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Unable to Access Internet After Installing Drivers

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by Beksters, Nov 18, 2011.

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  1. Beksters

    Beksters Thread Starter

    Nov 1, 2011
    Please can someone help me? I've somehow managed to knock out my internet connection to my PC and laptop. I think it may have something to do with installing drivers as the Aero and transparency effects on my laptop seemed to disappear, so I downloaded a driver from the nvidia site which solved the problem. Around the same time I installed Driver Robot on my PC and ended up downloading and installing the many recommended drivers, 10 at a guess, one was nvidia. I'm making the assumption that these drivers are the cause for my connectivity issues as this is all I can think of that the two have in common. My ethernet cables have been checked and it doesn't appear to be a router problem as the internet on the computer upstairs is working fine. I have tried my cable in the other ports but it doesn't make any difference. I have also tried System Restore to a point before I installed the drivers but I still can't get it to work. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone has even the slightest clue as how to go about fixing this. I feel like a right idiot!
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Get drivers for integrated devices from your PC (or motherboard) manufacturer's web site. Get drivers for other devices from the device manufacturer's web site.

    This is my preferred order for finding drivers:

    1. PC manufacturer's web site,
    2. Motherboard manufacturer's web site,
    3. Device manufacturer's web site,
    4. A "drivers" site, such as DriverGuide,
    5. Anywhere you can find one that might work,
    6. Let Device Manager try to find one.
    7. Use Windows Update.

    (4 through 7 are really tied, and with Windows 7 the Windows Update should be at least 4th. The main message is that the first three are almost always to be preferred.)
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