I have just done installing XP on the Dell Inspiron 1464. I am sharing my experience.
I have the Dell Inspiron with stock Win7 pre-installed. I previously had it dual booting with Ubuntu.
I started setup with an XP CD that has SP3 slipstreamed via nlite. Perform XP setup with SATA mode set to IDE in BIOS. I have tried, but have not yet successfully gotten AHCI mode to work.
I also managed to slipstream the driver for the WLAN. Convenient.
Where to find the WLAN driver?
You can google search “54wg04ww”. The .exe file with this filename is what you need.
This site gives a good lead:
I’ll post all of the files on dropbox as well.
I found that this WLAN driver has to be installed manually via device manager if it is not slipstreamed. I.e. you right click the unknown Network controller item and select update driver and proceed from there. After successful install, this item is identified in device manager as “Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter”.
As to the rest of the drivers:
VGA driver – hard to find
The correct one is here:
The filename is 12-6-legacy_xp32_dd_ccc_whql.exe
Found it with help from the dell forums. This driver does not require installation of anything prior to it. You have the wrong driver if it is telling you that you still need dotnet client or something.
Chipset drivers – SM Bus Controller
Found by using intel driver update utility at:
This driver has to be slipstreamed into XP install via nlite. Else performance of the resulting XP system will be slow – a great puzzle for the minds of some low level engineers for sure. A friendly guy on the Dell Forums gave me a helpful hint.
Chipset drivers – PCI Simple Communications Device
Found from the supplied Dell Drivers CD – the one that came with the laptop.
This driver also has to be slipstreamed into XP install via nlite, else performance of the resulting XP system will be slow. This issue had me puzzled for a long time but now I believe its solved.
From the CD: R243230.EXE
Card Reader driver
From the CD: R242825.EXE
Network controller – Ethernet driver
This one is easy – let Windows search for it and it will find.
I have a copy of the drivers here: