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ChrisPCTech
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Dimension 8300 driver support - Windows XP (SP3)

Hello all,

 

First time poster here at the forums. I have frequently used the Dell Support page for drivers for Dell towers and laptops in the past. However, I cannot find ANY (for any O/S) drivers for the Dimension 8300 tower!

 

Am I missing something here? Has Dell stopped supporting some of the older models or something??

 

Here's the link: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/Home/NoDriversFound

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks ahead of time.

 

Chris

 

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Re: Dimension 8300 driver support - Windows XP (SP3)

It is a known issue. We are looking into it.

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ChrisPCTech
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Re: Dimension 8300 driver support - Windows XP (SP3)

Do you know of any alternative/third-party driver download websites? I've been scouring the web for them to no avail, thus far.

Thanks for your timely reply.

Chris

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speedstep
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Re: Dimension 8300 driver support - Windows XP (SP3)

You need to start ATA not AHCI.  XP doesnt like AHCI.

The F6 drivers and Chipset Drivers are first.

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/drivershome/download/DIM_PNT_P4_8300  is broken right now.

The F6 Driver is

Drivers and Downloads

Promise SATA Controller
Release Date: 21/08/2003
Version: A021.00.20.41
Importance: Optional
Download Type: Driver
File Format: Floppy
File Size: 273KB

http://ftp.us.dell.com/SATA/BR60785.exe

8300 uses INTEL 875 chipset

INF Update Utility -​​ Primarily for Intel® 800 Series Chipsets

Did you just install the operating system? If you did not, then you do not need to install the Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility.

Analog Devices ADI 198x Integrated Audio
Release Date: 29/04/2003
Version: A095.12.01.3555
Importance: Optional
Download Type: Driver
File Format: Hard-Drive
File Size: 3MB

http://ftp.us.dell.com/audio/R58182.EXE

 R58182.EXE



Onboard Nic is 3COM or INTEL Pro 10/100

Then 3COM and INTEL nic drivers.

http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R56237.EXE


http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R58277.EXE


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theflash1932
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Re: Dimension 8300 driver support - Windows XP (SP3)

As Chris said, this is only an ongoing problem with the support site ... the drivers will be back soon.  I would recommend waiting until they are available rather than getting drivers from other sources.  Using third-party sources runs the risk of using generic (and thus possibly incompatible or unstable) driver packages, outdated packages with unfixed bugs, or worse - "value-added" drivers (drivers that come with more than just a driver, like spyware, etc.).

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theflash1932
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Re: Dimension 8300 driver support - Windows XP (SP3)

More to the point, XP doesn't natively support AHCI/SATA, making the installation process more difficult because of the need to add drivers during the install (F6).  Setting the BIOS to ATA/Compatibility is not required - it is just a workaround for loading the drivers.

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speedstep
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Re: Dimension 8300 driver support - Windows XP (SP3)

I posted direct link to the F6 driver.  

Audio driver I think is AD198X AC97 Codec.


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theflash1932
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Re: Dimension 8300 driver support - Windows XP (SP3)

Did you just edit it?  When I saw it, all it said was below Smiley Happy

You need to start ATA not AHCI.  XP doesnt like AHCI.

The F6 drivers and Chipset Drivers are first.

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speedstep
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Re: Dimension 8300 driver support - Windows XP (SP3)

I've edited several times.

Finding Drivers Piece by Piece is not automagic.


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theflash1932
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Re: Dimension 8300 driver support - Windows XP (SP3)

I realize how much work goes into finding drivers, as I do it all the time ... it's just that seeing a post that needs clarification, I'm not sure how long to wait for you to finish - or if you're coming back at all.  I post it all at once - not that that method is better than yours ... you'll just have to excuse responses to unfinished revisions of your post Smiley Happy

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