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cannot connect to the internet after installation

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#1 TurboChicken


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Posted 12 August 2011 - 03:53 PM

A friend of mine recently gave me his Gateway M460e laptop. When i received it, all necessary drivers were installed, however the hard drive was riddled with viruses. Last night, I uninstalled XP, reformatted the hard drive, and re-installed XP, as well as installing Avast AntiVirus. I do not need to set up a wireless network, all i need to know is how to connect to an existing wireless network. Beforehand, there was a wireless network icon in the system tray, but now that i did a clean re-installation it is gone. I assume that this means I need to install a driver? I have a laptop with Windows 7 which I can use to download any necessary files and transfer them to the Gateway with a flash drive. I found a page with a list of drivers for the laptop, but (being as I have little computer knowledge) have no idea which ones to install, or if these are even the ones I am looking for. Can someone please help? Thanks!

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 12 August 2011 - 04:19 PM

IMO...it's always best to get drivers for a given laptop...from the website of the system manufacturer. There is no need to install any additional software to find such, there is no need to seek drivers from a different site...unless the system manufacturer's site does not reflect such.


I would start with the chipset, video, and wireless LAN drivers listed.

After installing those, I would go Start/Run...type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter...and look for yellow markings. Such markings indicate that the device is not functional and requires installation of the corresponding driver for said identified function.


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