This will stump you: Ethernet

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January 3, 2009 at 13:59:37
Specs: Windows 98, 2.8ghz/2GB
This one is going to be "fun!"

Objective: To get internet going on my other computer to get drivers that I need.

I have just installed XP Pro, and have done nothing yet other than install my video card drivers.

I have been doing many hours of searching on forums, and havnt found this exact problem.

I have a 1394 network adaptor, which I cannot verify online if this is my ethernet card or not. I opened up the box and looked where my rogers cable is plugged into, and the only visiable marking is "etec". In device manager, under network adaptors, there is no other lines. Its just 1394 network adaptor.

There are many other lines that have the yellow exclamation point, but that is mainly because I have not installed any drivers yet.

In network connections, it says connected, but no packets are sent/received, it is enabled, and I have tried doing a repair/bridge connections.

I have verified that it is not my netgear router or cable, as I am on this old win98 compy and its just working fine, as well everyone elses computers are fine even when adding new computers to the house. I tried using different ports on the router.

the light on the ethernet port lights up as well.

In command menu, I typed in ipconfig and ipconfig/all and it gave me nothing.

This problem happened before, (when I first got the computer, and I had to replace the harddrive hence why I did a reformat) and a roomate I was with fixed this problem after long thought. I asked him if he remembers and he said it may have been something to do with a driver. But he cant be sure.

There is four other computers that use the internet semi regularly, all on wireless. and I had one other computer that used it till it bit the dust. (me and harddrives dont get along)

I have just attempted a power down of my rogers cablebox, the downstairs one as well as the one that connects to the router) and my router/PC.

Google has severly let me down this time, as usually I can figure out the problem, but there is very little information on how to find out what ethernet card you have other then through software. I had internet going before, and the drivers for the 1394 are from 2001... and seemingly there are no new ones....

best of luck if any of you figure this one out!

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January 3, 2009 at 14:09:27
1394 is a Fire wire connection, not your Ethernet. Fire wire is sometimes used for external hard drives but most often for some brands of video cameras. If you don't know what it is you probably don't need it. In Device Manager mark the device as disabled and any prompts for drivers should stop.

When asking for driver help it is customary to post some system specs. In your case we would need the motherboard model as well.

You most likely need to install motherboard chipset drivers, sound, network, USB and graphic drivers.

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January 3, 2009 at 14:15:01
This is what 1394 looks like. If you don't have anything in those ports, and I doubt you do, then you can't network though it.

Chances are, your computer is networked with an Ethernet. Get the drivers for your network card. Anything else is wasted effort.

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January 3, 2009 at 14:16:28
Yes sorry. I couldnt do the scan on this website, as this is not the computer I need the help with.

Firewire.... yes. Everyone I asked has been telling me this is my ethernet... at first I was skeptical... now I know why!

You just gave me an idea.... since thats just firewire, and there is no visable ethernet card.. that means its internal to the motherboard? Which means... I must probably need drivers for said motherboard. Xp doesnt usually carry them right?

Ill try that first and we will see what happens! Ill also manually get the specs for the computer while im at it.

Thank you for being the first person online to tell me that 1394 isnt an ethernet!

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January 3, 2009 at 14:22:15
Where does WinXP come into the picture? You posted Win98 as the OS.

WinXP might be able to configure all your hardware. That depends on the age of the computer and what service pack is on the WinXP CD.

If you have internet access and a computer with a burner in it, download and burn to disk, SIW.exe. That utility should be able to identify the hardware in question.

Get the standalone version of SIW.exe and you can run it from the CD. Get it at the link below.

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January 3, 2009 at 14:22:57
yes thats what I had. What was making me skeptical is that it was marked by a company called etec... which when I did a search it showed that it was more of a small parts manufacturer.

I had internet on this computer before.... Im fairly certain now its the motherboard drivers.... (me in my infinite wisdom /sarcasm)

thank you for the quick reply... I spent 5 hours last night and about the same today looking through various forums as usually the answer is easily googleable..... but not this time.

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January 3, 2009 at 14:31:07
I installed XpPro on the computer im trying to get working, and the one im currently on to talk to you (the one with the workign internet) is windows 98.

Sorry if im confusing..... Ive just been at this problem for too long... need a break!

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January 3, 2009 at 14:38:17
Try SIW for information. If a small computer builder the motherboard is probably a well known company.

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January 3, 2009 at 15:59:34
I'm going to be as simple as I can...

Plug your ethernet cable, which looks like this into your ethernet port on the back of your system, which looks like this. After a minute, you should get internet. Many, but not all ethernet cards are picked up by Windows XP during installation. If Network Connections shows a network connection, more than likely Windows XP already has drivers installed for it.

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January 4, 2009 at 09:28:32
For grins you could start with ifconfig /all or even look at network panel in control panel.

There are firewire ethernet connections.

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January 4, 2009 at 21:42:16
Thank you everyone for your help! couldnt have done it without you!

Once we figured that 1394 wasnt an ethernet card, but just an adapter, I updated motherboard drivers and BAM!

I dont know why everyone else was telling me that was an ethernet card..... didnt make sence.

Thanks again all! (do you just delete threads after done? Or just rename resolved?)

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January 5, 2009 at 06:50:03
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