Update- Problem with connecting to internet was the PCI bridge connection & PCI Bus error in device manager.
Apparently the drivers for that are from the motherboard drivers, since the Ethernet connection & net adapter plug are part of the motherboard, and not a card. Why they did not load from the original OS (windows XP MCE rollup 2) upon reinstall, or when I loaded my older OS XP from this computer, it`s not clear to me.
As I said before in this post - http://www.geekstogo...alware-related/
When I had to reinstall on her computer (Gateway GT5220) the first time, her OS disc version didn`t cut it, so at that time I used my reinstall CD & OS (Windows XP) from my computer (Gateway E-4000), and as I don`t recall having issues with device manager at that time. I believe I connected to the internet, and updated everything without a hitch.
Well regardless of which OS I Loaded, the motherboard drivers for the 1394 net adapter loaded, but not for the bridge connection or bus. 1394 net adapter I know that is for connecting to the internet via other computers. Well finally, I went to the gateway site and downloaded the motherboard driver for her computer. Burned it to disc, and installed it on her computer via setup icon in the folder. Upon installation, the bridge connection & bus drivers were found by device manager and installed. Presto! NVIDIA nForce 10/100 Mbps Ethernet #2 installed under the 1394 net adapter in network adapters in device manager. It also installed the Nvidia display drives, but kept coming up; control panel will not work with this setup, and kept uninstalling it. But no matter, I had the internet, and could update via Microsoft updates. So I`m still wondering why the drivers never loaded at reinstall?
After all updates, still have a device manager error; other devices unknown device, location is, Microsoft ACPI Complaint System.
And the monitor is really bleached out in the white areas, looks terrible. It`s at 1280 by 1024p and 32 bit color. Other adjustments did not help brightness, gamma, and color.
P.S. The original problem with this computer not loading was believed to be caused by a power surge from either the power supply or the phone line. Her neighborhood is known for blowing up phones and electrical surges. She has a breaker type multi-plug power strip, and not a surge protector. I told her to buy a surge protector with phone jacks.
Edited by Gambit66, 04 February 2011 - 12:19 PM.