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PC Techies HELP!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Murf, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    Hi Guys/Gals,
    as a "Techie" myself I have NEVER come across this problem and I cant find any instances of it occurring anywhere else, so any help would be much appreciated.

    I have a Dell Inspiron laptop which is connected to a home network (client), everything was working fine until a few days ago when the NIC stopped working, I checked Device manager and it said that windows XP cant load drivers for the device, so I downloaded the latest drivers and uninstalled/re-installed the new drivers...still no joy. I uninstalled and re-installed the Device...still the same (windows cant load drivers for this device), so I figured the NIC itself must be faulty.

    I went a bought a new pNp NIC and hooked it up....."Windows cant load drivers for this device"......AAAAARRRRRGHHHHHHH

    What the hell is goin on here?

    cheers in advance

  2. maybe your PCMCIA port is dead, try a different card
  3. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    Thats just what I did...The laptop originally had an internal NIC which was working fine until recently, I took this out and got a pNp NIC which I installed in the pcmcia slot...still no go (the baffling thing is the link lights are on....but windows still says theres a problem with the device and it cant load the device drivers....)

    I'm Stumped..
    (I'm also trying to avoid reformatting and re-installing windows...but if I have to.....)
  4. i think your problem is software based then what other comps are on the network anything else with xp if so maybe make a network startup disk and reload all your network config's onto the laptop
  5. wait no ... thats totally wrong
    what about in bios maybe your network settings were disabled? long shot but possible cause the onboard isnt working either
  6. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    Yeah I checked the BIOS its fine.

    Anyway, I've manage to fix the problem, (yeehaaaw) I did an upgrade from the windows XP disk and that sorted it...however I'd still love to know what caused it in the first place

    virus maybe????


  7. Stop looking at porn.

    Oops, sorry, wrong thread.

  8. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    But thats what the internet was invented for!! :D

  9. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    On a kinda related issue, every callout I've been on in the past month has invariably had to do with spy/malware screwing up peoples internet connections/pc in general. This seems to be getting worse, it's like you only have to connect to the internet, launch internet explorer and BAM!! infected.

    The amazing thing is 90% of these machines are brand new and the users are computer illiterate, this is a serious indictment of how seriously screwed windowsXP is, I mean if it was a car or any product which was as messed up the consumer would sue their asses and demand a refund.....but microsoft just keep getting away with it.

    Also why is it I've yet to find a fix for the HomeSearchAssistant spyware???? and yes I've done Everything and used all the relevant software..even manually went through the registry...its still there :scowl: and why is it every spyware/Adware scanner software (spybot/Adaware/Spysweeper etc) finds different things? and even then STILL dont fix the damn problem.

    Sorry to vent I'm just sick to death of this I've had to deal with this constantly over the past few weeks 50 DIFFERENT PCs :crying:

    I swear to God, anybody asks me for computer advice I tell them to buy a Mac.
  10. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    You started this thread dude.....

    Macs are nice systems, but I make good money from Bill's OS's. I think if I opened a Mac repair shop, I'd turn in to the Maytag repairman.

    Funny thing tho, I have zero problems with my copy of XP Pro. Seriously....

  11. Hi Murf,

    If the notebook that your talking about is an the 4000 or 4100 we had the same problem. I run a small IT company here in Melbourne and we used those as the standard notebook for our sys eng's.

    I do remember a while back having one of them simply not work. Every engineer was buggered after a few hours and gave up on it. No matter what we did it wouldn't happen. We were sure it was hardware but it ended up being software related. I'm assuming yours has an ethernet interface built in so it must be newer than the last lot we bought.

    Ours were using pcmcia cards so what I'm thinking of may not even be helpful.

    If it is a pcmcia card you can try being brutal an remove the driver for the pcmcia slots in your system>hardware>drivers remove the card, remove the card drivers and power up the notebook again without the card in it. It should then setup the slots again. Then reboot it and plug in the adapter after the system has booted. It should then load the driver for the ethernet interface again and rebind whatever protocols and services you had running.

    Without going all tech, ethernet interfaces are like a bass plugged into a preamp which is then pluged into a power amp and then into a cab. That's why they call it a "stack".

    If the bindings (links) between these bits of software are broken then it may not work. But it will all look ok in your config screens.

    In XP there is a repair network interface option which simply does the automatic version of what I just suggested. About time Bill.

    Macs are very cool. But we are all going to end up running Linux anyway. Macs already do in OS X.

    Hope this helps and when I come to Ireland we can go Guiness drinking!!!!!
  12. Sorry I read you post after I just typed all that. The internet explorer adware thing is an easy fix. Mozzila Firefox. Even the die hard MS weenies like it once you force them to try it. And the adware is old news.
  13. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    Yeah I use Firefox all the time and its great, the problem is if the pc is already infected, using firefox isnt going to make the problem go away. I've come across some really really nasty pieces of spyware which run in the background and download and install unwanted software onto the pc.

    interesting article here....