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Help - NIC Card in HP Pavillion zv5320US

by sharptooth / September 11, 2006 12:18 PM PDT

I recently reformatted and thought I had everything in working order. But recent I've noticed that the NIC card isn't working now. I am still able to get on via wireless. I've tried reinstalling the driver it is this one specificially, which I got from some one at HP Chat Support:

Realtek RTL8101L NIC Driver for Win2K/XP
VERSION: 1.00 Rev. B

When installing and restarting didn't work I went back to the HP Chat support.

He had me ping and that seemed to have gone though but when I did a ipconfig /all (which is something he did not suggest) and the NIC card did not show up.

I thought I would get some more input before I go to the chat or phone support again. Does anyone else have any other ideas?

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Are you trying to install Windows XP Pro from a retail CD?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2006 12:25 PM PDT

I see this as a common stumbling area. Drivers can be difficult to find plus many forget chipset drivers. The network card may not work until the mainboard chipset driver is installed.

Other areas?

1. Is it enabled in the bios?
2. What restore CDs are you using?
Hint: The onboard card works fine on such machines if I use the restore CD. Some won't use that and want a clean XP Pro install. For those I leave them to stew for a few weeks till they install XP Pro over the HP installed OS.

Best of luck,


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Re: Are you trying to install Windows XP Pro from a retail C
by sharptooth / September 11, 2006 12:43 PM PDT

I restored factory defaults in BIOS would that enable it?

I didn't get any restore cd's with my laptop so I was just using a XP Pro cd. Is there somewhere I can find the chipset drivers?

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That explains it
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2006 12:57 PM PDT

The Microsoft CD will not have all the drivers. Notebook makers have been very lax in putting the drivers in easy reach.

The last time I did this I paid 35 bucks for the restore CD and it saved me a few hours of driver hunting. Some won't pay that much but for me I charge by the hour so it costs more for me to hunt for drivers than to pay for the restore CDs.

HP.COM has the drivers and if not, then you get to call about it.

You've found the issue.


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by sharptooth / September 11, 2006 1:28 PM PDT
In reply to: That explains it

I will look and see if I can get the driver if not. I will resort to the Restore cd.

Thank you so much for your help.

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Regarding BIOS
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2006 12:59 PM PDT

Given the wide spectrum of what defaults I've seen I can't be sure such will enable such. I'd look.


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NIC Card
by kwkid / September 11, 2006 12:25 PM PDT

Have you gone to Device Manager to see what it shows?

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Re: NIC Card
by sharptooth / September 11, 2006 12:45 PM PDT
In reply to: NIC Card

Yes I did. The only thing that shows up for Networking is the Broadcom WLAN driver

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Missing NIC Card
by kwkid / September 11, 2006 1:24 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: NIC Card

Based on Bob's thread above, I will defer to his explanation as this seems to be the most plausable based on the information available. I've heard that HP support is somewhat better than others, so maybe you will get lucky and get the restore CD. Good Luck and please let us know how it turned out.

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