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Setting up Internet Connection on Windows 2000

by sexysnake / November 9, 2009 4:53 AM PST

The title says it all. The oldest OS I have ever dealt with is windows XP, in which all that is required is plugging in the Ethernet cable. Recently, a friend of mine asked me to setup the internet on a windows 2000 machine. First I thought there was no Ethernet cable going in the machine, but it was. Then, if I remember correctly, I checked the device manager to see if the adapter was installed and working correctly; it was. I tried setting it up through Network Wizard but it didn't do anything. I got the same page on IE saying that it cannot display page. In some other threads somebody suggested to install XP, but it is not a choice as this is an office machine that cannot have any down time.

Is there any way to check if this machine is online. How about if I install Firefox on it? Because IE (its a really old version) might need to setup properly for the first time. But if I download latest FF or even IE that might skip all the initial steps that the older versions have to go through...

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Most common?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2009 6:41 AM PST

The network card or motherboard driver is missing. This seems to be rough on newer owners so be sure to check your Windows 2000 install plan.

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Not a driver problem
by GCRyder / November 19, 2009 3:27 AM PST

If the NIC were missing its driver, it wouldn't show up as working in Device Manager.

You may have been mislead by some strange wording in the Network Connection Wizard. You start it through Start>Settings>Network and Dial-Up Connections, by double-clicking on "Make a New Connection." On the first screen, there is a "Dial Up to the Internet" option. Its wording makes it look like its limited to phone-line/modem connections, but it's not. If you select that option and click "Next," you'll find an option for " I want to set up my Internet connection manually, or I want to connect through a local area network (LAN)." From there on, it's pretty straightforward.

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Almost true.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2009 3:54 AM PST
In reply to: Not a driver problem

Many new to windows users think that if the device manager is clean then all is well. That's sadly untrue. The motherboard chipset driver could be the wrong one and the IRQ routing incorrect.

Again, go over your install plan and don't take the device manager as a sign it's OK.

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its done.
by sexysnake / January 14, 2010 5:39 PM PST
In reply to: Almost true.

sorry for such a late reply. The internet is up and running on the machine. It was done by a pro. To my knowledge, he reinstalled the external mode somehow which fixes it.

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I meant to say "modem"
by sexysnake / January 14, 2010 5:40 PM PST
In reply to: its done.

I meant to say "modem"

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