Missing network adapter and USB in device mgr

November 3, 2010 at 08:32:48
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium 4
I just did a clean install of Windows 7 on an older XP box. The network adapter and USB controller are both missing in the device mgr. I did see this issue a few days prior to Windows 7 upgrade but I knew my XP had issues, so I thought/hoped installing Windows 7 would resolve all problems, but apparently not! I can't install drivers from a flash drive since USB is also missing. I also installed a new Samsung CD/DVD burner on this PC and burnt a test CD on it. It looked like it worked but the burner won't play back the CD. So that's missing a driver too! I now have no idea how to install drivers on this PC since all input methods are out of order it looks like!

FYI..I already listed hidden devices and it doesn't list my NIC there. So I can't select it and install/uninstall drivers that way.

I do have another PC that connects to internet and get drivers from that. But no input methods on the windows 7 box except I could TRY to read the CD with the new drivers and pray that it works!

Please help!!!

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November 8, 2010 at 21:48:06
My suggestion would be to physically remove the network adapter card from the computer, reinstall it, reboot your computer and "Plug and Play" should detect it as "Found new Hardware". Once the drivers for the adapter are located and installed, you'll be able to see it listed in "Device Manager". Now, you'll be able to get on the Internet and download the drivers for your "USB" port(s). Hope this works for you!

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November 9, 2010 at 14:27:00
Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, I have an integrated NIC :(

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