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    Help With Reinstalling Xp with Dell Vostro 1500?

    I hope someone can help me. I have an dell vostro 1500 laptop with windows xp. I have been running with an virus for a few weeks. Today I decided to reinstall windows using the dell windows xp restore disc they gave me with the laptop. Managed to reinstall it now I cant get my internet to work wired or wireless. What do I do?

    Will I need to re install it again and hope it works or do I need to do something else?

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    Did your router come with a disk? I think you need to install that also. Go in to, control panel, network set up wizard, and it should be straight forward.

    * make sure you have the correct password for your connection.

    Original Poster

    I don't really want to go down the route of sending it back to dell if they even acceot it for the mess I have done

    did it not also come with a drivers disc? all dells do.

    you need to install the drivers for wireless and the ethernet.

    Firstly how does your computer connect to the Internet? Do you have ADSL or Cable and do you connect to your modem wirelessly or via a cable.

    One possibility is that the drivers for either your wireless card or network card are not installed. You can find out by going to control panel > network connections > you should see both a local area connection and wireless network connection....

    If neither show up, you simply need to download and install them from the dell site. I usually find that a usb pen drive does the trick for moving the install files from a computer with an internet connection to one that does not.

    If they both show up, you can right click on each for a status, where you can find out a little more about why it's not working.

    Original Poster

    I think I have messed up as I deleted partitons etc, I need to get it back to normal state any help or guides out there or shall I just ring dell.

    Tryed my service tag in there website they dont even recoghnise it

    Original Poster

    ahhh let me see maybe its the wireless now as I got it working with ethernet. Usually use this laptop as wireless to connect to my 02 adsl modem router thing.

    The restore CD should really get you back up and running. If you find that the drivers are installed or the you can see the adapters you could try giving your ISP a call and say HELP!!!

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    another thought...have you pressed the pair button on your router?

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    dsjh;3785144

    Firstly how does your computer connect to the Internet? Do you have ADSL … Firstly how does your computer connect to the Internet? Do you have ADSL or Cable and do you connect to your modem wirelessly or via a cable.One possibility is that the drivers for either your wireless card or network card are not installed. You can find out by going to control panel > network connections > you should see both a local area connection and wireless network connection.... If neither show up, you simply need to download and install them from the dell site. I usually find that a usb pen drive does the trick for moving the install files from a computer with an internet connection to one that does not.If they both show up, you can right click on each for a status, where you can find out a little more about why it's not working.




    Am using ethernet at the moment. I got an local area connection and 1394connection on the same line. Then at the top internet gateway internet connection

    Original Poster

    what I think I need is the option I use to have where i click on the wireless thing then it searches for wireless optins then I click on mine then type my password Its not there anymore.

    does the laptop recognise its own wireless device?

    Have you looked in device manager? It sounds like you're missing drivers.

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    shanecr;3785289

    does the laptop recognise its own wireless device?



    how do I test that out.

    Ok I think its best to start all over again. I want to wipe everything off my hard drive and start an clean install of windows xp.

    I assume I use the xp disc and just reinsitall then thats it? OR will I need to use the drivers discs 1st etc?

    delboyuk2005uk;3785314

    how do I test that out.Ok I think its best to start all over again. I … how do I test that out.Ok I think its best to start all over again. I want to wipe everything off my hard drive and start an clean install of windows xp.I assume I use the xp disc and just reinsitall then thats it? OR will I need to use the drivers discs 1st etc?



    after you reinstall you need to put in the dell drivers disc and install the reccomended drivers. Windows doesnt work everything on its own properly.

    Original Poster

    ok thanks can someone give me an run down of what I need to do then.

    Id like to delete everything off the hard drive there is no option to do this when reinstalling windos it wont let me delete the partition.

    So

    1) delate all the info off my hard drive.
    2) then put windows on with the restore disc?
    3) Once xp is on then run the drivers disc?
    4) anything else?

    delboyuk2005uk;3785435

    ok thanks can someone give me an run down of what I need to do then.Id … ok thanks can someone give me an run down of what I need to do then.Id like to delete everything off the hard drive there is no option to do this when reinstalling windos it wont let me delete the partition.So1) delate all the info off my hard drive.2) then put windows on with the restore disc?3) Once xp is on then run the drivers disc?4) anything else?




    NO.


    delete nothing. just pop the windows disc in and reformat when prompted then install. that will delete all files itself and is much safer that way. Once it is finished pop in the dell drivers disc and install all the drivers that are needed. it will highlight the ones needed for your model laptop.

    Original Poster

    shanecr;3785470

    NO.delete nothing. just pop the windows disc in and reformat when … NO.delete nothing. just pop the windows disc in and reformat when prompted then install. that will delete all files itself and is much safer that way. Once it is finished pop in the dell drivers disc and install all the drivers that are needed. it will highlight the ones needed for your model laptop.



    I tryed it last time but would not let me delete the hard drive that way very starange, and when I look in my hard drive space now out of 120gb I have only 65gb left very strange.

    Am going bed now will try all this 2morra and see what happens.

    thanks guys

    How are you installing Windows? Are you running the setup within Windows or booting from the CD? If you run it within Windows then you won't be able to delete the partition as Shane has mentioned, you have to boot from the CD itself and go through the be more basic version of setup before you can delete all the partitions.

    John

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    Johnmcl7;3785531

    How are you installing Windows? Are you running the setup within Windows … How are you installing Windows? Are you running the setup within Windows or booting from the CD? If you run it within Windows then you won't be able to delete the partition as Shane has mentioned, you have to boot from the CD itself and go through the be more basic version of setup before you can delete all the partitions.John



    Yes thats why I just put the disc while in windows and let it run that way.

    How do I boot from disc or not from within windows?

    Original Poster

    Yes thats why I just put the disc while in windows and let it run that way.

    How do I boot from disc or not from within windows?
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