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Hello - I recently rebuilt my laptop and my sound does not work. In system device settings my ethernet base system device are shown with a yellow explanation mark. please kindly assist where possible. many thanks noreen

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Anything with the yellow ? means the driver is not installed. If you have the cd which came with laptop you can install from that if not goto support at Dell website choose your laptop model and operating system and get all the latest drivers. Please dont forget to vote ..cheers from Scott

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