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Can't find Windows 7 64-bit compatible drivers for laptop/notebook

By ReBornInSoCal ·
I have a Inspiron 1420 that I recently aquired. It has a DELL OPR853 motherboard with a Pentium T2390 dual core cpu and it was running an older version of Vista 32bit. I picked it up free because it wasn't working correctly so the original owner bought a new laptop. It is in excellent condition but it had a couple of viruses and some miscellanious malware/spyware on it which is why it did not work at first. Instead of disinfecting it I updated the BIOS then formatted the HDD and installed Windows 7 Home premium 64bit . The problem is I need updated drivers for the mainboard, touchpad etc, but I can't seem to find them anywhere. I tried using the available vista drivers from the Dell website, but they are either incompatible or uninstallable. This machine seems to work very well with this version of windows, it even boots up in less than 1/3 the time but unfortunately not all the hardware works correctly because of the missing drivers. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me with this problem.

May God's grace and blessings be on us all in the new year :-)

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Download Unknown Device Identifier

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Can't find Windows 7 64-b ...

Identify the unknown Hardware and then Google the 7 64 Bit Drivers.


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Try this

by Andrea Solinas In reply to Can't find Windows 7 64-b ...

Try Driverpack I use it a lot and it did save me many times at home and at work, it is free :)
It find the missing drivers and install them for you.


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Service Tag

by TheChas In reply to Can't find Windows 7 64-b ...

If you enter the service tag number at the Dell support site, you can get a fairly detailed list of the hardware in the system.

If you have not already, I would start with the Intel chip-set driver for the 965GM chip-set.

For some of the other hardware, it looks like the touchpad is a specific design for Dell. Try the Microsoft Update site for a driver.

Still, looking at the hardware, I prefer to run the 32-bit version of Windows on these older systems. As they are hardware limited to a 32-Bit RAM address bus, you don't get the full benefit of running a 64-bit OS anyhow.


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Thank you for your quick responses.

by ReBornInSoCal In reply to Can't find Windows 7 64-b ...

I just wanted to say thank you for your quick responses, and sorry it took me so long to get back to this issue. My entire household had the flu and when we all started feeling better I took a little time to relax and really enjoy the Superbowl unfortunately my team lost. lol
Hi Smeg, before I posted my question in Jan I used AIDA64 Extreme to identify the hardware on the Inspiron but it did not ID all the components in detail(ex: the touchpad) so i was not able to ID all the needed drivers. I'm not familiar with the software you mentioned so I don't know if it works any better than AIDA but I will look into it. Hi Andrea, I usually use a program called SlimDrivers by SlimWare Utilities for that and all though it seemed to identify and download the needed drivers I was unable to install all the drivers that it downloaded, when I tried windows popped up "failed to install" messages then aborted installation but it didn't tell me why. I am not familiar with DriverPack, but I am familiar with Softpedia the company that makes it, I have used other programs by them and they worked well so I will check it out. Hi Chas, going to the DELL website was actually the first thing that I did but they don't have the recent drivers because the Inspiron was originally shipped with Vista Home 32bit those are the only drivers they have available. There is link there for windows7 but when you click on it you get a message that says use the Vista drivers, I tried and that and it didn't work. As I mentioned to Andrea I usually use SlimDrivers to identify and download needed drivers for whatever comp i happen to be working on but this time that didn't work. The touchpad was not specifically identified by either of the programs I mentioned using, it keeps being identified as an OS2 mouse. Even the Dell website didn't ID specifically. I didn't think of checking MS update so I'll have to check it out. Btw I agree with you I definately prefer the 32bit version of Win7 for older machines unfortunately the 64bit was all I had available at the time. Thanks again for all the quick responses to my question.

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