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Windows XP will not automatically detect PCI cards?

by BigChrisfilm / August 22, 2009 4:26 PM PDT

So, I reformatted my computer but didn't have the Windows CD to install Windows XP again. I ended up getting it back on, but I'm not sure I have all the drivers that need to be installed. What I'm having a problem with is my computer will not automatically detect my PCI cards. I just bought a new Firewire Card and all the instructions tell me to do is stick it in and it will be automatically installed. I did this and nothing. It doesn't even know it is there. Could it be I haven't fully installed my operating system and that's why it doesn't automatically detect the cards. It does this with my wireless PCI card as well, so I know it's not just the card. Does anyone know a way of manually installing PCI cards? Is there any drivers that I need to still install that I haven't? Any help is appreciated.

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No make or model
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2009 1:21 AM PDT

So here's my short list of drivers I go find.

1. Motherboard chipset.
3. Audio
4. Video

That's the bare minimum.

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What is your make?
by jainbhawna12 / August 23, 2009 9:06 AM PDT

I need to know what make and model your computer is to determine what drivers you should install.

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by BigChrisfilm / August 23, 2009 12:24 PM PDT
In reply to: What is your make?

Hey, my computer is a Dell, and I believe it's an Demension 2400

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Then your drivers are at
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2009 10:37 PM PDT
In reply to: answers

Just go there and put in your service tag to get the list.

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