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Wireless drivers???
« on: November 25, 2012, 18:58:31 PM »
My parents old Dell laptop had ground to a near halt so with my new found knowledge I up graded the RAM from 1 to 2GB but it was still painfully slow so I found the installation CD (vista home basic) and Iv done a clean install. Everything went fine and it defiantly seems faster through the menus ect but I cant get the wireless to work.

Iv now discovered I need to install the wireless drivers but i have no clue what to do? My laptop is working and i have a USB stick i can download the drivers onto but i don't know how to go about it so i need help.

Also what other drivers will i need? Its just a basic internet browsing laptop, nothing fancy.

Oh and its a Dell inspiron 1525

HELP :(

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2012, 19:24:38 PM »
Did it come with a disc? Sometimes manufacturers supply a device drivers or utilities disc for such occasions.

In the past I've gone into the wireless settings, found the device name/type and googled for the drivers. Or you could try plugging the laptop into your router with an Ethernet cable then asking windows to search for the drivers on the internet. You can do this from the wireless settings/properties.

Alternatively, wait for Dan to tell you the proper way :D

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2012, 19:34:34 PM »
I'll have a look for a disk.

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2012, 19:38:26 PM »
Found the CD just popped it in so we shall see.

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2012, 19:42:19 PM »
Drivers are basically the software to install on a PC/Laptop to run the various bits of hardware in them (graphics, sound, network, wireless network etc).

Go to the Dell website www.dell.co.uk & look for "support" or "support & drivers".

You'll normally get the option to enter your make & model or even the "service tag" (found on a label on Dell units).

Look for the Wireless/WLAN drivers in the download section for that model, download & install & that should do it.

If you're not sure from the list you get, let me know as I'll be here for a while. :)

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Just seen you've found the CD, that should contain it but let me know if I can still help.

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012, 19:43:05 PM »
Right its come up with what looks like a list of drivers and i think i have to select them, do i select them all?

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2012, 19:57:40 PM »
Ok, let's do this the proper way.

If it's Windows XP Click on the Start button > Run then type msinfo32 into that.

If it's Windows Vista or Windows 7 then type that into the search bit at the bottom once you've clicked on the 'Start' button & let me know when the 'System Information' window is open.
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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2012, 20:02:50 PM »
Its vista an iv got the system summary up now.

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2012, 20:07:47 PM »
Dan, would it be easier via a phone call to do this? There's no mad rush so can plan a time to suit.

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2012, 20:09:46 PM »
Cool.

Expand "Components" in the left hand column & select "problem devices" towards the bottom of that list.

In the right hand window, you'll have a list of components that the operating system doesn't recognize. One should resemble a wireless device but otherwise post them all.

There will be something like "DEV**** VEN *****" in there so post what you see here.

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2012, 20:12:25 PM »
phone call on its way :)

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2012, 20:35:09 PM »
When iv got it on the memory stick where do i save it too on the dell?

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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2012, 20:41:37 PM »
Just putting boys to bed, back in 10 mins...........
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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2012, 20:55:40 PM »
Right, here's the full list of drivers for that laptop.

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/uk/en/ukdhs1/Product/inspiron-1525

Start with the chipset, Intel one (think of it as telling Windows what motherboard your laptop has so it needs to know first before it worries about anything else).

Download the file to your USB stick (normally ends up as R**** something or other with Dell) & then run it on the laptop.

Do the same for the graphics, network, sound & other drivers in the above link as from our phone chat you have none of those installed.

One by one, you'll get there. It's just a case of installing the manufacturers software to make Windows know what it's working with, if that makes sense.
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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2012, 21:02:38 PM »
Bingo!!!!! Got wireless working and internet up :)

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2012, 21:08:21 PM »
Nice one :)

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2012, 21:11:06 PM »
That list is confusing as to what i need? Now the internet is working can you hack into the laptop and work your magic?

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« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2012, 21:12:30 PM »
Ring me again! LOL! ;D
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« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2012, 22:06:50 PM »
I think we're sorted.

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« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2012, 22:32:21 PM »
Maybe not, Iv run all those driver installations and they went though fine and prompt me to restart which i did but the yellow ! is still next to the same things.

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« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2012, 22:51:42 PM »
Sorted the graphics one out so iv got rid of two ! from the list of problems. I know just have three that say 'base system device' that i cant get rid of.

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« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2012, 23:11:30 PM »
Go back to that list from Dell that I was downloading from.

Probably a modem driver in that list, never used but will show up in device manager with that yellow exclaimation mark. There may be USB drivers in that list as well so run them too.

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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2012, 23:19:49 PM »
Not checked if the USB works so could be that.

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« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2012, 23:21:54 PM »
Forgot to say, if it has a card reader that needs a driver that'd probably show as a 'base system device'.
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« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2012, 23:26:31 PM »
Webcam?
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« Reply #26 on: November 25, 2012, 23:31:01 PM »
USB is working so not that. Theres no webcam and yes it has an sd card reader so i'll check that.

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« Reply #27 on: November 25, 2012, 23:33:04 PM »
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« Reply #28 on: November 25, 2012, 23:33:56 PM »
Did we do the touchpad one?
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« Reply #29 on: November 25, 2012, 23:46:13 PM »
Yeah did the touchpad one. I cant find the SD card one though.

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« Reply #30 on: November 25, 2012, 23:51:10 PM »
I'm calling it a night for now, Iv left it doing the windows updates and iv just installed microsoft security essentials, also installed flash player for youtube ect. Can't see anything else that isn't working so god knows whats missing.

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« Reply #31 on: November 26, 2012, 21:00:50 PM »
Right. Think iv cracked it, I now have no yellow ! and when I look at msinfo32 in the search bar then click components and problem devices it is empty :)

Does this mean everything is right and it has all the drivers it needs or is there other ways to check?

The last few drivers were the card reader, I googled the driver number and I found a link to a download and it worked :)

So is this it? Have i successfully installed a laptop?

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Wireless drivers???
« Reply #32 on: November 26, 2012, 21:09:54 PM »
By the way, get rid of Vista, really memory hungry
Upgrade to Windows7!!!


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Re: Wireless drivers???
« Reply #33 on: November 26, 2012, 21:18:02 PM »
To be fair, a decent spec machine can run Vista no problem.

Windows 7 is better though :)

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« Reply #34 on: November 26, 2012, 21:24:45 PM »
My laptop is running windows 7 and its fast, this Dell is now 2GB RAM and with this clean install its a lot faster than it was before so my parents will be happy with it.

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« Reply #35 on: November 27, 2012, 09:52:21 AM »
So is this it? Have i successfully installed a laptop?

Jup, sound's like you're there mate. :)

I'm sure you've already said you've installed Adobe Flash Player so I'd chuck on Adobe Reader & Java as well.
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« Reply #36 on: November 27, 2012, 10:16:41 AM »
Yeah flash player is on as it prompted me when I tried to load a YouTube video but i'll look at reader and java tonight, parents are happy though, they said it's like a new laptop :)


 

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