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    Dell Recovery Disk?

    Just learned that the used Optiplex GX110 with Windows 98SE I bought started off as Windows 95. When I bought it, it was
    running XP, then had graphics problems, had it "wiped" and Win98SE installed. Still have had several weird problems that I got help for here (wrong saves) (herky-jerky operation) (no edit within Notepad).....Was told by Dell that "my" Recovery disk would take care of loading the correct drivers, but they don't have any - they're obsolete, apparently. My question:
    Does anyone know of a source for Dell Recovery Disks? That's what Dell tells me I need, so that the downloaded drivers for
    sound, multimedia, and others will "take". I'd appreciate hearing any sources (the place I bought it doesn't have any either)

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    Re: Dell Recovery Disk?

    I'm afraid that you will probably have a great deal of trouble finding something like this. However, you can obtain all of the drives required here . You can identify which drivers you require by checking your hardware in Device Manager. After you get and apply these drivers, it might be a good idea to then go to each of the hardware manufacturers' web sites to see if there are more recent drivers available.
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    Re: Dell Recovery Disk?

    Thanks, John-
    I've been there and downloaded sb9xeng.exe, that's supposed to be the correct driver, but it stops installing at 18%, and
    even though Dell recommends this driver, the computer say "The driver you have indicated is not written for this specific machine" (or words to that effect). That's when I called Dell and got the advice that my machine started it's life with Win 95,
    and that may be why I'm having such problems.....then, recommended I use MY recovery disk that came with the new computer. I found out where the computer was originally purchased - A women's college - I called them, and they said that
    they didn not keep any of the accessories when they sold the computers. I called the place where I bought it, and they said
    they didn't have the recovery disk either.....they didn't say the NEVER got a recovery disk, and offered to do the same thing I
    did - download a driver for a fee. Sadly, and as usual, nothing is as simple as it should be with computers, is it?

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    Re: Dell Recovery Disk?

    Well that's too bad. If the machine originally came with Win95 installed, maybe you're going to have to reinstall that version until you can get all of your hardware functioning again, and then update to 98. Maybe someone else has some better ideas.
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    Re: Dell Recovery Disk?

    Is that file supposed to be for your sound card? If so, then either hit the manufacturer's website for drivers, or put in another card that DOES have drivers for your OS.

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    Re: Dell Recovery Disk?

    Try installing a copy of Belarc Advisor and let it find out exactly what your hardware is. It's a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> program and will give you more information than you want about your system. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Then take that info and go to the vendors web sites and get all the correct drivers. Download them to your desktop first and then install them from there (it's more reliable than trying to install from the internet). If you still have problems, it may have something to do with all the different "faces" that PC has worn in it's lifetime. I've seen older systems setup with XP after starting life as Win 95 or Win 98 machines. Aside from the RAM issues (XP needs at least 128 MB of RAM just to get out of it's own way) I'm pretty sure that all the other hardware has trouble keeping up with XPs demands. When you say you had the machine "wiped", do you mean a complete format and reinstall, or was the Windows folder deleted and then Win 98 installed to preserve your application installations and data ??? With all the different trouble you've been having, this might be something to consider.
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    Re: Dell Recovery Disk?

    Thanks, Doc -
    I got the Belarc, and you're right about getting gobs of informaiton! I learned a couple things I need to do, like re-installing
    Direct 9X, that I didn't know I needed to do. Other than that, I think I'm going to have to buy a soundcard, but will definitely
    only buy one that comes with the installation CD or whatever. Every attempt to download a working driver has failed, so I'm
    going to go for the purchase. As far as the "wipe" that I did.....I followed an old tip-page that I printed years ago, and I think I
    probably did the complete wipe rather than just dumping the OS. I always have to learn the hard wary, but I eventually do learn.
    Thanks for all the good suggestions from everyone.

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