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re-installed Windows XP and cannot connect to home network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jpbelangerx, Oct 29, 2011.

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  1. jpbelangerx

    jpbelangerx Thread Starter

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    Hi
    I have an old IBM Thinkpad R51 (1836). It was loaded with viruses so I re-installed Windows XP. (2002 version). I can no longer connect to my home network or to the web.
    I can ping 127.0.0.1 and all is good.
    I cannot ping my router.
    ipconfig is empty.
    I have the 1394 network adapter installed and enabled.
    I have to ethernet controller and no network controller.
    I searched the web, downloaded and installed several drivers and no luck.

    What do you recommend?
    thank you for your help!!!
    JP
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Since 127.0.0.1 is your own machine, that doesn't really mean much.

    Are there problem devices in Device Manager? Are all your drivers installed?

    Only install drivers from the manufacturer. All drivers are available on their web site if the machine was sold with the OS you are using.
     
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    Ethernet controller, multimedia audio controller, network controller, pci modem, sm bus controller, universal serial bus (USB) controller, unknown device and video controller all have a yellow question and exclamation mark.
    The Windows XP version I installed is from an original CD but not the one shipped with this machine. Is that a problem?
    tnx
    JP
     
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    Double-click each of those entries with a ? mark.

    That will open their properties window.

    Click the "Details" tab, then select "Hardware Id".

    You will see a string that has VEN_####&DEV_#### as part of the string.

    Advise what the numbers and letters are that follow VEN_ and DEV_.

    Those vendor and device codes will assist in identifying those devices, so be careful not to make any typos.

    ---------------------------------------------------------
     
  6. Elvandil

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    It's not a problem if the serial number worked. But you will need to go to the manufacturer's site and download and install drivers. The chipset always goes first and the others after that can be installed in any order. If you have no intenet connection on that machine, then download the chipset and network drivers on another and copy to CD or USB key so you can move the downloads to that machine. After those are installed, you can get online for any others.
     
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    IBM sold their PC business to Lenovo; here are the drivers for your machine. The ones VictoriaiiCe linked to may also be fine, but I'd get the official ones when possible.
     
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