Ethernet card trouble

Intel / Pro/100+ management adapt...
February 10, 2010 at 18:42:30
Specs: Windows 98 SE, 501 mhz / 192 mb
I am running windows 98se and I wanted to connect the machine to the internet. So i had a card that I knew worked and put it in my computer. So then when i booted the computer i got this message about installing drivers for the divice from the windows disk. So I put in the disk and it told me all the drivers dll files and many others, that windows needed for this device that were not on the disk. So I also had the intel disk for the card, and i got about half way through installing the drivers and it stoped and asked for the windows disk and files that were not on the disk. I have tried now two windows 98se disks just to see if for somereason one had a problem, and windows does still not reconize the card. All the apropraite lights come on around the port when the cable is plugged in. So I have no idea where to go from here, so any ideas whould be good thanks.

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#1
February 10, 2010 at 20:04:14
What's the model number of the card? Did the driver disk come with instructions? Sometimes you'll be told to close the 'add new hardware' window and run the install from the disk.

When the hardware setup asks for the 98 disk it may default to the wrong location. You need to make sure it looks in the right place. So when it says it can't find what it needs it'll ask where else to look. Then you browse or type in the location of the WIN98 folder on the cd.. IT WILL ONLY LOOK FOR THE FILE IN THE FOLDER YOU SPECIFY.

Or, in other cases the file will actually be on the driver disk and not the 98 cd. So if it can't find what it needs in the WIN98 folder have it search the driver disk again.

Or, it's possible files were extracted from the driver disk and deposited in a temporary folder on the hard drive. Have it look in C:\WINDOWS\TEMP.

At this point you should probably go to 'add/remove programs' and see if it shows there. If so, uninstall it, reboot and try the installation again. If it doesn't show there remove it from device manager and try the install again.

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#2
February 13, 2010 at 17:12:49
To answer your first question, im not really sure if this is a modle number or a serial number. The number is located on the base of a barcode and is: 00D0B7606A05 11013 721383-008. The disk did come with insturtions, the instuctions were located right on the disk and that is what i folled for installing the card.

Also it told me what the windows file that it needed, and I was able to find it. Then i directed the computer to file and it was still having trouble gitting it and then asking for the windows disk.


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#3
February 13, 2010 at 22:08:41
There's going to be several IC chips on the card. The largest will probably have a description on it that may allow an identification.

But I can't really add anything other than what I said above. When you remove an item from device manager in XP it deletes that item's .inf file too but 98 doesn't do that. So unless an uninstall shows up in add/remove programs it's hard to to a reinstall. The only way is to delete its .inf file from the windows\inf folder and then try the install again. But it may be hard to find its .inf file among the hundred or so others that reside in that folder.

But just removing the item from device manager can sometimes hlep. That forces the OS to set it up again on next reboot.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#4
February 16, 2010 at 16:03:05
so i tried going through the device maniger removing the card and then I rebooted the computer and I went through the set up agian and when all was saidd and done, nothing had really changed. Windows still thinks that the 98se disk was missing some files and the card was still not reconized by the computer.

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#5
February 16, 2010 at 18:24:35
If it went through the process of looking for files on the 98 cd again, that's when you have to make sure you have the cd in the cdrom and it's looking for the files in the WIN98 folder on the disk. Also, as I mentioned in # 1 above, you may have to browse the driver disk too.

Do you remember some of the files it said were missing? I can check to see if they're on the 98 cd.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#6
February 16, 2010 at 18:58:46
one of the files it cannot find is a folder called "services". Also there is ushally about one dll file that it cannot find. The second time i tried to remove and reinstall card it gave me a much larger list than it did today. With just the two items.

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#7
February 16, 2010 at 19:20:19
I don't think 'services' will be on the 98 cd so try browsing the driver disk (or driver download, whatever you have).

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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