I installed a different hard drive into this computer and lost my sound driver. i dont have a cd to use and had this problem before and with help from a technition i was able to reinstall it. but i dont know how to do it now or remember how to find the chat tech that helped me.
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hmm that sounds a bit hectic but here is what you need to try out. It might work out for you. Get an external CD drive and boot your XP from it. (Make sure the BIOS is configured to boot from the removable CD Drive), the CD must boot from the External CD drive. If you succeed at this point then you are good to go, that means you can go ahead and format( wipe and reload) But if you do not get through that part, then I suggest you need to remove your hard drive and install another operating system using a different computer, your computer's motherboard could be a problem if all of the above options dont work out
install the hdd first. then install windows cd, then the driver cd. be sure that windows is fully updated once everything is installed. you can then add any software. if you have access to the net before changing the hdd, you may want to visit the dell website and download the latest drivers for everything, motherboard, graphics, etc.
if the 2 blue cd's do not say they are driver cd's, you should get the driver download first. they may be cd's which are referred to as the restore cd's. restore cd's often contain software that is trial or not what you may want,but takes the pc back to "factory settings".
First of all, The shortcut only works if its connected and if its assighned a different port, then it wont work, so just go ahead and delete that for now.
Right click on " My Computer " and select " Manage" When that opens, select " Disk Management " and on the right side it will show all storage devices such as any plugged in pin drives or network drives or external hard drives.
You should see it there and it has a letter attached to it. I.E. C: for your main hard drive, A: for floppy if you have one, D: is normaly the CD Drive.
Depending on what you have or if your on a network, you should see your hard drive, probably as E: or something different.
If you have had alot of different storage devices connected or network drives, it could be that the drive letter its trying to give your Hard drive has already been issued to something else.
on the right, select the external drive ( be sure thats it, dont go changing you C: drive by mistake )
right click and select ( Change Drive letter )
Then change it to something you know isnt in use like Z: or W:
apply, close and windows should recognize the drive and you should have access to it.
It is possible that your hard drive is a SATA and therefore not readily readable by 98, XP but surprised not even by Vista. In any case, since you would still prefer to run XP (due to other software compatibility issues), pls press F6 when prompted by the XP installer. Additionally, you would need to have ready in a floppy the appropriate SATA drivers for your motherboard. They maybe downloaded from the motherboard manufacturer's website or possibly in the installer/driver CD that came with the PC.
Other than the above, it is also possible that you may have some issues with the availability of XP drivers for the other devices for that computer specially if it is branded.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
I WOULD RECOMMEND to install mother chipset driver CD available to u If u dont have it then goto the above link and match which hardware u have in ur system for sound card and install the selective sofware... Take care and best of luck Waiting for ur reply
hard drives dont read cd's
does the door close?
if not close it.
1)left clik my computer
2)double clik the cd rom drive, making sure theres a disk in it.
3)right clik on my computer
look for a yellow exclamation point or red X where the cd-rom is.
high light the cd-rom
restart the computer
windows will detect and re-install the cd-rom drive.
try a cd
if that doesnt work update windows
also buy a cd-rom cleaner at your local electronics store
clean the drive w/th cleaner
try a cd
if updating your driver for the cd rom drive and all ive suggested then its time for a new cdrom drive