Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dell XPS M1530 Windows 7 Drivers

Howto: Windows 7 64-bit drivers for the Dell XPS M1530. Current as of 2013.01.07 -- All links tested.  No changes to driver versions; however, all links to Dell drivers were changed to new locations - Dell apparently likes to move their files around.  Advise if you see any problems.

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2015.12: Windows 10 Update
I have successfully upgraded the Dell XPS M1530 to Windows 10, using the standard Windows 10 installation.  Only two areas were a problem:

I had to retire the Intel Wireless 3945ABG card, replacing  with an Intel 3160 ($16.00) because the older card dropped the network connection; this was probably a driver problem. When buying the new card, which is half-sized, be sure to buy a full-sized metal card-adapter ($2.00). Related, the white antenna wire was too short. I used a Dremil motor tool to carve a new groove through one of the supporting plastic supports to make the cable long enough.  Even with this, the cable will be a tight fit.  The laptop has three card slots, but you must use the same slot as before; the two other slots did not work for this device and I know-not-why.

The trackpad installs as a generic PS2-mouse driver, so no edge-scrolling or gestures are supported.  I have not researched this yet.  It is serviceable in this state.

Outside of this, all appears to be well. Windows 10 appears to have better driver support than Windows 8.  When I installed, I chose the "Install all new software" option.  I have not yet attempted a clean-install and see no reason to bother.
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Related:  Dell XPS M1530 Windows 8 Drivers -an abandoned article, with the advent of Windows 10.

Dell considers the XPS M1530 obsolete and did not publish Windows 7 x64 bit drivers (64-bit) and instead recommended using Windows Vista drivers.

Dell's official recommendation: "Use Vista 64-bit drivers." This advise was a disservice and an insult. The drivers listed here are a better fit -TRW

The Windows 7 x64-bit drivers referenced in this article are from other Dell laptops and from 3rd party vendors -- and all work wonderfully on the XPS M1530.  These are the drivers I use on my own machine.  Thanks to readers who have helped fine-tune the original list. 

These instructions are tested on Win7 64 and are not recommended for Win-32 or Vista. These same instructions have reportedly worked well for the M1350.

Contents:
  • BIOS
  • Chipset, SATA
  • Graphics
  • Sigmatel IDT Audio
  • Ricoh Memory Card Reader (fixes Base System Device error)
  • Marvel Ethernet
  • IntelProWireless 3945ABG / Dell 1395
  • Microsoft Intellipoint
  • Alps Touchpad
  • WebCam
  • Upek Fingerprint Reader
  • WifiCatcher / PCMCIA Remote
  • BlueTooth

Install the following drivers in the order listed.







BIOS:


Upgrading the BIOS is required, especially for improved power-save features and because of Video driver concerns.  Note, the XPSM1530 mother board is an Intel Mobile 965PM.

Check your BIOS version during a cold-boot, looking at the bottom DELL splash screen. If you see "A12", the BIOS is current.



ChipSet

Install these two chipset/motherboard drivers:
Download and install both.
  • Intel Download: INF Update Utility (Chipset ver 9.2.0.1030 04/21/2011) for Intel 6, 5, 4, 3, 900 Series Chipsets. 
  • Intel Download: Intel Rapid Storage (10.1.0.1008_PV.exe  11/29/2010) Choose the STOR-allOS version.  Important Note: Intel's newest RST SATA version 10.6 and above do not work on the M1530 -- giving a message, "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing this software".
  • (Alternate download: Keyliner's Public Gdrive:  RST SATA stor AllOS 10.1.0.1008 PV.EXE  
When updating, there is no need to de-install previous versions; install over the top.

Video / Graphics:


On my original install, Windows 7 did not detect the video hardware properly. Symptoms: 800x600 resolution and a Windows Experience Index (speed test: Control Panel, System, Performance) shows a speed of "1.0" .  This was the default Windows VGA drivers.  If you see this, it is your clue to install better drivers. Dell had several video-card options from NVidia and ATI. Check your shipping manifest to see what brand of video you have installed.

My system has this card installed: NVidia GeForce 8600M; you may have an ATI. 

When downloading NVidia drivers, watch for variations: NVidia often has newer versions for desktops and older versions for the laptops -- stay with the laptop version. With any brand of Video, be sure to choose properly between the 64 and 32-bit Win7 drivers.

Important Note: NVidia *highly* recommends you apply the Dell A12 BIOS update (described above and re-linked here)

a.  Save downloaded .exe to a working directory such as C:\Data\Downloads\Hardware\Nvidia

b.  Launch the exe

c.  "Extract to" folder C:\Program Files\Drivers\NVidia (I do not recommend extracting to the suggested path C:\Nvidia...."

Choose "Custom (Advanced)"

In Components (scrollable list where [x] check; [ ] uncheck)

[x] Graphics Drivers (Check)
[ ] 3D Vision Driver (uncheck)
[ ] Nvidia Update (recommend checking for updates manually)
[ ] Physx System Software (Check [X] if you are a gamer)

The screen will momentarily blank and set different resolutions as it installs.  Be patient and give the software time to install.


NVidia "audio stuttering problems":
There is a reported conflict with NVidia's Power Miser (powermizer) and the IDT Audio drivers, causing a sttutttering problem. NVidia fixed the problem with the driver above (version 257 and newer).



IDT / Sigmatel Audio Drivers
IDT Sigmatel STAC 92xx C-Major


IDT drivers are the world's hardest drivers to find. Some versions work on some machines but not others and there seems to be little rhyme or reason to when they will work. The company "IDT.COM" acquired the Sigmatel brand but they refuse to support the product; instead saying to contact your OEM. The trouble is the OEM's are not supporting their products either. However, this version works well on the M1530.

Confirm Audio in Windows Control Panel

If you have done nothing with Audio drivers since the initial Windows 7 install, the "Sounds" control-panel will show a "High Definition Audio Device." It sounds impressive but this is a generic Microsoft driver, which is not very good; you should upgrade.

Download the Driver:

IDT Installation:

Follow these steps for best results when installing IDT drivers. A fully-detailed article on installation and other sound-driver problems can be found here:  Keyliner: Sigmatel IDT Audio Errors.

1. In the Control Panel, select 'Device Manager,' "Sound, Video and Game Controllers" (not the "Sound" control panel)

2. Other-mouse-click the existing driver (either Microsoft's, Sigmatel, or "IDT");

Choose Uninstall.

3.  If the old drivers were either Sigmatel or IDT, click the
[x] "Delete the driver software for this device" check box.

Allow the old drivers to de-install.
*Do not* allow the machine to reboot, if prompted.

4. In Control Panel, "Programs and Features", un-install "IDT Audio" (or other IDT / Sigmatel software). If prompted, *do not* allow the machine to reboot.

5. Return to the downloaded IDT driver, Double-click the file and allow it to expand and (in the case of Dell versions of this driver), allow it to begin the install/setup.exe. Accept all defaults.

Reboot when prompted.


Test the Sound Driver
I recommend testing the sound installation; I found the sound-driver can work superficially with simple Windows playback sounds (Beep, ding), but may fail in Windows Media Player.  The steps above ensure a good install.

A. Launch the Windows Sound Control Panel.
If error messages appear and it wants to disable features, see below.

B. In the Sound Control Panel, click "Test" and confirm sounds, such as Default Beep or Windows Startup, etc. play.

C. Launch Windows Media Player and play a ripped CD, music-CD, or other media.
Confirm it plays without error.


Problems: "No Media Devices Found"

On my machine, I had problems when I upgraded from an older IDT driver to the new (I suspect upgrading from default Windows drivers will not have these problems). What I found was normal sounds (beeps, and other Windows sounds) played correctly, but Windows Media Player reported errors and showed red-x's (red x) as it attempted to play CD tracks. Also, the upper-left Play-to "device" icon may show "no media devices found."

Solution:

Re-install the drivers a second time.
In the Sound Control Panel, de-install the driver (using steps from above), be sure to select "Delete the Driver Software". Then, in the Control Panel, Programs and Features (add/Remove), delete any IDT or Sigmatel programs, as described above.
Do not reboot.
Re-install the new IDT drivers.


Stuttering Problem
Unrelated, several readers have previously reported "stuttering, skipping, popping" sounds; I've not heard this on my machine (using Media Player to play both CD's and ripped music). Rumor is this is caused by an NVidia video-card "Power Miser" driver; see the Video-card installation step in the previous section.


Ricoh Memory Card Reader:

Dell released this SD Card-reader version for a different laptop but this driver is for Windows 7 (which is better than the previously-recommended Vista-64 bit version) and it installed on the XPS without a problem.

Installing this driver fixes several problems, including this Device Manager error:
Base System Device (PCI Bus 3, device 9, function 3) The "generic Microsoft driver: SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller".  For inexplicable reasons, Dell removed the original download.  Download via Keyliner's Public Gdrive:


Wired Network Driver:

Use this link to download Marvell Drivers (Marvell with two "L's").  I can't get you directly to the download file, but I can get you close:
  • Marvell 88E8040 Ethernet Controller
    Version 11.45.43
    Date: 2012.03.07 .ZIP File
    Click "Download Drivers" (on the far right)

    From the list, choose "Windows Setup Installer (32 and 64-bit for yukon controllers)" 
    Or choose "Windows Setup Installer (32- and 64-bit) for Yukon Controllers" if you want an automatic installer; either will work.

    Documented below is my preferred method (using the .ZIP); but the next time I update this driver, I'll try the automatic routine; either will work.
To install with the .ZIP method; do not use these steps if you downloaded the "Windows Setup Installer":

a. Using Windows Explorer, create a two separate directories, one is a working folder for the browser download and the second is where the drivers will permanently live:

"C:\Data\Downloads\Hardware\MarvellYukon"
"C:\Program Files\Drivers\MarvellYukon". 

b. Using the link above, download the (.zip) file to "C:\Data\Downloads\Hardware\MarvellYukon"

c. Using Windows Explorer, locate and double-click the downloaded Zip file.

d.  Copy the interior files using these steps. 

In the open Explorer window, highlight all files (ctrl-A)
"other mouse click" the highlighted files, choose Copy.
Paste the files to "C:\Program Files\Drivers\MarvellYukon"

e. Open Control Panel, "Device Manager"
f. Open "Network Adapters"

g. Select Marvell Yukon 88E8040

h. "Other-mouse-click" the Marvell Yukon driver, select "Update Driver Software"

Choose: 'Browse my computer for driver software'.
Tunnel to "C:\Program Files\Drivers\MarvellYukon", highlighting the folder's name
Allow the update

i. Reboot if prompted.

Note: How I recommend separating the downloaded drivers from the actual install.  By placing the final drivers in Program Files, they are safe from accidental deleting should the download directories get erased or cleaned up. 



Wireless Network Driver:
Several different wireless video cards were offered with the XPS M1530.

Confirm slider-switch on front-right of laptop is at the "on (e.g. 1) position.

Open the Control Panel, System, Device Manager, "Network Adapters" to see which model you have (or check your shipping manifest).
  • Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG
    (Version 15.2.0, 2012.07.20 - Drivers + Utilities).
    "Intel PROSet/Wireless software and drivers for Windows 7 64bit"

    Select the smaller-sized package: "DS64.exe" (not DS32.exe; I typically choose Drivers only and bypass the utilities, listed as S64.exe.)

    Launch the downloaded .exe (wireless_xx.xx_....exe); It will take several minutes to apply -- be patient.  Amazingly, it won't prompt when done; -- give it about 5 minutes to be safe.  Although not required, I recommend a reboot.

    Once applied, you can check the version in the Control Panel's Device Manager -- shown with "13.4.0.139 10/7/2010" -- which has not changed in the last several versions.  The version shown in the control panel does not match the download version.


    Note: Intel changes the 3945ABG drivers regularly and although I try to keep this page up-to-date, you might look at this Intel link and search for yourself. Search for "ProSet  Wireless Software and drivers for Windows 7 64-bit".  My compliments to Intel for maintaining this driver.

    If Installing the full-suite:
    a. Double-click exe.

    b. When (if) prompted for a destination folder,
    I recommend using this path: C:\Program Files\Drivers\IntelWireless

    c. Select Custom Install; Accepting the defaults (I always choose custom to see what is going on); it is acceptable to leave Administrator Toolkit and WMI support with Red-X's.
  • Intel Pro/Wirless 4965/AGN
    Version 14.3.1
    Date: 2012.03.14

    Comment: If you have a Dell Wireless brand card, drivers listed immediately below, see this keyliner article: Installing a Wireless Laptop Card.  Spend $15 and replace the card with a 4965AGN.

If you have the Dell WLan 1395, the Dell driver is a Vista-64bit driver and has been reported to operate too slowly (I have not tested). Both this, and the 1505, are "Broadcom" cards and a cursory glance at www.broadcom did not show better drivers.  Your help on this would be apprecaited.

Dell 1395 users: Advice for your next laptop: Don't buy a third-party Network card (e.g. the Dell 1395). When ordering, change the default (and spent a little extra money), and get a more standard Intel card. Granted, the Dell card was made by another vendor, but finding the drivers has been difficult. Recommendation if you have a non-supported card, order a new Mini card; they are easy to install and relatively cheap.  I bought one for 20$.  See this Keyliner article:  Installing a Wireless Network Card in a Dell XPS M1530



Additional Important Notes:

Once any of the wireless drivers are installed, you may find your home network "crashes" when the wireless comes online; this will be especially true if you have an older LinkSys router. You may also experience lengthy connection-times. See this interesting article: Keyliner: Windows 7 and Vista Networking Problems.

If you update the Intel driver to a newer version, you will have to go through this article again to remove the IPV6 networks.  In particular, you will have to delete all of your existing wireless connections.


Mice: Microsoft Intellipoint

If you have a Microsoft mouse, install a better driver than the default Windows 7 driver.
This article does not contain a link for Logitech drivers.


Alps TouchPad



The Windows 7 default touchpad drivers do not have support for gestures or the horizontal and vertical scrolling bars, so you should update to the Alps Drivers. Choose one of the following -- I really like the Toshiba version. Read all the notes in this section before installing.

Follow these rough steps:

a. Important: Update your regular mouse driver first. For example, since I use a Microsoft Wireless Mouse, first install Microsoft Intellipoint drivers for x64 (see previous section). Do this before installing either the Toshiba or ALPS (both are ALPS drivers).

b. In the Control Panel, Programs and Features (Add/Remove), uninstall the previous Touchpad driver -- especially if you are switching from Dell's driver to Toshiba's! This is important in order to avoid a corrupted Windows System folder.

c. Download the driver (above). Allow the download to expand into a temporary working directory; installation starts automatically. Recommend rebooting after installation.

Once rebooted, go to Control Panel, Mouse (Toshiba Instructions).
  • In the Mouse Control Panel, Click the [Advanced] tab, then "Advanced Features Settings". Set the horizontal and vertical scroll bars to the wider setting.
  • Disable all operations during key-input (see illustration, below)
  • Disable the Tray icon
  • Click the [Others] tab, and in the USB Mouse section, [x] Touch Pad is automatically invalidated (while a USB mouse is attached).
(Click image for larger view; Back to return)

Other notes: I've tried newer versions of the Alps drivers (from HP 7.5. and HP 7-6-1711-106-A), but even though these were newer, the drivers are not as good as Toshiba's. For example, HP only allowed clicking with the buttons and not on the pad itself. The Toshiba drivers are better. I have not yet tried the Dell drivers. I am still pleased with the Toshiba drivers.

If you sometimes use the touchpad and other times use the mouse, you may find the scroll-speeds are functionally incompatible. If I set the touch-pad scroll speeds to a fast speed (comfortable), the mouse operates too fast. I've not found a good solution to this problem.


WebCam Driver:
The Webcam is comprised of two parts: A driver and an application; both are required.




Driver description: Creative Labs Laptop Integrated 2M CCD Webcam
Dell Download: Not available
  • Windows 7 default drivers appear to have detected this correctly.
Application Description: Creative Labs Dell Webcam Manager
This is an application and initial testing shows it works fine in Windows 7. This is safe to install. Creative Labs is not producing a 64-bit version of this program. Be aware this is a 140mb download.

With the Windows Driver and the 32-bit Creative Labs WebCam Manager, all seems to work correctly.  For example, Skype and other video programs are perfect.  


UPEK FingerPrint Reader

UPEK was bought by AuthenTec and  they have newer versions of this driver.  With this newer version, you have to download the driver *and* an application, making the installation somewhat more complicated than the original Upek TouchChip drivers. 
Download and Install Instructions:
You will be downloading 2 separate zip files; expanding into two separate working directories, then installing into Program Files.

a.  Using Windows Explorer, build these recommended folders to hold temporary copies of the install files:

C:\data\downloads\hardware\upek
C:\data\downloads\hardware\upek\TCDrivers
C:\data\downloads\hardware\upek\Suite

b.  Open Vendors FTP site using link above.
c.  Tunnel to folder "Supported Downloads\Drivers\TC and Eikon Readers\Common"

d.   Double-click 2.21Package; when prompted, save to "C:\data\downloads\Hardware\Upek"; this is a zip file

e.  On the site, tunnel to a second folder "Protector Suite\Protector Suite (Common)"
f.  Double-click "ps_common5.9.6.7124-64"; when prompted, save to "C:\data\downloads\Hardware\Upek"  (this is also a Zip file)

g.  Using Windows explorer, locate the downloaded zip files in the top-UPEK directory.

Double-click "2.21_Package" to open the Zip file.  Highlight all files in the zip.  Other-mouse-click the highlighted files, select Copy, and paste into C:\data\downloads\hardware\upek\TCDrivers

Similarly, Double-click "ps_common5.9.6.7124-64.zip"; copy all files and save into C:\data\downloads\hardware\upek\suite

h.  Starting with the TCdrivers folder, open the folder (the extracted zip), tunnel to "...install\64-bit".
run "setup.msi"

i.  Move to the "Suite" folder (the second expanded zip), tunnel to "\install\64-bit" and run "setup.msi".  Reboot if prompted.


Manage Fingerprint Data (Enrolling):

Before the fingerprint reader can be used, you must enroll.  A system tray prompt displays on reboot.

If you are upgrading the UPEK driver from the previously-described version listed on this site in 2012, I recommend using the "Protector Suite" to delete all previous fingerprint data before re-registering.  In either case, follow the on-screen prompts to do these steps.

Note: Previous versions of the TouchChip driver allowed you to manage "biometric enrollment" in the USER Account control panel, under 'Manage your fingerprint data'.  This is no longer supported and if you click that link you will get "there are no fingerprint readers available at this time."  To resolve, use the new application found in Start Menu, "Protector Suite."

When registering fingerprints, follow onscreen instructions; swiping multiple times per finger.

I found best results if fingertips are slightly moist; not bone-dry.
If you get "Too Short" messages, roll the tip of your finger at the end of the swipe - even though the vendor does not recommend this.
When swiping, be sure you are perfectly-square with the sensor; no diagonal swipes.


A technical note: I believe with this new version, all fingerprint data is stored in software; the BIOS is no longer used.

Other Configuration Changes:
Consider making these recommended changes.  If you are like me, you will not be upgrading the Protector Suite paid version and only want it to help with the desktop login.

a.  Start Menu, All Programs, "Protector Suite".  Swipe to login
b.  Click left-menu "Applications", "Password Bank", "Setting"
c.  Uncheck all boxes in the dialog; click "Apply"

d.  Return to left-menu, Applications.
e.  In "Encrypted Archives" (only available with the paid version), click "Personal Safe".
f.  Uncheck all checkboxes and apply.  This will get rid of the un-functional "Personal Safe" icon on the desktop and system tray.

g.  Return to the left-menu, Applications
h.  Scroll to bottom, choosing "Bio Menu"
i.  Uncheck "Show icon in tray"


Wi-Fi Catcher / Dell QuickSet

Thanks to reader Erik for testing this. This is an optional software and I have not bothered installing it on my machine
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PCMCIA Remote Control

The PCMCIA Remote-control device appears to work correctly and I've taken no special actions. To test, start Windows Media Play and begin playing an album. FF/Back/etc. all work correctly.


BlueTooth

(Dell 355 Bluetooth)
I have tried and failed to configure my plantronics bluetooth headset with the following drivers.
I do know this much: To enable Bluetooth hardware:

a.  Cold boot the computer, press F2 to enter BIOS Setup.
b.  In the XPS M1530 BIOS Screen, arrow-key to the "Wireless" section.  Press Enter.
c.  Highlight "Internal BlueTooth"; press ENTER.  Enable the feature.
d.  Scroll to the "Wireless Switch" menu; choose recommended "All"
e.  Press Esc; choose Save/Exit and allow reboot.
f.  Confirm slider-switch on front-right side of laptop is at the "on (e.g. 1) position.

Rumor is the Broadcom drivers are not meant to be a first-time install; they update other existing software, likely "Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Driver for Windows Vista (64-bit)".  I am still researching what is needed here. If all this works correctly, you will see a BlueTooth adapter in Device Manager.  Your input is welcome.


Firewire,
MediaDirect
Avermedia Hybrid Nano Express DVB-T TV Tuner Card


I have no experience with these devices and am unable to test. One reader noted Dell's TV Tuner driver: R175809 does *not* work well in Windows 7. Perhaps this is a good starting-point. Your comments on this are welcomed.

If this article has helped you, toss in a buck or two.  Thanks!



Related Articles:
Dell XPS M1530 Review
More on the XPS M1530 (including the bowed keyboard)
XPS M1530 Battery Life (ordering a 3rd-party battery)
Dell Slim Power Supply (recommended for travel)

Windows 7 Initial Looks (on the Dell XPS M1530)
Windows 7 Startup menu Cleanup
Link: Disassembling the XPSM1530


47 comments:

  1. Thanks for this list of drivers for Windows 7 on a M1530.

    After installing Win 7 I followed this guide, everything worked fine.
    Except for the fact that I couldn't disable my BlueTooth any more (right click on BlueTooth-icon in systray and select 'disable adaptor').

    After searching the internet I found a version of the Widcomm software that was compatible with Win 7. I installed this driver/software and now I have my systray icon back to disable my adaptor. So now everything is working fine :)

    Link to were I downloaded the Widcomm Bluetooth driver/software: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/archive/index.php/t-10436.html (I used the most recent version: 6.2.1.500)

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  2. Artur: See my ALPS touchpad driver notes, dealing specifically with HP Drivers 7-6-1711-106-A.

    In summary: Although HP's drivers are newer, they are not very good. Stick with the Toshiba drivers; you will get more features.

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  3. Thanks for the excellent post! It has allowed me to upgrade my wife's notebook to Windows 7 32-bit (although you do not recommend to use this post for 32-bit Windows 7).

    Also, I was able to fix the problem with too sensitive touchpad that interrupts keyboard typing. The solution is the following:
    1. Install Toshiba drivers
    2. Open Control Panel/Mouse/Advanced/Advanced feature settings
    3. Disable all corner buttons (Upper Left, Upper Right, Lower Left, Lower Right)
    4. Disable "Use browser support function"
    5. Enable all "Operations during key input": Disable tapping, Disable pointer moving, Disable scroll function
    6. Apply the changes
    After these changes, the mouse works very well.

    For those who are interesting in installing Windows 7 32-bit on Dell M1530, here is a short overview:
    1. BIOS: Follow the blog
    2. ChipSet: Follow the blog (but choose Windows 7 32-bit)
    3. Video/Graphics: Follow the blog (but choose Windows 7 32-bit), current version is 266.58
    4. Audio: Follow the blog
    5. Ricoh Memory Card Reader: Follow the blog (but choose Windows 7 32-bit), current version is 11.30.1.3
    6. Wireless Network Driver: Skip the step (I've tried several drivers and the result is unstable connectivity)
    7. Mice: Install any other wireless mouse drivers that you are going to use (I've installed it for Dell Bluetooth mouse)
    8. Alps Touchpad: Follow the blog, choose Toshiba drivers, reconfigure the touchpad after installation as it is suggested before
    9. WebCam Driver: Skip the step (The built-in driver works fine)
    10. UPEK FingerPrint Reader: Follow the blog, current version is 1.4.3
    11. Dell QuickSet: Follow the blog
    12. PCMCIA Remote Control: Follow the blog, e.g. do not install anything
    13. BlueTooth: Skip the step (The built-in driver works fine)

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  4. Thank you so much for your post. I use Dragon Naturally Speaking and it's been useless since I upgraded from Vista to Win 7. The sound card driver was the problem. I'm going to download the other drivers right away. Dell needs to hire you.

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  5. I'm thinking about upgrading my 1530 to Win7 64bit, but have just one question before I start - what about the Blu Ray drive - does that need new drivers? I ask because I've already experienced a similar problem with a LG Blu Ray GGW-H20L in my PC - after upgrading it refused to be recognised! By the way - thanks for all the really helpful information you've provided.

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  6. The author writes:
    Keith, I do not have a blue ray drive and would be unable to test. Please advise on what you find.

    Annon: I just checked the Dell downloads and they appear to be working fine. You might have a download manager running; perhaps it can be disabled?

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  7. For the bluetooth issue, it may be that in the system BIOS Bluetooth is disabled. Also it can be controlled by the slide switch on the right hand side of the base which can also turn off the wireless. The bluetooth chipset was made by Broadcom, the tray program is from WIDCOMM, which appears to be owned by Broadcom. The latest software for it can be found here - http://www.broadcom.com/support/bluetooth/update.php

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  8. Hi, the BT is enabled in de BIOS, it just not appears in the devices, also i have tried that BT update n de message is the same, please activate de BT device Fn-F2, but this didn't work out.

    Also of course the switch in de right side is activates lol :o)

    any more ideas??

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  9. I have a couple of questions,

    Has anyone have any issues with the finger print reader with these new drivers? I remember using this for the first year when I purchased my computer and sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.

    What is the difference between the Broadcom and Dell Bluetooth drivers? I think mine is a Dell Bluetooth. Perhaps I'm better off with the Windows 7 built-in drivers?

    When I go to Marvell's website, what is the difference between "Windows Setup Installer (32- and 64-bit) for Yukon Controllers" and "Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 x64 (64-bit)"?

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    1. I've noticed my fingerprint reader works better when my fingers are slightly moist.... not wet... Of course, I live in a climate where relative humidity is near 5%.

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  10. Thank you for the useful post! I just have one problem though. The sound driver doesn't work well. I hear distortions at high volume and the microphone is picking up a droning noise while recording. The noise so high that it makes the microphone unusable. You had mentioned about the stuttering problem. So I made sure I installed the latest version of Nvidia driver(driver date: February 2012) :( I am wondering if anyone else has the same problem.

    I have a Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) on my Dell XPS M1530. Dell has really insulted its users for not providing drivers for Windows 7.

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    1. Arun: The humm you are hearing is the harddrive vibration (and possibly the cooling-fan) being picked up by the mic. There are only two solutions: buy an Solid-state-drive or use an external USB mic. The external mic is my recommendation.

      I tried using a mic plugged into the Mic-port, using the stereo-like plug -- but I only found cheap-quality mics and they were all horrible. I have yet to try a USB mic.

      The Stuttering problem has long-been resolved. I don't think that is what you are hearing. The stuttering is an obvious cut-out of play-back sounds....

      Playback at loud volumes distorted: That may be a speaker limitation. I am running a beautiful BOSE satellite speaker set and this laptop is my main stereo system. It works marvellously and I have been very pleased.

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  11. Very Briefly: I LOVE YOU. Thank you for this article. You have helped me IMMENSELY in bringing this XPS back to life. You ARE A TECH HERO!

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  12. Hi I just did a clean install of Win7 64 bit on my new SSD and followed these instructions. However after connecting the computer to my Yamaha RX-V471 receiver through the HDMI port I can only get stereo sound instead of 5.1 and I can't find any options for changing this. I also first tried with an optical cable connected to the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook Express Card that came with the computer but had stereo only as well. Could anyone please help me configure 5.1 out sound with this setup?

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  13. Having changed to a SSD, is the computer compatible with intel's rapid start technology?

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  14. Annon on SSD:
    I would expect it to be perfectly fine. The SSD appears exactly as a hard drive.

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  15. The Author writes:

    I just upgraded my M1530 to Windows 8 and the install went perfectly. An initial test shows these Windows 7 drivers are not working very well. For example, the Toshiba Touch Pad drivers, as linked, would not install. The Sound card drivers ran, but did nothing.

    With this said, the machine, without installing any of the drivers listed here is working perfectly well in Windows 8. I'll follow up with an article once I am done testing.

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  16. hey there... thank u for the post... was extremely helpful unlike dell!!!

    i just updated all the drivers as per the thread... and all seem to work properly...

    the only irritant out here is that the left headphone jack out of the two isnt working on IDT sound driver install...

    have tried everything but nothing works...
    please help to sort this out

    thank you

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    1. Super helpful post. Thank you! Helped me get a old xps up and running for the family

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  17. Raghav, My laptop is out visiting a college with my daughter and I am unable to look at your issue at this time. Perhaps another reader can comment. I don't recall two headphone jacks. -T.

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  18. Thanks for this Tim! I updated the sound driver as describe and everything working fine. Question - is there anyway to set default volume settings? I want the volume to automatically go low when I plug in my headphones as I don't want to blow them or my hearing! This was happened automatically before I upgraded the drivers.

    When I go into the volume mixer settings, Speaker/Headphone are rolled into one option. The other being HDMI.

    Cheers,
    Steve

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  19. Audio Steve,
    not that I am aware. what driver were you using in the past? I didn't even know this was possible.

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  20. I was using the stock "High Definition Audio Device" and while it solved my headphone/speaker volume issue, it didn't allow me to use two headphones at once (my xps m1530 has two headphone jacks and a microphone jack)

    Thanks anyway Tim. I may just revert back.
    Steve

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  21. I've just started having the audio stuttering problems mentioned previously. Any idea if they have crept back in with the recent NVIDIA updates (314.22 etc.)?
    It never was a problem before and showed up when playing video usually, but sometimes when it is just audio.
    I have heard that there may be a connection with WIFI drivers, but that hasn't changed in over a year.

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  22. Tim,

    Toshiba/Aunthentec - You're welcome. Least all of us can do is to ensure that this wonderful list that you have is regularly updated.

    Wanted you to take a look at my post:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/windows-os-software/516559-move-windows-7-user-folder-programdata-folder-separate-drive-partition-4.html

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  23. Tim - Quick question. Do I need to do that AHCI/ATA mode swap while installing Win-7? If so, have people had trouble switching back to AHCI mode?

    Thanks... N.Kaufman

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  24. Hello,

    Used this guide to install Win-7 64-bit on my xps m1530. Having problems with Webcam. Running Dell Webcam manager I get the message "No supported Webcam driver detected". Control panel-Device Manager does show - laptop integrated webcam under Imaging Devices.

    any ideas/suggestions? ... nkaufman

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  25. Hello,

    Installed a free app for Webcam and that works. So do not know why Dell Webcam Manager is not working. So things look good.. Thanks..... nkaufman

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  26. *********************************************

    Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Marvell LAN Driver 12.10.14.3 for Win7 Win8

    = Marvell Yukon 88E8040 LAN Driver 12.10.14.3 for Win7 & Win8 --- 2013 Jan 08

    Download from Lenovo:

    http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/thinkcentre_drivers/d6etn01us17.exe


    *********************************************

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    1. The actual driver file installed is dated: 2013 Jan 21.
      (yk62x64.sys or yk63x64.sys or yk62x86.sys or
      yk63x86.sys)

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    2. Download link was obtained via www.softpedia.com:
      http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/NETWORK-CARD/Marvell/Lenovo-ThinkCentre-M93-Marvell-LAN-Driver-1210143-for-Windows-7-Windows-8.shtml

      Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p
      Lenovo ThinkCentre M93

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  27. ******************************************

    REGARDING: Ricoh Memory Card Reader


    You wrote:
    Keyliner GDrive Download: Ricoh 1394 OHCI Host Controller (Dell version A0066.10.01.04 A00;
    internally reports version 3.62.02 R240788)


    Browsing the Device manager I notice that this is NOT for the as stated by you,
    but is for the and the .


    (The Ricoh 1394 OHCI Host Controller driver is part of Win7 RTM and is dated 2006.)


    ******************************************

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    1. I meant to say:

      Browsing the Device manager I noticed that this is
      NOT for OHCI Host Controller as stated by you, but
      is for:
      - Ricoh Memory Stick Controller
      - Ricoh SD/MMC Host Controller
      - Ricoh xD-Picture Card Controller

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  28. ******************************************
    REGARDING: Ricoh Memory Card Reader driver,
    Dell version A0066.10.01.04, A00



    The above post left some words out when posted,
    here is the correct sentence:


    Browsing the Device manager I notice that the this is
    NOT for the OHCI Host Controller, as stated by you,
    but is for the Ricoh SD MMC Host Controller and the
    Ricoh Memory Stick Controller.


    ******************************************

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  29. ******************************************
    REGARDING: Alps Touchpad



    Alps Touchpad Driver 7.1209.101.204 is available.

    Driver package contains 32-bit and 64-bit drivers.


    = Inspiron 15R N5110 - Alps Touchpad Driver 7.1209.101.204, A04
    Created or released by Dell on: 2011 June 07


    Internally in OS reports as:
    Alps - 2011 May 20 - 7.1209.101.204


    Download from Dell at:
    http://downloads.dell.com/input/R305170.exe




    P.S.
    I Tested this on Windows 7 32-bit, it works.
    I have NOT tested this on Windows 7 64-bit, but
    should be ok.

    Using the Toshiba driver 7.5.303.117, 2009.10.07
    might still be a better alternative.

    (Misc info: Dell Inspiron 15R AE uses the same
    Dell 7.1209.101.204 driver.)



    ******************************************

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  30. ******************************************
    REGARDING: Alternative Dell download URL
    for Intel Rapid Storage 10.1.0.1008


    Bringing this up as an alternative download link.


    Driver package contains 32-bit and 64-bit drivers.


    = Serial ATA: Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver
    10.1.0.1008, A00
    Created or released by Dell on: 2011 March 24


    Internally in OS reports as:
    Intel - 10.1.0.1008 - 2010 Nov 06


    Download from Dell at:
    http://downloads.dell.com/SATA/R292225.exe


    This Dell driver package extracts itself to a folder.
    Then the driver setup can be run from that folder.

    Requires a system restart.

    Creates in OS a new auto startup entry for IAStorIcon.exe


    P.S.
    Misc info:
    - Dell officially released this for;
    Inspiron N5110 & Vostro Notebook 3350 & 3550.
    - Dell officially released this for;
    Windows 7 32-bit
    Windows 7 64-bit
    Windows Vista 32-bit
    Windows XP Home Edition
    Windows XP HOME ULCPC
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    Windows XP Professional
    Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.


    ******************************************

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  31. Alps Touchpad


    Toshiba Driver
    TCA0010700E ver 7.5.303.117, 2009.10.07


    Working official Toshiba download link:
    http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tedd-files2/0/tpdrv-20091112112139.zip

    This Zip file contains the file TCA0010700E.exe


    Download link obtained via www.softpedia.com
    Toshiba Satellite U500 Alps Touchpad Driver 7.5.303.117 for Windows 7 64 bit
    http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/KEYBOARD-and-MOUSE/ALPS/Toshiba-Satellite-U500-Alps-Touchpad-Driver-75303117-for-Windows-7-x64.shtml

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    1. B.t.w. this TCA0010700E.exe file is the exact same file as
      Keyliner's current GDrive download for the Toshiba Alps
      Touchpad driver.
      The exact same file Keyliner used for his
      Windows 7 64-bit install.

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    2. At the time of this writing Keyliner's GDrive
      download link for this Toshiba Touchpad driver is
      NOT correct, it loads a Google login page instead.

      Use this link for Keyliners GDrive download:
      https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B9DmF5P2DykTNDRBTVZKaHdqS3M/edit?pli=1&docId=0B9DmF5P2DykTbWxwSnhjQndhdTA

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  32. Ricoh Memory Card Reader

    3.62.02

    Dell version: Ricoh R5C833, v.3.62.02, A01
    = Dell R239475
    = RICOH R5C8xx Media Driver 3.62.02

    For Windows 7 64bit & 32bit

    Identifies internally in Device Manager as:
    Memory Stick Controller - 6.10.1.3 - 2009 June 25
    MMC Host Controller - 6.10.1.3 - 2009 June 25
    xD-Picture Card Controller - 6.10.1.4 - 2009 June 25


    Official Dell download link:
    http://downloads.dell.com/chipset/R239475.exe

    Tested and works.

    Download link obtained from Dell website:
    http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriverDetails?driverId=38DVK#

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    1. B.t.w. this installs the exact same driver versions
      as Keyliner's current GDrive download for
      the Ricoh drivers (Dell version A0066.10.01.04 A00
      = Dell R240788 = 3.62.02).

      The Ricoh drivers 3.64.02 in the post below are newer.

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  33. Ricoh Memory Card Reader

    3.64.02 - 6.10.1.5 (6.10.01.05)

    Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds Ricoh Card Reader Driver 3.64.02 for Windows 7 64bit & 32bit
    = RICOH R5U8xx Media Driver 3.64.02

    For Windows 7 64bit & 32bit

    Identifies internally in Device Manager as:
    Memory Stick Controller - 6.10.1.5 - 2009 Sept 03
    MMC Host Controller - 6.10.1.5 - 2009 Sept 03
    xD-Picture Card Controller - 6.10.1.5 - 2009 Sept 03


    Official Lenovo download link:
    http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/7kss73ww.exe

    Tested and works.

    Download link obtained via www.softpedia.com:
    http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/CARD-READERS/Ricoh/Lenovo-ThinkPad-W700ds-Ricoh-Card-Reader-Driver-36402-for-Windows-7.shtml

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  34. The Author comments:

    There has been a flurry of posts this past week and I have not had the time to look at all the traffic. Will attempt to review this weekend.

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  35. Thank you Oh Mighty One, the intel rst drivers saved me from tearing my hair out. Hard drive failed and replaced with new 500GB WD Black. Windows Update refused to work for me, this fix saved the day, Thanks!!

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  36. Hi Tim

    I just upgraded from win 7 to Win 10 on my dell XPS M1530 but i just cant seem to enable Bluetooth, i tried different drivers , but ts not showing up in the device manager. how can i get the blue tooth working? Please Help Jojy

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    1. What I did was replace the wireless Ethernet card with a new wireless Bluetooth card. That way I could find newer drivers. The card is easy to replace I have an article somewhere on this site about how to do it.

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  37. I was able to successfully clean install Win 10 x64 on my Dell XPS-M1530. Running 4GB memory with a 480GB SSD. Here are a few tips that worked well for me:

    1. Used a USB drive install created from the Windows Media Creation tool. Skip activation until after initial installation and then enter your official Win 7 or 8.x key once Win 10 is up and running. Once activated, allow time for system updates.

    2. No need for separate drivers. Use everything that loads automatically with Win 10. The only exceptions I've encountered are as follows.

    3. I've previously upgraded my wireless card to the Intel 4965AGN. Intel does not support Win 10 for this card (probably the 3945ABG is the same) and as a number of folks report, you will see wireless disconnects or it will fail to connect to a network after a system shut down and powering back on. Restarts seemed to be unaffected. The solution is to disable power management. Go to Change Adapter settings in Network connections and configure the Wi-Fi properties of the wireless card adapter. Under the power management tab, un-check "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power."

    4. Under Device Manager, the error: Base System Device (PCI Bus 3, Device 9, Function 3) still appears. This seems to be the Ricoh Memory Stick Controller not installing properly. Follow the instructions above to download and run the Ricoh_R5C833_A00_R240788.exe file. This driver appears to still be compatible with Win 10.

    5. The touchpad drivers installed by Win 10 is generic without scrolling functions available. The following Dell Alps Touchpad drivers installed manually works well.
    http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER03299664M/2/Input_Driver_G3JFX_WN32_8.1200.101.218_A00.EXE
    Follow the instructions here on manually installing through "Update Driver..." on the driver tab of the PS/2 Compatible Mouse properties:
    http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/dell-touchpad-drivers/

    That's it - good luck!

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