Cant find driver for system utilities for dell 1318 with XP
Drivers for 1318 XP are driving me insane! Ok so i was able to install Windows XP on to my brand new inspiron 1318, i thought that was the hard part but boy was i wrong! I cant find the driver for the System utilities. I have tried several drivers, but i either get the message that there is something wrong with the windows installer service pack or it just refuses to set-up. I tried upgrading the windows installer, but that still didnt work. Has anybody had the same problem? Does anyone know what to do?!
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It sounds possible that your Windows XP install CD does not contain the necessary hard disk device drivers for the drive used in your Dell Vostro laptop and you would need to load these drivers separately during the XP install when the option is given to use third-party device drivers.
Some laptops may provide options in their BIOS settings to use a compatibility mode of operation for newer SATA hard drives that will make them visible to bootable utilities such as disk imaging software and older OS install CD's.
Your laptop may have a SATA hard drive. The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.The FIX.Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
You can download the drivers from Dell WEB site, thesupport download page. Make sure you select your model desktop or laptop,better still, type in the Service Tag number, it is printed on the label on thebottom of the laptop and on the back or sides of a desktop. (If the Service Taglabel is missing then go into the BIOS setting and on one of the BIOS pages,the Service Tag number will be displayed). This will open the page where thespecific drivers for your model computer are located. Also make sure you selectthe Windows XP or Vista version of the drivers for your Windows operatingsystem. Click on this link to download the drivers: -
Sorry for the typo, it was suppose to be Dell WEB site
You can download the drivers from Dell WEB site, the support download page. Make sure you select your model laptop, better still type in the Service Tag number, it is printed on the label on the bottom of the laptop. Also make sure you select the Windows Vista version of the driver for your Windows operating system. Click on this link :- http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen
Uninstall any wireless drivers for have incorrectly install in device manager. Reinstall the Chipset driver over whatever is installed and then reboot. Extract the 174291 driver into a folder and manually install the wireless and it should work
In addition to installing the operating system (Windows XP) you will need to install the drivers for the system. If you system is a Dell Dimension 1100 you can get the drivers from this link:
Driver installation order is:
Desktop system software (R121089.exe)
Intel Chipset Utility (R96614.exe)
Intel Video Driver (R104515.exe)
Audio Driver (R105155.exe)
Network Driver (R105786.exe)
Modem Driver (R133743.exe or R73044.exe)
Once you have all the drivers installed, then you can install your applications and configure your internet connection.
i finally succeeded installing windows xp in my dell inspiron 1318 after 3 weeks of trial and error in installing different drivers.. wheewwwww. hope this will help you. just search for the following filenames in google and please download it but if you know any free sites where i can upload the following files let me know, so i can upload it there for you to download..
Dell_multi-device_A17_R174291.exe (for WiFi)
R153908.exe (for Audio) Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for XP v14.33.1.exe (for Video) Intel INF Update utility v126.96.36.1999 (for Chipset)
r173082.exe (for Webcam - but it is included in the drivers cd provided by dell)
R161772.exe (for cardreader - but it is included in the drivers cd provided by dell)