The previous owner is an Physiologist and told me he had no idea what he was trying to do. LOL. He ended up buying a new laptop.
Looking into the system it appears he wiped everything off the hard drive as he installed from a cd.
So I am unable to use wireless or rj45 to go online to download drivers. This Dell has Windows XP Professional.
I have a Toshiba Windows7 laptop. How should I go about obtaining drivers and getting them into the Inspiron b130?
Will the b130 recognize and read the drivers from a usb,cd or dvd if I download them from Dell?
Or do I need to order a recovery disk from somewhere?
Or was I given a paperweight? I was interested in having the xp laptop as a first computer for my 5 year old twins.
Any step by step advice would be appreciated since I am no genius either.
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If the quick restore (CTRL-F11 at the Dell screen) doesn't bring up the restore menu, then ...
You will need to purchase a copy of Windows (you cannot use the OS from the Toshiba on anything but another Toshiba).
The drivers can all be downloaded from support.dell.com.
You MUST start with
The Dell notebook system software
The chipset driver
the network (wired and or wireless) drivers.
Install Windows, and then install these drivers from CD, DVD or flash drive IN THAT ORDER.
You should download the following files to a USB stick using the Toshiba.
Did you can get the Dell XP Professional Reinstallation CD from the previous owner? If not ask for it. You should probably do a Clean install see my guide A Clean Install of Windows XP.
Operating System Updates
Dell Notebook Software (R120775)<ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed / replaced from this post by Dell>
Intel Chipset (R114079)
Intel Video (R128346)
Conexant (R90851, R114200)
Dell Quickset (R151309)
Install in order from the USB stick.*If you don't know what one, install both one will fail to install.
Thank you for your help. I was lost and this really accomplished everything I needed to do in a methodical way.
What would your advice be to create a "recovery disk" since I cannot locate the dell recovery software or dell accessories that I find mentioned in the online manual. Would there be one software for backup of system xp and drivers or two different softwares. Thanks.
This system is likely too old for that also a manual install has been performed so any mention of the factory partition or making recovery media is redundant. You need the Dell Windows XP Professional reinstallation CD/DVD.