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Dell PC, anything special about the hardware?

Hi, I have an old Dell GX110 PC with a problem with its W2K OS.  I can get into Safe mode and safe mode with networking but don't have the original install disks in order to effect a repair.   I looked and the CAB files for the install CD aren't on the system so I'm SOL there.  

Is there anything special about the hardware that prevents me from rebuilding the PC with just a generic flavor W2K OS?

RichNH
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Nothing at all.  Did you download the driver's from Dell's Site?
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RichNHAuthor Commented:
Well, I don't know which drivers have been corrupted.  Yours is a good point though, I will check that out.  I just went through the W2K Pro/server course and still have a lot to learn about all of this stuff.  All I know right now is that when I try to boot normally the system hangs but it will boot ok in Safe mode.  Wrong forum for discussing that though.  Right now I was just curious if all else fails then could I use a generic OS.

RichNH
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I've got two of these systems in my close and otherwise have managed dozens of them.  You just need the right drivers and things should work find.  And Dell provides access to all the drivers at support.dell.com
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RichNHAuthor Commented:
Thanks!  Now I just need to figure out which drivers I need, the event log should tell me , no?

Rich
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It might, but I suspect most of the items are onboard.  Just look over the drivers available at Dell's site.  It should be pretty obvious as to which are the most likely to work.  Further, if you want to detect the hardware, download AIDA32 (it's the older version of Everest) but should work fine on an old system like that.
http://www.webattack.com/get/aida32.shtml
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WillHudsonCommented:
If you have a basic GX110 (onboard graphics and sound), then Windows 2000 will normally find every driver.

As for downloading the drivers for it, if you go to the Dell website, you can put in the Service Tag number, select your operating system and it will provide you with a list of driver downloads

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs
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r-kCommented:
If you decide to just fix your startup problem then check this:

 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315396

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RichNHAuthor Commented:
I have been trying to locate my W2K install disk without success for some time now.  I'm going to close this note as its been hanging around open for too long.   Thanks to all for the help.  IU'm splitting the point s between those who responded.

Rich
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