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16-Sep-2010, 05:46 PM #1
How do I find the driver for my network adapter?
I recently reformated and reinstalled XP but I overlooked gathering the drivers. I'm sure I would be able to get them if my computer could connect to the internet but unfortunately I need to get a driver in order to do that. The problem is I can't really find the driver. I looked under System Information and my network adapter is apparently a RAS Async Adapter, but I can't for the life of me find anywhere to get the driver and I'm starting to believe that it's because RAS Async Adapter doesn't really describe my network adapter correctly. I almost got something when I went to CNET but it took me to Microsoft Support or something and it started to scan this computer for updates so I just left cause whatever it finds will be useless to me no doubt.

Anybody have any ideas?
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16-Sep-2010, 05:47 PM #2
You're connected to the Internet right now, download them on the machine you're using and move them with removable storage.
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16-Sep-2010, 06:05 PM #3
I know, I get that. I'm asking if anybody knows a place to get drivers directly. Everywhere I go I get redirected to some driver manager download or driver scan. Very frustrating.
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16-Sep-2010, 09:17 PM #4
This is my preferred order for finding drivers:

1. PC manufacturer's web site, [for Dell use your Service Tag for easier searching]
2. Motherboard manufacturer's web site,
3. Device manufacturer's web site,
4. A "drivers" site, such as DriverGuide,
5. Anywhere you can find one that might work,
6. Let Device Manager try to find one.
7. Use Windows Update.
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17-Sep-2010, 09:11 AM #5
If you gave us the exact make/model of the computer and/or network adapter, we could probably be more help. Short of that, we're stuck with generic suggestions.
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