Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:44 AM
MSI Wind netbook
WinXP Home SP3
Wireless adapter: Realtek RTL8187SE
Wired LAN adapter: Realtek 8102
Everything was working ok originally. I installed HotSpot Shield, a VPN/Proxy application. After trying it, I uninstalled it because of irritating adware.
Next, I updated my wireless driver to try to fix a problem with the adapter not connecting after suspend.
The update to the wireless driver was unsuccessful. While I was investigating that problem, I noticed that my network drivers all still referenced a HotSpot Shield driver. I removed all of the existing adapters in an attempt to eliminate the lingering effects of the HotSpot Shield installation. I was unable to uninstall or delete the network adapters from device manager, so I removed the entries for them in the registry.
So, after deleting the network adapters, I rebooted, let Windows detect the adapters and then re-installed the manufacturer's official drivers. At this point, I was unable to get the drivers to install successfully. Each time, the fail with a message that "the specified file could not be found." This is the case for both my wireless and my wired LAN adapter. If I look at the adapters in device manager, they look more or less, ok, i.e, the driver detail shows the correct version, points to the correct .sys file, etc, but there's an exclamation point icon and device manager indicates that the drivers are not loaded.
I've tried repeatedly to delete and re-install the drivers, but no luck. I think there's something messed up in the registry, or else a critical Windows file is corrupted.
I don't have a good restore point to use from before the problem. Does anybody have a suggestion on how I can possibly get a good driver installation without having to re-install Windows?