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Solution: 3COM 3C905-TX drivers for Vista

  1. #1

    Peter Puuppo Guest

    Solution: 3COM 3C905-TX drivers for Vista

    In the afternoon (7 hrs ago) I installed my first Vista Business
    OEM-version. I was surprized that Vista did not find any suitable
    drivers for my 3COM 3C905-TX network adapter. Even if this is not a
    brand new network adapter model it was some years back the most popular
    of the 3COM 10/100 adapters.

    Time to start Googling to get this sluggishly slow Vista up and
    networked. Uhh, this Vista is a real crawler, even on an Athlon 3500 CPU
    with 1 GB of RAM.

    I soon found serveral others looking 3COM Vista drivers also. Someone
    told that 3C905 drivers are there on the Vista installation-DVD, and
    they should get automatically installed. I tried this and made Vista
    search drivers again from the DVD, but again it did not find anything.
    Some other suggested that Driver Guide site has new and suitable Vista
    driver for 3C905. I again found nothing Vista related from there.

    The solution for this Vista problem simple once you find it. Just go and
    download this 5 year old driver from 3COM site here:

    "3c90x1.exe" "07 Nov 2002" "Size: 0.89 MB"

    Run the EXE that appears to be a DOS-style self extracting file and
    extract it to some temporary folder. Now make Vista to look 3C905 driver
    from that folder, and Vista finds a driver and installs it. After that
    you can go and check the driver version and it looks like this:
    "File version: 4.31.0000 Copyright 1994-2002, 3Com Corporation."

    Vista is now completely happy with this driver and you can get to the

    But once you now got to the web you can make Vista to look even newer
    driver, it even seems to find something and installs this kind of driver
    "File version: 4.41.0000 Copyright 1994-2002, 3Com Corporation."

    There is only very small, or none, difference between those driver
    versions and both seem to run fine on Vista.

    So this was only for 3C905 adapter, now there is only 10.000 other open
    Vista driver problems to be solved. Hopefully someone could save 7 hours
    of his/hers work time with this tip

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    surveytaker3 Guest

    Re: Solution: 3COM 3C905-TX drivers for Vista

    I did just exactly what you said and it worked perfect he he I'm
    just curious how did you come to try that?

    Thanks again

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    Alysson Guest

    Re: Solution: 3COM 3C905-TX drivers for Vista

    Tanks guy...
    I'm from Brazil and was looking for a solution, with the driver for
    But its so difficult to find these drivers yet.
    I'll try your tip...

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    petercm Guest

    Re: Solution: 3COM 3C905-TX drivers for Vista

    Just used this same solution on the Windows 7 Beta. Worked great!

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    Malke Guest

    Re: Solution: 3COM 3C905-TX drivers for Vista

    petercm wrote:

    > Just used this same solution on the Windows 7 Beta. Worked great!
    Unfortunately, no one knows to whom you are giving this information since
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