Today my friend had problems booting into Windows XP on his Dell inspiron 1525. I told him to try recovering it in Safe mode. That didn't work. Then I told him to use the OS recovery disk to recover the operating system, that didn't work either. Finally he wanted to format the drive and start new. We installed Windows XP only to find more problems. Most of the drivers were out of date. The problem were having is that we can access the internet to update any of the drivers on his machine. His wireless wasn't letting us find his network. We eventually gave up and put the ethernet cord into the router. Nope that didn't work either still wouldn't let us find any networks to connect to. Are last hope was to take the main wire and plug that right into the laptop right from the wall to the router. Funny cause that didn't work either. What should we do in this case?
asked Oct 10 '11 at 19:16
It sounds like none of your computer's networking drivers are currently installed and functioning. You'll have to use a second computer to download the proper drivers, and then save them to a USB stick so you can transfer them over to the troubled computer.
Windows XP does a pretty horrible job at finding the proper drivers. Don't be surprised if it can't find them on its own. Go to Dell's web site, download the drivers, transfer them over, and install. Once that's done you should be up and running again.
The link above will take you to the network driver page for your laptop. Download the appropriate ones, and report back!
answered Oct 10 '11 at 21:23