I recently had to reinstall Windows XP Home due to an infection that I couldn't get cleaned. For some reason XP doesn't recognize that I have an onboard network card and I have no clue how to fix it. The computer is an HP Media Center m7170n, I bought it in '04. I have been unable to locate any pertinent technical specs for it online as yet.
Yes it came with a recovery disk but I didn't like all the bloatware that came with it so I bought a copy of XP and tossed the recovery disk. I usually have the Geeksquad reformat and reinstall but the last time I took it in they didn't do what I wanted them to so I see no reason to give them more money for something they're not going to do again.
Operating system is Windows XP Home
The main board is marked PSLP-LE Rev. 1.04 (or possibly P5LP-LE Rev. 1.04)
The plug where the ethernet cable attaches has a cover with S-Tech stamped into it and a sticker that reads P35-157-P1Z9.
There is a chip on the mainboard that is labelled as LAN, the info on it is as follows...
I just need to know what drivers I need, where to get the driver(s) and any special installation instructions. If there is more info you need just post a query here, I'm not too shy about taking it apart to find markings on it. This is really frustrating because I can usually get these things fixed pretty efficiently but I'm seriously stumped this time.
Thanks in advance,
You should get the drivers from here. VIA Drivers
However, I'm not sure without doing some more digging, exactly which one contains your drivers, and unfortunately I've not got the time now, to go searching for you... But your drivers will be on that link, I'm fairly sure of that.
Rather surprisingly, the HP site listed no Ethernet driver for the model number you mentioned above... Can you confirm THIS IS YOUR PC...?
Yes that is it. I looked earlier but on the tech specs page it just listed a generic description for the ethernet controller. I just went back and did a bit of digging and came up with the schematic for the mainboard the NIC is an Intel 82562GT now I just gotta find a driver, which is gonna be fun cause my search results keep coming up as a bunch of adware sites. GRRRRRRRRRRR!
One of these may fill the bill for you Roy
From the horses mouth, it's easier this way
That's why we need you here SF! You always know the right thing to say!
Ok so I'm posting this from my OWN damn computer. Thanks for all the replies. Especially Daz, I followed a link in your post and found the schematic
for the mainboard then found the driver I needed on the intel site. I was just frustrated with the whole situation so I wasn't being too logical
about how to fix it, mainly I wanted to break the fingers of the guy who wrote the virus I got. Or actually all the fingers of all the douchebags out
there writing them.
After I downloaded the driver I burned it to a disk and stuck it in the folder with XP so next time I'll have it handy. Thanks again guys.
Since you've now resolved you current issues, maybe we should talk a little about the security that you are currently running. If you've gotten a
nasty, there is a good reason for it, and we'd like to ensure that you never get another one!
Typically (and this is not by any means complete) the problems occur because of
- no current Anti virus package
- no current Anti adware/tracking software
- unsafe browsing habits which include
- using file sharing sites (see above)
- clicking on stuff to "see what it does" or because it "seemed good"
- having a teenager with unsupervised access to a 'puter. (This may seem harsh, but every machine that I've been asked to fix that is riddled with nasties has been as a result of a teen using the likes of limewire (I hate limewire) to download, and run all sorts of stuff without any understanding of the consequences. And I do mean every.)
I picked up the nasty from a site I visited looking for modelling supplies, I got a list of them from a coworker and the last two on the list were
severely compromised. I got the notification that I picked up a virus of some sort and it was trying to change settings, hell the page wasn't even
completely loaded and I was borked.
Anyway, securitywise I'm running Trendmicro PC-cillin which I have set to check for updates daily along with a full system scan, I also have XP set to check for updates daily. I need to find a good anti-adware so feel free to recommend something. I had been using Webroot but it expired plus it had conflicts w/ PC-cillin so it didn't even run 100% of the time. As for Limewire, I used to use it till I heard a rumor about some guy downloading some music and when he opened it there was a ton of kiddie porn instead of stolen Metallica songs. Could have been b******* but who knows, that's trouble I want no part of.
I'm open to suggestions because even though the driver problem is fixed I have to re-install a crapload of games/software that's going to take days, then I gotta patch it all so it's current. GRRRR! Prevention is ALWAYS better than the cure, thanks for your time.
Only comment on Daz's list is Ad-Aware is now the 2008 version.
You'll find that Spybot reports that Ad-Aware will pick up some problems with it, but it means that they both are doing their job and can happily co-exist, when spybot reports this, it gives you a link to their website which explains the nature of the issue which is minor.
I'd also add some form of firewall to the list to prevent "drive bys" but, again that is less than serious. Of the freebies, arguably the most popular and easiest is Zone alarm. Comodo is another one tht covers many of the adware areas too, but is too "busy" for my preference. A good firewall, to me, should be invisible.
D'oh, not sure why I put '07...! Can a mod correct please!
I also 100% agree with ZA. Commodo, as good as it was, just wants to do far too much for liking. (Rather like ZA Pro.)
If you're running a 64Bit OS Comodo is about the only decent option there is. Personal choice for a 32Bit Firewall is Sunbelt Personal Firewall.
AV my personal choice at present is Avast! Seems to take up less resources than AVG.
i am new to this if you please can help, i notice that you were searching for the p35 157 p1z9 driver i need the direct link so i could download it
thanks in advance