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I just bought a Inspiron 8200 used off a local guy who sold me the laptop minus the hard drive for security reasons. I installed a new hard drive and loaded XP Pro and everything is great except that the onboard network adapter won't work with the 3com driver from Dell's website for the 8200. Was there ever a different network driver offered on the 8200's besides the 3com? This is the Integrated LAN not the wireless mini-PCI that I'm having trouble with. In the Device Manager it shows a yellow question mark and shows that the driver is not installed even after pointing to the installation folder for the driver. It shows "The hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software".. Microsoft's update also shows no driver available for it. Any ideas?

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I would suggest you use Driver Doctor trial or any free hardware finder at least determine which chipset it is then download it once you find out.

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