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How do I find the driver for my network adapter?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by rrod93, Sep 16, 2010.

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  1. rrod93

    rrod93 Thread Starter

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    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?
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You're connected to the Internet right now, download them on the machine you're using and move them with removable storage.
     
  3. rrod93

    rrod93 Thread Starter

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    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.
     
  4. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

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    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.
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    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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