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Ethernet driver problem - IBM NetVista m42

I recently reformatted a friends IBM NEtVista m42 computer. I have reformatted a few computers in the past (not IBM) without problems but for some reason I am not having much success with the ethernet driver.

I have downloaded drivers from IBM's site for the model number and installed them on the computer but it doesnt seem to work. I have tried numerous drivers, none coming back as fails but yet none working either.

Everytime I restart the machine, it prompts me saying I need to install the "Ethernet Controler" driver which comes up under "other devices" in the device mananger. The drivers I install do not come up anywhere in the device manager.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I need to fix this for him ASAP.

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  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2008

    Need the ethernet driver for a ibm 8315-42c

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    I've got the same problem. I can't find the proper driver anywhere. I believe its linked to the PCI Simple communications driver which is missing also, along with the SM Bus controller and the USB Controller

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2009

    pelo amor de Deus alguem me ceda o driver de internet da placa ibm 8305 netvista.


  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    i need 1 for 8305

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    I Have the same Ethernet problem on IBM netvista 8319-21u comuter.

  • Anonymous May 07, 2009

    Am looking for recovery CD for my NetVista M42 8305

  • Jon Hunter May 11, 2010

    Is that XP? What is the exact model number - it will be just below the intel inside sticker - well hidden under the panel - you have to really look for it.



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Once you download the drivers, they are placed in a folder called IBMtools on your root directory C drive. The drivers do not install automatically like most conventional driver downloads. You have to go into the control panel and click on Performance and Maintenance then click on System. When the System Properties window opens click on Hardware, then device manager. The devices for which the driver needs to be installed will have an exclamation point over them. Right click on the device you want to install and click update driver. It will ask you if you want to use windows update to which you can reply NO, especially if you are trying to update the network adapter (in that case you have no internet connection so windows update will not work). Click Next and select the option to Install from a specific location and click next. When that window opens Select the option to search for the best driver in these location. Check the box to Include this location in the search and Click Browse. You should browse to the folder that contains the driver you downloaded. For example most likely it will be C:\IBMTOOLS\Drivers\xxxxxx. xxxx is the name of the file driver you downloaded. Refer back to the IBM site if you forgot the name or click on my computer and navigate to the ibmtools/drivers folders to find it. Once you have the xxxxx replaced just click next and voila it will start installing the driver.

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