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Topic # 128827 24-Aug-2013 21:46
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I backed up all my stuff i have when I saw using windows vista on an external harddrive, then installed windows 7 and restored all the files and folders and my internet isnt working. The computer should be connected to the internet via the ethernet cable from the modem but all it says is its still "Identifying" the network.

Help please

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  Reply # 884053 24-Aug-2013 22:26
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how would I do that if I dont have access to the internet?

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  Reply # 884054 24-Aug-2013 22:31
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You should have downloaded it before reinstall. Now you need to get the correct computer/motherboard/ethernet model, donwload from the manufacturer site using a friend's computer and copy it over using a USB memory key.






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  Reply # 884059 24-Aug-2013 22:47
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Thanks. Ive had a look into it and my pc is a compaq presario sr5085an. On the website under the window vista drivers theres a whole bunch I can download but for windows 7 there is only 1.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?os=4062&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&sw_lang=&product=3397198#N186 for windows 7

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?os=2093&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&sw_lang=&product=3397198 for windows vista

My pc was previously windows vista then i installed windows 7

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  Reply # 884117 25-Aug-2013 08:51
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Well your motherboard is a "MCP61PM-HM (Nettle)", with a realtek "rtl8201n" network card.

The drivers look harder to find than usual. Your best bet may be to grab a new network card and bung it in. They're only about $10-20.

You'll need to get the right type. The two bottom slots on your motherboard are pci, the next one up is pci-e. You'll want to know which one/s are empty before you buy.




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  Reply # 884484 26-Aug-2013 10:08
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Is it possible to download windows vista drivers and use them on windows 7?

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  Reply # 884489 26-Aug-2013 10:14
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They will probably work fine, they won't do any harm anyway.

Can you find the drivers though, that's the trick.




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  Reply # 884492 26-Aug-2013 10:19
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Theses quite a few drivers i can download for my pc of the HP website for windows vista but there are no drivers on for windows 7

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  Reply # 884493 26-Aug-2013 10:21
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Does it show the network connection? if it shows it, chances are it has the driver. Without a driver installed, it won't show the NIC state at all. What output do you get running
ipconfig /all
from a command prompt?




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  Reply # 884549 26-Aug-2013 11:00
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Thanks guy, got it working after I downloaded windows 7 and reinstalled it again. Now just need to find all the drivers for my hardware and update them

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