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Old 08-28-2011
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Exclamation DRIVER NEEDED: Dell Computer Inspirion 1545 (Windows Vista) [USB]

Dell. Inspirion 1545. Windows Vista 32 bit.

Hi

Iv just bought a laptop off Ebay and I have no driver installed to allow me access to the internet.
Im guessing he wiped the laptop clear for security reasons and didnt reinstall everything back on it.
Im no "techy" and havent really got a clue.
I just know I have no driver but am unsure what to download and install on it.
Any ideas/offers???

Kieran

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Device Type: Network Devices
Manufacturer: Dell Computer
Model: Inspirion 1545
Interface: USB
Operating System: Windows Vista
Age of Device: < 2 years old
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Old 08-29-2011
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idea Re: DRIVER NEEDED: Dell Computer Inspirion 1545 (Windows Vista) [USB]

How are u attempting to connect to the internet? eg: broadband or dial-up? Next, describe the hardware device you need a driver for. If you don't have documentation that shows this info, I suggest using Device Manager.... it will tell u a lot about your computer.

The first advice I can offer is to scroll to the bottom of this page, click on and read the Beginners Guide and FAQ's.

2nd. try visiting the website of the company who made your laptop.... they normally provide support for most models they make and sell.

Last, if you strike out on those 3, open Device Manager, find the device you need a driver for, double-click it, click the Details tab, select "hardware id" and give me the hardware id string that appears in the lower part of that screen. It should start with "PCI\VEN", (1st./top line of text only).
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Default Re: DRIVER NEEDED: Dell Computer Inspirion 1545 (Windows Vista) [USB]

Hey Jerry,

Thanks for replying so fast.

Im attempting to connect to the internet via Sky Broadband.

The hardware device is I need a driver for is under "Other devices" via Device Manager.
There is a Yellow exclamation mark against:
"Ethernet Controller"
"Network Controller"
"SM Bus Controller"
"Video Controller"
Iv tried searching my computer and discs for the required hardware/software but no joy.
There is also a yellow exclamation mark against "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter" via "Display Adapters" which I have just noticed too.
I dont know how important or essential these all are, I just know at the moment I cannot access the internet.

Iv tried visiting Dell and there is free downloads but as Im no "techy" (Do you even spell it that way?) Im not sure what to do download and install and im worried I might do more harm than good.

Ok... just double clicked on each of the above mentioned problems...

Standard VGA Graphics Adapter Hardware Id - PCI/VEN_8086&DEV_2A42@SUBSYS_02AA1028&REV_07

Ethernet Controller Hardware Id - PCI/VEN_11AB&DEV_4354&SUBSY_02AA1028&REV_13

Network Controller Hardware Id - PCI/VEN_14E4&DEV_4315&SUBSYS_000C1028&REV_01

SM Bus Controller Hardware Id - PCI/VEN_8086@DEV_2930&SUBSYS_02AA1028&REV_03

Video Controller Hardware Id - PCI/VEN_8086&DEV_2A43&SUBSYS_02AA1028&REV_07

Thats the first line of each area with an exclamation mark.
Will I need all of them?
Seems very complicated.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Kieran.
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idea Re: DRIVER NEEDED: Dell Computer Inspirion 1545 (Windows Vista) [USB]

Install the drivers in the order listed below:

1: First install the "SM Bus Controller" driver. That's the main chipset on your laptop.
Hardware id string "PCI/VEN_8086@DEV_2930&SUBSYS_02AA1028&REV_03" is incorrect, the correct string is: "PCI/VEN_8086&DEV_2930&SUBSYS_02AA1028&REV_03"
Intel GM45 Express Chipset Family: File name: R197840.exe, size: 2.17 MB.
http://members.driverguide.com/drive...iverid=1814058
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2: For video, the hardware id string you gave is incorrect, the correct id string is: PCI/VEN_8086&DEV_2A42&SUBSYS_02AA1028&REV_07
It's an "Intel Mobile Video Controller" chipset. For that, you'll need driver R215593.exe, 20.9 MB.
http://members.driverguide.com/drive...iverid=1814309
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"Ethernet Controller" = LAN (Wired controller) and "Network Controller" = WLAN (wireless controller)

3: You gave an incorrect string with PCI/VEN_11AB&DEV_4354&SUBSY_02AA1028&REV_13... it should be "PCI/VEN_11AB&DEV_4354&SUBSYS_02AA1028&REV_13"
which is a Marvell Yukon 88E8040 LAN controller. On the Dell website it's designated as "Marvell Driver, 88E80XX 10/100 Ethernet Controller".
File name: R197859.exe, file size: 23.4 MB. Install this driver next.
http://members.driverguide.com/drive...iverid=1814304
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4: The WLAN (Wireless adapter), hardware id string: PCI/VEN_14E4&DEV_4315&SUBSYS_000C1028&REV_01 requires this driver:
File Name: Dell_multi-device_A17_R174291.exe Size: 94.2 MB.
http://members.driverguide.com/drive...iverid=1819603
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Save these drivers to a temp folder on your harddrive or on a USB thumb drive. After downloading, just double-click the files one at a time to start the install process and follow on-screen prompts.

Any other drivers you need can be downloaded on this Dell web page: http://support.dell.com/support/down...&catid=&impid=
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