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Ethernet driver I just switched my laptop from Vister to XP Pro and I can't find a driver for the Ethernet card, in network connections the 1394 network adapter is there and it says its enabled but when I check it out it has no drivers and can't find a IP address. I'm pretty sure this has a Realtek in it but I couldn't find the right driver , I tried a generic one with no luck. I figured I'd try and get it up and running with my Road Runner Turbo before i worried about the Wireless Adapter. You folks were great help once before so I was wondering if you can help me out ? any suggestions, Toshiba was lame with help for XP. thanks in advance for any help Brian

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    Brian Fitzpatrick Oct 21, 2008

    yes it is a new Toshiba Satellite A215-S7437, that I am trying to switch to XP Pro instead of Vista, I have a Road Runner Turbo Connection and I want to use it with this laptop. Under my connection it says there is a 1394 ethernet connection enabled but it won't go online, I tried repair and it doesn't do anything, I checked and there is no drivers for the ethernet adapter, after i did a XP PRO clean install I haven't yet put SP2 on it yet, I do have the disk from Microsoft. should I run that and try again ? I believe it has a Realtek Network Adapter in the computer, it has Wireless capabilites without using my wireless card also and I have a wireless WiFi connection close by because when I still had Vista on it the WiFi showed up in available connections. I've downloaded drivers from Driver Guide.com and from Toshiba but still no luck. Any suggestions.

    Thanks

    Brian

  • Andrej.cet May 11, 2010

    please give more details on the machine(manufacturer and model) else nobody knows what machine is having problems!

  • A Womans Computer Man
    A Womans Computer Man May 11, 2010

    well..is your computer a Toshiba? if so, model number please..

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Dear brian,

to get you an overview on which components you have, although not installed or recognized by win xp pro, download pcwizard2008, install and run the hardware detection program, it'll give you a lots of details about your computer, you can even save the data to a pdf-file.

networking components on your laptop may be:
- the 1394 adaptor
- the( to be found) ethernet card
- and if it is onboard or u plug it in via USB 2.0 port: the WLAN-adaptor

look for the (onboard?) realtek ethernet
card(rj-45 plug, similiar to dsl-cable)
using pcwizard, find out about the model and download suitable driver rom the net for winXP.
install and then try setting up a network/internet connection

(be wise enough to use the right cable:
for hooking up your lap to an internet dsl-router use dsl cable, to establish PC to laptop connecton you will need DSL cable plus crossover adaptor !)
i recommend to use cable connections, they're
older, more reliable and for safety reasons, better than wirelessLAN!

if you have used the 1394-network adaptor before, you are better than me, I dunno anything about it.

WLAN is an option when using laptop not at home- but don't clearly understand if the toshiba model u use already has WLAN-onboard device or u do use an external, USB 2.0 device to connect to the net...?
please give more detail about that- and do tell which toshiba laptop u use as this is helpful for me to find u a proper driver, if still needed.

C U here on fixya?!

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