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Fresh Install and Drivers

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by happy, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. happy New Member

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    Hi, so I am fresh installing Win XP 32bit for my Dell Dimensions E310 ---> Here are the drivers. I am not really sure which one I need. I don't want any bloatware, just the essentials to keep the computer running. Some of the downloads have multiple drivers and I don't really know which to download like the audio drivers. There are two I just want one of them but don't know which one is better. Can anyone tell me which ones I need to download so it will run. Thankyou
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    I'd wait to see what drivers are installed or updated by Windows itself. To confirm any items that still require drivers. Go to my computer & right click, choose properties, then device manager. Anything that has an exclamation mark next to it needs to have drivers installed still, then go from there.
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    the latest version usually offer you better features
    or you can check from the hardware maker like nvidia vga you could search from nvidia
  4. happy New Member

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    ok. but what is chipset.
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    the primary component of the motherboard. chipset drivers can cover everything from SATA and IDE ports, to USB drivers.

    generally, those are the first thing you would install (well, except for networking drivers to get online in the first place)
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    You will find there really are not that many.

    Like the Audio driver, it has a Application and then a driver. Only download the driver

    You will need :

    1)Network - There is only one driver. Download nothing else

    2)Chipset

    3)Video - if your using onboard. Now there is one for ATI and one for Intel

    4)Audio


    Then there is a driver for the tunner card if you have one




    Bios - if you want but not really needed Just be careful and read about this one


    Thats it
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    from the list you linked to, i'd say the ones you need are:

    Audio, network, video, chipset.

    communication is optional, as that seems to be for a 56k dial up modem.

    video has a lot of various items under there, all of them horribly out of date. if you are using the intel onboard video, get the driver from intels website instead.

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