Devices (pc's and a Buffalo TeraStation) on my LAN have disappeared from the network display on my HP PC with Vista premium. All the devices were recognized once, and directories on each were able to be accessed. Now the only devices that are recognized in the Vista Network display are my router, and the PC itself. All devices including the HP PC are recognized by PC's on the network running XP.
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Also, how old is your PC and has it been slowing down? It is possible that certain sectors of your PC are becoming corrupted and can no longer be read so they are no longer showing up/functioning. I would also make sure it is not a virus that is trying to change Root files, etc, which might restrict your access to certain features on your PC like audio, Wireless connection, etc
Worst case scenario, you can always go to a backup time/savepoint in your PC and see if the drivers are there. If they are still there, then it was probably not hardware (assuming they work and stay), but if you go back to a good time in your PC's health and the drivers are still not there/functioning it is probably hardware.
You have antivirus installed on this NAS system? You will want to look up the product manual for that product and see if it allows antivirus programs to be installed. Some NAS stations come with built in anti virus. You could even contact their support to get a list of "SUPPORTED" anti virus software. At which point, you will have to telnet or console into the data storage system and install the software. You could probably install the files through a CIFS connection but it would be best to contact Buffalo support as they can walk you through the proper steps.
There are a few ways you can do this. I assume you have Windows OS on your PC. Get the model number of the PC and search it on the company website there should be a specifications page. This can show you information on all devices on your PC. When you say you want to know your LAN driver go to Start, then right click my computer (just computer on Vista and Windows 7). go to properties, On windows Vista and 7 in the right sidebar of the window that comes up will say device manager. It will be under Network Adapters. If you need help identifying which one just list the devices under Network Adapters here.
A Local Area Connection, or LAN, is generally a small home or office network used to link all the devices in the area. With the advent of wireless technologies, LAN networks are no longer limited to the amount of cords you own. Laptops can connect to wireless LAN easily with their built in wireless adapters. Connecting two laptops together over wireless LAN is also easy, but requires a few special steps to give the laptops access to each other.
1Connect both laptops to the wireless network you wish to use. Once connected, click the "Start" button and navigate to the "Network" menu.
2.Click the "Network and Sharing Center" link. Press the "View Computers and Devices" button. A list of devices currently on the network is displayed.
3.Check the list for the names of both laptops. If both laptops are displayed in the list of devices connected to the network, the devices are connected wirelessly to a LAN network.
The best thing to do would be to plug the unit into your PC and see if it recognizes it as a device, if the unit is not recognized you will have to be sent in for warranty or repair. If the PC does recognize the unit try giving it an update using Garmins WebUpdater Software, it can be obtained ehre from this link http://www8.garmin.com/support/download.jsp.
Go to your device manager, go to 'Mice and pointing devices", right-click it and go to 'Uninstall'. Then re-boot your computer and it will automatically re-install the driver. Alternately, you could go to 'Update driver software' instead of uninstalling when you right click.
Some versions of Windows 7 have an XP Mode. The driver that ran perfectly under XP may do so there. That Windows 7 Home Premium is 64 bit may be a factor if the vanishing driver ran under a 32 bit XP system.
Check in the Device manager to see if all the devices are enable and working.
The one with a yellow ? against that device requires a driver installation.
Is the LAN device OK?
How do you intend to setup your LAN, is it for Internet access or a home network?
I need more information on your problem, together with error messages.
does it just disappear on its own? Or is it possible that its disappearing after you plug in other USB devices and the driver letter gets nabbed? Or if you're in a office with network drives they could be taking the driver letter.