New USB Port needed everytime I hook up my Sierra Compass
I am not sure if this is an issue with the usb/vista itself or the actual broadband card but here goes. For the last couple of days I have had some issues getting my card to be recognized, I always put it in the same slot and never do anything different. Recently its not been recognized by the computer as the smartview connection manager will ask for the device to be connected.
I move it to a random different usb port and then eventually when I find one that works it will install the drivers again, and begin functioning. It only does this for this item as I have tried the ports with other usb connections like mice etc.
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OK. First of all you do not need a special or seperate driver for the Ethernet port. Its factory loaded with your OS.
All you need to do is plug the Ethernet cable into the LAN port on your HP Desktop and then into the LAN port (not the WAN port) of your cable modem.
The second thing is if its only a cable modem, then I suggest you proceed with caution as there is NO built-in firewall on a cable modem. Yes you will get on the net, but you are likely to be attacked with virus the moment you connect. I suggest you check very carefully whether the cable modem (if that's what it is) does/does not have a firewall as you would be very unwise connecting up like that.
Next, forget USB connection to the router/cable modem. That technolgy we've moved on from.. Your Vista shodul be 'plug n play' adn should configure the router for you. obviously that bit isn't so slick on yours.