Computer help (in Off-topic)
My computer got a worm, and so I reformatted it and installed xp onto it. But now, in the network connections there is only 1 connection that is that 4 number one something like 1394 connection. I don't think that is the actual number but every computer has it.
On my computer this connection always says connected though. Even if I have nothing plugged in. I also cannot repair it since it says something like cannot ping ISP/IP or something like that.
Can someone help me either get this connection working or else make a new local area network connection?
I would have a better description of this problem but I am on a public computer in order to get online.
May 28 2009 4:46 AM EDT
Do you have a NIC built into your motherboard? I'll presume you do, since thats the most common thing these days...
If you have an Asus of a certain age (Maybe even recent ones), then you'll have a Marvell Yukon Network card, which doesn't work out of the box.
You could have another card that just doesn't work out of the box. What you can try is to put the Motherboard disk in and install the network drivers on it and it should just work. Without the drivers, it'll act like its working in some ways, but just wont.
That is a little bit of a problem. Any driver disks I might have are on the other side of the world. This is the laptop that I took with me to Iraq.
May 28 2009 4:53 AM EDT
Okay. Well, if you find the NIC model number and all that sort of thing when you get home, you can download them from elsewhere and use them from a USB stick.
If you need help with any of the above, let me know.
Motherboard manufacturers usually have all the drivers free for downloading at their respective websites. If you don't know what motherboard you have, much less other hardware, try using CPU Z
May 28 2009 5:07 AM EDT
Just go on the website of your laptop manufacturer and download the NIC driver for your model onto an USB stick then install it and it should work
May 28 2009 5:10 AM EDT
Okay, I didn't realise it was a laptop. Honestly, if the OS is the OEM one that came with it, and when you restored, you used the restore partition, it should be working and what I said earlier wont be the problem.
The OS system originally on it was windows vista, but I changed to XP, since this will make it run much faster without actually upgrading the computer.
I am downloading the drivers for the computer now. Lets see if this works.
that should be it and should get your other network connections up and running.
May 28 2009 9:14 AM EDT
You prob will still need to set up a new LAN connection. And 1394 is is firewire for future reference.
May 28 2009 9:22 AM EDT
I hope for you the XP drivers are available for your laptop ;-)
Thanks for all the help! I downloaded and installed all the drivers for my laptop and now everything is working perfectly. :) Now I can post all I want in the forums again, and not only that my computer is running over twice as fast as it was on vista!
What brand and model # is your laptop?
Its an HP Pavilion dv6000
May 28 2009 2:25 PM EDT
Can you link where you got the XP drivers in case I need them? I have the same model, and my Windows 7 trial is about to expire. I shuddered at the thought of returning to Vista.
I've tried bringing computers back to XP before and always had driver problems.
All I did was type in HP Pavilion dv6000 drivers into google and went to the first link.
May 28 2009 2:34 PM EDT
Ahh yeah, right when Vista came out they didn't bother releasing Windows XP drivers for most of their new laptops. I guess that's changed by now.
May 28 2009 2:38 PM EDT
"my Windows 7 trial is about to expire."
..... uh... no.... what?
The Windows 7 beta expires.... in.... what, July Or something...? Who knows.
The Windows 7 RC expires in June. Next year.
Switch to the RC. I didn't use the beta. RC is all good. Nothing has been wrong with it yet.
May 28 2009 3:18 PM EDT
Yes, I've been using the beta. I think it starts shutting down every two hours on June 1st... Actually, it looks like they changed it to July 1st so I have a month to switch to something else.
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