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    06-22-2009, 11:59 AM
Green Broke
Okay, no to the F2 or F10 and it's a Dimension 8110. Thanks for your patience.
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    06-23-2009, 05:04 AM
Hello and Morning .

After reading around the internet I think to get into your BIOS it will be F2 key on your keyboard. Please bear in mind that you need to pres the F2 key as soon as your computer starts so that it can go into bios.

Once it is in you need to look for Boot up option and make the CD/DVD as 1st Boot option.

I am afraid I could not find any screen shots for you so I can't really help you on Screen shots side.

Once you are in Bios change the Boot up option to

2: Hard Drive

And then save the settings. Restart your machine and keep the CD/DVD into the CD/DVD Rom Drive.

    06-23-2009, 10:25 AM
Green Broke
GREAT! I'm going to give it a shot, thanks so much!
    06-25-2009, 12:31 PM
Green Broke
I DID IT! Windows XP has been reinstalled. I have another problem, doesn't acknowledge the modem and I'm unable to get online.

I went back through the screen shots you posted and the partition ones were a little different for me, but I think I did it right. Also, I have not registered with Windows as I'm unable to get online. As for the modem problem all my troubleshooting efforts led me to most of the results saying to contact the modem manufacturer. I also have a "drivers and utilities" cd that I've tried to install in the same manner you posted above thinking that would solve the problem, but it didn't seem to do anything. I can find it under the "accessories" file as "Resource CD".

Any ideas?
    06-26-2009, 04:46 AM

I don't think you need to insert the CD/DVD at start up for drivers and utilities. Additionally I don't think it is only Modem drivers, you might need to install more drivers.

To check you need to do the following:

1: Click Start ---> Right click on My Computer --->Select Properties--->under System Properties--->Click Hardware Tab--->Device Manager

2: All those devices which has exclamation marks are the ones you need to install on your machine.

Here is the screen shot how it looks like:

To install the Drivers from the CD/DVD you need to do the following:

1: Insert CD/DVD into the DVD Drive
2: Click Start --> My Computer
3: Open CD/DVD and look for Drivers Folder and install all the drivers form it.

Let me know how you get along with it.

    06-26-2009, 02:11 PM
Green Broke
When I go under device manager, the modem isn't even listed there. I think I figured out how to get to the drivers installed from the disc, but it requires being connected to the internet which I can't do because it says there's no modem. Arghhh! Maybe a hammer will help...(just kidding) :)
    06-26-2009, 06:24 PM
Green Broke
Woo hoo! I went back into the device manager and was able to reinstall the driver like you said. I didn't notice the exclamation points until you pointed that out. So I am back online on my own computer!!! Thank you so much!

Okay, here's my next problem and I promise I'm done. There's no audio and the screen resolution is super low. When I went into display to change the settings it's locked and doesn't let me adjust anything. So I went back to the device manager and there are three other things with exclamation points: ethernet controller, multimedia audio controller and video controller. When I tried to update/reinstall these as I did with the modem, the Hardware Update Wizard said they could not be installed because it could not find the necessary software.
    06-27-2009, 12:37 PM
Hello, right we need to do the similar thing with Ethernet Controller, Audio and Video Controllers.

1: Insert the drivers CD/DVD into the CD/DVD ROM drive
2: Click My computer ---> CD/DVD Drive
3: Once into the CD/DVD Drive, look for Drivers folder and look for Realteck Audio Driver and ATi/nVidia Graphics Driver.

OR Go online here Dell Support Home Page and download the Graphics and Audio and Ethernet Drivers

It might ask you to put Machine Tag to get precise drivers. You can find the tag on a sticker on your machine which says Machine Tag:

I tried to look for it and found this link

Drivers & Downloads

Please run everything under Drivers Disk and once you click on each one it tells you what the driver is for. That is the easiest thing I can think of to get everything installed (you don't need to go to Device Manager just double click on each file from the CD/DVD).

Brb mum is calling me.

    06-27-2009, 09:05 PM
Green Broke
Done! I just can't thank you enough for your help! Everything seems to be back in order and now I just need to get back to Firefox...can't stand Internet Explorer. :)

Thanks! Did I say thank you? Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you...
    06-28-2009, 06:54 AM
Hahaha! My pleasure!

You can download firefox from here:

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