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Network adapter installed, but not recognized (disconnected)


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shampton2

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Hey there. I am wondering how to fix my laptop. Last night, when I shut it down all was fine. This morning, when I booted it continuously looped. I tried to boot from the CD and repair XP Pro, but ended up reformatting. I wasn't storing any data on it, so this was fine. Okay, but now, I can't get it to recognize my network adapter. I uninstalled and reinstalled it, and all of the other items that are listed in the device manager under Other Devices (they ALL have a yellow question mark). When I try to set up the network, it says:

The network connections listed below are disconnected.

And there is only one there. I feel lost without my laptop. :)

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Although most internal network adaptors are recognised by Windows by means of it's own built-in drivers, a few are not and they need third-party manufacturer's drivers. For laptops the usual driver source is the laptop maker's website, as often a laptop's devices are custom made and won't function properly without custom drivers -- which only the laptop maker's website has.

Go to their website (the correct one for your country) and select or enter your exact model on their driver-downloads page. It's important to use the correct website for your country since laptops are shipped all over the world with different names and/or model numbers according to the country or region they are being shipped to.
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Thank you, pip, for responding to my question. Turned out that the network adapter had died overnight. My husband had a new G wireless access point that he was no longer using (decided to hardwire it instead), so he gave it to me and it works just fine now. Thanks again.
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