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Network adapter not showing up in device manager

I have re-installed my notebook from vita to xp but forgot note a lan card driver name. So how to find my pc lan card as it's showing ethernet adpater only unknown.

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Go to the website for your computer's manufacturer, and do a search for your computer's model number. (obviously not on the computer with the problem) There should be a section with your computer in it that has all of the specs for it. Look down this list, and the network card should be listed.. You might have to go to the card manufacturer's site for the driver, though, because most of the computer manufacturers aren't includind drivers for xp. Most card manufacturer's websites do still have xp drivers, even for the newer cards

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