Solved Downgraded from Vista to XP, no internet

July 18, 2011 at 22:30:07
Specs: Windows XP
I bought a gateway laptop in 2007 with Windows Vista. I recently downgraded it to Windows XP because it barely meets the requirements for Vista, and I hate Vista. I think when I rebooted it, it didn't get all the device drivers it needed to make the ethernet connection or network connection work. I used a friend's recovery disc, so it had the drivers for an Alienware computer, not a 2007 Gateway. It's got 2GB Ram, 80 GB Hard drive,The model number is W340UI.

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July 19, 2011 at 00:20:31
Lookup your computer at Gateway's site, You should be able to figure out which ethernet adapter you have by the available downloads. Usually there is one or two. Check the Vista listing for the model numbers.


#1
July 18, 2011 at 23:02:59
You haven't specified, what actually your query is?
By the way, You have used the recovery of a Computer which actually isn't yours..
You have gone for the wrong thing... If you have downgraded your computer from Windows Vista to Windows Xp then for Windows XP obviously you require all the Drivers externally.. Whereas in Vista and other Upgraded OS these Drivers are already Included. If you still want to continue with XP.. You can always download the drivers for your Computer from the website of the brand of which your PC belongs to..
Download those drivers from the support section of gateway website..

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#2
July 18, 2011 at 23:12:02
Here is the website with the specifications for this model: http://support.gateway.com/us/en/pr...

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#3
July 18, 2011 at 23:18:10
I can't download the drivers online since the computer I'm getting the drivers for won't connect to the internet. I tried finding and downloading the drivers with my other computer, but when I tried to load it on the gateway, it said "Error sending request. The server name or address could not be resolved." I know now that the driver I need would be from Realtek and the device driver ID is 8185, but knowing that hasn't helped. The performance since I put XP on it has greatly improved, and it was running very slowly on Vista. I wish I could get Microsoft to give me a copy of XP to put on it, and then I would give them the Vista back, but it doesn't work like that. Vista came with it, and Vista doesn't really work well on it. But to fix the problem the way they would want me to, I would have to give them over a hundred dollars because they put an operating system not suitable to the capacity of the laptop. I didn't know when I bought it that XP would have been better, but in 2007 all the laptops I looked at had Vista on them, so getting Xp or something better wasn't an option.

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#4
July 18, 2011 at 23:27:28
My main question would be; How do I get it to connect to the internet?

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#5
July 18, 2011 at 23:48:11
Download the drivers on a machine that is connected to the internet and copy to your machine then install.

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#6
July 19, 2011 at 00:06:47
That's what I did. And it either didn't work or I downloaded the wrong thing. On the website the only drivers listed are the audio, the touchpad and the VGA drivers. I have no problem with the sound, video or touchpad. I looked for the specifications on google, and tried to find a driver from that, but it was mostly only software to check your computer for drivers that need updating. In a previous comment i made I explained what I did and how the computer reacted.

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#7
July 19, 2011 at 00:20:31
✔ Best Answer
Lookup your computer at Gateway's site, You should be able to figure out which ethernet adapter you have by the available downloads. Usually there is one or two. Check the Vista listing for the model numbers.

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#8
July 19, 2011 at 09:13:01
It says "solved" but there's no explanation?

Before you formatted the HDD, you should have checked Device Manager to get the make/model of the network adapters. That would have made finding the correct driver(s) much easier. Gateway doesn't list any XP drivers because they never intended XP to be run on the system. And what you did with the Alienware disc is technically illegal so we really don't have to answer your questions.

The link you posted in response #2 has a link to "Download Hardware Vendor Detection Utility". If you're still in need of the XP drivers, download the Detection Utility to a thumbdrive, then install it on the laptop. Run it & hopefully it will identify the network adapters, then you can search for the drivers.


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#9
July 20, 2011 at 01:39:01
I clicked "best answer" Because I figured that answer was the most helpful. I wasn't aware that that would show up as "solved". I already did all the things people suggested before they suggested it. I may just give up and reinstall the Vista disc I have that came with the laptop and sell the computer to my parents even though it will be slow. Downloading the Hardware detection utility didn't work because it seemed to need an internet connection to update or download the drivers. I know the name of the driver that is missing, I checked on the control panel and stuff, I already mentioned the name of it, I was using an external hard drive to transfer the files I found to try to make it work, but nothing works, and it seems a cyclical problem. I will ask some of my friends in person and let them play with it if they want, but I have given up.

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