Need Ethernet Drivers for 2 older XP Pcs

February 2, 2012 at 18:10:01
Specs: Windows XP, 896 MB RAM
1. Had an old emachines T3408 running XP Home that had a bad HDD. Also had a XP Professional hard drive that I installed in the chassis. Since the hardware had significantly changed (Microsoft's phrase) I had to re-validate the OS. That part went okay, but I was unable to access the internet. Device manager had a yellow question mark on Ethernet Controller. I used another PC and downloaded the ethernet driver for the T3408. Although I no longer have any error condition on the device manager network adapter, I am still unable to access the internet. My IP address is all zeroes, and when I do an ipconfig /release followed by a renew, I get an error on the renew that The RPC server is unavailable. When I check sercices.msc, I see that the RPC server is started, although I am unable to change the startup type, or even stop the service - fields are grayed out.

2. Got an old Northgate XP Professional PC to boot to the desktop, but it has no network adapter, and I seem unable to find one online.

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February 3, 2012 at 05:29:16
Where did you download the network driver from?
Drivers for emachines computers must be downloaded from the emachines support website:

if that's where you got the driver from and it still doesn't work, it may be because you put a hard drive in it that already had Windows installed from another PC.

Windows does not like being moved from one PC to another (which in effect is what you did). It will cause no end of problems with drivers and stability even if the correct drivers are subsequently installed.

You need to install a fresh copy of Windows on the emachines PC, then install all required drivers from the emachines website.

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