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Solved: I Can't install protocols, services or clients in XP

Discussion in 'Networking' started by merp64, Jun 9, 2005.

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  1. merp64

    merp64 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I'm trying to install IPX/SPX protocol in XP so I go to the normal procedure, "Control Panel-Network Connections- LAN Properties- Install"
    When I got to the last option "Add", I have the following Windows message:

    "Could not add the requested component. The error is: The specified path does not contain any applicable device INFs"


    Any idea?

    Thanks
     
  2. GyBear

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    What is your network card? Maybe your XP doesn't have native support for it.

    You also may want to check:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    to see if the key "DevicePath" points to "%SystemRoot%\inf"
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    First off, just for the hell of it, reboot. :)

    If you already have at least one protocol working, I'd guess that the INF file for IPX is missing or corrupted.
     
  4. Memnoch322

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    I love it when a reboot fixes all problems!!! ANd like mentioned before if you still can not install it, I am sure there is a KB on how to install the protocol off the CD.
     
  5. merp64

    merp64 Thread Starter

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    The NIC is integrated in the motherboard (Broadcom 440x 10/100) the computer is a DELL 4600C P4 2.4 Ghz.
    I checked the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    and the key "DevicePath" points to "c:\drivers\%SystemRoot%\inf" so I changed to
    "%SystemRoot%\inf" and still the same.
    I don't think the INF is missing or corrupted because the problem is not only with the IPX itself, in fact the problem is with all the network components. In other words I can't add any client, service or protocol to this connection in general.

    I also have Norton Internet Security and Counter Spy in this computer I'm wonder if this could be part of the problem.

    Thanks for your replay
     
  6. Memnoch322

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    Try disabling the norton, and lemme check the microsoft KB for ya.

    You can browse when installing the protocol, download it and point the computer directly to it.
     
  7. GyBear

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    And it's a Dell... So it's their settings. Are you sure it was EXACTLY c:\drivers\%SystemRoot%\inf?

    You shouldn't have removed the value, but added the new one to the path.

    Just for the sake of it, set the DevicePath key to: c:\windows\inf;c:\drivers\windows\inf;c:\windows\drivers\network (You can cut&paste).

    Reboot & retry installing the protocol.
     
  8. merp64

    merp64 Thread Starter

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    Hey!!! GyBear,

    You are the men!!!, you go it. I set the path as you said and it worked perfect!!!! That was right the inf files are in one those path I'm not sure which one I'll find out later, for now that's what I need.

    Thank you very much for your help you are a pro!! (y)
     
  9. GyBear

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    Most welcome. Would you please mark the thread as Solved (Click on Thread Tools)?

    Another Windoze stoopid feature brought to you by M$hit :D.
     
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