One of the reasons I buy Dell computers is they don't play those games,
locking you into 'approved' devices. However, as I noted, their install
software does check the machine and may balk at installing on a machine
which is not listed in the install program.
I really do suspect that the BIOS has a setting where the computer
expects a certain device in the mini-pci slot, and changing that setting
would fix the problem.
My computer (Inspiron 8200) came with a Dell 1180 broadcom card. The
BIOS had that device listed as in the mini-pci slot. When I changed
cards, I just deleted that entry. It now says 'unknown device', which is