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Win XP Network card driver problem

Hello, I have a problem with my network card. I have installed the hardware, but when i go to install the drivers windows Xp installs them (the XP drivers which i downloaded from your site) and then it finishes and claims that "There was a problem installing this hardware: Ethernet controller An error occured during the installation of this hardware The data is invalid." And the device is left uninstalled. I have tried updating windows XP with every update i can get from them but nothing has worked. I have tried several drivers from but all with the same result. So this has lead me to believe it is a problem with my system. Can anyone help me sort this problem? My system specs: Network card: Edimax Fast Ethernet Adapter EN-9130TX CPU: AMD Athalon 1600+ Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX/MX 400 Sound Card: Soundblaster Live Paul Mackinnon I have a Systemax laptop and had to install a new larger hard drive. When I installed windows xp home I was unable to install the ethernet controller and the wireless driver and iget driver did not install properly, both of them! I tried to download and reinstall drivers but nothing works! HELP PLEASEGary

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Re: Win XP Network card driver problem

Its a driver issue or a hardware issue. meaning that yourn etwork card may be fried. could have static damage. or your not downloading the correct version of your drivers.

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Internet should be already on a laptop. It could be tough, the best thing to try on win XP is click on Control Panel in the Windows start menu (that should be on the part of the menu that is NOT all programs) then click Administative Tools (with the little hammer and folder and pc picture Icon) then you'll see 2 little gears called Services, click on that. Those Services should be in alphabetical order if not alphabitize them by clicking on the coloums heading (it says name) this click will sort the services by alphabetical order. Now scroll up or down to the services that start with the letter W. Find Windows Zero Configuration, and double click that. Change Start Up Type in the drop down box to Automatic, and click START just below it. Click OK at the very bottom. Maybe restart your PC, is best. You have to install a driver get it online or use the disc that came with your wireless card. Usually the ones from online don't always install automatically like a CD does, but you can find most drivers from the manufactures web site. If the online one doesn't install automatically, you'll have to click My Computer with the RIGHT HAND mouse button click the very bottom choice called properties from the list that drops down, then you should have a window with 7 tabs at the top, click the one that says Hardware. Click on the very top button Device Manager this opens a window that shows every piece on mechanical hardware and some virtual hardware install inside your PC in groups. One group should be open (or expanded) if your wireless card is not installed properly. There will be an entry that say UNKNOWN DEVICE with a tiny yellow circle with an exclamation point in it Click that the new box that opens usually has four or five tabs at the top, sometimes only three, but the second tab is almost guarenteed to say Driver click on Driver and then the second button down on that page is Update Driver, click that and then use the Browse button to browse around your PC for the driver files, either on the disc or where you downloaded them (My Documents, desktop, some other folder) if the download is a Zip file you have to Extract all files to a folder and them browse to that folder. Win XP is easy just double click the download it opens in a folder and to your left in the folder window but towards the top there is a command it says Extract Files, just look carfully at the next step to see where, or change where they will be unzipped to. Browsing for the driver is easy Update Driver, next Browse, find the location on the CD or on you PC look for a folder that says Drivers, or XP, or x86 and select it if the OK button at the bottom turns black theres a chance thats the right folder, just click OK. If it's not you'll be told by Windows so just try again in a different folder, you'll find it, when you hit the right one your Wireless card will install. Restart. And a little mini computer Monitor should appear way over to the very bottom right of your monitor in the Notification Area. Double click that little tiny monitor icon (the one with the single monitor picture not the one with the double monitors as that is your WIRED connection) and you should get the Choose A Wireless Network window, or Wireless Network Connection Status window, if you get the network status window your already connected, but could be connected to a dead router that the peoples cable has been shut off for a year but they never unplugged their router, or the wrong network. Down below on the network status window click View Wireless Networks, and that will bring you to Choose a Wireless Network, click on yours, click Connect down below and your on. Sounds easy huh? Not in my lifetime. Call me. KEN

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Hi ,cant get my dell wireless 1370 wlan mini-pci card to work ,just has a cross over it and wont allow me to activate it ?


It may result from a driver issue. Go to Control Panel > Device Manager (Windows Vista / 7) or System > Material tab > Device Manager (Windows XP). From there you will see the list of installed hardware. You should also see your wireless network card under Network Adapters or Ethernet Controller.

There you should find a red cross on this hardware. Right click on it and select enable.

If this does not help, right click on the Network Adapter name and uninstall it. Then reboot your laptop. Once restarted, Windows should detect a new hardware and may install the driver automatically. If it is not installed automatically, you have to do a manual install.

Normally, you should have received a CD containing the drivers when you bought your laptop. You can install the driver from the CD.

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My laptop is del inspiron 6400,i have installed a new os ,windows xp. i have downloaded drivers but i have a problem in installing network drivers . iam given the information of uncompatability of hardware...

Connect your laptop to the internet using Wifi (obviously network connection not available due to your problem) and update the drivers for the network adaptor. Can you use a free Wifi point somewhere to connect via Wifi to help with the driver issue?
There will be a yellow exclamation mark next the network adaptor problem in the WINXP System Properties. To get here right click on My Computer, then select Properties, then Hardware, then Device Manager. Find the offending network card problem, double click the device, Select Driver, then Update Driver. Let WINXP find the driver from the internet.
Alternatively, check the driver you downloaded from the Dell support webpage. Are you sure it was the correct driver for WINXP for the same model of network card fitted to your Dell 6400? A message about incompatible hardware means you are trying to use drivers on hardware which is not compatible with that driver. That is a good sign that you dont have the right drivers.
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How can I install the wireless network adaptor on my laptop?


The installation of wireless network adapter on your

PC is very easy.

I will try to explain how to go about the two parts

involved, i.e the hardware installation part and the

software installation part.

1.) Hardware

To install the hardware part, get a screwdriver,

unscrew the back of your notebook where you see a

symbol drawn that looks like a small rectangular

card. After doing this, you should see two wires that

has a form of hollow pin at the tip.It is always of two

colours, which are black and grey.

Next, get a technician or got to a compute store and

tell them you need a WiFi Card.

Make sure you specify that it is 54G or 108G card

you want.

After getting this chip, insert it into the available slot

provided for WiFi card on your system.

Then Connect the Black Wire to the Mains terminal,

and the Grey wire to the Aux terminal.

Then power on your system.

2.) Software

After you on your system, you should see "New

Hardware found", if you have the driver for the WiFi

Card, then insert it into the CDROM and select "do

not connect to the internet.

Click on next and under the CDROM/Floppy" try to

navigate to where the driver is on the CDROM.

then click on next and follow on-screen instructions

3.)Incase you have installed the adapter before, do


Uninstall the WiFi Adapter totally from the System


(For WIndows XP)

Right-Click on my computer Icon, Properties-->Hardware-->Device Manager,

select the WiFi Adapter under network adapters, and right click on it, then select uninstall

Next, Click on Action on that Same page, and select "scan for hardware changes",

This will bring up a prompt to install the new hardware found (Which is your Wifi Adapter).

(For WIndows Vista)

Right-Click on my computer Icon, go to

Properties-->>Device Manager, select the WiFi Adapter under network adapters, and right click on it, then select uninstall

Next, Click on Action on that Same page, and select "scan for hardware changes",

This will also bring up a prompt to install the new hardware found (Which is your Wifi Adapter).

After this, Press your Wifi button on the system and ensure that it is On, then Scan for wireless networks.

It should connect like that.

Try this out and kindly let me know how it goes,

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First figure out whether your hardware is ok and driver is installed properly. In Windows XP, click Start , right-click My Computer , and select Properties .
  1. In Windows 98 and Me, right-click My Computer , and select Properties .
  2. In Windows XP, click the Hardware tab, and then the Device Manager button. In Windows 98 and Me, click the Device Manager tab.
  3. If the Network adapters category is present with a (+) sign , then skip to Step 6. If Network Adapters has a (-) sign , continue to Step 5. Disregard adapters that do not reference an Ethernet Adapter .
  4. If a network adapter is not listed inside, do one of the following items based on the condition of the networking hardware:
    • Networking hardware is not installed. Install a new network card (desktop computer) or a new network PCMCIA card (notebook computer) per the card manufacturers' suggestions. This does not apply to on-board networking hardware.
    • The network card is not seated fully into its socket. For Desktops, remove the side-case, reseat the network card, and replace side case. For notebook computers, remove and reseat the network PCMCIA card. This does not apply to on-board networking hardware.
    • If the computer is older, it may need to have jumpers on the network card set to an IRQ and address range that is not already being used by another device. Remove the side-case, set the jumpers on the card, and replace the side case. Replacing the older network card with a newer Plug and Play network card is probably a better option.
    • For desktop PCs with on-board networking hardware, reset the BIOS:
      1. Restart the PC.
      2. Press F1 repeatedly when the first screens appear.
      3. Press F5 and Enter to reset the BIOS to default settings.
      4. Press F10 and Enter to save the settings and exit BIOS setup .
      5. Restart the PC.
      6. Check Device Manager again for the presence of the Networks adapters category. If the network adapter name is still missing, the on-board network adapter may be damaged. The motherboard should be replaced, or a PCI network adapter should be installed.
  5. If the network adapter is listed, but has a yellow exclamation mark over its icon c00060708.jpg , do one of the following:
    • Software drivers and supportive files may be missing or corrupted. Remove the device from Device Manager and reinstall the software by restarting the computer. See Step 5: Reinstalling network adapter software drivers .
    • If the computer is older, it may need to have jumpers on the network card set to an IRQ and address range that is not already being used by another device. Remove the side-case, set the jumpers on the card, and replace the side case. Replacing the older network card with a newer Plug and Play card is probably a better option.
  6. If the network adapter listed has a green adapter icon c00060709.jpg , the networking adapter is probably functioning correctly. If the PC still cannot connect to the Internet, make sure to complete the following steps before continuing:
    • The cable or DSL hardware may have stopped responding. Reset the cable or DSL hardware using the manufacturer suggestions.
    • There still may be a connection problem. Recheck the cable connections and replace any cables that have been pinched or that you suspect are bad.
    • The Internet Service may be down at your provider. Most Service Providers have a telephone support number. Call the ISP support number. If an outage is occurring, an automated response about system wide service outages will probably play. In this case wait until the service comes back.
    If the network adapter icon is listed without problems, and the connections, service, and modem are working properly, then refresh the networking drivers.

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