I just reloaded Windows XP as I am selling the dell dimension on. I eventually got the audio drivers working as well as the broadband connection. However no mattter how many video drivers I extract from the utilities disk, it just wont play a dvd or a game I re-installed.
I check the device manager and see three yellow question marks indicating a need for drivers (I assume) for SM bus controller, Video Controller and Video Controller (VGA).
Any idea where i might get these? The dell dupport and downloads website seems to send me in circles, downloading stuff that I probably dont even need.
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1. Install its software from the dell web.
2. Before choosing the driver choose operating system as XP.
(You can use the following link; http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/product-support/product/dimension-5150x/drivers)
3. When ask for the device or dongle attach then not before starting the installation.
Hope it will work perfectly, feel free if you have any question.
On this page there are four files, download them all and install them. You should be able to use your network card after successful installation.
Note: If the above link is not working, go to www.dell.com. On the top right corner of the Dell's website click on 'Support'. A new page will open from where you choose Drivers and Download option. Next step is to choose your laptop model.
Okay, so it seems you installed Microsoft Windows XP Home on a what was Media Center Edition installation, and the ethernet is no longer worker.
Please refer to dell.com's support section, enter your model, and download drivers that you need.
To find drivers you need, Go to start --> control panel and then go to (under classic view) system --> the hardware section, open up device manager, and then look for ones with a yellow big question mark, and get those drivers from dell's website. Burn these drivers to a CD on another computer, or use a USB flash drive if that does work.
You should be able to download the original driver files from Dell Support Drivers & Downloads.
However, this may be worth a try:
Go to Start --> Run, and type in services.msc.
A window will pop up with a list of services. Scroll down to Windows Audio. Right-click and click on Properties. Make sure that "Startup type" is set to automatic. Also, make sure, under "Service status," start is selected.
I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread. If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take a moment to kindly rate this post....thanks!
it sounds like an issue of driver installation order. If not installed in the correct order, the drivers may not function correctly. The correct order is:
Desktop System Software Chipset Utility Video Driver Audio Driver Modem Driver Network Driver
My suggestion is to do a system restore to the 1st available restore point (The one created at boot after you reinstalled) then install the drivers in the correct order. (NOTE: Before you can play a DVD, you will have to install the DVD player too)
Do you have the original CD's that came with the unit? they are blue and are the recovery cd's. they have all the drivers. Also, the windows 2K and XP OS may have a compatible driver. They reinstalling that driver. or do you have a modem? If your unit didn't come with one then you can purchase one cheap and dial up to the support.dell.com