My teenaged son FUBAR’ed our laptop which had previously been running Windows 7 for a few years. I couldn’t find my install media, so I purchased a new copy of Windows 7 and set about setting up a clean install of the OS.
It’s all gone fine so far, until I tried to go online. When I went to the Control Panel and tried to Connect to the Internet, I got the message, “Windows did not detect any networking hardware.”
Now, we’ve been using this laptop for internet access for years, so I know I’ve got networking hardware, so I assume it’s a problem with the drivers or some such.
My first question is how I can go about getting the necessary drivers (if the drivers are, indeed, my problem here) when I can’t connect to the internet to download them. I do have another PC which I’m able to use for internet access, which is how I’m posting here.
I’m using an Aspire laptop. A piece of "HWVendorDetection" software I downloaded seems to indicate that my network hardware is Atheros, but that's as specific as it gets. I tried using Hardware Identify, but I just get “Drivers are not installed” for the network hardware. I assume that I need to know the Atheros specifications in order to know which driver(s) to download.
Any help you can provide will be much appreciated. Thanks!