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PLEASE HELP - asus motherboard - cannot install ethernet

Hello

I'm about ready to pitch this PC off my balcony. Seriously.

I have re-installed Windows twice in the last week due to its swiss-cheese style security and the downloaded malware that it has allowed onto my system.

Well, this time around, I forgot to back up the ethernet driver installer before I reformatted the drive, so I have no way to install the ethernet drivers for my on-board card on my Asus p4p800-vm motherboard.

I have donwloaded the drivers (using my Mac) from the Asus site and got a folder called "80_2kxp" which contains a bunch of files, but the only executable is an UNINSTALLER!! (Jesus, why does Windows have to be so hard to use!!!!!)

I cannot figure out how to install these mystery files. If I go to the "Device Manager", and I try to "Update Driver..." for the Ethernet controller (which currently appears as a big yellow question mark), the OS tries to look on the internet for the driver - not realizing that this driver is what it needs to access the damned internet. Idiots. All of them.

Anyway, I went to the Intel site, and looked around there for drivers, but no dice. The file I downloaded required "SNMP" to be installed, and I never had to do that before, so that cannot be the right file.

Can anyone shed some light on this problem? I'm confused, and perplexed. thank god I have a Macintosh that I can use in the mean time. Apple never has problems like this.

thanks in advance,

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The needed driver should be on the ASUS Support CD....

Your "ASUS Support CD" should have all the needed drivers for the Mother Board's internal devices, including the LAN. If you do not have a "Support CD", you will need to contact ASUS and request a CD that supports your Mother Board. You may get a faster response calling ASUS at 502-995-0883, than using E-mail. E-mail may take over 10 days to get a reply and they could say that you need to call and order the needed CD anyway.
Also you can check your "Bios Setup" under the "Advanced" tab, then under "Onboard Device Configuration" and make sure your "Onboard LAN" is "Enabled".
You can also try to "Update Driver" from your "OS CD" (if you are given that as a choose), but it may not have the correct driver needed.

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The site shows its a zip file

You just extract the files to a specific location. This is your choice or you can just make a folder for it. Presuming XP finds this as an unknown device, you just update the driver by pointing XP into the folder where the driver was extracted to. Use the "Have Disk" option to do this. You do not need an executable for this purpose. If the correct files are there, XP will know what to do with them. Good luck.

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DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY WITH THIS MOTHERBOARD

I have the same problem
You just described common way to install ethernet controler but it isn't possible to use this method on this motherboard
I've tried have a disk and finding the driver but I just get a bunch of drivers descriptions for example Intel(R) based Lan adapter etc.

I've tried automatically find driver it also didn't work .

It seems nothing works . . . .

Conventional solutions don't work that is for sure so If anyone knows the solution to this specific problem please help . . .

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Keep in mind this is XP.

So you would have to update it to a service pack 2 or better then install the motherboard driver and then in the one zip file under the XP folder right click on the e100b325.inf and select install.

Your posts bring up a good question. Should we forget XP now? That is, look at folk struggle with it's install and upkeep and maybe it's time to move on?
Bob

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