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Old 06-26-2013, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I wanted my latptop to be reset so I could give it to a friend. Everything worked fine before I ran the OS disk. Now I try to connec to the internet and it wont work. The message "this computer does not have a wireless network adapter installed and configured" popped up. So I tried to plug in a an ethernet cable and it still wont let me connect to the internet! In my device manager bar under other devices a network controller is there with a yellow excplanation point. So I was going to go to the dell link provided in another forum and update the drivers, but I cant do that if I cant connect to the internet at all! My laptop is a dell inspiron 1545. Please help me, thank you!
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The above is the Dell Driver search page. After re-installing a new OS, you need to resinstall the drivers for the hardware in the laptop. Your wireless and networking are most likely non-functioning because they don't have the proper drivers installed.

Follow the instructions on that page and you should be good.
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In case you have any difficulty finding the drivers, here is the Dell Inspiron Drivers page:

Product Support for Inspiron 1545 | Dell US
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In case you have any difficulty finding the drivers, here is the Dell Inspiron Drivers page:

Product Support for Inspiron 1545 | Dell US
and I can use a USB to transfer these files to the laptop?
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Yes, all the files appear to be executables. Just download all of them and run them on your computer. There are probably some 20-30 of them but some of them might not be necessary. Most of my HP laptop drivers were just for media center crap that was bloatware.
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Yes, all the files appear to be executables. Just download all of them and run them on your computer. There are probably some 20-30 of them but some of them might not be necessary. Most of my HP laptop drivers were just for media center crap that was bloatware.
Im sorry. Im not a very techy person.. haha.. I put the files into a folder on a USB drive. Now when I stick the USB drive into my laptop, how do install them onto my laptop? There are so many files and folders to choose from.. I am just confused.. please help! sorry! :/
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Im sorry. Im not a very techy person.. haha.. I put the files into a folder on a USB drive. Now when I stick the USB drive into my laptop, how do install them onto my laptop? There are so many files and folders to choose from.. I am just confused.. please help! sorry! :/
No problem, that's what this forum is for .

How many drivers do you have installed? If they are all .exe files, double-click them and run them within the computer.

The computer will probably prompt you to restart after the first driver is installed, don't allow a restart until you've installed all the drivers in your USB drive. It's simply a way to save time.

This link has a kind of catch-all tutorial on how to install drivers on a laptop:

How to Install Drivers on a Laptop | eHow
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