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How to get an ethernet connection after reinstalling windows xp home 32 bit

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July 10, 2011 6:32:51 AM

Hello, I have just reinstalled windows xp home 32bit on my laptop now i cannot get an ethernet connection & my wireless hasn't worked for sometime

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July 10, 2011 8:14:08 AM


Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

Your new installation lacks a driver for the network adapter. Go into Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager and find that adapter in the list of yellow marked devices, right click it and go to Properties then click the Details tab the HardwareIDs.

Take a note of the four characters which follow VEN for Vendor and the four after DEV for Device and input them at http://www.pcidatabase.com and you should find your way to the right driver. Post those details back here if you still have any problems. Once you're back online, you can find the drivers for the other yellow marked devices.

TIP When reinstalling XP, it's always best to get the drivers out of te old system first - it makes life much easier.

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July 17, 2011 5:42:29 AM

Saga Lout said:

Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

Your new installation lacks a driver for the network adapter. Go into Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager and find that adapter in the list of yellow marked devices, right click it and go to Properties then click the Details tab the HardwareIDs.

Take a note of the four characters which follow VEN for Vendor and the four after DEV for Device and input them at http://www.pcidatabase.com and you should find your way to the right driver. Post those details back here if you still have any problems. Once you're back online, you can find the drivers for the other yellow marked devices.

TIP When reinstalling XP, it's always best to get the drivers out of te old system first - it makes life much easier.


Thanks Saga Lout have tried your suggestion it worked a treat am now back up and running
once again thans very much for your help
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July 17, 2011 5:43:07 AM

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