Computer help (in Off-topic)

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] May 28 2009 4:42 AM EDT

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?

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] May 28 2009 4:44 AM EDT

I would have a better description of this problem but I am on a public computer in order to get online.

Daz 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.

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] May 28 2009 4:49 AM EDT

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.

Daz 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.

InebriatedArsonist May 28 2009 4:56 AM EDT

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.

Conan 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

Daz 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.

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] May 28 2009 8:48 AM EDT

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.

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] May 28 2009 8:51 AM EDT

I am downloading the drivers for the computer now. Lets see if this works.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] May 28 2009 9:01 AM EDT

that should be it and should get your other network connections up and running.

Thak 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.

Conan May 28 2009 9:22 AM EDT

I hope for you the XP drivers are available for your laptop ;-)

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] May 28 2009 10:13 AM EDT

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!

{cb2}ShadeSlayer May 28 2009 10:13 AM EDT

What brand and model # is your laptop?

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] May 28 2009 10:14 AM EDT

Its an HP Pavilion dv6000

Cube 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.

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] May 28 2009 2:29 PM EDT

All I did was type in HP Pavilion dv6000 drivers into google and went to the first link.

Cube 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.

Daz 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.

Cube 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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