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Installed XP Pro and system doesn't recognize network adapter

I bought the PC with Vista Home Basic and decided to format and install XP Professional. Works fine but the system doesn't detect a network adapter and i can't connect to the internet. I use the integrated LAN adapter and connect through a Verizon Fios router. Do I need to install a driver for it to work, and if so, where do i get it since it's an integrated adapter?

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  • jcarr1989 Jan 04, 2009

    its an Acer Aspire t180

  • jcarr1989 Jan 04, 2009

    if i use an aftermarket Nvidia 9400 graphics card and i already installed the driver for that should i skip that last part?

  • James Hobden May 11, 2010

    If you tell me what make and model your computer is i will happily find a driver for you!

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Yes, you have to install the integrated network adapter drivers since your XP cd didnt have it. I dont know what type of system you have, but depending on your PC model you can usually download the specific driver from your vendors online. Example, you can go to Dell, choose Support and it will take you to their Drivers and Downloads section where it will ask for your PC's credentials ( serial numbers, model, etc).

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    Ed Deguzman Jan 04, 2009

    You can find and download the driver for your system here;

    http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/des...

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Hi,
Whenever you format a laptop, you always need to install the drivers for the chipset, audio, graphics, wifi, LAN etc
Click on this link and, from the drop down menu, choose pronet81266 for wifi and the LAN one at the bottom:
http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/desktop/aspire_t180.html
Install the chipset and the audio too. The one on the list that says ati is for your graphics card.

Fixya!

Chris (ziraffa)

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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    chris grams Jan 04, 2009

    Yes skip the ATI part. Get the nVidia driver for it instead. Well done for noticing! haha

    Chris (ziraffa)


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    chris grams Jan 04, 2009

    You may have to reset your router to get internet though, because it won't have the same password settings.. After you have installed the LAN driver and rebooted, open an internet browser and type in www.routerlogin.com and enter your username and password for the router, if you havent set one, try 'admin' for username and 'password' for password, or leave username blank and use 'admin' for password.
    then Restore Factory Settings.
    Wait till it is completely finished and tells you that you can access the internet.
    You can change these settings anytime..
    Hope this helps

    Chris (ziraffa)


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