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NovaLord

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Hey again, guys. I've finally re-formatted that old server PC, and have done nothing to it yet, in fact, XP was just installed an hour or two ago.

I'm not really good with internet and stuff, I've never been much of a networker.

The PC has a network card or whatever.
The Internet functions correctly on this PC, which is just a foot away from the other one.
The modem and router are set up properly.
The PC is connected to the router through an ethernet cable.

Windows did not detect the connection when plugged in, and there are no network connections already there.

When I click "set up a home or small office network" it instantly pops up with an error saying "cannot complete the network setup wizard"

What should I do? Can anyone give me a very easy to follow like.. Step by step guide on how to get the internet working? :confused:

...God I'm an idiot. I know that this is going to be very, very simple in the end.
 

JohnWill

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I'm going to guess you don't have the drivers installed.



Hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

Please respond to all the following steps.

  1. Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
  2. Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
  3. Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?
 

TerryNet

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Install the correct chipset drivers, followed by the networking driver(s), and then any other needed drivers. The source is your Drivers or Resource CD, PC manufacturer's web site, or the motherboard manufacturer's web site.
 

TerryNet

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Wadda ya mean!?! I gave a solution; you only gave a guess! :)
 

NovaLord

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Thanks for the replies.

1. Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
There isn't a network adapter section, I take it none are installed.
2. Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
Read above.
3. Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?
There are several devices under the Other devices section, one of them being the Ethernet controller, which I assume is the card I'm looking for.

There is also: Multimedia Audio Controller
Video Controller
and Video Controller (VGA compatible)

What now?
 

NovaLord

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I don't even know where this machine came from, it's a random bunch of parts thrown into a case, basically.

Is that all you have for me? It seems like it should be much simpler to set up a freakin' internet connection.
 

NovaLord

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Bump. I still haven't figures this out.
I expected JohnWill to reply, and deal with all his questions.
Come on!
 

JohnWill

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I think Terry is spot on, you need to load the chipset drivers, then the network drivers. Run SIW (System Information Windows) on the machine to identify the exact motherboard, then visit their site to download the missing drivers. If this machine has a PCI NIC instead of one integrated into the MB, you'll have to identify the make/model of the NIC and download it's drivers from that manufacturer as well.
 

NovaLord

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I ran SIW on the machine. The motherboard information was:

Manufacturer IBM
Model IBM
North Bridge Intel i854G Revision A1
South Bridge Intel 82801DB (ICH4) Revision A1

Does this mean that the Intel i854G is my mainboard?

When I clicked Network Adapters, the only information given was the name of the machine (NOVA) with a little computer icon next to it. No real information.

Does this mean that the NIC isn't integrated? So where do I go from here?
This machine has worked with the internet before, it worked fine.
The drivers must be out there somewhere, before the reformat it was fine.
 

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The Intel i854G is the chipset, apparently it's an IBM manufactured board. Is the NIC socket grouped with the USB, keyboard, etc. connections, it is it in a slot separate from the other connections?
 

NovaLord

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Yeah, actually; the back-plate shows that it's all built into the mainboard.

This means that a motherboard driver will also include the NIC drivers, does it not?

But now we nee to know the model of motherboard to get the driver! :mad:
 

JohnWill

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Nope, the chipset drivers and NIC drivers will most likely be two separate downloads.

Look at the MB and see if there's a model number on it.
 
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