So confused please someone take pity and help

By craziemama ยท 8 replies
Jun 14, 2008
  1. Okay so I am no computer whiz, but I do know a few things, but I can't seem to get this. Okay here is the situation, my CPU was basically wiped clean, and windows xp was uploaded all over again. But when the person who did this did not upload the Ethernet driver on it. I have been to several different sites and quite honesty don't know exactly what I am looking for. Could someone please help me with this. I would so appreciate it. Thank you.
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Okay, first it would be helpful if you could first give us your computer system specs.

    Second, for clarity sake, did you mean that the harddrive was reformatted, i.e., the harddrive was wiped clean and Windows was reinstalled?

    Lastly, find the make/model of your ethernet card. The driver should be on a disk that your card came with.
  3. craziemama

    craziemama TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay hopefully I can give you the right info. My computer is a emachine w3052 . The computer was wiped clean and windows reinstalled. I don't know the Ethernet make/model. The computer was given to me and none of the discs or anything else came with it. Sorry if that doesn't help. Is there somewhere on the CPU I could find the info.
  4. Tedster

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

    find the make and model of your computer. On another system, download the drivers for your computer from the manufacturer's website. There should be an ethernet driver somewhere on the site.
  5. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    That EMachine came with a modem (1 of 3 possibilities) stock so the ethernet was after-market probably;

    You should identify the ethernet card; look in Device Manager for the description.

    I trust your friend re-installed the motherboard drivers. They are available on the link above.(and for all I know they may include the ethernet drivers)

    edit: it may be that the ethernet was built-in to the mobo BUT they don't list a driver in any case. So, identifying what it is will lead to the proper download. You can also try Everest Home to get the info:
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    You can use Belarc (, Everest, or magic jelly bean to determine what ethernet you have. Most such eMachines boards use the Intel 10/100/1000 integrated onboard driver.
    However, since you have an AMD Sempron 3000 chip, it is likely the other made by RealTek.
    The last time I checked, the Ethernet driver is part of the motherboard chipset softwware.
    Download and reinstall the "Motherboard Driver Package" and your 10/100Mbps Ethernet should be automatically installed as part of the process. You will find it at
  7. sedge

    sedge TS Rookie

    google astra 32 then download it m8
    it is a system info tool
    it will tell you everything that is in your pc
    and what drivers are needed
    it will identify the name of all your hardware
  8. insoman

    insoman TS Booster Posts: 102

    Rigfht click on My Computer, go to Device Manager, find the ethernet controller. open up and update driver and anything else that has a red cross beside it
  9. jhnroy

    jhnroy TS Rookie Posts: 17

    there is a program called driver guide toolkit which will probably be able to give you the information on you're ethernet card so give this a try and let me know what happens
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