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LAN Ports Dead, Not Recognized By XP.

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#1 Syneph


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Posted 29 March 2010 - 03:38 AM

Just did a clean install of XP Pro SP2 on ECS/nVidia PN2 SL12+ mobo and new O/S drive. LAN ports not recognized anywhere in XP, completely dead, although everything worked fine with now-defunct HDD earlier. Not really clear on a few concepts. Are the drivers or controllers for LAN ports part of the chipset/mobo drivers, or are they in XP? I just thought that maybe I overlooked some of the chipset/mobo drivers during installation. Would that cause them to be unrecognizable to Windows? Is there any way to pull up what devices have drivers/controllers to determine if I missed something? If I try to re-install all of the chipset/mobo drivers over the existing installation, might it cause problems? Or might it simply take the ones I missed earlier and reject the others? Or should I re-installl from scratch and then do all the chipset/mobo drivers again?
This computer will be hard-wired to a wireless/wired router. Through a router, it will share the internet connection with other wirelessly connected computers, but there will be no file or printer sharing, no local network of any sort. All I need is to get the LAN ports operable, and I'm good to go. I really appreciate any thoughts. Thanks a bunch!

Edited by Syneph, 29 March 2010 - 04:02 AM.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 05:32 AM

Hi Syneph.

Just a quick question, have you checked Window's Device Manager located on the Hardware tab in the System folder of the Control Panel to see if you have any ! (exclamation marks) next to the device's name yet?
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 07:11 AM

Sounds like you need to install the NIC card drivers. They can be found at the link below

Realtek 10/100/1000 PCI NIC Family Driver

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