Solved: Network Controller driver problem.

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doomworld

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Hello, fundamentally, my problem is that I can't connect to the internet.

I just reinstalled Windows XP on the computer that my brother built a few years ago. Before I did so, however, I took down a list of the drivers that were on the computer.

Under the heading "Network Adapters" there were two items:

D-link Dfe-530tx PCI fast ethernet adaptor (rev.c)
Nvidia Nforce MCP Networking controller

Now, I went to the D-link website, downloaded and installed the d-link driver, but when I go to Network connections, it says "network cable unplugged." I have checked this, and it is fine (lights are on when I plug it in).

This makes me think that it is the Nvidia Nforce drivers that I need. I have gone to the Nvidia drivers page, http://cr.am/framed.php?url=http://www.nvidia.com/page/nforce.html&ref=driverguide but I have no idea what product series I have or need or anything like that. Thoughts?
 

etaf

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we need to know the motherboard make and model - you will need the chipset drivers and other drivers from this manufacturer

use this program to identify the motherboard - you will need to download on a working PC and copy across

http://www.piriform.com/speccy
 

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Ok, here's what speccy says (don't laugh):

Operating System
MS Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP2
CPU
AMD Athlon XP
Barton 0.13um Technology
RAM
512 MB Single-Channel DDR @ 200MHz (2.5-3-3-8)
Motherboard
nVidia-nForce2 (Socket A) 37 °C
Graphics
SyncMaster ([email protected])
128MB RADEON 9600 Family (Microsoft Corporation) (Sapphire/PCPartner)
128MB RADEON 9600 SEC Family (Microsoft Corporation) (Sapphire/PCPartner)
CrossFire Disabled
Hard Drives
80GB Maxtor Maxtor 6Y080L0 (PATA) 22 °C
Optical Drives
LITE-ON CD-RW SOHR-5238S

Motherboard
Model nVidia-nForce2 (Socket A)
Chipset Vendor NVIDIA
Chipset Model nForce2 Ultra 400
Chipset Revision C1
Southbridge Vendor NVIDIA
Southbridge Model nForce2 MCP
Southbridge Revision A4
System Temperature 38 °C
BIOS
Brand Phoenix Technologies, LTD
Version 6.00 PG
Date 06/10/2004
 

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Motherboard
Model nVidia-nForce2 (Socket A)
Chipset Vendor NVIDIA
Chipset Model nForce2 Ultra 400
Chipset Revision C1
Southbridge Vendor NVIDIA
Southbridge Model nForce2 MCP
Southbridge Revision A4
System Temperature 38 °C
BIOS
Brand Phoenix Technologies, LTD
Version 6.00 PG
Date 06/10/2004
This was only a little piece of what I got from speccy. I could post absolutely everything if you wanted?
 

etaf

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i was looking for more info on the motherboard or network controller - the info is a little limited to find the correct drivers / chipset

it maybe you need to take the side off the PC and see if you can see the make and model of the motherboard etched on the board
 

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There was a window on the side of the case. I looked around inside the computer and I saw this Nvidia chip:

Nvidia nforce2 MCP FB8849.1 0347A4
 

etaf

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not the chip i was after more the motherboard info
 

doomworld

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Well, I figured out a solution to the problem. When I took it apart I noticed that there was ANOTHER place for me to plug an ethernet cord into. I did so and it worked.

So I'm thinking what happened is that prior to the system restore, we were using an nvidia ethernet card with the dlink one sitting idle.

Wouldn't have figured it out if not for you etaf. Thanks.
 
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