Dell XPS M1330

So I just got my Dell XPS M1330 today and I attempted to do a clean install of Windows Vista. It didn’t work. I’d keep getting a Blue Screen after the installation rebooted. The problem is due to the fact that the original Windows Vista disc does not have the Intel Matrix Storage Technology Driver. Here are detailed instructions on how to get you’re Windows Vista installation to succeed:

  1. Look for the Dell Drivers & Utilities disc that comes with your M1330.
  2. Copy the I386 folder to a USB memory stick. Make sure that the I386\R154200 folder is copied, it has the important drivers.
  3. During the “Where do you want to install Windows?” step, insert the USB memory stick and click “Load Driver.” The Windows Vista installation will scan the memory stick and automatically display the driver that applies to your M1330.
  4. Click [Next] and that’s it! You should now be able to successfully install Windows Vista on your M1330.

Having to load an external driver is a bit annoying to have to do, but what did you want me to do? Install Windows Home Premium? Hahahahaha…

9 Responses to “Dell XPS M1330”

  1. hascom
    January 6th, 2008 | 6:38 am

    Thanx a lot.. i was looking for the solution of this problem..
    i will try this way, hopefully it will work.

  2. Fabian
    January 31st, 2008 | 10:43 am

    Thanks Marv,

    IT WORKED 100%

    I tried calling Dell for help with this problem but only got the runaround.

  3. bmorrisj
    March 26th, 2008 | 11:52 am

    its because in the BIOS the hard drive controller is set to AHCI instead of standard ATA by default.

  4. William Dowell
    September 3rd, 2008 | 2:59 am

    thanks so much for this post!!!! i too was trying to install from a retail version of windows vista ultimate, from scratch, without all the dell oem stuff on it, and boom it failed. brilliant post. thanks so much

  5. Kobbe
    October 20th, 2008 | 12:17 pm

    Thanks worked great!

  6. December 5th, 2008 | 11:22 am

    Finally an answer to this issue!

  7. May 21st, 2009 | 5:33 am

    Эээ, объясните, пожалуйста, а то я что то не совсем в тему въехал, это как?

  8. June 1st, 2009 | 1:44 am

    Народ в таких случаях так говорит – Авирон не боится ворон, а на галки есть палки. 🙂

  9. July 15th, 2009 | 4:29 am

    Ага! Большое спасибо! Теперь на целый час есть работа! 🙂

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