Issues with Dell XPS OS Re-install.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by footylad, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. footylad

    footylad MDL Novice

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    Hey Guys/Girls,

    I recently had some issues with a Dell XPS L702x Laptop which experienced HDD Failure on the OS HDD. I had no backup disks *faceplam* and hence I have lost recovery partitions. I have reinstalled Dell OEM Windows 7 64BIT and half the drivers are not installing and its nothing like it was after factory settings!

    My question is; Does anyone have a Factory Image to restore to for this machine or know of a way of obtaining one?

    Regards
     
  2. footylad

    footylad MDL Novice

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    You are correct; However - If you do some digging you will see that the Drivers for 90% of this Laptop don't work with REV A19 BIOS. This is the problem I am having. Currently have a non-functioning WIFI, no nVidia driver and half the tweaks not working on the machine.

    Regards
     
  3. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Then download the correct drivers...

    BIOS version does NOT change hardware!
     
  4. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    Do what sebus says ....

    All the drivers you need are on the Dell site available for free download. When you get your new system tweaked, make a System Image using Windows 7 backup utility and store it, or them ... make more than one, in a secure location. An external HDD is a great place for storage.
     
  5. footylad

    footylad MDL Novice

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    I trolled through the DELL Forums, and yes there is an issue with a BIOS Update rendering all Drivers useless. They all fail to install or insuinate that the Hardware doesn't exist! Hence the 3GB GPU is not running in FULL HD, I have no Wireless Card and half the quick buttons don't work. I have installed all drivers on their site to my machine as well as the ones on the Drivers disk *That will install* and its still totally useless...

    Thanks
     
  6. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    If the update BIOS blows up, go back to one that works. Obviously the version that came with Windows 7 installed on the machine was compatible. If you can't do that, you just may be really out of luck unless Dell has a solution.
     
  7. footylad

    footylad MDL Novice

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    Yer they have blocked BIOS Downgrading on the board. Hence I need the factory.wim from a Factory machine without a formatted drive if possible. Its a right mess at the moment!
     
  8. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    The Dell site is not the only site from which to get Dell drivers and BIOS downloads ... search for others. You may have to pay a small fee to download the original BIOS version, but what's it worth to you to get fixed?

    Good luck ...
     
  9. footylad

    footylad MDL Novice

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    I have next day business warranty, I just want my machine back up and running asap rather than them messing for 2 weeks...If I could obtain the FACTORY.WIM from a working non-modified XPS then I would be good to go!

    Thanks
     
  10. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    Don't we all!
     
  11. urie

    urie Moderator
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    A factory wim install would not even help if you have updated bios the problem is bios not original windows installation. Bios is hardware OS is software. I don't know what xps bios is i,e, award phoenix e,c,t if it is award some info from a few years back .
    P.S. the information was for a dell Inspiron 530 desktop it has an award bios . Hopefully there are more advanced members who may know switches for you dell flasher.