Thanks Max, that really inspired me to do a clean install (it's with the Windows 7 CD that came with the laptop guys...I wasn't thinking of formatting the computer in any other way) but what kind of made me scared was greggrocker's post...
"Just a suggestion: Don't change out any drivers
given by the Windows 7 installer unless performance dictates it.
MS spent a fortune building drivers for Windows 7, even paying manufacturers so they would have them in the installer first. Newer are delivered to installer if connected to internet during install, and/or via optional Windows Updates shortly after install.
The Dell Drivers/Apps disk and webpage for your model are useful for any missing drivers or apps, or if performance dictates a changeout, as are mobo chipset and vidcard, Adobe (reader, flash) and Java (runtime, free Ofc) sites."
Ok dude, let me get this straight...
As far as I'm concerned...Dell is the Windows 7 installer. Therefore, their drivers are what I need...and the drivers on the Dell drivers discs, that came with the laptop, are the rightful ones already on my laptop...as per what the discs say, at least.
And the drivers on their site, for my service tag, are the same exact drivers on the discs.
THESE are the drivers you're saying are beneficial for my Windows 7, right? Meaning, you are not saying, by any chance...that if I do a clean-install of Windows 7 with the Windows 7 CD that came with my laptop, then re-install the drivers given to me via the Dell driver
discs, that came with the laptop, or the drivers for that same laptop on Dell's website (which I would get by using my service tag) is a bad idea?
I wasn't planning to format the computer then install drivers for it of my choice. I was getting the ones specicially from the dell driver discs that came with my Inspiron 1545, well actually, I was going to download them from the site. The site tends to have a little more drivers, for some reason.
Even wierd is that, some of these drivers apparently don't even work...Dell told me it's because of my specs. Apparently, you get a service code, but you would have THE SAME service code had you chosen one processor over another, or one graphics card over another...at least, that's why I think some drivers don't work and some do.
By the way Max, how did you rebuild your machine? How did you get the necessary drivers back on it? I guess you have Windows 7 like me. Maybe you can teach me something I don't know...for instance, as I said above, some drivers that come on the Dell drivers discs, apparently don't even work and Dell told me it's because I happened not to choose a certain laptop spec, or something like that, but I could be wrong.
And DUDE, talk about bad OEM installations...you know what? Apparently, a VERY IMPORTANT junction that is NEVER supposed to appear to you, showed up to me even though "hide protected system files (recommended" was checked in my folder options...what kind of a glitch is that?! That caused me to SEE IT, think it was some damn normal folder and mess with it. That screwed up my computer...to the point I couldn't create new user accounts on it anymore. Sersiouly, why do I even make the stupid decidsion to purchase from Dell...