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#1 dobber1978

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:38 AM

Just installed a new motherboard into my computer,

I don't do this very often so if the queston is a dumb one please forgive me,

Board in question is a Asrock N61P-S

Right now my system is not detecting any network card,
Do I have to install the driver for that prior to it working? I would have thought that the onboard LAN would have loaded it's driver off onboard memory.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:53 AM

It's not a dumb question :thumbsup:, wish more would ask such before installing new components.

A new motherboard has drivers for various functions...sound, video, NIC, etc.

Sometimes XP already has the drivers for these in it's cache...in some cases, it will install these when XP is installed. Sometimes users must use the auto-install routine available on drivers CDs, sometimes the drivers will have to be installed by going through Device Manager.

The easy way to ensure all drivers are properly installed...is to go to Device Manager (Start/Run...type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter) and review the status displayed for all components. If you see a yellow question mark, that indicates that a driver needs to be installed or that something is wrong with the installed driver.

If something is wrong with the installed driver, there are a few tricks to removing such...and then trying to install that driver again.

I find this useful at such times, How to uninstall hidden devices, drivers, and services - Tech-Recipes.com - http://www.tech-recipes.com/windows_instal...on_tips504.html

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:11 PM

Long story short- install the drivers from the disk that came with the motherboard. It would be hard to include drivers on "memory" included with motherboard as they would have to cover a lot of OSes.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:57 PM

Whenever I install a motherboard, even a new one, I go to the manufacturers site & download the newest drivers before I start.
I make a new folder in My Documents & name it the motherboard model.
I the open it & make new folders in it & name them Chipset, Video,Sound,Lan, & what ever else I find to download.
I put the folder on a jump drive.
As soon as I have Windows running I transfer yjr folder to My Documents.
I then install the drivers starting with the Chipset .

Often a manufacturer will have newer drivers then XP or a disk that came with a motherboard.
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 04:16 PM

Thanks

I did install the drivers from the supplied CD and all is good now.

My network works once again.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 04:17 PM

fairjoeblue has a great suggestion.
You can find all of the drivers for your motherboard at Asrock's Download page.
I'm assuming you're running WinXp 32-bit, so you want to download the NVIDIA all in 1 driver package ver: 1518.
I've built several computers. Sometimes Windows will install the Ethernet drivers during setup; othertimes you'll have to install them yourself.
Good luck!
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 04:25 PM

Glad to see you've got it working. You can use the links above to update your drivers & also your BIOS if necessary. I don't recommend updating the BIOS unless your having problems with the computer or are makiing major changes to it.
With the BIOS, basically, "If'n it ain't broke, don't fix it!!" :thumbsup:
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