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No Connections. Period

Discussion in 'Networking' started by SineQuaNon, Aug 21, 2008.

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  1. SineQuaNon

    SineQuaNon Thread Starter

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    Alright.

    So I've been asked to wipe an XP Home computer and replace it with XP Professional, and up until now, there have been no problems. Well, it hasn't taken long for one to crop up.

    There are no connections listed in the Control Panel. Not one. And I haven't the foggiest idea on how to set one up (Networking is not my strong suit).

    Anyway, the laptop is normally connected on a DSL connection.

    Any ideas to get it working again?
     
  2. Courtneyc

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    Did you install the drivers for the network card?

    Courtney sends....
     
  3. SineQuaNon

    SineQuaNon Thread Starter

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    I'm afraid I don't know the specs of the card in order to do that, or even where to look. I checked in the device manager, but I don't see anything that even remotely resembles a network card...
     
  4. Courtneyc

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    Well, at least you know your problem.

    You will have to do some investigating. What is the network cable plugged into? If it is on the motherboard, you will have to get the drivers (or at least the info about the network card) from the motherboard manufacturer. If it is on a separate card, you will have to get the drivers from the card manufacturer.

    Courtney
     
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    You'd be well advised to get the chipset drivers also and install them before the other ones that you may need. For brand name computers try the computer manufacturer's web site; else, as Courtney said, the motherboard manufacturer's site.
     
  6. SineQuaNon

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    Forgive my hesitation (and my ignorance), but I haven't exactly had the best experiences with drivers and I just want to clarify exactly what drivers I need to get.

    Firstly, the laptop is an older Dell Inspiron B120. I've found all the drivers I can download from their support page, but I'm... err... a bit confused.

    So the first driver I should download would be the chipset, yes? Simple enough, there.

    There are 6 drivers under the network subsection, 4 discounting the ones that are for foreign computers. Which one(s) do I need to download?
     
  7. TerryNet

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    Did you use the Service Tag to search for that PC?
     
  8. SineQuaNon

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    Yes, I did.
     
  9. TerryNet

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    You want the Broadcom driver for the 440x.

    You want the driver for the Wireless 1370 if you have that adapter.

    You want the driver for the Wireless 1470 if you have that adapter.

    I don't understand the one listed just above the 1470. Maybe there is an unnumbered Dell wireless card; if you have that then you want that driver.
     
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