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weirdness after a factory reset

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ive had to revert to a factory restore of a packard bell dot s netbook device due to malware and performance issues. It has completed now but it seems to have many many issues. ie I cant change a screens resolution, it doesnt seem to pick up network hardware so i cant connect to a wireless etc. Any idea why these kind of issues arise after a factory reset?

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It sounds like you're missing drivers. Do you have restore media (DVDs that came with the netbook when you bought it)? Perhaps the drivers you need are there.
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Maybe the drivers and updates aren't installed yet. Connect to a wired NIC and run the Windows updates. Also check the manufacturer's home page and get the current drivers for the PC, then install those. If there is a chipset driver for your OS, make sure you install that first, then reboot.
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It didnt come with any discs. Any idea if drivers are typically something you can download offline? Are they simple to install?
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They are simple to install.
Follow Rindi's instructions.
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What is a 'chipset' in laymans terms? Is the chipset likely all I need? Or do you need endless drivers for specific functions, if so please clarify....
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I typically just use Astra32, than look in the troubleshooter section it'll list devices without drivers loaded, from there, you can usually find the proper drivers and download them, of course without a working NIC you'll need to do it on another Machine and move it over with an external of some sort.
I have a thumb drive with about a hundred NIC drivers on it for just this type of Issue, once the network is on, you can download the rest to the disk and sort it out from there.
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I've added the device to a wired connection but I can't get online the network icon in the tray has a red cross and says no network connections available....
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also see if you can just get the files from the manufacturer's site
http://www.packardbell.co.uk/pb/en/GB/content/download
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A chipset usually refers to the motherboard and other components that connect to network adapters, video adapters, and other things.
The main drivers you'll likely need will be for your video adapter, wired/wireless network adapter, etc. It won't take long to get.
I would use a working computer as Harel66 says. Go to the website of the manufacturer of your netbook. Download the drivers available for the netbook. Put them on a USB stick or some other media for transport to the netbook. Get to installin'!!
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The chipset drivers are the main drivers for the mainboard. Without those drivers the rest of the drivers often don't work optimally or won't install. Some chipset drivers are already included by default in Windows, and if that is the case you won't find specific chipset drivers for your PC. But many of them aren't, and then you'll have those to install.

No, it's not the only drivers you need, but the most important. You should install all the drivers there are for your PC.
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a red X on a wired NIC means the cable is not connected properly, or the cable or NIC is bad.
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i believe the dot s netbook came with 32 bit Windows 7 - right?
this page lists chipset , lan and wireless amongst other drivers :  http://www.packardbell.co.uk/pb/en/GB/content/download

if you have another OS, you need to fill it in first on the PB site
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