Earlier I thought I had a problem with Firefox or Spyware, but after talking to my ISP about what was happening, they suggested that perhaps I just have a bad USB cable. I kept losing my Internet connection on my desktop, but my laptop was not losing Internet connection. Their suggested fix was to hook up an Ethernet cable from my DSL modem to my desktop. However, when I hook up the cable, I still cannot connect to the Internet. I think the cables stopped working when I put in a second hard drive. A lot of things changed when I did this. Some devices, like my DVD drive started to be recognized again (which was good), but other things stopped working, like this cable. So, I opened up the Hardware Wizard to see what I could find out and it seems I have an Ethernet Controller installed, but the drivers for this device are not installed. How can I find these drivers? My ISP person told me I needed an Ethernet Adapter - not sure if this is the same thing, but when I Googled this, and found a freeware, it put this strange software on my computer that seemed more about chatting than about making my cable work. This just seems odd to me that a cable that comes with the modem would not work. It used to work before I added the second hard drive. How can I determine what kind of Ethernet driver I need? Are there some that work for many kinds of PCs?
In the interim, I hooked up a new USB cable so that I can connect to the Internet. However, it seems silly to do this when I have some perfectly good Ethernet cables that came with my modem.
Any ideas about either an Ethernet driver or adapter?