I too have that model and that VEN but the intel installer from HP reports back no intel card. The little program from Piriform indicates no ethernet cards. Bios indicated the onboard ethernet is active and available to the OS. Perhaps I will try Ubuntu Live... but I do need XP. Any ideas?
Is this the one you have?
You could have a Broadcom or Intel Ethernet in that model.
One way to tell, Look at the image I attached anything Intel will show VEN_8086
If it shows a different VEN_ number try the Broadcom one.
Edited by hamluis, 21 August 2012 - 02:06 PM.
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