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Unrecognized network card

VistiVisti Registered User regular
Hi guys, I'm having a bit of a problem here.. I wanted to completely bomb everything from my desktop computer to get a fresh start, so I formatted everything and installed Windows 7 on it. That was fun for a while, but to use it efficiently I've now gone back to Windows XP SP3. However, my network card (that worked in the previous XP install and Windows 7) is suddenly not recognized at all.

There's no information about it in the device manager or anything and no lights when I plug in an ethernet cable - nothing. But how do I install a driver for something I have no idea what is? It's always worked before, so I never though to take any notice of what make or model it was. It's getting a bit annoying not having internet on it, now.

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  • iTunesIsEviliTunesIsEvil Cornfield? Cornfield.Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    You should get a link-light on the card even without a driver, I think.

    It'd be weird if it randomly died between OS installs.

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  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    There's no link-light and I'm almost 100% positive, that if I boot up a live Linux CD right now, that card will work fine.

    Yep - Confirmed. Wait.. Is there some way to tell which card I'm using through Ubuntu?

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Have you reinstalled the chipset driver for your mobo? I've found that sometimes if you forget that, your computer will work mostly right. But it will have silly little things like that that may not.

    Not that not having a Network card recognized is insignificant. It makes things super difficult.

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  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Bam! Nvidia chipset drivers installed and everything works now! Thanks, Tof.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    No problem. Sounded like the kind of weird problem it might cause.
    I had a similar thing once. And once I had a new build where even scrolling an Explorer window through a bunch of files caused massive tearing and lag. I've forgotten about doing the chipset so many times.

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