How to install a driver from USB drive? Hardware Update Wiz fails
Posted on 2009-04-24
I am trying to reinstall Win XP on a Dell Inspiron 600M laptop. I have the basic OS in place from the Dell OS disk, but I can't find the driver disk. So I have a functioning PC with no NIC, modem, etc. On another PC I got the NIC driver from Dell, and also a copy from Broadcom and put them on a thumbdrive.
But when I open control panel/system properties/device manager/network controller properties/reinstall driver and let it go automatic or if I try to point it to E: (the thumbdrive) is says there is no driver there. The thumbdrive has a folder from broadcom named WinXP\IA32 with files b44win.cat, b44win.inf, bcm4sbxp.sys. The Dell download was a single file R85255.exe which unpacked itself into c:\dell\drivers with many subfolders eventually leading to the same file names as Broadcom plus a few more. Am I missing something?
If I could only get the PC on the web I think I could get all the other drivers and updates I need from the Dell site. Or am I taking on a Herculian task?