for my 11 year-old son. I did a clean install of Windows XP, but now I have no drivers and no ability to connect to the internet to download them. I am not sure what to do at this point. I went to the Dell website and tried to download the drivers onto a CD, but even that isn't working. I'm sure there must be a way to at least get my internet back so I can download the drivers, but I cannot figure it out. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

A:Clean install of windows xp resulted in no drivers

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I'm interested in testing out a clean install of Win7 HP, and get rid of the bloatware riddled OEM Win7 version. (Got that advice from *GreGrocker* and I'm beginning to experience I should follow that lead.) Win7 SP1 Clean Install should be able to detect all details of my hardware and (hopefully) find the right drivers for it.

However, I just want to play save and backup ALL my drivers that are currently on my system (OEM Win7); this is just in case off ..... because you never know there is something exotic in the hardware for which only ASUS has drivers.

So, how can I find out what the details are of my hardware, what the drivers are, where they are located on my system, how to back them up, and how to restore all the drivers from the backup into the Win7 that is Clean Installed?


A:Win7 Clean Install; backing up OEM drivers first

Hello Dirac
I use DriverMax from about three years but i use it solely to backup and restore my drivers, that’s because every manufacturer of a PC puts on a flavour inside the driver.
When you download the program and go to install it, you are requested to sign in for free.

DriverMax - free driver download program for Windows

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I had to format my parent's computer and reinstall Windows XP. We are now back in the dark ages, and I can't go home until I fix their computer, someone help?

Its the HP Pavilion a1610n Media Center Edition Desktop. If I can get their internet working everything will be alright.

I am assuming that its missing drivers causing the problem, the internet is fine (I'm on it now) the tower is connected through an ethernet cable, but the computer isn't connecting.

I can't figure out whats what for the missing drivers, we have 6 yellow question marks.

I found the HP site with the driver downloads here but it doesnt do me much good if I can't figure out what to install where. It says I have to pick a device type and stuff, and I'm pretty much in tears because I just want to go home and I have no idea what to do!

Is there anyone who can help me? What do you need me to post to help me figure this out?

A:Solved: Clean Install, no drivers, no

Go to this link (this is the LAN driver), click on the instructions first, then download the file and follow instructions,

You'd need to identify what the other missing drivers are for and download the appropriate ones, but at least this should get them on the internet.

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I want to perform a clean install of my Dell desktop Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit after a trojan attack made my system unstable. Problem is I am not very computer smart. I have two discs, the operating system reinstallation dvd, and drivers and utilities. Do I need the driver/utilities disc? I read online that all the stuff you need is on the reinstallation disc. If so what disc do I put in first? And how would I go about doing a clean install, is it easy ? Thanks for the help in advance.

A:Doing a clean install, do I need drivers & utilities disc?

How did you remove the trojan?
Describe unstable please.

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I did a Clean re-install of Win 7 on an HP but forgot to save drivers. Now I can't get online to download them. Wen I did the re-install it created a folder called old windows, can I recover the drivers from that?


A:Clean re-install but forgot to save drivers

I just went into my control panel, programmes and features and it's empty

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I've been searching for an our or so all over trying to find something that helps me with this problem, but nothing seems to be working.

I have an HP dv6780se Pavillion Laptop.

I put a new hard drive in it to restore and the restore disks are working correctly. It will install windows vista, but then when it starts installing all the bloatware the computer restarts and says OS not found.

So, I figured I'd install windows 7 since I was planning on doing it anyway.

My problem now is that I'm wondering since restore disks only install vista and don't finish the other hp stuff that the drivers aren't getting installed for vista...hence when I try and do a clean install of Win7 it says no drivers found.

Any idea what I can do to get my install going?

A:Clean install to Win7, no drivers found?

Im assuming that you have a bootable DVD, so Id suggest formatting your drive with the custom install option, then install windows7. Once you have installed it, be sure to run Windows Update, then image your drive/partition as a precaution..

Welcome to Seven Forums ..

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Hey guys, im new to these forums, so i dont know if im posting this in the right section, but anyways i want to do a clean install of my windows 7 home premium 64bit, i have a dell inspiron laptop, not sure what model number, but i think its a N117, or something like that, anyways i just got it like a couple of months ago of this year

So my question is could i install the drivers from windows update? i do have the driver disc that came with it, but its very confusing and not very straightforward, i had to select each and every drive but i dont know which one is the right one, i wish it was how it was with mac bootcamp how you just pop in you mac installation disc and click next and begin to install, by the way i did this twice now and it feels like my computer is slower than when i first got it, and it could be the dell drivers

So is there anyway to do this, i know you have to have internet for windows update to work but is there anyway other to do this?

Also i know that some computers already have the drivers install when you reformat and do a clean install, im pretty sure im doing the install correctly, i always go to custom advanced and reformat, unless that not correct then please correct me if im wrong

A:installing drivers after clean install of windows 7


To have Windows install important updates as they become available, turn on automatic updating. Click on the URL mentioned for reference: </SPAN>

I would suggest you to install the drivers from the driver disc or you can even go to the URL mentioned for driver’s installation:

For windows 7 installation, you can refer to the URL which will guide you with the snapshots:

Back up your files before you begin reinstalling Windows 7 if possible, even if you're reinstalling Windows 7 on a hard disk partition, and you have personal files on a separate partition. For example, if you have encrypted files, you might not be able to access them after reinstalling Windows. A custom installation replaces the current version of Windows 7and all personal files.

Hope this helps.

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Hi all, I will be installing Win8.1x64 from scratch in my Asus P8Z77V-Deluxe mobo. When it comes to drivers, should I install the official ASUS provided drivers (the ones you download from their support website) or should I install the newer drivers provided directly from the manufacturers? Most ASUS drivers are "old", dated 2013 whereas manufacturer's drivers are current (2014). I asked ASUS support about this and as expected they recommended their official drivers, but still would appreciate your opinion, thanks!

A:Win 8.1 clean install/Drivers advise requested

What I usually do is: First I install core drivers (Chipset etc), last drivers from MB's manufacturer's site and GPU and sound from respective manufacturer's sites, ie. Realtek, AMD, Nvidia etc. Test after each install and make sure that System Restore runs before each install. It's more than likely that windows will install basic drivers during installation, especially if connected to internet at the time. I usually download all possible drivers before changing components, leave them unpacked in appropriate folders on a separate drive or partition so if windows get stuck at something I can point them to appropriate driver.
Read manual properly and carefully, down to exact version of MB and it's BIOS. Knowing exactly what you have is half the job.

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I have downloaded my driver files and burned them to a cd. Now, is there any particular order I need to install them?

A:Installing Drivers after clean install of Windows 7

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums .. You should first run Windows Updates as that should Install most of your Drivers .. Then any that are missing can be got from the Dell Website .. As for order this is what Dell recommends ..

Dell - Windows driver install order for desktops and laptops

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i have a old dell demension 3000 desktop, recently it was struck with a couple viruses (pc antispyware 2010)

i saved all my files and decided to do a clean install.

a couple drivers were missing:

Network Adapter
Ethernet controller
Multi Media Controller
Video Controller (VGA)

i couldn't get online so i plugged in a USB wireless adapter to try and get online to download these drivers. (BTW the att modem is attached to this computer.)

i tried updating each driver and it just searches and comes up with nothing. So i went to the Dell site and looked up which drivers to DL, i DL them and it just saves to my desktop as a application file.

i'm not sure what to do now, i'm stuck!

much appreciated

A:Clean Install XP, Drivers wont Update now?

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I did a clean install of windows 7 home edition 64bit, now I have no internet due to drivers not being present.

The problem is I do not know which drivers i need to download (from my other laptop) in order to solve the problem.

after i complete troubleshooting the following problems are found:

standard vga graphics adapter has a driver problem
coprocesssor doesn't have a driver
network controller doesn't have a driver

please help...


A:Clean W7 install, no internet, drivers not installing

Hi there.

Just a few questions to know more about your system;

1. Bought it with a brand? Acer, HP, lenovo, etc. If so, you can actually visit their website with your brand and model and look for the correct drivers to install.

2. If not, will need you to go into device manager, right click each of those devices showing exclamation marks, choose properties, choose the details tab and select hardware ID. Then paste it here on your next reply.

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Hello. I recently did a clean install on my existing laptop with a new hard drive. I used the recovery discs that were provided to me when I purchased the computer - refurbished through Best Buy, I believe. The problem is, when the installation process was completed, numerous drivers were not working.

My system is an Asus U81A (MB Version: U80A) with Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Now, two concerns I have are this: when I was installing windows I was never prompted for my "2 of 2" recovery disc, and when prompted for the driver disc (disc 2 of 2 didn't work here) I inserted the Driver Utility Disc that came with my purchase - after this completed I saw the disc said, "for Vista 32-bit only."

The hardware and drivers I am having problems with are my webcam, my mouse touchpad, my video card, my network card, and my wireless card. I have uninstalled/removed the drivers and reinstalled using the drivers provided on the ASUS website for 64-bit Vista. I have also tried drivers from the manufacturer's websites (Intel, etc.). After every attempt I see the following message in device manager: "Windows found driver software for your device but encountered an error...Windows cannot load the device driver (CODE 39)."

The computer has SP1 and the latest BIOS.

I am not incredibly knowledgeable on this, and I am completely stumped. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

A:Numerous Drivers Not Working After Clean Install

Can you boot to your Windows Vista OS by now? Right-click My Computer and check Properties - System type (32 or 64 bit) and exact OS installed.

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How do you guys find drivers for stuff like asmedia that i cant find if my life depended on it. I have an asrock z97 extreme 6 and looking for the driver for "Asmedia ASM1042AE" and "Asmedia ASM1061" The problem is the drivers on asrock site are all old and yet other sites like station driver or guru 3d even tweaktown forum and more manage to find new version for EVERYTHING (Can they be trusted. What im doing wrong? and if i do an clean install of win 7 can i just use intel drivers and not enable asmedia in the bios if i'm only connected through intel connections? Or should i install both regardless.


PS Is win 10 out long enough for fixes or should I wait and go with win 7

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I'm having some problems with my new rig - windows 7 x64 installation doesn't recognize hard disks. All hardware is operational, it's recognized by BIOS and works with Win8CP, but can't make it work with W7.

I have Gigabyte's GA-990XA-UD3 rev1.1 motherboard. In BIOS I've turned on RAID, set up arrays in MB's raid tool - 2xSSD raid 0 (connected to SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 ports), 4xSATA2 raid 5 (connected to SATA3_2-4 ports). Drives are clean, empty and working; I don't have any issues with power (700W) or anything similar - everything works. Also I don't have any optical drives, all installations are from USB sticks, and that works too.

After booting to windows 7 installer and few initial steps, I get to the screen with boot drive selection and installer doesn't recognize the raid arrays; it asks for the drivers but none of the drivers from disk i got with MB work (divers downloaded from website don't work either). I did try to install them from repair tool too.

When installing Window 8 Consumer Preview my raid 0 array is recognized and windows installs correctly (it didn't recognize raid 5 array, but did 'see' 4 separate disks, and strangely two were disabled, but I figured I'll deal with it from windows...).

Anyone have similar problems or knows how to solve this? Or does anyone know a way to 'copy' drivers from w8 to w7 installation?

This is a production machine, so I don't want to keep Win8 and want to install Win7 x64...

Also, I should mention I'm using en_windows... Read more

A:W7 clean install and amd 9-series raid drivers

When Windows is asking for driver, just click Cancel. You will be brought back to the welcome screen. At the welcome screen, remove your USB drive, insert it back to DIFFERENT USB PORT. Click Install Now again. The installation process will be like usual.

This problem happened to all new version of updated Windows 7 installer. I think, it is due to failure of Windows installer to remain its detection to the USB drive. It lost the connection, and became confused, don't know where to find the USB drive it used to read before.

When we re-insert the USB drive, Windows installer will detect the USB drive back, and continue like usual.


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How's it going?
I'm planning on doing a clean install of windows 7 via flash drive on my Inspiron 570. (Using Iso image from Digital River)
I've done the clean install before with no problem but ran into trouble installing internet  and other drivers
I wanted to  know if anyone could tell me the correct way and order to install the drivers, I need to get internet access after clean install
I've downloaded the LAN Driver from here.
I've also downloaded Modem, Audio, Chipset, Serial ATA, Video drivers from here
I've also downloaded the network drivers from the the Dell website but they didn't work for me last time, read up on the here as well.
I'm trying to be as detailed as possible because i'm new to the technical aspect of computers
Also, are there any Windows 7 drivers I will need?

A:DRIVERS HELP. Going to clean Install Windows 7. Inspiron 570

I think the logical way to do this is install in sequence :
Chipset drivers
There is the possibility that Windows might ask for the SATA drivers either before or during the Windows install.
Given that you say that you have had a problem with the network I would get hold of a copy of 'Speccy' from here
A very useful utility which will tell - as well as far more information that you won't need at the time ! - exactly what hardware you have built into your computer. Armed with the knowledge of exactly what LAN and WLAN hardware you have, finding the correct drivers becomes much easier. One other tip - Dells very often come with a barcode on them somewhere. If you type the number off the barcode into Dell's support page you will get taken directly to a page where all your drivers are available.
Chris Cosgrove

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Hi , Recently I installed Partition Magic on my Dell Studio 1555 Win 7(64-bit) for the sake of driver partition but it screwed my OS and altered partition tables,restarting was giving BSOD,

Later I came to know Partition Magic is incompatible with Win 7 and that's why it screwed my OS then I took my Lappy to my friend he completely formatted the Hard Drive(Completely even the Recovery Drive) and installed Win 7 Trial .

My problems are:
Long back I lost my Laptop Bag which contains all the recovery disks came while buying the laptop
I have the product key on the battery case, Can I use that code to make my windows installation complete and genuine?

The Dell official website is showing only the latest updates of the drivers for my model,since I did complete format how to get "All" the drivers to make my laptop work normally as before?

Please help me with my problems.

A:Clean format of Dell Studio 1555, lost my driver CDs, how to find complete drivers?

Hello Tech Gur's plz help me....

Will my Windows 7 will be genuine if I insert the Key found on the battery case into the trial version?

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Hi, this should be a relatively easy question to answer for those in the know.  If I order up a new 8900 desktop with the GTX 970 card, will it have a DVI port on that card?  I have a monitor I am fond of and want to continue to use, but it only has DVI.

A:Dell XPS 8900 DVI

Typical GTX 960/970/980 has 1 DVI  , 3 Display Port and , 1 HDMI.
Cant imagine ANY card of this series with NO DVI.

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this 3 mo. old xps 8900 --I 6700 -16gb of ram is slower then my 8 yr. old xps 420- q6600 -6gb ram ,what a disappointment !!!

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Did a clean install on Windows 7 Pro SP1 on new XPS 8900
The basic system is working OK except there are 5 drivers not installed.

Network Controller [the Ethernet device did install OK - what's this one? Wireless?]
PCI Data Acquisition and Signal Processing Controller [?? - needed?]
PCI Memory Controller
SM Bus Controller
Unknown Device [USB3?]

Tried all I could think of including the Dell Drivers site and Windows' own  "Update Driver software".
Couldn't get any of them to install.
Any suggestions?

A:XPS 8900 Win7 drivers

   Network Controller (WIFI)
   PCI Data Acquisition and Signal Processing Controller  INTEL Management
   PCI Memory Controller   INTEL 100 Series Chipset Driver
   SM Bus Controller           INTEL 100 Series Chipset Driver
   Unknown Device [USB3?]  INTEL XHCI USB 3 interface.
None of these devices is native to windows 7 or 8 or 10.

Supported OS
Intel(R) Management Engine Interface DriverThis package provides Intel Management Engine Interface Driver and is supported on OptiPlex, Precision, XPS and Latitude running the following Operating Systems: Windows 7 32bits/64bits, Windows 8.1 32bits/64bits, Windows 10 32bits/64bits.More details
Windows 7 32-bit WB64A WB32A Windows 7 64-bit WT32A WT64A

Intel 100 Series Chipset DriverThis package provides Intel 100 Series Chipset Driver and is supported on XPS 8900 running the following Windows Operating systems: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 .More details
WT64A Windows 7 32-bit Windows 7 64-bit WB64A

Supported OS
Intel I2xx/825xx Gigabit Ethernet Network Controller DriversIntel I2xx/825xx 10/100/1000 Ethernet Network Driver for Precision, OptiPlex, Latitude, XPS and IoT series running the following Windows Operating Systems: Win 7, Win8, Win 8.1, Win10, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016.More details
WT64A Windows 7 32-bit Windows 7 64-bit WB32A WB64A WST14 WT32A

Dell Wireless 1560 WiF... Read more

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OK - I'm not sure if this is a Vista issue or a hardware issue, but here goes:
1) My son picks up a virus on his Dell 1720 laptop - core 2, 2 gigabytes of ram, 8600 gt, Vista Premium 32bit.
2) He has lost his "recovery disks"
3) I contact Dell for new disks, they will be here in a couple of weeks (we live a looong way North in Canada)
4) In the meantime, I do a clean install of Vista Premium 32 bit from an OEM disk I had purchased when I did a different project.
5) The install works, we download all the drivers from, all his apps work, even wireless.

6) The Weirdness: If we shut it down with "shutdown", all is good, but if we do a "restart" it does a BSOD, followed by a restart, followed by a BSOD, in a continuous loop, every time.

What's up with that? All answers appreciated, and thanks for your time.

A:Weirdness in Clean Install on Dell Laptop

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I don't have the serial number for windows, but will Win 10 Pro pick it up from the bios chip on the motherboard if I do a clean install?

Dell optiplex, forgot which model, but its a new small tower i5. 8GB ram

A:Can I do a clean install of Windows 10 Pro on a Dell machine that came with 7 Pro?

You can first do an "in-place" install, no serial number or key needed. Your computer will get a "digital entitlement" for Windows 10. Afterwards, you can do a clean install.
Also, you could follow this route: Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First,

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When I do a clean install of Windows on a Dell computer and want to install drivers, I go to the Dell site and search for drivers using the Service Tag. It will generally come up with 80 or 100 drivers that I need to wade through. There are commonly 4 or 5 wireless drivers, the same # of wired network driver, 2 or 3 audio drivers, 2 or 3 graphics, etc.

Is there a quick way to determine what drivers to install?
I have gone to and looked up Vendor ID and Device ID but this is rather time consuming. I find that Dell computers are much worse than other vendors in not being able to tell me what hardware drivers are needed.


A:Clean install of Windows on Dell computers

Hi Vincenzo,

Kindly send me the below mentioned information on my email address: [email protected] , so that I can send you the correct drivers.
System Service Tag# or Express service code, Name, Phone number.

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I would like to get some help installing Windows 7 64 bit home edition on my XPS 8500

1TB sata HDD.

Because of a "2000-149" fault code, I am going to do a like for like HDD swap. I

purchased a W7030 HDD and Windows 7 USB key kit from Dell. The computer runs okay for the most part

with problems from time to time. I have uploaded my C drive to the "idrive" cloud.

What I want to do is install the new HDD and load Windows 7 on to it and then slowly start to put back my

3rd party software. The tutorials I am finding don't seem show how to just load Windows 7 without

backing up my old HDD onto a external device. I don't think that is necessary because it is up on a cloud.

I could really use some guidance here on that.

I guess I need a complete walk through... Maybe a copy of "Loading windows 7 on new HDD for

Dummies" would help. Please don't feel that your explanations would be too basic for me.

All help would be much appreciated.

A:Clean install Windows 7 with new HDD using Dell USB recovery key

How`s this

Clean Install Windows 7

You do realize you`ll have to reinstall all your software ?

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Hi there,
after a complete clean reinstall of Windows 8.1 on my XPS 12 (boot from USB, delete all partitions, do a clean install of Windows 8.1) the laptop won´t boot.
The Dell logo appears and it freezes. I can´t get into bios with F2 nor change the boot options with F12.
There is a blue bar on the screen and either F2 or F12 is highlighted.
No change to boot Windows or to boot from USB.
Any hints?


A:XPS 12 stuck on Dell logo after clean install

Same problem here.. i did a reset pc and it was back to win 8. So i tried to upgrade to win10 again via  win10 media creation tool. And my xps 12 stuck on dell logo at the first reboot of the upgrade process..
Any help?

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I have a NEW Dell I7 5758 with W8.1 on the HDD. I?ve installed a new HDD and am attempting to install W7 PRO on that new drive. DVD spins, loads fine, says ?starting Windows? and then freezes. Tried 4 times. I did turn off security boot in the BIOS. Ideas?

A:Attempting to clean install W7 pro on Dell I7 5758

Read here: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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Does anyone have x64 SATA drivers for this box?  I wanted to create a tiny Web server running Windows Server Core on one of these boxes, so booted off of my UEFI-bootable USB drive, whacked the contents of the SSD and installed Windows Server. The Windows setup environment was able to see the SSD and copy the Windows files to it, but the box won't boot: instead, I'm getting an "Inaccessible Boot Device" error. I see drivers listed on the Acer site, but none of them are for the SATA controller. Failing that, is there a way to get an image of the recovery partition?

A:Revo Build: Storage Drivers for clean install?

I think they want you to create a factory default recovery drive before you attempt something like that. Recovery options: If you want to try Windows server again, I think you might have to go in to BIOS and disable Secure Boot, then reinstall. Here's Windows 10: Here's windows 8.1:  Here's link to Acer Store if you want to purchase your recovery media Search forum.  There's thousands of posts and solutions from users that have been in the predicament that you're currently in.

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         I did a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate on my Gateway ID43A04c laptop and can't find anywhere that allows me to get the network adapter drivers. I have a copy of all of the drivers on my main desktop but when put them in my Drivers and Driver Store folders  have to re-install Windows again. I have the Adapter ID if you can help me find the drivers and would like any and all help finding the correct drivers. 

A:Windows 7 Clean Install Can't Find Network Drivers

In Device Manager right click the Network Adapter. It should have an exclamation mark next to it. Select Properties. Under the Details tab select Hardware ID's in the drop-down box. Paste the results in your next post.

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Hello, I plan to buy a used genuine copy of Windows 7 with the product key.

I thing is, I read this article about how I won't be able to go online with my modem after a new install:

The myth of driver backups | PCWorld
Basically when I do a fresh install of Windows 7, I will not be able to connect online to update my drivers for my ethernet & display & Windows will not recognize the drivers from a USB stick without an installer either!?

I will have to manually download them from the manufacturers site, but my PC is used & had a lot of off shelf upgrades, it isn't a HP/Dell/Acer PC to just get the driver installer from their website.

How would I know what to download & where?

A:Windows 7 won't go online & won't download drivers after clean install

Yes, just download the drivers installer before reformatting and you'll be able to install those.

This tutorial helps in determining your exact hardware: Speccy - Advanced System Information Tool

Look at the model of the network card, motherboard, chipset, video card, wifi adapter, or any other thing you might have. Then with the manufacturers/models, just google those and download them from each individual website.

The HP/Dell/Ace/whatever brand is just a commercial name. They only take ready parts from the hardware manufacturers, assemble it, infect with crapware and relabel it before selling, but that's all. The drivers themselves will never come from them, directly.

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This is my first thread be gentle. I am not entirely inexperienced in building PCs (i've built 2: 1 mid-range and 1 gaming/workstation), but i have NEVER had this many issues with either the XP or Vista machines that I built.

Ok, i built a "whitebox" for a friend at work and they wanted to windows 7 64bit. So, i built the machine and have been trying to figure out how to get it to recognize the HD for the past 4 hours... mainly thanks to Samsung for making impossible to find drivers on their website for the Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB hard drive and i am also having problems finding drivers from the Gigabyte website... Anyway, suggestions? I gone through all the suggestions about checking the BIOS for RAID settings, but there is only 1 drive in this machine.

Furthermore, after trying to find the drivers online for about 2 hours...i ended up reformatting the drive from the utility disk that samsung had on their website....

The specs are:
Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H (AM3/DDR2)OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W
AMD Athalon II x2 250 Regor
4g OCZ Reaper DDR2-800
Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB
Thanks for the help!!

A:Clean Install of Win7 doesnt find HD Drivers

Hi thanotosq
I promise to be gentle
Try updating your chipset and sata/raid drivers.GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - Driver - GA-MA78LM-S2H (rev. 1.0)

EDIT - Just to clarify, download both of these from the link.
Chipset / VGA / SATA RAID

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I've searched HP's support site, but I don't see any drivers for any OS available for my model, the Pavilion g6-1d21dx. I did a clean install of Windows 10, but the Wi-Fi button doesn't work. Apparently there is a driver called HP Wireless Button Driver that I need to install. When I do a Google search for it, there is a link to an HP download page, but the link appears to be dead. Is HP not allowing us to download drivers anymore? This is frustrating, because getting drivers should be simple and easy. Can someone please tell me where I can get this and any other drivers I might need after doing a clean install of Windows 10? Thank you.

A:Drivers needed after Windows 10 clean install on Pavilion g6...

Hi, No, it is still alive: Regards.

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Ok so heres the deal. Reinstalling windows xp back from windows 7 (why I thought that was a good idea I will never know ).

Using the same hardware and install cd I have been using for a couple years now.

I have 4 SATA drives, and windows xp pro (32 bit).

I have a floppy drive and a floppy with my sata/ raid drivers installed on it from the motherboards driver cd. I just formatted the floppy and reinstalled the drivers on it in case they were bad.

Start the instalation and hit f6, load the drivers.. Then I get the:

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your compute.

message as if I did not install the sata drivers. I am at a loss.. searched around and all I could find was posts about how to you needed the sata drivers bleh whatever bala..

Even went so far as to remove my raid array and unplug all but one of the sata drives and tryed installing it that way.

The hard drives are seen correctly in bios.

Out of ideas, please help!

Thank you!

AMD X2 4400+
Asus A8N32SLI- Deluxe
2 Gigs (4x512) OCZ 2-3-2-5 T1
BFG 8800GT

A:[SOLVED] XP will not see my Hardrive on a clean install - I have the sata drivers alr

Finnaly got windows to be able to see my hard drives.

Not see what excatly fixed the problem.

I changed the sata port I was using on the motherboard a few times.

I tried sevral sets of sata drivers.

Was doing both at once, among anything else I could think of to fix the problem.

It works now, and thats all I care about. Posting this because I searched and searched and could find no one with the excact problem I was having. So if someone else is having this problem there are some things to try.

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I went to my motherboard manufacturer's website and downloaded all of the drivers on my laptop:
I transferred them to my desktop and installed them on my desktop, but I still don't have internet connection. It keeps telling me to "install a driver for your network adapter" and "windows could not find a driver for your network adapter." I am not sure how to solve this, anyone have the solution?

A:Windows 7 clean install after SSD failure, missing a lot of drivers

Is there a Network adapter in Device Manager with a yellow exclamation mark? Right click and select Properties. Under the Details tab select hardware Ids in the dropdown box. Copy and Paste the first line into your next post.
Are you connecting via Wifi or Ethernet?
Edit: Is Windows 7 at SP1?

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After making a clean installation of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1 to a Samsung SSD 850 PRO I booted my laptop. The system started but I could not create an internet connection. I went to Device Manager and it said the drivers for the network adapters were not found. I shut down, reinstalled the old hard drive and restarted. It connected to the Internet. I ran Device Manager and found that the following network adapters listed and working:Intel, 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6250N AGN
Intel Centrino WiMAX 6250
Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter #2
I went to the Windows/System32 folder and to the Windows/System32/Drivers folder, on the old hard drive and found the drivers that were running the adapters. I copied them to a USB FD. Then I shut down, removed the old hard drive and install the new SSD. I rebooted the system, inserted the USB FD containing the drivers and copied them into Windows/System32/<Drivers> on the new SSD. Then I rebooted the system.
This did not solve the problem. What should I do?

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Does anyone have x64 SATA drivers for this box?  I wanted to create a tiny Web server running Windows Server Core on one of these boxes, so booted off of my UEFI-bootable USB drive, whacked the contents of the SSD and installed Windows Server. The Windows setup environment was able to see the SSD and copy the Windows files to it, but the box won't boot: instead, I'm getting an "Inaccessible Boot Device" error. I see drivers listed on the Acer site, but none of them are for the SATA controller. Failing that, is there a way to get an image of the recovery partition?

A:Revo Build: Storage Drivers for clean install?

I think they want you to create a factory default recovery drive before you attempt something like that. Recovery options: If you want to try Windows server again, I think you might have to go in to BIOS and disable Secure Boot, then reinstall. Here's Windows 10: Here's windows 8.1:  Here's link to Acer Store if you want to purchase your recovery media Search forum.  There's thousands of posts and solutions from users that have been in the predicament that you're currently in.

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I looked through installation guides for the recommended installation order for drivers after a clean Windows 8 installation from Windows 8 disc. I also spoke to Tech Support but keep getting conflicting advice so I thought I would try posting here.
The question I have is regarding the Intel Chipset drivers. I know that they must be installed first before any other drivers. The confusion I have is regarding the Intel AMT HECI drivers (Intel Management Engine Interface) which are also listed as Chipset drivers.
Previous Support Technicians have always said that the Intel AMT HECI drivers installation order is not important so can be installed anytime. They always say Intel Chipset software must be done first though.
On Dells site there is a driver order installation guide which shows HECI drivers way down on the installation order too.
The other day I was speaking to a guy over the phone on tech support who told me that you should install the Intel Chipset software, then the HECI drivers next!!
The reason I ask is I did a clean Windows 8 installation only last week. I installed the Intel Chipset software first and I have installed other drivers including Graphics and Wireless Network drivers. My HECI drivers were installed later. Will this cause me problems or will it be OK?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks very much in advance.

A:Installing drivers in the correct order after clean Install

There is no order for installing drivers, unless specified, for instance, when you're downloading a driver, you might find a notification that says, "pls install driver xxxxxx before this one".
The reason that it is common to install the main chipset first, is so as to get proper access to peripherals like USB ports, wifi cards, etc, but it truly makes no difference which order you do them.

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I purchased a new Dell XPS 8900 desktop, 64-bit operating system with Windows 10 Home about a month ago. The computer has never made a sound, whether it's Windows system sounds or sounds associated with programs. No sounds come from either the third-party speakers or the headphones, which work with other computers. So far I've tried the following:
Installed the newest version of the RealTek High Definition Audio driver from Dell website (it's green-checked on Control Panel)
Did speaker setup with Dell Audio Manager
Performed speaker setup and testing through Control Panel > Sound (testing produced no sound)
Inspected cable connections multiple times
Performed audio diagnostics through Dell Support website (the computer failed the first test, the second wouldn't continue because of a specious time zone issue, which didn't exist)
The speakers are plugged into the green jack on the back panel, and the headphones are plugged into front headphone jack. One thing I did do was to edit the registry to install the Windows sound mixer, which was not present in Windows 10. I did add a video card and another internal 3TB WD hard drive to the computer, but none of those actions has affected my old computer. 
I've tried about everything I know so far. I believe this is likely some kind of software glitch or conflict, but I can't get the computer to make a sound. Control panel tells me that everything is working normally. Does any... Read more

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Apologies if my questions are redundant to other posts in the forum, BUT, I couldn't find ones that covered my questions specifically.
I'm hoping to add a OCZ Trion 150 960GB 2.5" 7mm SATA III Internal Solid State Drive TRN150-25SA3-960G to the Dell XPS 8900 I just purchased. Currently it has a 1TB HDD but no second drive. 
My questions:

Is the SSD I intend to purchase compatible with this desktop? 
If not, why (ie, what should I look for in an alternate)? And what is a good alternative to the SSD I'm proposing. 
Does the XPS 8900 come with spare power and SATA for a second drive?
Do I  need a 3.5" mounting adapter?

Thanks in advance. Again, apologies for the simplistic questions, but I'd appreciate a response. 

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I bought a lightly used Dell XPS 8900 computer. The original owner did not reset the computer. It is erratic. I tried to create a system disk but got an error message. Apparently that's not an option.  I don't know if this system is encrypted or what the problem is. I''ve tried to remove the games the previous owner installed but get an error message with that and cannot uninstall them. Even though I've spent 2 days installing the software I use, I want to reinstall Windows 7 Pro & start over. Can I download the OS from Dell?

A:Where can I download the OS for Dell XPS 8900?

Since it is a new model try here: 

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called dell support today to ask about a knocking noise when i start computer ,so he ran some hardware tests and every thing seems OK,so then he checked the registry and there was whole bunch errors ,he said that the warranty does not cover software issues ,this computer is a refurbished unit about 4 mo. old,he proceeded to tell me it would cost $150 to fix this ,The computer seems to run good,so i refused to accept this,running win 10 latest edition ,he was kind of pushing me to spend the money to fix this"problem".I always thought that the warranty covered everything,computer is running great ,why fix something thats not-broke.i have been buying dell for the last 20 yrs. this will be my last dell!!!!!!

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Hey guys,
My Dell xps 8900 have 8Gb ram (4Gb x2) DDR4 2133 UDIMM. Currently it has 2 empty slots. I just bought an 8Gb (8Gb x1) ram DDR4 -2133 UDIMM Crucial stick. I make sure it has the same CL, voltage, etc. I run Crucial scan and it says this stick is compatible with the Dell 8900. My question is can I just add this single stick to the system to make it a total 16Gb, if so which slot do I put it in? so it will end up with 4x2 sticks and 8x1 stick.  I've read somewhere saying the Dell xps 8700 wouldn't boot if the dual slots are not filled up. Mine is a Dell xps 8900, however.

A:Dell xps 8900 adding more ram have a problem...
The XPS 8900 has 4 RAM slots. So in order to install one new 8GB module, you'd have to uninstall one of the existing 2GB modules.
Even if you do that, the XPS 8900 doesn't support 14 GB of RAM (3x2GB + 1x8GB =14GB). The supported configs are:  8 GB, 16 GB, 24 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB.
And it's always best to install RAM in matched pairs. So you probably need to remove all four 2GB modules and install 2x8 GB to get 16GB. Or, if crucial will take the 8 GB back, you may be able to exchange it for 4x4GB to get 16 GB, assuming that works out cheaper.
EDIT: If you might ever want to go above 16 GB, it might be prudent to use 2x8 GB now which will leave you with 2 empty slots in which you could install 2x4GB (for total of 24 GB), or 2x8GB (for total of 32 GB).

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I am in search of figuring out what to do.  I have had this XPS 8900 for about 2 years.  1st year ran fine. 2nd year I was doing a recovery and our power flickered and nothing is on this desktop.  will power on but nothing.  How do I get recovery disks to put back in what it came with?    Thank you  Chris

A:Dell 8900 Desk Top XPS

Recovery disks will not do any good if the computer won't boot. You need to find and replace the damaged hardware if any. Try turning it on and immediately keep tapping F12 without waiting for any screen to see if you can get into the boot menu to run hardware diagnostics and include a custom test of the hard drive. Try booting to your repair disk. 
Report the status of all the lights and explain what you mean by power on but nothing-- nothing on the screen or nothing on the drive or no sounds or fans, etc.

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Worked fine until today, 1/1/2016 -- Happy New Year, NOT!
Changed power cable, use a different outlet (other items like LAN router and network printer power just fine). Computer will still not start.
When I plug power into computer power light comes on bright then goes out (this seemed normal before). Then if I push the power button computer does not start.
I do appear to get a orange light sequence of 2-1 after trying to turn it on -- and that continues. May be some sort of POST signal?
I can return the computer (not my first choice) after our upcoming trip. But I'd prefer to get it up and running today. Have some work to do.

A:Dell XPS-8900 Will Not Start

More info. I had four external USB3 drives attached, two powered and two are Seagate Wireless drives -- one of which is recharged via its USB port.
Unplugging only that second Seagate drive lets the machine start up. So the issue may be too much of a current drain on the USB board.
Once booted, the system seems to run fine with that Seagate Wireless drive attached, and it will Restart with it attached -- just not boot from a Shut Down condition.
Not sure I really understand this, but I can live with it.
If someone seems something more insidious in this behavior, please advise; purchased the XPS-8900 at COSTCO and still have about 55 days to return it if it is defective!

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Hi I was wondering if I can purchase and use a MSI R9 380 GAMING 4G for my new Dell XpS 8900 computer? I am concerned about the stock psu not being enough power for this card. I belive the stock psu is 460w but this card has a System Requirements Power Consumption of 150W.
And this is the card I would like to use:

A:R9 380 GAMING 4G in a Dell XPS 8900 HELP!

The stock 460w is designed for 150w of video power. That card uses 225w or more.  8 Pin = 150w  + 75w from the X16 slot = 225w if it uses a 6 pin and An 8 pin this is 300w
AMD says that  6950 cards can be used with an AX650M
I have used the Corsair CS750M in several Dell models without issue.

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I recently purchased the following Dell 8900
Dell XPS x8900-3756BLK Desktop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 2 TB HDD + 32 GB SSD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 with 4GB DDR3

I would like to replace the graphics card (I flight sim a lot) with a GTX 960 4GB DDR5 card, either myself or have a computer repair place do it.
Which specific cards would be easiest to install in my machine - if I search for GTX 960, I see all kinds of different length cards, 1 and 2 fans, etc.
I'd like to purchase the following card, if it will be easily installed...
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 4GB GDDR5 PCiE Graphics Cards GV-N960OC-4GD
Would a new graphics card be difficult to install myself?   What is involved?
Thank you,

A:Which GTX 960 Can I use to upgrade my Dell XPS 8900

The XPS 8900 and 8700 share the same case so if you look in this thread you'll see the cards that fit and the cards that needed some case cutting.
I can personally vouch for the the MSI GTX 970 gaming 4GB fits so check the size (length and height) and if less it should fit without issue.
If you can wait a few weeks or maybe a month, the GTX 1080 looks to be an amazing card for the price and power draw. It is going to be slightly more expensive, however much more capable.
The install is easy. search for youtube videos and you should find one.
edit: and you can sell your GTX 745 on ebay and recoup some of the cost.

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This has been bugging the hell out of me I couldn't figure out why my battery wasn't recharging after I upgraded. I upgraded an old Dell Latitude D520 to windows 7 and at first the battery had a small charge left, but I knew it was at the end of its life anyways so when it didn't recharge again I figured it was just junk. So I just ordered a new battery. That's still not in yet but when I went to my BIOS looking for something else today I noticed the AC Adapter wasn't recognized and it was telling me to plug in the original 65w AC Adapter, however that's the one that is already plugged in. The ac adapter still powers the computer but it won't charge the battery. I'm guessing it has something to do with Windows 7's AC and ACPI adapters but I can't find any other drivers to try anywhere. Anyone have any solutions?

sorry one more thing..the battery isn't just not charging, it is also not recognized so I'd imagine that all the drivers under the Batteries directory in the device manager needs to be replaced...will the old xp drivers work in their place?

A:After clean install of Windows 7 old Dell AC adapter not recognized?

Regardless of OS, if the battery is in need of charging and the AC Adapter is plugged in, the battery shall charge even when the system is off. Therefore, you may check this, and if your system's battery is not charging while the notebook is off, there may be some sort of an issue with either battery or the AC adapter.

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First post so please be gentle

I'm upgrading my Dell Studio XPS Desktop 435MT systems hard disk to an SSD & was wondering is it possible to to load Windows 7 from the dell upgrade disk or would i have to load vista first & then upgrade to Windows 7?

Just had a look at the clean install tutorial but it does state on the top of the page & is highlighted that this is from a "Retail" upgrade version & all i have is a dell upgrade disk from vista. Will this cause a problem?



A:How do you do a clean install of Win7 from an dell upgrade disk

Put the disk in the dvd drive then boot from dvd and see if it gives you the option.

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Last March I purchased a Dell M5040 Inspiron for use while stuck in a motel between home sale/purchase. Everything is fine, but now that I'm past my warranty I thought I would investigate a clean install as I've read many posts here about how bloated the factory install is. My main question is whether the green Dell re-installation dvd is what I want or is this a copy of the OS including the Dell (unwanted) extras? My other question save a bit of (not really starved for) HD space, would you guys delete the recovery partition? And if you would delete it, would you bother to clone the fresh install to a second partition on same drive (as virus/malware protection-obviously not hardware failure protection)Thanks in advance, Bill

A:Requesting directions for a clean re-install using Dell disk

Dell is one of the few that provides a clean reinstallation DVD with only the OS and self-activation plus a Dell Logo. Just make sure it includes SP1. If not you can use the installation media for your licensed version provided in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which also compiles everything needed to get and keep a perfect install.

Be sure to read the Special Note for Dell Owners at the end as the Dell Diagnostics listing when booting from F12 and the fuller suite of diagnostics often available under F12's Utility partition are valuable and worth keeping if they will still boot before and after reinstall. You'd want to keep the Dell Utility partition if so, while deleting all others and creating and formatting New during the booted install.

Ask back any questions you have before beginning.

You will get and keep a perfect install of WIn7 based on how closely you stick with the steps, tools and methods in that tutorial, for as long as you do.

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