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Trying to re-install Windows Vista on a Dell Latitude laptop.....

I've previously posted about this problem, but now there are some updates. I'm trying to re-install (clean installation) Windows Vista Ultimate on my laptop, and I can't get it to work. Here are the problem(s):

1. I put the re-install DVD (which came with the comp) in the drive, but it just whirs and beeps unusually, and nothing eventually happens. The computer doesn't recognize that anything is in the DVD-RW drive.
2. The same DVD works fine when i put it in another computer (our home desktop), and i would be able to re-install there if i had any desire to.
3. Other cd/dvd's work fine on my laptop, i tried a couple games.

The overall problem i'm trying to solve by reinstalling is that my laptop won't pick up any wireless all. I was told by another student that the "ethernet profile" or the "wireless profile" had been deleted (unfortunately by a supposed tech-help person at school....argh) and that the only way to resolve it and get my wireless working again would be to wipe/re-install windows.

Ideas? Suggestions? I genuinely appreciate any help.

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  • chrishoo Jan 11, 2008

    actually, i'm pretty sure my only option might be to re-install here---i didn't mention this, but my wireless network adapter doesn't show up in the device manager at all, and i went through a whole sequence with Dell tech support, so that the only remaining options were to: 1) have a Dell repairman come and physically re-install a new wireless card (which i sense wouldn't really do much, b/c it used to work fine) or 2) clean re-install windows. i'm trying to do #2 first, but the dvd issue just isn't helping...

    thanks again for your input, especially to computafixa already



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If you wish to reinstall Windows and your computer "doesn't recognize the CD", first put the CD in when you are in Windows and explore it to see if there is anything on the CD. If there is when you reboot you will have to enter your BIOS and change the boot order so that the PC will boot from the CD before the Hard drive. Try pressing F2 or Del when it is booting. Otherwise pending what PC you have you can check manufacturers site for Bios entry or it should advise which key to depress on boot.

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THis guy was an idiot that told you to wipe the hard drive.  All you have to do, is go to the network connection software that your wireless card uses, this is different for all laptops, ad click on the connections tab.  Now you should see a list of all available wireless connections.  Click on whichever connection has the name of your wireless network, and enterrr in the Access Key (if it is enabled) and you should be good to go.  If you dont know the name for your network, look on your wireless router for a sticker that says SSID: this is the name of the connection, there should also be a WEP or WPA code there, which is the access Key.   

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