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.
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,
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 127.0.0.1 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?