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XPS M170 "Fluff" help

by Jonnodude / March 21, 2006 4:40 PM PST

Hey guys and gals! I'm going to buy a Dell XPS M170 but i hear the Dell installed drivers don't work very well and that there is alot of fluff crap you don't need already pre-installed.

I have heard that you should re-install Windows to get rid of all the pre-installed stuff but one thing i wanted to know is can you reinstall using the dell windows disk and not have the fluff you had before or do i have to buy a new copy of my Operating System and use that? (i plan to get Windows Media Centre Edition.)

Also can someone give me an idea on how to make my XPS M170 as good as it can get?
I've looked on a few sites but no one really gives you a step by step guide on what exactly you need to uninstall, download and install like drivers and updates, etc.

If someone could point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.


Jonno ^_^

P.s. the spec will be:
Pentium 4-M 780 (2.26 GHZ)
nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX
100GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
The sound card that comes with it
Windows Media Centre 2005 Edition
All the extra stuff because i want the best laptop i can get. ^_^

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It's also called "Bloat ware". . .
by Coryphaeus / March 21, 2006 9:35 PM PST
In reply to: XPS M170 "Fluff" help

If you use the restoral disk it'll be back like it was. It's easier to just uninstall what you don't need. You can purchase a full copy of XP and format the drive and install XP. But you'll have to find all the drivers to make everything work. It can be a PITA as there can be several versions of the drivers for a specific machine.

The specs look good on your machine. If it was mine I'd just uninstall what I don't want or need.


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ta but stil looking
by Jonnodude / March 21, 2006 10:47 PM PST

cheers but im still looking for the other drivers because i know dells video card drivers arnt that good and have read of them crashing or locking up.
I just dont want that to happen because nothing else aggrivates me more.

Anyone know what i should uninstall / download / install??



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Here's what I'd do
by nathanpsz2 / March 22, 2006 4:23 AM PST
In reply to: ta but stil looking

Get the 2GHz Pentium M, and use the $500 that you saved to buy a copy of Windows. Also, get 1GB of RAM (1DIMM), and buy the other 1GB to save more cash. Oh yeah; format the drive, and install the nVIDIA drivers from their website.

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ty alomost there
by Jonnodude / March 22, 2006 4:27 PM PST
In reply to: Here's what I'd do

well im gonna get the best i can and proably have some left over anyway.

I found out that if you just reinstall with the windows restore disk it gets rid of most the dell stuff and the best drivers are at omega and made by that guy that did a review

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