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Windows 7: Win7 drivers on a Dell Dimension 5000

25 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Win7 drivers on a Dell Dimension 5000

Hi there,

I recently bought Windows 7 as a christmas present to my parents so that they could upgrade their Dell Dimension 5000 to run Windows 7.
Original operating system was Windows XP.

I copied all files etc to an external harddrive and then I did a clean install of Win7.
Everything worked perfectly except for that Windows couldnt recognize the ethernet card and sound.

Because of that I couldnt connect to the internet so I took my laptop and began searching for drivers that would work for this system and Win7.
I started with Dells "Support and Drivers" section but they didnt have any drivers at all for Dimension 5000 that would work with Win7 - only for XP.

The only thing I found on Dells support section was a brief comment about this system:

Dell DOES NOT support Vista or Windows 7 on this model and you need, at a minimum, Vista drivers for the hardware devices (and you need Dell specific drivers for the sound). The 5000 was not a good candidate for upgrading to Win 7.
Try posting on the Windows 7 forum, maybe someone there will have something that will work, about your only hope.

And therefore I started an account here to see if someone have any suggestions.
This is the drivers needed: Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller

Is it hopeless to try and find drivers or do I have to buy a new network card?

I also tried installing XP drivers with the compatibility mode for Windows XP but didnt work.

Right now it feels like I wasted money for buying Win7 to this computer eventhough it got a lot faster with Win7 compared when Xp was installed. But without Internet Connection there is no point in having Win7 installed.

Woud be absolutely grateful for any suggestions!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2010   #2

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Hello henric and welcome to the Forum.

You might give this a try. Install it in compatibility mode and that might let Win 7 recognize it (assuming the Win 7 you purchased is 32-bit.)

Network: Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller Driver Version A02 - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit


I tried your suggestion but I'am sorry to say it didnt work.

The installation was successful but ethernet still show up as "unknown device" when I look at installed drivers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Dec 2010   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

I found this link for 32 bit vista driver

Network: Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller Driver Version A02 - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

Oopps: same link

Generic network cards are cheap $ 9.99
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Yeah, I'll guess its easier to just buy a new cheap network card.

Thanks anyway!
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 Win7 drivers on a Dell Dimension 5000

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