I have a Dell 4600 that I bought new in early 2000's. It has ran nearly flawlessly since I have owned it, with only a couple of minor spyware/virus problems from my kids and graddaughters downloading every thing they could find that was marked as "free".
In the past few months, I have had a couple of "blue death screens" followed by a bit of scanning and repairs that Windows supposedly did. I also have been unable to use the "system restore" to go back in time for a restore. Then, I would leave the system and come back an hour later to a black screen with a nice "make selection above or system will reboot in __ seconds". Again, it would reboot it's self and run ok for a couple days. Then, it just started looping the "make selection" error.
I used Linux Slacko and moved my personal ducments to another large harddrive and re-installed XP from the factory original disk included with the computer, went through all of the drivers, etc. I loaded everything in the order that the disk said to do. I used the "re-install" feature of the disk, reformatted, etc.
Ethernet did not work. I do a ping in command prompt and it says it works, but I can not get it to find the DSL signal.
Went to the Dell website and checked for driver options and service tag info, downloaded all the drivers that Dell recommended on their site for this exact machine. Installed them as the Dell instructions stated to do, in the order they specified. Tried the optional drivers as well. Even checked the Dell forum for this issue of no ethernet or network other than modem, and there were a lot of the same issue with no helpful solution that would actually work for me. I tried them all.
So, I re-stalled by selecting "Install Windows XP new" and repeated the entire above process.
And I still cn not get the ethernet to work, no network connection will worrk. If I attempt to create a new internet connection selecting "New", "custom", High speed on all the time" the wizard supposedly creates it, but then I look in the internet connections and there is none listed - it simply will not create one, and I can not get it to work.
I know XP is no longer supported, but I still need this computer to work and be internet ready. I know I have a huge number of hours worth of XP updated to download.
I am assuming (probably incorrectly) that I need the Service Pack updates before I can get the ethernet to work, but the catch 22 is I can not cvonnect that computer to the internet until I get the ethernet to work.
Can somebody please help with with a solution?