Configuring a New Dell Laptop

October 01, 04 by kenrich

Last night I had a problem with my laptop computer where it was freezing up when I tried to open an application or just browse the web. I thought my computer was toast because I had just installed a new notebook hard drive and everything had been working fine before.

At first I thought that the hard drive was bad, but then I noticed that some pixels on the screen would get discolored right before the crash. After thinking about it for a while, I thought maybe the video driver that I was using (the default one installed by windows can really mess you up.) I checked out the event viewer to see if there was any information on this error. Sure enough I found some errors from the video driver in there.

I carefully went to the Dell support Web site to download the latest
“Dell-supported” drivers for the NVidia GeForce Go 2. It was like walking on eggshells. I was afraid my laptop would crash any second. Luckily, I was able to download and install the drivers on the first try. My computer worked perfectly thereafter. This is a good lesson for those upgrading their own laptop.

Of course, it would have made things easier if I could have found the
original driver disks that came with my laptop originally. I almost
destroyed my new notebook hard drive when I tried to remove the adapter and I seriously torqued the two pins on the end of the connector. Thank God I was able to put it back and everything works perfectly well now.

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