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dell "my system" list in driver CD ????

by jboyneedhelp / December 29, 2012 2:21 AM PST

First off let me apologize for not having the time to search out an answer to this question on the forum. It may be here but I'm having no luck.

I have reinstalled the Vista operating system on a dell 1318 laptop hoping to get a little more life out of it. I am doing all this with the operating system and driver cd's that came with the computer.

The driver cd provides a list of drivers that supposedly match the system. Some of these drivers have a check mark and some don't. What are the check marks there to tell me specifically about that particular driver.

I'm initially assumed that the ones with the check marks were the ones I needed to install. On the first attempt everything seemed fine except that my screen graphics were "fuzzy". I fixed the problem by installing the graphic driver at the bottom of the list. A driver that was NOT check marked. This lead me to assume that I was supposed to install all the drivers on the list regardless of the check marks....

OK well hopefully I have explained enough to get my point across. I basically just need a way to know for sure which drivers to reinstall. thanks

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Have you looked at Device Manager?
by wpgwpg / December 29, 2012 2:47 AM PST

The list of devices your BIOS detected will be shown in Device Manager. I believe those Dell resource discs have drivers for all the possible options your particular model can have, so I wouldn't think you'd need or want to install ALL of them. If a device shows up in Device Manager however, you need a driver for it. Anything listed there with ! or ? next to it has a driver problem.

Good luck.

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by jboyneedhelp / December 29, 2012 5:38 AM PST

Thanks. I tried simply installing each one and so far so good. Still not sure if this was the correct way to go about it but it seems to have worked. thanks

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