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Vista Doesn't Recognize My LAN connection

RobL

New Member
#1
I recently built a second PC for myself, and decided to try out Vista on it. It installed flawlessly, but there's one problem. Vista does not seem to be recognizing my LAN connection. I tried hard-wiring it from my modem, to my router, to the Ethernet port on the back of my computer with no success. From there, I tried plugging it straight from my modem to the port on the back of the computer. No success there either. I know that it's not a problem with the motherboard because I installed this program that came with the mobo called 'Expressgate'; and when I run that before my computer loads the OS, the internet works perfectly.

Any help / suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

Rob


Edit: Forgot to say that my other computers (including the one I'm currently posting on), which are XP, are able to connect via an Ethernet cable or wireless adapter.
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    AMD Phenom x4
    Motherboard
    Asus M3N72-D
    Memory
    4GB DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 9800 GT 1024MB GDDR3
    Hard Drives
    500GB Seagate SATA 3.5" Internal HD
    PSU
    Corsair TX750W

Brian the King

Member
Power User
#2
Check the Device Manager and make sure your NIC is installed correctly; there should be no yellow or red exclamation marks, or 'unknowns devices'.



 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP tx2000z
    CPU
    AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-68 Gold Edition
    Motherboard
    Quanta 305E/nVidia nForce 430
    Memory
    4096MB DDR2 PC2-5300 @ 5-5-5-15
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce Go 6150 64MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio/Altec Lansing
    Hard Drives
    250GB 5400RPM SATA
    PSU
    8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
    Case
    HP Echo tx2000z

RobL

New Member
#3
Brian, thanks for your quick response!

I currently have no 'Network Adapters' section of my Device Manager. There is a section called 'Other Devices' that has Ethernet Controller under it. The Ethernet Controller has a yellow exclamation point next to it, however.
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    AMD Phenom x4
    Motherboard
    Asus M3N72-D
    Memory
    4GB DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 9800 GT 1024MB GDDR3
    Hard Drives
    500GB Seagate SATA 3.5" Internal HD
    PSU
    Corsair TX750W

Brian the King

Member
Power User
#4
There lies your problem Rob. You will have to identify exactly what kind of adapter you have in your computer, and download and install appropriate drivers for it.

If you bought your computer from a system vendor, you should be able to simply go on that companies support page and enter the service tag on your computer. An appropriate download page will appear.

If not, go to the support page of the network adapters vendor and find the proper drivers for your card.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP tx2000z
    CPU
    AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-68 Gold Edition
    Motherboard
    Quanta 305E/nVidia nForce 430
    Memory
    4096MB DDR2 PC2-5300 @ 5-5-5-15
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce Go 6150 64MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio/Altec Lansing
    Hard Drives
    250GB 5400RPM SATA
    PSU
    8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
    Case
    HP Echo tx2000z

Dwarf

The Contemplator
Vista Guru
Gold Member
#5
Hi Rob,

I have checked the specifications of your motherboard and managed to locate a suitable driver: nForce Driver These are the full chipset drivers, including the LAN drivers.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dwarf Dwf/11/2012 r09/2013
    CPU
    Intel Core-i5-3570K 4-core @ 3.4GHz (Ivy Bridge) (OC 4.2GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
    Memory
    4 x 4GB DDR3-1600 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (16GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GeForce GTX770 Gaming OC 2GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition on board solution (ALC 898)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic VA1912w Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III x2 (RAID 0)
    Samsung HD501LJ 500GB SATA II x2
    Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1TB SATA II
    Iomega 1.5TB Ext USB 2.0
    WD 2.0TB Ext USB 3.0
    PSU
    XFX Pro Series 850W Semi-Modular
    Case
    Gigabyte IF233
    Cooling
    1 x 120mm Front Inlet 1 x 120mm Rear Exhaust
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Mouse 3000 for Business (USB)
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 (USB)
    Internet Speed
    NetGear DG834Gv3 ADSL Modem/Router (Ethernet) ~4.0 Mb/s (O2)
    Other Info
    Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH10LS30 SATA Bluray
    Lexmark S305 Printer/Scanner/Copier (USB)
    WEI Score: 8.1/8.1/8.5/8.5/8.25
    Asus Eee PC 1011PX Netbook (Windows 7 x86 Starter)

RobL

New Member
#6
Thanks so much to both of you! My internet works perfectly now :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    AMD Phenom x4
    Motherboard
    Asus M3N72-D
    Memory
    4GB DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 9800 GT 1024MB GDDR3
    Hard Drives
    500GB Seagate SATA 3.5" Internal HD
    PSU
    Corsair TX750W