XP is very good at detecting devices, network adapters being no exception.
What I suspect, assuming that your computer has a built-in network adapter,
is that it is one of the "Unknown" devices listed in Hardware Manager.
XP may not have recognized it as being a network adapter.
You said that you downloaded the "original drivers". Does that mean you
downloaded the -manufacturer's latest- drivers ? How did you install
the driver ? Did the download have an install program or was it just the
driver files with a ???.INF file among them ? If it is just a group of
6 or 8 files you will need to go into Device Manager and "update" the
driver (read "install") them manually by navigating to that ???.INF file.
Sometimes network adapter chips built into a motherboard can be turned off
in the BIOS. If so, this would prevent XP from seeing the device at all.
Try going into the BIOS to see if this is what happened and turn it back on
if this is the case.
The only way XP would not recognize a network adapter plug-in card is if
the card was bad. Otherwise it will show up in the Device Manager, recognized
as a network adapter or not. Some new device should show up there.
Check again. Maybe there is an unidentified device listsed when that card
is plugged in. Don't expect XP to have the driver for any plug-in card,
much less a built-in device. Typically, there will be an install CD for a
network card or networking built-in device. What happened when you ran the
install CD for the plug-in card ?
BTW, what is the make and model number of your computer ? I'll take a look
at the manufacturer's site and get back to you.
Edited by pascor22234, 03 March 2006 - 04:59 PM.