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XP won't detect any new hardware

I'm having a problem with a laptop of mine. PII 300mhz 192 MB, IBM thinkpad 570.

The problem is that the laptop won't detect ANY new hardware, no matter what device or port I use. THe problem is that the computer has no cd drive, no ethernet port and thefore no way to communicate with other computers or online until I get at least the wireless card installed or ethernet card. it does have a floppy drive though.

Basically, when I connect any device, it lights up, such as my Cruzer mini usb drive, but nothing pops up and it acts as if I did not plug it in. What can I do to solve this problem?

also, I was having an error earlier, saying that the file named pnpsys or something along the lines of that is missing or corrupted. When i search for a file with this name I can not find any, neither can i find it on any other xp computer. Please help.

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update somehow detected ipaq

not sure how that worked out, but I just tried connecting my ipaq to it to charge and then i heard the detected hardware sound, unknown, but detected nevertheless.

when I connect a wireless card or my sandisk though, no detection sound whatsoever, please help.

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Re: XP won't detect any new hardware

This is a desperate context where you don?t have the neccessary hardware / software resources for solving the problem. An essential info regarding how you installed windows XP at first was missing.

Anyway, because you don?t have a CD-ROM device in order to perform an in-place repair, the following procedure it?s a shot in the dark. You should transfer the following newdev.dll and umpnpmgr.dll files under c:\WINDOWS\System32 folder.

Because you have only the floppy drive, use the Q310994 - How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks

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