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Ethernet controller driver

I have an acer aspire sa90 desktop and have upgraded the os from vista basic to home premium, however i cannot connect to the internet due to ethenet the in controller driver missing. i can't find the manufacturer of the controller to aid me in searching for the correct driver.
The properties window states that it is an unknown device.
I have done a search of the upgrade disc from within the controller properties installer program but it fails to find a relevant driver.
I can't access the internet therefore am contacting yourselves via another pc that i have access to.

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  • rottitera Jul 11, 2008

    I have tried several disc but no luck, windows diagnostics tells me that there is no network adapter installed and configured.

  • rottitera Jul 11, 2008

    Yes i have been down that road but a; it can't search internet and there is nothing compatible on the discs or h/drive, It worked before the upgrade but now am stuck.

  • rottitera Jul 11, 2008

    I thought of that but was dubious in case an incompatibility issue crashed the system, what are the chances of that happening?

  • rottitera Jul 11, 2008

    Ok, will go for that, it will take me a while, is there any indication as to what type of driver each one is in the list, or is there any way of telling which drivers are for that particular device?

  • rottitera Jul 12, 2008

    Thank you for all your help mdwrig2, i finally got to the bottom of it, the adapter card had gone faulty so i fitted a new one and hey presto job done.

    I found the correct driver for the original hardware but it still woudn't allow a connection so i began to suspect the hardware, i then tried the new lan card and the connection was a doddle to establish,

    By putting this comment in i hope it will have some useful bearing for anyone who suffers from a similar problem, thanking you once again, cheers!

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Do you possibly still have the drivers and utilities cd somewhere?

Posted on Jul 11, 2008

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  • Mike Wright Jul 11, 2008

    are you familiar with device manager? if so, is there a device in there with a yellow question mark by it? you can right click it and try selecting Update Driver.

  • Mike Wright Jul 11, 2008

    what if you do the update driver, but choose the driver to install, instead of the automatic option? there may be one that will work

  • Mike Wright Jul 11, 2008

    very slim. if it did shut the system down... due to a wrong driver being installed, you can easily boot into safe mode and uninstall the ethernet card in device manager and start over.

  • Mike Wright Jul 11, 2008

    It may be an Intel, or Realtek, those are very common. The actual driver should be something named similar to 10/100 fast ethernet adapter



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