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Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF - PCI Simple Communications Controller

I just did a fresh install of the OS an I wanted to know if I should install the following drivers:

- PCI Simple Communications Controller
- PCI Serial Port

I know it installs AMT but I don't use it because I'm a home user. If I just disable them, will they really be disabled? Will it cause problems on my pc? If yes, what would those problems be?

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rdunnill
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RE: Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF - PCI Simple Communications Controller

If you're a home user, either choice should work. I can't think of any problems that might stem from disablement.

I disabled a non-supported video device on an old E310. There were no problems.

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RE: Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF - PCI Simple Communications Controller

Always include version of Windows in your posts.

The first one is part of the Intel Chipset driver which you should have installed as the first driver after loading the OS.  Without the Chipset driver, other drivers may not install or may not work.

You also need the Intel Management Engine Components.

And if you have the Sunix serial/parallel card, you need that driver too.

You can find them here for Win 10 64-bit:

<ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>

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Ron

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Nx5869
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RE: Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF - PCI Simple Communications Controller

Thanks for the quick response. I was a bit concerned from reading online that disabling them would affect my PC's ability to function properly.

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Nx5869
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RE: Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF - PCI Simple Communications Controller

The OS installed is Windows Vista Business 64-bit.

What will happen if I don't install them? Will just disabling them leave an open door?

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RE: Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF - PCI Simple Communications Controller

Dell doesn't list Vista as a supported OS on this PC, so why are you even using Vista? And what drivers did you install, if any, and for what version of Windows?  (The link I gave you was for Win 10, so ignore that one.)

You need a chipset driver, no choice. You need Management Engine too.

If you don't install them, you won't have 'open door', but things won't work correctly.

Don't understand why you're so afraid to install them...???

Win 7 requires Dell System Software, but I have no idea if that's needed for Vista, or if the Win 7 version will even work with Vista.

Ron

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Nx5869
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RE: Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF - PCI Simple Communications Controller

Dell does support Windows Vista. I got the drivers from the Dell website.

What exactly won't work correctly if it's disabled? I've been testing the PC for a couple of days now and everything works properly.

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RE: Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF - PCI Simple Communications Controller

If Vista is supported, why isn't listed as an option on the Drivers/Download page for the Optiplex 9010? And if it's not listed there, where are you finding Dell's Vista drivers?

If you look in Device Manager and things like PCI Simple Communications Controller have a ! or X next to it, then that device is not working correctly, whether you can see the effects or not.

Ron

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Tesla1856
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RE: Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF - PCI Simple Communications Controller

I think Vista missing from that list is probably just a typo.

I see Intel Chipset drivers for Vista 32/64 here.

downloads.dell.com/.../optiplex-9010.html

They can also sometimes download and install as part of initial install if connected to Internet the whole time.

I agree ... those devices may/may-not be "chipset related" as RoHe already posted.

At time of purchase ... business-class machines can be ordered with all sorts of old OS and CoA. However, that doesn't mean a Dell OEM version of a slightly newer OS won't install and auto-activate. Not sure about 9010, but I know 9020's came with Windows-7.

Yeah, Win-7 would be much better if possible.


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RE: Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF - PCI Simple Communications Controller

And keep in mind that support for Vista ends in April'17 so there won't be any more security updates or non-security fixes, no more free/paid support from Microsoft, and their online Vista knowledge base articles won't be updated or corrected beyond end of next month.

So this may be a good time to install a new OS. You will have to buy a license for the new version from MS so your best bet is go to Win 10 because Win 7 support ends in 2020, while support for Win 10 goes far beyond 2020.

Ron

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