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Dell 660s Ethernet driver for Windows 7 (Realtek RTL8111F network controller)

Recently I setup a new PC for Branson’s Nantucket’s architectural department. It is a nice Dell 660s small form factor (SFF) PC which came Windows 8. However, some of their architectural software is only compatible with Windows 7. That meant it was time to install one of my spare Windows 7 Professional SP1 licenses and everything went smoothly. However, Windows 7 did not have a driver for the 660s’ ethernet controller. Thankfully, I was able to find a compatabile driver

How to install Optimus drivers

Recently I did a clean Windows install on a Dell 6430 laptop. The laptop has an NVIDIA dedicated GPU as well as integrated Intel HD graphics. The best part is, NVIDIA’s Optimus feature. This cool technology can save power (use Intel graphics) when doing desktop type tasks and then switch automatically to the more powerful NVIDIA dedicated card when playing games etc. Sometimes the drivers can get a bit tricky but I can good success with the following: First, install

BCM20702A0 Dell drivers for Windows 8.1 [SOLVED!]

Q. Hello, I have a Dell laptop running a clean install of Windows 8.1 but I have an Unknown Device ‘BCM20702A0’… do you know what driver I can download to to fix it? A. Here is the download link for the driver that should solve your BCM20702A0 Unknown Device issue: mirror (to be added), Dell dl link     Supported Laptop/Notebook models: Systems Latitude E5420 Latitude E5430 Latitude E5520 Latitude E5530 Latitude E6220 Latitude E6230 Latitude E6320 Latitude E6330 Latitude E6420

Dell Windows 8 Unknown Device SMO8800 [solved]

Q. I saw you help people with SMO8800 unknown device issues, but can you help me on my Dell Windows 8 laptop? Thanks! -Wobe A. Here is the download link for a Windows 8 driver for Dell laptops that will resolve the unknown device SMO8800 issue: (free fall sensor) OS Compatibility: MS Windows 8 64-bit, MS Windows 8 32-bit Laptop Compatibility: Dell E5420 Vostro 3450 Vostro 3750 XPS 15 (L502X) XPS 15z (L511z) XPS 17 (L702X) And many other similar

Fix the brightness adjustment buttons on a Dell M6700 [SOLVED]

Occasionally after a few hibernate/resume cycles, my Dell Precision M6700 laptop’s brightness UP/DOWN buttons become unresponsive (specifically, the Fn+Up Arrow and Fn+Down Arrow key combination). Rebooting will fix the issue but sometimes if you are in the middle of something that can be a major inconvenience. Thankfully the same solution I posted for other Dell models also works on the M6700 🙂 Instructions for re-enabling brightness adjustment (without rebooting) #1 Go into device manager and locate your display adapter (in my case,

Dell M4400 BSOD with NVIDIA drivers [powermizer switch solved]

If you are trying to use Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 on a Dell M4400 you can encounter some major BSOD issues and display corruption issues when using a NVIDIA driver that enables PowerMizer 🙁 Here are some resources on the topic: Disable PowerMizer **Tested**http://forum.notebookreview.com/gaming-software-graphics-cards/261929-disable-powermizer-tested.htmlDisable PowerMizer **Tested** Ok guys. New to the forum 1st real contribution. Ive been reading alot about this issue as i was dealing with it as well. Please try at your own risk because

Using Parrot Zik headphones with Windows 7 / Win8 [solved]

Recently I tried pairing some Parrot Zik headphones with my Dell E6430 laptop. The pairing was quite easy but there was no sound when playing media files etc. 🙁 The solution for me was to: Disable the Parrot RFcomm service Specify that my ‘headset does not have an LCD’ After doing that, the headphones worked quite well with Windows! 🙂 It would have been nice if everything would have just worked right out of the box but overall I still rate

CMOS battery dead, lost settings, Windows won’t boot!

Q. Yo J.D……so my hoss of a Dell laptop (the one with a 20″ screen) seems to have bit it again…It was left unplugged for a couple of days and I think that internal battery was drained. So it will try and start windows, but then it crashes and starts the reboot process over…I can get into set up…do you know how I can fix that boot problem? -John A. Howdy John. Yes, it sounds like your CMOS battery is