Ethernet Not Recognized?

By Hemogoblin ยท 35 replies
Aug 4, 2008
  1. I just switched over a hard drive from one computer to another. When I did that, I loaded up the computer and logged into Windows, no problem.

    However, when I tried to connect to the internet, it told me that there was no connection, which I thought was strange because my ethernet cable is plugged into the exact same spot it was before.

    I opened up my Network Connections to see what was going on, and the only connection that appears is the 1394 Connection. There are no others there at all. No wireless connections (which I also had set up but was not using at the time), no ethernet connections, nothing.

    I've been searching around online for some answers, but I can't seem to find anything.

    I am really not very knowledgeable about this stuff, but I'm trying to learn, so any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    When you switch over HardDrives, you need to do a Windows Repair too

    Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step

    Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step

    Xp Repair Home/Pro

    Vista Repair:

    Actually it's amazing that it starts!
  3. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    hahaha, like I said, I don't know much about all this stuff, so I just kinda looked up a tutorial on how to install a hard drive and went for it!

    I'll check out those windows repair things and reply saying how it goes.
  4. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    hmmm... I don't know if I have a Windows XP cd, it came pre-installed on the computer. Will any Windows XP cd work, or does it have to correspond exactly with that specific installation and serial key somehow?
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    It must correspond. :(

    And there are many different versions, including OEM versions (which have to be the exact same as yours installed)

    I'd say contact the manufacture on purchasing (at reduced cost) the Windows Restore CD (this will help in future anyway)

    By the way a Restore CD, does not use the above proceedure
    It's a matter of backing up (before hand) and restoring your computer (although I think some have Repair)

    You'll probably have some F# function key to press on system startup to start restore (if the Restore partition exists) But backup must be done first
  6. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Argh, ok i'll take a look and see what I can turn up.

    Thanks for the help!
  7. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    oook.... so, I've got my cd and I'm ready to do the repair... problem is that my computer is not recognizing that it has a cd drive. Any ideas as to why this would be?
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Sometimes BIOS does not show the CD Drive connected
    You are using the CD from system startup (not in Windows) aren't you?

    If so, then you may have a CD/DVD Drive, or cabling issue
  9. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    when I turn on my computer, it just loads into windows. It cannot recognize any cds that I put in it.

    In Device Manager, there is a yellow icon with an exclamation mark by the name of the hard drive.

    When I go into the cd drive properties through Device Manager, it says "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)"
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    For Windows:



    Just run one of those, and restart


    For Startup:

    When you first turn on the computer
    You will notice a prompt, like Press F2 to get into Setup (Note: it may be another key stated, and it might say BIOS or Firmware or CMOS)

    Once in CMOS Setup screen navigate around (via Keyboard Arrow, Tab, Enter keys) until you find the Boot (or startup) order

    Change the sequence to:
    1st Startup item=CDRom
    2nd item = HardDrive
    3rd item = (actually this doesn't matter)

    Save and exit CMOS (which is F10 on most computers) and with the Windows CD in the drive, "Press any key (ie space bar) to boot from windows" message should come up (when your computer starts up again)

    Follow the bouncing ball after that!
  11. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    ok, so I just finished doing the repair thing, but I still have a few problems.

    1. I have all of my stuff still on my hard drive, but nothing shows up in the start menu to show that I have any programs installed. I just went into the program files to try and start a few games that way to check if everything was good, but it tells me that some .dll file was not found, and that re-installing the application may fix the problem. I also tried to run Flash, and that worked fine, although it was asking me for my serial number again.

    2. There are still no recognized network connections, and in the device manager, there are still the yellow circles with the exclamation marks in them. It tells me that "the drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)" for everything listed in "Other Devices".

    grr.... I was hoping that this repair install would be the last of my troubles...
  12. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    I should also mention that windows are moving slowly when I move them around. They don't drag in a smooth fashion, but rather refresh in the new location I have dragged them to after a short pause.
  13. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    nevermind the last post, I just got the driver for my video card installed and that fixed that up fine.
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    lol you got in before me!

    How's all the drivers installs going?
  15. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    ok, well like I said, I installed the driver for the video card, and that has fixed that problem. However, I still have no network connections other than the 1394 one, I still get the Code 28 message about my Ethernet controller, and I still have the .dll problem with programs previously installed on the computer.

    I am at a loss as to where to go from here
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Well once the Repair was done (way up there)
    There is still the small matter of loading all the system drivers (ie ethernet)

    How you find these drivers, is by going to the motherboards (or computer if it's a brand name) support page. ie If it's a Dell, you'd go to Dell's support web page, and locate your model number and download the drivers.

    As this may be all too hard (I can understand)
    I may be able to help provide the direct link to the support drivers download page (that's a mouthfull !)
    Anyway, you just need to tell me either the Motherboard Name and model number, or the Computer name and model number. Which is either printed on the case (for brand label computers) or on the Motherboard itself.

    Good luck !
  17. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37


    thanks for all the help by the way!

    the motherboard is an Intel Battle Lake D915PBL, I believe. That's the name that Everest is giving me, anyways. Hope that helps!
  18. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    you cannot load or boot XP installed for one system and use it on another. 1. It's illegal 2. XP configures itself for the system it is loaded on.
  20. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  21. Hemogoblin

    Hemogoblin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    yeah, I think i'm good to go now, thanks kimsland for all the help!
  22. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Thanks for the update :grinthumb
  23. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    1) It is not illegal if you are using an OEM image and are transferring a license, or if you are using a volume license

    2) It will work provided the motherboard chipset is the same and the physical location of the HDD is same

    It's for that very reason that shops can rely heavily on disk imaging
  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Soul Harvester, I think you may be a little confused (or I am :confused: )

    OEM means that the Key belongs only to that computer
    Disk imaging is done on the HardDrive, that goes back into the same computer
  25. Darth_Terra1

    Darth_Terra1 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    Your not confused you are indeed correct,
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