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Drivers and Utilities for Window XP home edition

I reinstall the Windows XP Home Edition and I noticed that there are some devices that were missing when I viewed the Device Manager.  At least the ones with the yellow question mark are missing the drivers:  Network Adapter, Multimedia Audio Controller, PCI Simple Communications Controller...these are the one I suspect missing the driver or not installed because they have the yellow question mark.  How can I obtain a driver for these devices?  I could not connect to the internet either. Here are the specs of this PC:  MS Windows XP home edition version 2002 sp2, Intel Pentium 4CPU 2.8 GHZ, 504 RAM.  The PC built is DELL Dimension 4700.

Also, another concern that I have is when the PC boot up, it will display "Diskete drive 0 seek failure."  Here is the BIOS info.  Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05 Copyright 1985-1988 Phoenix Technologies Ltd.  Copyright 1990-2004 Dell inc, All right Reserved.  Dell System Dimension 4700 Series BIOS Version A05.

Please help, awaiting for your response, Thanks.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi alopez1104,
 you have no choice but to use another pc to get internet access unless you have the dell resource cd - should have come with the machine

for you floppy try updating the bios and see if it helps
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&releaseid=R103135&SystemID=DIM_P4_4700&os=WW1&osl=en&deviceid=308&devlib=0&typecnt=1&vercnt=8&formatcnt=1&fileid=133041&appindex=ds

for drivers
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/devices.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&SystemID=DIM_P4_4700&os=WW1&osl=EN

chances are the left over unkown are fixed by installing the chipset drivers
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nltechCommented:
the computer should have shipped with drivers on cd for these things.

 'network adapter' is your ethernet adapter (if you have high-speed internet, that's why you cant get online), 'audio controller' is your sound, and 'communications controller' is the regular modem.

if you don't have the original drivers that shipped with the system, you'll need to find another system with internet access and either a cd burner or a usb flash drive, so you can get on dell's support web site, download the drivers, copy them to cd or flash drive, and then get them over to the other system.

go to http://support.dell.com/ and plug in the 'service tag' off the side or back of the computer, to see a list of available driver downloads for your system. it may help to have the 'packing slip' from the original order which lists the exact items that were installed in the computer.

at the very least you need to get whatever driver (modem for dialup, network adapter for broadband) is needed in order to get the other system online so you can get the rest of what's needed once you are online. be sure to enable the windows firewall before connecting the newly installed system to the internet. http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;q283673

as far as the floppy disk error. here's what dell's web site has to say.. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dzer/messages.htm
(for optiplex, but same thing applies to your system)  could be because you don't really have a floppy drive in the system (most dells the last couple years don't have one) but the computer is looking for it during bootup. if this is the case, you'll need to enter the bios setup and disable the a: drive (pick 'none' for the drive type). if the system boots up fine with the error, it's not that big a deal, other than windows may show a floppy drive that doesn't really exist.
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Mark BradyCommented:
Sounds strange almost like XP home did not install completely correct.  Maybe a dirty CD.  Ok I would delete (remove) those drivers with the yellow question mark then reboot.  Let windows try find the drivers again.  TRhis may work.  If not, then you have a bad installation.  Try cleaning the CD and reinstall again..

Regards
Elvin
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sakuya_suCommented:
Dell.... hmm did you use the Dell' Repair CD? I think if you didnt use the Dell' CD then it dont install some of the drivers
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venom96737Commented:
All of those will be missing you need to use your other dell cd to get the  drivers for your sound card network card and video card.  Dells have 2 cd's one is operating system the other is applications on that applications cd will be your drivers for all these items.  If you no longer have this cd you can goto the dell website look up your model pc and download the drivers from there.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
^^^^^^^^^
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MereteCommented:
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alopez1104Author Commented:
Actually, it was my friend who reinstall the xp and I wasn't sure if he used the software that came with it originally.  I will ask him.  I was also thinking about reformatting the hard drive and start all over, just like what Elvin66 had mentioned.  I have other computers that can access the internet and I will start looking up with all the links that you guys provided and I will let you know as soon as I get an info.

In regards to the floppy disk error, the PC does not have a floppy drive in the system and like NLtech had mentioned, the computer is looking for it during bootup.  I am trying to disable it on the F2 configuration setup but I could not locate it, I was viewing all the drives, but I don't seem to find the Drive A: to disable it.  

Thanks for info and let you know soon, maybe tonight or tomorrow, I don't have the PC with me at work right now.  
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alopez1104Author Commented:
By the way, Jay Jay, you provided me a site to download the drivers, do I need all the drivers or just the ones that I am missing such as the network card, audio, communication?  Also, you mentioned about the chipset, what is that? Should I also install the chipset?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
just the ones that dont get taken care of by xp....

the chipset drivers are usually the little buggy ones that you cant figure out what they are - it will say thing like PCI device and thats all the explanation you get kind of thing, chipset drivers take care of that 99% of the time
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Mark BradyCommented:
If your pc is looking for A floppy drive then you need to go into bios setup during bootup and look for the menu that says something like boot sequence.  Change the option so it boots from CD then Hard drive and make sure it doesn't say floppy anywhere.  Good luck

Elvin
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