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#1 ForeverYoung

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 08:23 PM

[SIZE=7] I have windows me with cable modem. Last year I reformatted my hard drive & afterwards I did not have the internet, my computer also said it could not find the modem or internet service. So, I took it to a computer specialist in which took about 2 minutes at the most, & cost me $70.00 to get the internet working once again. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what this specialist might have done to get my computer back on the net? So fast? I'm asking this because I need to reformat my hard drive again & am afraid I won't have the internet again & end up pitching out money. I remember asking the guy what he did & he just smiled & said, "Oh, it was easy".

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 08:53 PM

He probably just installed the drivers for your ethernet card which is a normal thing to have to do after reinstalling Windows.

If you go to Start>Settings>Control Panel>System and click the plus sign next to Network Adapter you will see what kind you have. Then you need to get the drivers for that adapter and burn them to a CD so you can install them after you reload ME.

Post back with that info and we'll see if we can find what you need.

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 09:50 PM

well, I have Dial up adapter, Dial up adapter#2 (VPN Support), HP EN1207D-TXPCI 10/100 Fast Ethernet Adapter, & Microsoft Virtual Private Networking Adapter. So I guess my next question would be....where do I find these drivers & which ones do I need? I don't use dial up for anything.

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 10:42 PM

You can find the driver for your HP EN1207D-TX PCI 10/100 Fast Ethernet Adapter here. Driver Guide is a great site for drivers. They may want a Login (drivers) and a password (all). They give the same ones to everybody so just use those.

Download the Zip file and extract it to a new folder that you can name something like Ethernet driver. Then burn the contents of the folder to a CD. Keep this in a safe place as you will need it anytime you reinstall ME on that computer. After you do reinstall ME you would then go to Control Panel>System again and you will no doubt see a yellow exclamation mark where your Network Adapter is now. You would then highlight the ethernet adapter and click properties at the bottom of that box. On the box that pops up click the driver tab and then click update driver. Another box will pop up and Windows will want to search for a new driver. After you click next the box will have some choices for you to make as to where windows should look for the driver. In the bottom box you would browse to your CD drive and click next. (If you want you can try it to this point for practice but just put a music CD or something in the CD drive. All that will happen is that Windows will say it already has the best driver and you can click cancel on everything). In the real install Windows will find the drivers on the CD and install them and then you can hook up your modem and go surfing.

The other items you found under network adapter are harmless and best left alone. It looks like you have a dial up modem in your computer and thats fine. Removing those items will just cause Windows to reinstall them on the next boot so its rather pointless to do that. They don't do any harm in being there.

Let us know if you have any more questions.

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 03:50 PM

Thanks! You are such a GREAT help!

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 04:48 PM

Glad I was able to help. Thanks for posting back.

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