Solved Can't see card and no drivers after reinstall of NT

January 7, 2014 at 14:50:21
Specs: Windows 7
I had to re-install NT4.0 on an old computer. We use it with a Digi ISA PC/8e card to talk to multiple computers with the serial ports. Is there a utility you can run to look for hardware and drivers? They should still be on the computer. I've tried taking the card out and putting it in thinking it will detect something but doesn't.

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January 7, 2014 at 23:39:43
If you've re-installed Windows, why would third-party drivers still be on the computer?
Re-installing Windows formats the partition and deletes everything. The only drivers you'll have then are the ones that are installed from the NT installation disc.

The card manufacturer may have the driver on it's website if company still exists.
If not, try using something like DriverMax:

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January 9, 2014 at 17:17:01
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"Is there a utility you can run to look for hardware and drivers? They should still be on the computer."

Mmm, don't think so. As phil22 mentions, a reinstallation of NT4 should reformat the drive, causing any drivers (or anything else) on the system to be lost. All you'll have is the installation, and if you don't load drivers, NT will pick it's own (though it doesn't have many), or use the default (i.e.---often low-performance versions). Most unrecognized devices will show up with the "dreaded" yellow exclamation point in Device Manager for things that it can't figure out.

While sites like DriversMax and DriversGuide have many drivers available, it's better if you can find the original disks (or CD's) they came with for NT4, or find a correct driver from the manufacturers' website (assuming they still exist). I've had a good deal of problems with both the above "drivers-sites", especially when it came for NT drivers...

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January 10, 2014 at 13:47:41
Just pull the card out and get the make/model off of it. Once you have that you should be able to find the driver by Googling.


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January 28, 2014 at 23:22:22
Whenever I had devices on Win95 or NT and didn't know what they were, I used a program like AIDA32 to determine the PCI devices (sound, video, network card, etc). To open it you'll need an evaluation copy of WinZip 6.0

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April 2, 2014 at 11:29:59

I do a lot of work on legacy versions of NT, specifically NT 3.5x. I did some hunting and found the driver you need. According to the README file it covers the ISA PC 8/e.

Here is the legacy page:

And here is the direct file you need for NT:

That link is for Intel/Alpha, if you need MIPS you'll need

The links may not work but you can find a working link on FTP here:

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