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For Dell SX280- Just installed new hard drive and reboot disk. Missing following controllers: Ethernet, Multimedia, V ideo & Video VGA Compatable. What do I need to do to solve this problem? Also, this pc was previously used on a business server if that would make a differrence. Thank you!

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Here is the site to get all your drivers "support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=PLX_PNT_P4_SX280&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=" hope this helps.

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