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Q: Upgrading drivers on a Win ME machine to XP ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Upgrading drivers on a Win ME machine to XP
Category: Computers
Asked by: rainbow47-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 22 Feb 2004 13:24 PST
Expires: 23 Mar 2004 13:24 PST
Question ID: 309578
I want to upgrade a Tashiba Satellite 1800 S253 from Windows ME to XP
Home. I have a licenced version of XP but do not know if I have all
the drivers I need to make the components work under the new OS
Subject: Re: Upgrading drivers on a Win ME machine to XP
Answered By: clouseau-ga on 22 Feb 2004 14:32 PST
Hello rainbow47,

Thank you for your question.

Windows XP is remarkably complete when it comes to hardware drivers.
You might encounter situations, for example, where your mouse or
internal pointing device will work, but not as elegantly or as
configurable as with the specific mouse driver for your machine. It
appears to use the current Logitech drivers, which are easy to find
and update after your XP upgrade.

The first thing I would do is visit the Microsoft XP Upgrade Advisor
and run the online test:

"Windows XP Upgrade Advisor  
Posted: September 21, 2001   
The Upgrade Advisor is a tool that checks your system hardware and
software to see if it is ready for upgrade to Windows XP. If you run
Upgrade Advisor while you are connected to the Internet, and if your
system needs updates that are available on the Windows Update Web
site, Upgrade Advisor will find and install the updates for you.

Note  We recommend running Upgrade Advisor while you are connected to
the Internet. This way, Upgrade Advisor will get the latest data from
Microsoft to ensure that you get the most current hardware and
software compatibility report for your system. In addition to running
Upgrade Advisor, we recommend that you search the Windows Catalog to
find products compatible with Windows XP..."

They correctly recommend a high speed connection as the download is
about 50 MB. This is well worthwhile and may uncover the need for

Checking the database at Microsoft for hardware compatibility with XP
shows that the Satellite 1800 is not listed. Generically, though,
Microsoft notes the following:

"...After you make the move to Windows XP, you may find that a piece
of hardware isn?t functioning properly, or that your computer does not
recognize it. Making sure you have the right driver is a good place to
start solving your problem. A driver is a small piece of software that
smoothes the way for your hardware to work with your computer.

The best place to start is Windows Update. Click Scan for updates in
the left-hand column, and then click Driver Updates...

...If you can't find the driver you need there, you can try checking
the Web site of the manufacturer of your new hardware. Look for
information about drivers, or about the product you bought. Watch
carefully for links to "drivers" and keep specific information about
your new product, such as model numbers, handy while you look. You may
need to call or write the manufacturer for information about whether a
missing driver is your problem, and how you can get one..."

I visited Toshiba's support site and searched for XP drivers for your
laptop. Only a handful were listed  and if you eliminate manual
updates, there are very few:

As a matter of fact, only these two seem to have any importance at all:

 01-07-2002 Special Toshiba Software Upgrades 3 (v3.2B4; 11-26-2001; 2.25M) 
 10-09-2001 DMI Driver  Toshiba TBIOS Driver for Windows 95, 98, Me,
NT, 2000 (v2.2USB2-RC3; 03-15-2001; 1.18M)
An unnamed page for 1800 drivers lists a little more that may turn out
to be helpful:

Here you will note the modem driver, which is probably not needed -
Modem Win XP Toshiba Internal V.90 Modem 3.1.98

The afore mentioned mouse - Mouse Win XP Logitech MouseWare 9.40

Sound Driver - Sound Win XP ALi Audio Driver

Network Device Switch Utility Win XP Network Device Switch

Toshiba Common Modules - Utility Win XP Toshiba Common Modules 4.10.02

Toshiba Controls - Utility Win XP Toshiba Controls

Toshiba Power Saver - Utility Win XP Toshiba Power Saver 5.10.02

And Toshiba Utilities - Utility Win XP Toshiba Utilities 3.02.01

So, to be as thoroughly covered as possible, you might wish to
download the above mentioned files and have them handy should any be
needed after your upgrade.

You also should have the most current BIOS installed for your computer
when upgrading the Operating System. In fact, Toshiba has a bulletin
on the 1800 BIOS:

"...  NOTICE to Satellite 1800 owners:

Toshiba is offering a BIOS update to correct an issue on your
Satellite 1800 (Model PS183xxx) notebook. During operation the system
may suddenly shuts down without any specific reason..."

My hunch is that armed with the information above, you should have a
smooth upgrade to XP.

Search Strategy:

"satellite 1800" +xp driver
toshiba satellite 1800 +xp upgrade
toshiba satellite 1800 +xp driver
upgrade +"satellite 1800" +xp

I trust my research has provided you with links, articles and
resources to make this upgrade run smoothly for you. If a link above
should fail to work or anything require further explanation or
research, please do post a Request for Clarification prior to rating
the answer and closing the question and I will be pleased to assist


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