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Internal and wireless NIC missing from device manager

I recently reinstalled XP Pro after having problems removing trojan.dnschanger. I had to make a slipstream with sp2 disk because the only XP Pro disk we had was the oldest version. I downloaded all the drivers from the Dell website so everything would be up-to-date. There are no unknown devices in the device manager and reinstalling/reseating the wireless card did not help. Any suggestions?

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  • ashleygonzal Dec 16, 2008

    Thanks for the suggestion! Already did that. It didn't work. I even installed another wireless card and didn't get any recognition from the device manager. It's as if the motherboard is bad but everything else is working properly.


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Yes try this, go into device manager, start,control panel, system, hardwar, device manager
and uninstall the card, reboot, it should tell you it found new hardware and if you have the proper software installed, it will say it is installing the software for your device, try this first as it will reinstall it as long as the software is there, or you can at that point install from disk,

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    George Bill Dec 16, 2008

    Did you try manualy reinstalling the nic in "add Hardware", it will give you the option in there to install it manually, just pick "all hardware", then scroll down and see if your card id there, if not select the spcific card from the ones given, if it is not there, it will ask for a disk, reinstall it, now restart and see if it is in the device mgr, peace

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    George Bill Dec 16, 2008

    is it still not seeing the card?. I really would like to get this fixed for you, as I know how frustrating something lije this can be. I spen several hours with a similar problem last week on a budies machine. It ended up that the same device was installed several times, once I realised it was that, I just deleted the duplicates and bingo, it went right on. I'll help you for free, fo a while until I get another call, is it showing in Device mgr. and if so how many ethernet decices and modems is it showing, it may have it installed in a different place or under another name. Also I am sure you checked this, but, are the drivers current and is it showing the "irq" thar it is on. And just to throw out ideas, for you, does it have to be enabled from the Bios?


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