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January 6, 2005 4:16:41 PM

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My daughter has a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop with XP Home which is about 8
months old. It has become very slow to boot and shutdown. It is clean of
viruses and has now had much spyware removed. I am inclined to wipe the HD,
and reinstall XP. Several questions:
1. Is the general procedure to boot from the Dell XP CD, which will give me
the option of reformatting the HD and starting clean? Or do I have to
reformat first, and then reboot from the CD? (Of course, I have backed up
all data.)
2. After XP is reinstalled, will all the needed drivers (including ones for
NIC and wireless cards) be installed?
3. Is there anything I will need from the Dell Resource CD? All I really
want is a clean XP installation with the application software I will
reinstall.
4. Is there a web site that gives instructions and pitfalls to reinstalling
XP?
Thanks for your help.

Gordo

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January 6, 2005 4:16:42 PM

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support.dell.com will give you exact instuctions.
You are llooking for the reinstall guide.
Dave
Anonymous
January 6, 2005 6:30:11 PM

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Boot the CD.

Format and Install XP

Install the Resource disk programs.

Install Chipset drivers first.

Install everything else

Resource has the drivers on it.
"Gordo" <gordo20878@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:ipadnUPd4tHmHUDcRVn-rw@comcast.com...
> My daughter has a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop with XP Home which is about 8
> months old. It has become very slow to boot and shutdown. It is clean of
> viruses and has now had much spyware removed. I am inclined to wipe the
> HD, and reinstall XP. Several questions:
> 1. Is the general procedure to boot from the Dell XP CD, which will give
> me the option of reformatting the HD and starting clean? Or do I have to
> reformat first, and then reboot from the CD? (Of course, I have backed
> up all data.)
> 2. After XP is reinstalled, will all the needed drivers (including ones
> for NIC and wireless cards) be installed?
> 3. Is there anything I will need from the Dell Resource CD? All I really
> want is a clean XP installation with the application software I will
> reinstall.
> 4. Is there a web site that gives instructions and pitfalls to
> reinstalling XP?
> Thanks for your help.
>
> Gordo
>
>
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Anonymous
January 6, 2005 11:04:36 PM

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Gordo wrote:

> My daughter has a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop with XP Home which is about 8
> months old. It has become very slow to boot and shutdown. It is clean of
> viruses and has now had much spyware removed. I am inclined to wipe the HD,
> and reinstall XP. Several questions:
> 1. Is the general procedure to boot from the Dell XP CD, which will give me
> the option of reformatting the HD and starting clean? Or do I have to
> reformat first, and then reboot from the CD? (Of course, I have backed up
> all data.)
> 2. After XP is reinstalled, will all the needed drivers (including ones for
> NIC and wireless cards) be installed?
> 3. Is there anything I will need from the Dell Resource CD? All I really
> want is a clean XP installation with the application software I will
> reinstall.
> 4. Is there a web site that gives instructions and pitfalls to reinstalling
> XP?
> Thanks for your help.
>
> Gordo
>
>

I wouldn't go down this road. I've recently had to re-create the hard
drive on my Dell desktop, and it was a nightmare.

Sure you can use the Microsoft CD to reinstall Windows. But there are
LOTS of other drivers you have to install, and it isn't that clear what
they are or how to do it.

Other manufacturers give the buyer an image CD that, instead of letting
them do what I had to do, just recreates the hard drive AS IT WAS WHEN
THE PC WAS BOUGHT. In a situation like this, that is vastly preferable
to rebuilding the system from scratch.....

Of course, the grass always being greener, the customers of those
companies lament that while they can restore their drive, they cannot do
a clean install of Windows....

Doug
Anonymous
January 7, 2005 4:59:06 AM

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It is not difficult at all. As long as you can follow the instructions on
Dell's website, you can do it. It just takes time. All the drivers you
need are on the Dell resource CD.

"Doug Ellice" <DouglasSpamNotEllice@Comcast.NotSpam.net> wrote in message
news:sZGdnTSKmdq5fUDcRVn-1g@comcast.com...
> Gordo wrote:
>
>> My daughter has a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop with XP Home which is about 8
>> months old. It has become very slow to boot and shutdown. It is clean
>> of viruses and has now had much spyware removed. I am inclined to wipe
>> the HD, and reinstall XP. Several questions:
>> 1. Is the general procedure to boot from the Dell XP CD, which will give
>> me the option of reformatting the HD and starting clean? Or do I have to
>> reformat first, and then reboot from the CD? (Of course, I have backed
>> up all data.)
>> 2. After XP is reinstalled, will all the needed drivers (including ones
>> for NIC and wireless cards) be installed?
>> 3. Is there anything I will need from the Dell Resource CD? All I really
>> want is a clean XP installation with the application software I will
>> reinstall.
>> 4. Is there a web site that gives instructions and pitfalls to
>> reinstalling XP?
>> Thanks for your help.
>>
>> Gordo
>>
>>
>
> I wouldn't go down this road. I've recently had to re-create the hard
> drive on my Dell desktop, and it was a nightmare.
>
> Sure you can use the Microsoft CD to reinstall Windows. But there are
> LOTS of other drivers you have to install, and it isn't that clear what
> they are or how to do it.
>
> Other manufacturers give the buyer an image CD that, instead of letting
> them do what I had to do, just recreates the hard drive AS IT WAS WHEN THE
> PC WAS BOUGHT. In a situation like this, that is vastly preferable to
> rebuilding the system from scratch.....
>
> Of course, the grass always being greener, the customers of those
> companies lament that while they can restore their drive, they cannot do a
> clean install of Windows....
>
> Doug
>
January 7, 2005 4:59:07 AM

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WSZsr wrote:
> It is not difficult at all. As long as you can follow the
> instructions on Dell's website, you can do it. It just takes time. All
> the drivers you need are on the Dell resource CD.
>
> "Doug Ellice" <DouglasSpamNotEllice@Comcast.NotSpam.net> wrote in
> message news:sZGdnTSKmdq5fUDcRVn-1g@comcast.com...
>> Gordo wrote:
>>
>>> My daughter has a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop with XP Home which is
>>> about 8 months old. It has become very slow to boot and shutdown. It is
>>> clean of viruses and has now had much spyware removed. I am
>>> inclined to wipe the HD, and reinstall XP. Several questions:
>>> 1. Is the general procedure to boot from the Dell XP CD, which will
>>> give me the option of reformatting the HD and starting clean? Or
>>> do I have to reformat first, and then reboot from the CD? (Of
>>> course, I have backed up all data.)
>>> 2. After XP is reinstalled, will all the needed drivers (including
>>> ones for NIC and wireless cards) be installed?
>>> 3. Is there anything I will need from the Dell Resource CD? All I
>>> really want is a clean XP installation with the application
>>> software I will reinstall.
>>> 4. Is there a web site that gives instructions and pitfalls to
>>> reinstalling XP?
>>> Thanks for your help.
>>>
>>> Gordo
>>>
>>>
>>
>> I wouldn't go down this road. I've recently had to re-create the
>> hard drive on my Dell desktop, and it was a nightmare.
>>
>> Sure you can use the Microsoft CD to reinstall Windows. But there
>> are LOTS of other drivers you have to install, and it isn't that
>> clear what they are or how to do it.
>>
>> Other manufacturers give the buyer an image CD that, instead of
>> letting them do what I had to do, just recreates the hard drive AS
>> IT WAS WHEN THE PC WAS BOUGHT. In a situation like this, that is
>> vastly preferable to rebuilding the system from scratch.....
>>
>> Of course, the grass always being greener, the customers of those
>> companies lament that while they can restore their drive, they
>> cannot do a clean install of Windows....
>>
>> Doug

I tried a repair install first, and there was little improvement in
performance. So I did the clean install; the link I cited before is really
very helpful:
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/supp...
Although there is still application software to install, the system seems to
be operating OK (and much faster). However, I did not find the drivers on
my resource CD, so I had to search for them on the Dell web site. Drivers
are available here.
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx
I think I found the necessary ones. So far I am happy with the choice to do
a clean install.
Anonymous
January 7, 2005 4:59:08 AM

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Also (if applicable) having at least 512MB of RAM can help XP to run
better ... I just upgraded an i5000 from 128 to 512 and it is way
faster, also upgraded a desktop from 256 to 512 which made it
noticeably snappier.
January 7, 2005 4:59:09 AM

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Markeau wrote:
> Also (if applicable) having at least 512MB of RAM can help XP to run
> better ... I just upgraded an i5000 from 128 to 512 and it is way
> faster, also upgraded a desktop from 256 to 512 which made it
> noticeably snappier.

I agree. This machine has 512. The sluggishness was probably due to a
combination of spyware and too many applications installed. In any case,
after many unsuccessful attempts at clean-up, it took a clean install of XP
to fix the problems.
Anonymous
January 7, 2005 2:37:40 PM

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"Gordo" <gordo20878@hotmail.com> wrote:

>Markeau wrote:
>> Also (if applicable) having at least 512MB of RAM can help XP to run
>> better ... I just upgraded an i5000 from 128 to 512 and it is way
>> faster, also upgraded a desktop from 256 to 512 which made it
>> noticeably snappier.

>I agree. This machine has 512. The sluggishness was probably due to a
>combination of spyware and too many applications installed. In any case,
>after many unsuccessful attempts at clean-up, it took a clean install of XP
>to fix the problems.

I hope part of the new installation was at least one of the
various anti-adware/spyware programs, freeware/shareware/proware
that are available. I religiously run AdAware and Spybot S & D
[each has found something the other hasn't on occasion] on my
computers weekly, and more often if my firewall alerts me to a
suspicious "call home".

You might recommend to your daughter that she be ruthless in not
installing every neat "toy" app that comes down the pike. My
now-retired former boss who I continue to help out with his home
computers is bad this way. He has more than a dozen, mebbe a
dozen-and-a-half of these "neat apps" that are loaded on boot and
residing in the system tray on his main machine. On a *Win98SE*
system in a PIII/450. That computer takes damned near 10 minutes
to finish booting up an loading the roster of useless stuff. And
he has forgotten what half of the nasty things do! ;->

[Just set up my old Dimension L733r for him - XPPro reloaded.
Hopefully I will be successful in convincing him that with a
three machine home network, he doesn't need to move all of those
"toys" to the "new" machine. The other two computers don't have
the memory expansion capacity to bring them up to minimal levels
for XP operation.]
--
OJ III
[Email to Yahoo address may be burned before reading.
Lower and crunch the sig and you'll net me at comcast.]
Anonymous
January 7, 2005 3:28:01 PM

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You must have been looking on the wrong Dell CD. They are shipped with
every system.

"Gordo" <gordo20878@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> I tried a repair install first, and there was little improvement in
> performance. So I did the clean install; the link I cited before is
> really very helpful:
> http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/supp...
> Although there is still application software to install, the system seems
> to be operating OK (and much faster). However, I did not find the drivers
> on my resource CD, so I had to search for them on the Dell web site.
> Drivers are available here.
> http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx
> I think I found the necessary ones. So far I am happy with the choice to
> do a clean install.
>
>
Anonymous
January 7, 2005 3:28:02 PM

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WSZsr wrote:
> You must have been looking on the wrong Dell CD. They are shipped with
> every system.

I found my driver CD, but I also found that it wasn't updated at all,
the drivers on the Dell were newer versions, so I just downloaded all
new drivers. I think that's the best way to go anyway.
- --
David Wade Hagar AKA Cyclops

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Anonymous
January 7, 2005 5:33:02 PM

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"Markeau" <please_reply@news.group> wrote:

>I just tried Microsoft's Antispyware beta, it found about 20 items
>that neither Adaware nor Spybot (both fully updated) found:
>http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyI...

Thanks. Just read about that in this AM's newspaper - was going
to wait a bit since the article did mention that it was in Beta,
but, WTH?, I guess I'll try the link and it.
--
OJ III
[Email to Yahoo address may be burned before reading.
Lower and crunch the sig and you'll net me at comcast.]
Anonymous
January 9, 2005 1:15:27 AM

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Hello,

You all are so knowledgeable. I wonder if anyone can tell me if you have
any hints on how to get my memory in. I have a Dell Dimension 2400 with
128MB. Need to install more memory and after research bought PNY 512MB
PC2700 DDR333 at Best Buy and was assured it would be fine.

However when I got in to snap it in (everything aligned that I can tell) I
could not get it to go in the 2nd memory slot.

Any hints would be appreciated....or did I plain just buy the wrong stuff.
I tried calling Dell support but listened to music for 3 hours. UGH!

I was so proud that I got the memory got into the machine following the
directions and then no go!!

Also how can I join this newgroup officially?

Thanks, Maureen
Anonymous
January 9, 2005 2:21:20 PM

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Maureen.

First, there are two latches, one at each end -- probably white -- of the
memory socket. Push them out to make the slot a little wider.
Second, there is a notch on the bottom of the memory that has a match spot
in the socket. This is to ensure the memory is in the right direction.
Match them up.

Then push, gently but firmly until the latches close.

Tom
"Moesy" <preston.1@medctr.osu.edu> wrote in message
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> Hello,
>
> You all are so knowledgeable. I wonder if anyone can tell me if you have
> any hints on how to get my memory in. I have a Dell Dimension 2400 with
> 128MB. Need to install more memory and after research bought PNY 512MB
> PC2700 DDR333 at Best Buy and was assured it would be fine.
>
> However when I got in to snap it in (everything aligned that I can tell) I
> could not get it to go in the 2nd memory slot.
>
> Any hints would be appreciated....or did I plain just buy the wrong stuff.
> I tried calling Dell support but listened to music for 3 hours. UGH!
>
> I was so proud that I got the memory got into the machine following the
> directions and then no go!!
>
> Also how can I join this newgroup officially?
>
> Thanks, Maureen
>
>
Anonymous
January 10, 2005 4:46:51 PM

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You really have to push down on the RAM to get it to snap into place
--- without breaking it. LOL

Sometimes, if you push on the latches on each end of the slot, they
will help seat the card.

I found that it is amazing how much pressure it takes to get these guys
into place.
Anonymous
January 10, 2005 9:12:52 PM

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<timbirr@mailcity.com> wrote in message
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> You really have to push down on the RAM to get it to snap into place
> --- without breaking it. LOL
>
> Sometimes, if you push on the latches on each end of the slot, they
> will help seat the card.
>
> I found that it is amazing how much pressure it takes to get these guys
> into place.
>


The 2400 sockets are a piece of cake when compared to the DDR2 in the 4700
and 8400.

Tight tolerances and a nice snap-crunching sound/feel with the DIMMs.

Brings back fond memories of the old Rambus days.


Stew
!