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A friend of mine has a Dim.4500.He has used it for 4 or 5 years with no problems,except he says for the past 7 or 8 months its slightly slower downloading, surfing,ect...He is going to wipe it clean and he is wondering if he has to install chipset drivers before the driver for getting on the internet?Thank you.
 

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You didn't mention which version of Windows he's planning to install after doing a hard drive format.

From the information that I've read, the order of install that's recommended is:

Install Windows
Install chipset drivers
Install DirectX 9.0C drivers
Install graphics drivers
Install other drivers
Install Windows critical updates

If Windows XP SP2 is being installed, you can skip the DirectX 9.0C drivers and probably the chipset drivers.

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The DELL Dimension 4500 supports up to 1024 MB of RAM. If he's planning to install Windows XP SP2 and doesn't have at least 512 MB of RAM, he needs to install more.

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It is XP he is going to do the clean.I was just wondering cause I was informed that I had to install chipset drivers FIRST and then the driver for intergrated internet device on my dim.3000.Then I'm able to get online for my updates.Have did mine that way 5 0r 6 times.
 
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Anything is possible, but I have reinstalled XP onto hundreds PCs I never had a problem.
 

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Every time that I've installed Windows XP from scratch, the network cards(i.e. Linksys, Realtek) were functional and I had no trouble getting on-line. I still installed the updated drivers for them though.

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