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Looking high and low for a driver


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#1 trevzilla

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 10:36 PM

Hi!

I'm working on an HP Media Center PC m1050e. I have updated it to Windows 7 from XP, however I can not for the life of me find drivers for the onboard ethernet. The HP support page doesn't seem to have them, and no other forums have been of use to me so far. Does anyone have any ideas of what driver I could use to get this computer connected?

The only identifying mark on the motherboard is a little 'etch' that says "k8s-la." And yes, the ethernet is onboard.

Thanks so much for any help you can offer!

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#2 James Litten

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 11:14 PM

Hi

That's a tough one. It is probably a Realtek RTL8201CL but if you go to their driver download site, you'll be directed to a faq which says...

Q9: Why don't I find RTL8201x driver on the website?

A9:
RTL8201, RTL8201BL, RTL8201CL, RTL8201CP, RTL8201N and RTL8211B(L) are all PHYceiver. That is a driverless hardware device. Software driver are relative to Network controller ( MAC ) which is integrated into chipset in such case mostly. Please contact your mother board maker or chipset manufacturer to obtain proper driver support.

http://www.realtek.com/faqs/faqsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=1&PFid=1&Level=3

So unless HP specifically makes a driver for your motherboard for Windows 7 it's going to be difficult to get that working.

Does the network that you are connecting to have wireless capability?

If so, you should try a USB wireless network adapter for about $20.

Wish I had better news for you. Maybe someone else knows a workaround.

James

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 11:32 PM

Well that's too bad, but it certainly explains why the driver has been so difficult to find. The network does have wireless capabilities, and a USB network or even an internal card is not out of the question. My only problem is that I was hoping to flash an old router with dd-wrt to create a wireless bridge, but I need to connect the router with an ethernet cable to make that flash happen. All the directions tell me very specifically to not flash the router using wireless. :(

Thank you very much for your sleuthing! I guess I'll start looking for a new NIC. Unless there are more ideas out there?

Edited by trevzilla, 12 February 2012 - 11:33 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2012 - 11:47 PM

You are right, you need a wired connection for that :(

If you are into living dangerously (I see you're doing some hardcore stuff there) then you can see if any other motherboard manufacturers have a driver that you might be able to make work with yours. It would be a chore and you'll need to be ready to roll everything back if it screws things up.

Otherwise add a card.

James




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