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Questions/Issues after reformatting Win 2000 sp4 on Dell M50

by fairhopeal / August 5, 2011 1:20 PM PDT

I have a Dell Precision M50 Laptop that was having issues, so I decided to try and reformat. I had the backup disk and key for Windows 2000 sp4 that I used, and I also had the disk for the Wireless Card Dell 1350 WLAN which I installed and can now get on the internet. The font is very pixeled and large, and it's slow.

Also, the windows screen is a teal-colored screen with very large font. The internet automatically goes to, but there are no pictures just blue and black font, and I'm not sure what to do next?

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What about all the drivers?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2011 1:34 PM PDT

My short list is:

1. Motherboard drivers.
2. Audio.
3. Video.
4. Lan and wifi.
5. For Dells I look for Dell's QuickSet.


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Here is what I've done so far on trying to install drivers
by fairhopeal / August 5, 2011 9:49 PM PDT

1) I have a CD that I bought on ebay a few years back - TECH PROZ Driver Installer / Utility Manger for Dell Precision M50 (DriverForge hardware driver installer).

2) I clicked "install drivers" from the CD, and it did some 'extracting' for about 15 minutes.
When it finishing extracting and got to "installing drivers", I got an error message: "Error in Syssetup.dll Missing entry:UpdatePnpDeviceDrivers". It only had the option to click "OK".
I clicked it, and it then went to "Closing Processes". Then the computer automatically restarted.

4) Based on something I read online, I went into control panel,
system, hardware, device manager and found 4 items with yellow question marks - Other devices, Multimedia Audio Controller, PCI Device, Video Controller.

5) I clicked on Video Controller just to see what would happen, and it said "(Code 28) driver not installed". So, I followed Wizard and it gave me an option to try to install a driver. It found one that I guess was from the CD that was still in the computer - said it was not digitally signed), but after finishing it gave a yellow exclamation mark and "nVidia Quadro4 500
GoGl" on device manager. When I clicked on it, it said "This device can not start. (Code 10)".

6) I did not know what to do next, and I have a borrowed laptop SO, I thought I would try to get the drivers from dell online. I went to dell and found drivers for the Precision M50 on Windows 2000 - (47 files).
Can I downlad all of these to a memory stick and then how do I reinstall from the memory stick as I did not see that as an option in Wizard. (I looked under Video, and it had the 500 Quadro4 listed. It had a BIOS, Utility, and Driver - do I need/install all 3?)

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1. Sorry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 6, 2011 1:30 PM PDT

1. Sorry but I found such to create more issues than they solve. Why not install Windows the old fashioned way?

I ran Windows 2000 for many many years and had to create a cheat sheet and a CD with the drivers for my machine. Those driver finders or such never helped me.

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