Feb 20, 2012



Feb 15, 2012

XPS M1330 Win XP Installation

XPS M1330

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile @ 2400 MHz T8300 (2.4GHZ)
  • 3GB, DDR2, 667 MHZ
  • LED display with camera
  • Intel Corporation Mobile 965 Express Integrated Graphics Controller
  • Hard Disk : WDC (320 GB)
  • DVD-Rom Drive : MATSHITA DVD+-RW UJ-867S
  • Bluetooth
  • Dell 1505 Wireless N
  • Fingerprint reader

Windows XP walkthrough...

Step 1... You need a version of Windows XP SP2 with built-in SATA drivers... I personally used LastXP (feel free to go find this on a torrent site somewhere, you have the option to install one of your own valid XP keys as part of its setup). (The other way is to put SATA drivers on a USB stick and hit F6 during initial Windows setup...). If this all seems like too much work for you, then you can avoid the whole SATA issue by going into your BIOS, and changing the hard drive mode from SATA to IDE mode.

Step 2... Start the computer with the Windows XP disk in the drive, and hit F12 to load the boot menu.... Pick CD/DVD drive...

Step 3... Windows setup will now boot (blue screens, etc). Here you will have the option to format your harddrive...

Dell likes to partition their drive into 4 partitions... 2 of them hidden partitions... (Boot partition, Recovery partition, OS partition, Mediadirect partition) I deleted them all and started from scratch (I burned the recovery partition to a DVD beforehand anyways, just in case). One of the partitions is for MediaDirect, but this is such a useless program, I would much rather have those 4 GB it eats up...

I'd recommend partitioning the harddrive into 2 partitions, one for the OS, and one for everything else... I chose 40 GB for C: and 160 GB for D: (NTFS of course)

Ok, now windows installs...


FIRST, I'd recommend installing the Intel Mobile Chipset drivers from the Dell website:


SECOND, I'd recommend installing the latest nVidia drivers v169.09 from here:


Don't forget to download and copy over the modded file nv4_disp.inf BEFORE running the driver installation!

THIRD, you should go download and install the following from the Dell Support website for the m1330 and Windows XP:

Ricoh Memory Card Drivers:


Broadcom 59XX 10100 Ethernet Controller Driver:


Broadcom 59XX 10100 Ethernet Controller Utility:


Creative Labs Laptop Integrated Webcam: (only if you have it of course)


Dell Touchpad - Pointing Stick:




Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card:


UPEK Fingerprint Reader: (only if you have it of course)


FOURTH, it gets a little tricky now, because Dell hasn't updated their m1330 drivers site very well...

Here are links to working drivers for the following parts:

Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module (Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR): (only if you have it of course)


Dell Quickset Drivers v3.4:


FIFTH, download and install the latest Directx runtimes:


VOILA! That's it...you now have a perfectly running XPS m1330 in Windows XP! Of course, this is for my configuration. If you have a different wireless card for example, obviously I'd recommend installing the appropriate driver instead...

This machine flies in Windows XP by they way... I will have to start doing some benchmarking, but a quick test of the harddrive shows my burst speed at over 90 MB/s and an average throughput of over 53 MB /sec!

And in case you were wondering, there are no flagged items in Device Manager...

Drivers for notebook Dell XPS M1330 You can download free drivers for notebook Dell XPS M1330. All required drivers are available for download, including drivers for audio, video, chipset, Wi-Fi or usb.

Feb 2, 2012

404 custom error redirection

Step by step instructions for custom 404 page.

Create and upload the page you want errors to take your visitors to (e.g. error.shtml or index.shtml etc. index.html (or index.shtml which has SSI capability) are the pages a browser usually goes to when no file is specified e.g. http://yourdomain.com)

Go to your control panel (yourdomain.com/cpanel - login if necessary.)
Click FILE MANAGER under Files Section.
Choose WEB ROOT (public_html/www)
Check box SHOW HIDDEN FILES (dotfiles).
Click GO
Click .htaccess
Click EDIT
Click EDIT
Paste in the following:

ErrorDocument 400 /index.shtml
ErrorDocument 401 /index.shtml
ErrorDocument 403 /index.shtml
ErrorDocument 404 /index.shtml
ErrorDocument 500 /index.shtml

(Change index.shtml with the name of the page(s) you want visitors to go to when getting an error).
Now test it by entering yourdomain.com/blahblah.shtml
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