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Windows XP reinstall troubles

By Karido
Aug 27, 2005
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  1. I recently reinstalled my version of WIndows XP pro because of some PC problems I was having. I deleted all of my partitions and installed Windows XP, now none of my hardware that was previously active is active now. I can't seem to get Windows to detect any of my hardware from my soundcard to my wireless card. What do I need to do to get windows to recognize this hardware?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    Welcome to Techspot!
    Are any of these items listed in Device Manager. If they are force windows to update their drivers by using the update driver button on the Properties page for each item.Make sure you have downloaded the latest drivers.Also some items must have the drivers loaded with the CD/Progam they came with first before you update.(Some Creative cards are like that)
    If these things are not in device manager, make sure Bios can see them or some setting is not blocking them eg. onboard sound
  3. Karido

    Karido TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for responding. I tried the device manager however I can't even pick up the internet. (I'm on a different computer now), Windows doesn't recognize that I have a wireless card or even when I put the ethernet cable in.
  4. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    You tried What in device manager? if I know what you did I can help you try something else,Please be specific.
    Try pulling the Ethernet card out of your machine,Read the installation instructions for the card .If they say to install the software drivers then reboot with the card installed ,this is what you need to try.
  5. Karido

    Karido TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry--I went into device manager and attempted to Update the devices or Reinstall them, however, I don't have the software CDs correspond with each piece of hardware. I'm using an Acer laptop and all of the hardware was previously installed when I purchased it.
  6. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    Ahhhhh!!!!!!!!
    Go to Acer's Web site and download and read/print up, all reinstallation instructions and Drivers , paying attention to order of installation for items.
    Portables have very specific Setups so tke your time and check out the whole process.
    Let us know how it goes.
  7. Karido

    Karido TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you! I installed all the drivers software from the ACER website. I got all of my hardware working except for my ethernet card for some reason... It still won't pick up that there is an ethernet card. When I try to install the LAN software it says "Can not find proper NIC". I appreciate all your help, sorry that I'm so computer illiterate
  8. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    Is the ethrnet card listed in Device manager? If so uninstall it right there in Device Manager and then reboot (try this with a cable in the ethernet socket if it does not work first try)
    Open Hardware installation Wizard; As long as you have the proper name/Model for the Ethernet card you can search for the hardware and forcing windows install it.Just ask the Wizard to search for the item and pick it from the list.

    Check in your Bios Setup to see if there is an option to enable/disable ethernet.

    Plug a cable(that has internet in it) into the card and reboot.
    Try some of these tricks
  9. Karido

    Karido TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I uninstalled it from the device manager and restarted my computer. Once my computer was restarted I got a "found new hardware", "ethernet controller". I was prompted to install this hardware however after I clicked install I got an error message saying that there was no software. I then had the hardware wizard search a CD I filled with all of the programs downloaded from the ACER website. After this I still received the error message saying that there was no software. Next I checked my BIOS and there were no options to enable/disbale ethernet.

    Any ideas where I can find software to support the "ethernet controller" found?
    Thanks again
  10. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    Can you tell which of the items you downloaded from Acer is for the Ethernet card?
    If so is it a program you run or is it a collection of files that you put into a folder on your system?
    You must point to the folder when windows asks for the location of the drivers(a file name is usually listed- ****.ini
    If it is a program and running the installation does not work ,You might have to get Acer to assist you or re-read at the site ,there might be something you missed.
    If you list the make and model of your machine I will take a look also.
  11. Karido

    Karido TS Rookie Topic Starter

     
  12. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    Is there a Brand and Model # for your Ethernet card? Post it please
  13. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

  14. Karido

    Karido TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey I finally got it!! Thanks a lot for your help. I found a driver on that link you sent me that worked and now my ethernet is running smoothly. Thanks again for your help :D
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