Where can I find DRIVERS for the on board USB, ethernet and other functions? Failing that, does anyone know if PCI cards for the same functions would work if I disable the onboards through the device manager?
I downloaded drivers on this (another) PC, burned them onto a CD, then transferred them to the Dell 8250. I followed the instructions and ran the chipset driver installation software. As far as I could tell, it ran correctly.
PROBLEM: STILL no driver shown in Device Manager for usb, ethernet, etc.
There appears to be only ONE "chipset" driver to download and run. This is the one that SHOULD take care of my problem because the ethernet, usb and something called the "multimedia audio controller" are all on the motherboard.
Without the ethernet connectivity, I must download whatever to another computer, burn it to CD and then transfer it. VERY SLOW.
I will try your suggestion right now, but I have no confidence that running the other drivers will help. None seem to be relevant.
I just discovered that the REAR USB ports ARE working, but are "slow" USB. the front USB port, inconveniently located, is NOT working. I do have a new High Speed USB 2.0 card. From your previous answer, I should be able to install that without needing to disable anything else.