As I mentioned earlier in Part 2 that there was no solution for the sound device and three “System Base Device“.
After spending some time navigating around the sea of word wide web, I finally found the solutions. :d
The sound driver that works for this model available at Dell Download which is actually for Vostro 1400 but it still do the job well for 1330
As for the three “System Base Device” I mentioned which actually Dell has it for this model, and just that I missed it. Click here for the download page
And for the bluetooth, you can get it here.
Added: Graphic driver link available at Part 2 .
Credit goes to cdn1967 (web) for suggesting the sound driver and peter.auld (web) for pointing me to him. And credit to google.com for finding the bluetooth driver..
The only noticeable lack I can feel is the Dell Quick Set that has OSD (On screen display) for volume, brightness changes etc etc…
Hopefully Dell can release “true” driver for XP and QuickSet soon…. Vista just isn’t fit for today’s every purpose. Compability issues still all around.
Wahahaha.. thats it…!! No more part 4!
UPDATED, READ ON! The first part of this entry will focus on how to get Windows installed. As this laptop is running on SATA based hardisk, we will need to load the drivers into the installation disc so that it can get detected during the installation phase.
Read more at Installing XP on Acer Aspire 4310,4710 Part 1 This article serves the same purpose on preparing your XP disc with the SATA driver except you need to use this laptop’s driver (Download here) If the link is dead, go to Dell Official Download Page to search for SATA driver. Note, when you select the driver to include, just select all the items with the keyword ‘Mobile’ and ‘ACHI’. There are 3 items to be chosen. (Skip all ‘Desktop’ and ‘RAID’)
Steps to install new OS (applicable and tested working on XP and Vista)
This replacement model for the XPS1220 model comes with Vista 32bit Home Premium as its default operating system. Some people prefers to have the old faithful Windows XP as its operating system. Can we have XP on this laptop? In short, yes. As I explain more, you will realise its actually a no.
You may install other operating system on this laptop, of course, without affecting the functionality of Dell Media Direct 3 which I found to be quite useful. Dell Media Direct 3 allows fast boot up to its own program interface that lets you play music, watch movie, view pictures and so other basic useful features.
As at the blog time 17 September, Dell hasn’t released full set of drivers for all the devices found in this laptop. Therefore, you may still install XP but will not enjoy full functionalities of what it can offers.
Important device drivers that it lacks are as follow (with reference to Dell official release):-
- Graphic driver for 8400M GS
As a conclusion, it is not feasible to install Windows XP at the moment since there are still many drivers made not available yet. If you insist to have it, continue reading in part 2 later.