Does it show up in the device manager? If it still does, right click and uninstall the device and then restart your computer. Windows XP should give it a fresh set of drivers and add it back to the system. I had something similiar happen to my network card, but it happened after I updated windows the card stopped working.
You could also try reinstalling the drivers directly from a disk.
Hello. My desktop computer has been running windows xp for a long time. It also has a linksys wireless card that connects to a router in my home. Yesterday, I tried to run an ethernet cable from my router to my computer. The computer crashed/froze almost instantly. I decided to re-start the computer and again it crashed/froze.
The reason I wanted to do this is because I want to connect my linksys wireless card to a gaming console so I can play games with people all over the world. This required me to change some of the settings on my network card. This time I changed the settings before connecting the ethernet cable to my computer. When I connected the cable, my computer showed the wired cable icon "searching for ip address" then I got the "blue screen of death" saying that windows crashed due to some form of network/hardware problem. I restarted the computer and in a few minutes I got the blue screen again.
Today, I tried to connect the cable while my network card was connected to the internet. Nothing happened. Before when I went into "network connections" it showed that there was a wired network adapter. Now, it isn't there anymore.
tl;dr? My wired network adapter doesn't show up in my network connections. My computer seems to be unable to connect to the internet via ethernet cable.
Additional Info: I am running Windows Xp Professional with Service Pack 2. I have 512 mb of RAM.