|Why is it you brand name system computer people often don't supply the full model name, and you often don't find out what drivers you will need BEFORE you install or re-install an operating system ???|
Apparently you have a IBM Net Vista 8305 2.66GHz ? Desktop Computer, that probably came with either XP Home or XP Pro installed on it.
XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.
Load the main chipset drivers first !
I'm assuming the network adapter you are using to access the internet on the 8305 is either built into the mboard, or it's a card in a mboard slot that comes with the model.
Pick your country .
In the search box top right, type: Net Vista 8305
Click on a listing for support for 8305, or for Downloads and drivers for 8305.
You need to download at least the software for your network adapter and install it - then you could download the rest of them and install them on your own computer - or download all of them - e.g. copy it/them to a flash drive - plug the flash drive into your 8305, copy to and install the software on your 8305.
You should install the main chipset drivers first !
If you are connecting to the internet wirelessly,
- if the wireless adapter did not come with the system, you need to get the drivers and software for it from whoever made the card's or USB adapter's web site, or install them from the CD that came with the adapter.
- you'll have to set up the configuration of your wireless adapter on the 8305 before you can connect wirelessly to the internet. If you're connecting wirelessly through a router, the wireless adapter's settings must jive with the router's wireless configuration settings, otherwise you cannot connect to the router wirelessly.
If you you cannot connect to the router wirelessly, you may need to access the router's configuration settings so you can see what the wireless settings are set to so you cam make the wireless adapter's settings jive with the router's settings, especially any security key or password that must be the same type and the same code or password - you MUST connect a network cable from the 8305's wired network adapter to the router in order to be able to do that.
Unless the instructions for installing a device tell you otherwise.......
You DO NOT install drivers for a device while booting - when Windows detects a generic device while booting, you allow it to search for drivers, it doesn't find any, and it wants you to show it the location of the drivers - CANCEL that, continue on to the desktop, and install the software for the device using the proper installation from a CD or the proper installation file that you downloaded from the web."
If you DID install drivers that way, go to Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs and Un-install the software you installed, reboot, DO NOT install drivers while booting, and install the software the right way !
If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included.....
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"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."