reinstalling win xp home dell inspiron 1100 advice

  ray27 18:19 04 Feb 2010

I have tried to get the sound to work on a Dell inspiron 1100 but without success.

I have 2 HD one with xp home on it and that works fine but as it is a very small one
it take its time loading etc

The other one is much larger and has Windows xp pro but no matter what we have tried, (by we I mean lots of people on this site), we cannot get the sound to work.

I am left with no alternative but to reinstall Windows

Fortunately I have all the Dell Disks , Dell resources drivers etc and the reinstallingxp home windows disk as well as the ID. Code

Now what I would like is some advice on reinstalling windows xp home
Do I just put the Dell reinstallation disk in and follow instructions

I realise I may have to install the various drivers etc but thanks to all the efforts of installing the sound drivers I think I can manage that

Any advice would be very gratefully appreciated cheers Ray

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:42 04 Feb 2010

XP pro and home sound drivers are exactly the same, have you tried taking the drivers from the pro version and copying them into the home version?

  lotvic 19:56 04 Feb 2010

To reinstall from CD, follow the step by step instructions click here on Dell Support

Manual click here
page 57 Sound and Speaker Problems
pages 88-9 Drivers
page 90 reinstall the driver from the Drivers and Utilities CD
page 91 Manually Reinstalling Drivers for Windows XP
page 95 Reinstalling Microsoft® Windows® XP

I missed your previous threads/posts so hope the above will help.
The Dell XP CD is an ordinary OEM XP CD in my experience.

  ray27 07:42 05 Feb 2010

Thanks for the advice Looking at the instructions I think I could manage a reinstall as there is not much on there, no printer etc, and no personal stuff as it was almost clean when I got the drive
I think the chap who gave me the drive took off all the stuff for security
He has now moved up north and I don’t have his address.

What I am thinking now is did he take off any stuff associated with the Sigmatel Sound

Did the system come with a specific Sigmatel disk, which I haven’t got?

As I said I have 3 resource disks for the Inspiron 1100, various Dell reinstall disks the latest one is SP2

Everything I try seems to point to the fact that it sees the driver ok but there is no sound system installed so if there is a disk that I should have reinstalling windows would be useless .

So am I missing a Sigmatel disk?

  lotvic 15:13 05 Feb 2010

It should be on the Drivers and resources CD
Manual, page 116 Audio
Audio type AC97 (Soft Audio)
Audio controller Sigmatel 9750
Stereo conversion 18-bit (analog-to-digital and digital-toanalog)
Internal PCI bus /AC 97
External microphone-in connector, stereo
headphones/speakers connector
Speaker two 4-ohm speakers
Internal speaker amplifier 1.0-W channel into 4 ohms
Volume controls keyboard shortcuts, program menus

enter your Service Tag (it will be on a sticker on laptop) on click here and it will give you a list of the drivers that your laptop needs.

download the sigmatel driver from click here=

  lotvic 17:25 06 Feb 2010

this is resolved - sound is now working ok - see other thread click here

  ray27 17:48 06 Feb 2010

Thanks lotvic for your help and advice nice to know there are people like you to help solve what to some of us appears to be mamoth tasks

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