Solved Missing ethernet controller drivers on compaq evo n600c

February 27, 2013 at 07:00:55
Specs: Windows ME
I can't find the ethernet controller drivers for my compaq evo n600c laptop. It originally came with win XP but after replacing the hardrive I had to install Win ME but can't access the internet because these drivers are missing. The drivers were not on the maufacturer's website.It only had drivers for windows XP on the manufacturers website. Please help!

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#1
February 27, 2013 at 10:44:08
Only HP have the correct drivers for HP/Compaq laptops since the drivers are custom-made for HP to match the custom-made components. If they only have Windows XP drivers for your model I'm afraid you can only run Windows XP on it.

If it's only the network drivers that you need, you may be able use an external USB wireless adapter if you can find one that includes drivers for Windows ME.

I hasten to add that, for all Windows XP's shortcomings, Windows ME is much worse as you'll soon discover. Everybody hated it - even Microsoft. They rushed it's development to give buyers something new until XP was ready - and it shows - buggy, slow & unstable.

You would be doing yourself a big favour if you can hold of a legal copy of XP.


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#2
February 27, 2013 at 14:34:59
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WinMe is going to give you all sorts of trouble. You're going to have problems finding an anti-virus program, it only supports up to IE6, etc. If you have a legal product key, you can borrow or copy a friend's XP disc, or even download a copy from the torrents. I recommend "Windows XP Professional SP3 x86 Integrated February 2013" (do a search)

If you insist on sticking with WinMe, try this network driver:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...


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#3
February 28, 2013 at 06:17:49
I have a copy of Windows XP upgrade but I had to put the Win ME on there first since there was no OS on the new hard drive. However, during installation it said that I did not have enough RAM for XP there was only 256mb. I thought that the ethernet cable would work so that I can get on the internet but it didn't have the drivers. The only way you can access the internet was by modem. But, I have ordered the maximum of amount of memory for my laptop (1024 mb) and hopefully it will allow me to upgrade to Windows XP. I have the full version of windows Vista CD and it came installed on my Acer laptop but it started giving me problems so I upgraded to Windows 7. If there is a way to upgrade from windows xp to Windows 7 that would be great. However, I'm not sure that this Compaq Evo can handle that.

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#4
February 28, 2013 at 16:20:27
You don't have to install WinME to upgrade to XP. Just start the installation from the XP disc & you will be prompted to prove prior ownership of Windows. Just remove the XP disc, pop in the WinME disc & once it's been confirmed, remove the ME disc, replace it with the XP disc again & the installation will continue. XP will run with 256MB RAM but it will NOT run well.

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#5
March 1, 2013 at 05:48:45
I went to torrents to try and download XP like you said but I could never get it to download without an error. Also, it asked for a credit card number for verification but said it wouldn't be charged and it downloaded a bunch of other crap to my computer like pc cleaner, movie players, etc. I am kind of leary of the site that I visited. It said torrents.to .Do you have the exact address for torrents and can you tell me exactly what I need to download in order to download from that site?

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#6
March 1, 2013 at 05:51:51
I had to install ME because that was a new hard drive with no OS on it. Even after adding the memory it would not complete installation from my windows xp home upgrade disc. It kept telling me to put in the windows xp home (full version) which is why I tried the torrents download. Any suggestions?

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#7
March 1, 2013 at 15:19:55
You're not doing it correctly. Please check your private messages.

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#8
March 1, 2013 at 17:45:26
Are you saying I should remove the win ME OS from the computer and then start Win XP installation then put in the Win ME disk when asked? I keep getting this error during installation: Setup could not read the CD you inserted (Win XP Home Edition), or the CD is not a valid windows CD. The CD is valid I have the product key. It was purchased in 2008. It asks for the the Windows XP Home edition Full version which is what I have.

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#9
March 1, 2013 at 18:19:14
"Are you saying I should remove the win ME OS from the computer and then start Win XP installation then put in the Win ME disk when asked?"

Yes. If you already have WinME installed, wipe the HDD & start from scratch. WinME uses the FAT32 file system only. WinXP can run on FAT32, but NTFS is better. And don't try to run the XP install from within WinME. Boot off the XP disc, wipe out the WinME partition, create one or more new partitions, format using NTFS, then continue with the installation.


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#10
March 1, 2013 at 19:33:28
That worked out well for me . Thanks.

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