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Regaining Drivers for certain Hardware in XP/2000

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Swiftmind, Jun 21, 2007.

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  1. Swiftmind

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    Hello.

    I have a Dell Optiplex 745 PC with 4 operating systems on a hard drive of 6 partitions. Each OS is on a different partition. The operating systems are Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Windows Vista Business, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional.

    Installation History:
    About two weeks ago I was posted around about problems I had in getting all the Windows OS to work together on the same hard drive. The IT department installed Win2000 after WinXP and that destroyed Xp's boot sector. I had to reinstall WinXP but my WindowsXP boot cd would not boot from the BIOS. I had to format the XP partition and copy the Win2000 partition into the WinXP partition. After this I booted up into that new copy of Win2000 and did a complete clean upgrade install into WinXP. After I resized the partition to give XP more space.

    Issue:
    All the OS work but I discovered a problem with XP and 2000 that must be solved. WindowsXP and 2000 do not detect a bunch of hardware. It seems the drivers are missing. I will list the devices that are under “Other Devices” in the Device Manager Tree. Each have the yellow question mark icon and state the drivers are not installed. Here is the list:
    Ethernet Controller
    PCI Device
    SM Bus Controller
    Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller
    Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller
    Unknown Device
    Video Controller
    Video Controller (VGA Compatible)

    WinXP and 2000 state the same thing. I know all hardware works, there are no problems with Vista and Linux. WinXP and 2000 can not access the Internet (this is how I discovered the problem) since the network card is not being recognized due to no driver.

    Anyone know what is going on and how to solve this?

    Fixes I read about:
    I read that if you do an upgrade install or reinstall you need to disconnect all peripherals except keyboard and monitor. Could this be the source of the problem? As far as I know nothing is connected to the system other then the needed hardware.

    I also read one can disable and uninstall the “driver” in the device manager, reboot the system and let Windows automatically detect and install the driver. I am thinking of pursuing this. Anyone know if this will work? I can request to get the original Windows XP/2000 installation CDs from the IT department in case the drivers are on this CD.

    Thanks for your time.
     
  2. Old Rich

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  3. Swiftmind

    Swiftmind Thread Starter

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    Just wanted to end this thread.

    I installed the chipset from the dell support website. I then downloaded the drivers for the specific devices that were unknown from the dell website as well. I used Knoppix 5.1.1 to transport the files to the XP and 2000 partitions since XP/2000 could not access the Internet. Chipset was installed first then I did the drivers. All seems to be well now until I find another problem.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  4. Old Rich

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    Well done!
     
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