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windows 98 not detecting ethernet card

by laptophelp / May 2, 2007 12:12 PM PDT

Hi I have a old sony vaio with windows 98 on it. everything works fine but the laptop can't detect my network card. I have a Xicom Realport Ethernet 10/100+modem 56 REM56G. It's old and out dated but I can't get a LAN connection. I formated a while ago wiht windows 2000 and that o/s detected the ethernet card and i was able to connect on line automatically. But windows 2000 doesn't work that well on my laptop being on mmx technology, so I formated again with windows98. I don't know how to get it to detect the card so i can get online....please help...ask some more questions of u need them to help me out...thanks....

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2 items missing from Microsoft.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2007 12:30 PM PDT

Usually it's the motherboard driver package or the network card drivers. I don't expect such on the Microsoft CD so seek those out and install.

I have some 10BT version of said Xircom and can assure you that Windows 98 and SE didn't have the drivers on the Microsoft CD.

Bob

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by laptophelp / May 2, 2007 1:19 PM PDT

but how come windows 2000 can detect the ethernet card...does that o/s have preinstalled drivers or something??

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You have the answer in your post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2007 9:49 PM PDT
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Windows 2000 came out years after Windows 98.

I think you're missing the key point here and why so many end up paying 100 or more bucks for Geeksquads to install Windows. If you don't find and install drivers then you might end up in their clutches and be poorer for the priviledge.

Bob

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THANKS
by laptophelp / May 3, 2007 11:34 AM PDT

thanks for the reply....I have found the driver and the ethernet card works and i can getr on line with my cable line....but now i have another problem...my internet explorer is having errors on almost every page and says it's perfoming an illegal action and it closes..what is the cause of this....is just this just an outdated and doesn't work anymore...i tried to go to the microsoft internet explorer website to download updates....but my IE has problems with scripts and syntax errors and the page rarely is able to load at all...or if it does load it barely loads, leaving out many words and images...is there a way of solving this problem other than using windows 2000....should i just toss this notebook to the graveyard?....it is from 1998...The reason i ask if there is another way than using windows is cause than when i do format the notebook with 2000 it runs kinda slow cause it's an old notebook.. please reply...thanks

I have a sony vaio 200mhz MMX Technology, 2.0 GB HD, 128 MB ram...

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Yes, IE does that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2007 9:14 PM PDT
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You'll learn that it could have a BHO or other addon. Try it without them. The spyware/malware issue is real so be sure you have the hammered down.

For me I just install firefox.

Bob

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