network adaptor does not show on device manag

August 19, 2011 at 06:16:08
Specs: Windows Vista
since downgrading from vista to xp on tower (packard bell bv)have had internet connection issues (no workie!).device manager shows no modem,but modem working fine through laptop wireless set up.odem is through virgin (netgear),have tried to find update for netgear drivers(no chance)but obviously modem is working ok through laptop!have also tried to find update on motherboard (m2 ns-nv, 1.xx bus clock 200mghz bios phoenix tech).Desperate or what.please help before computer takes flying lessons through the nearest window,there again maybe that window may be more productive

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August 19, 2011 at 07:39:19
If you have a wireless connection from a laptop, then you must have a router and a modem or a combo router/modem all-in-one. That would mean you do not connect via a dial up modem, which is what the modem driver is on the computer. You would be connecting through an ethernet cable or wirelessly to the router/modem. So on the computer in device manager the "Modem" is for a dial modem on the PC, the modem is either built-in to the mother board or is a card, it is not referring to the Virgin modem/router. The computer should have a "network Adapter" listed in the device manager, so start by seeing if the network adapter (ethernet card) has a driver installed.

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