The ethernet cable plug is built in to the computer……its an NVIDIA branded but when I went to their website im not sure which driver to download….theres a whole bunch of series which i dont know which one mine is…….
If you want to access Device Manager on a local or remote computer:
- Click Start, click Run, and then type mmc.
- Click Add/Remove Snap In on the File menu (or press CTRL+M), click Add, and then click Device Manager.
Once there, look under Network adapters. This is Windows 7, but it looks the same:
hmmm … now I'm clutching at straws.
you could try telling windows to seach for new hardware (add hardware ?) and see if that will detect your network card and install drivers for you.
or, I've used the free version of Slimdrivers (homepage http://www.driverupdate.net/) to update drivers …. maybe it might detect your networkcard and install it for you (only helpfull if you've managed to get the computer onto the 'net somehow). However, Slimdrivers will go though and list *ALL* the drivers it can find to update, so only select the ones you want to install
*warning* on at least one occassion, Slimdrivers did (as best as I can tell) put the wrong driver in (was a sound driver and was easily fixed) so I'd recommend being prepared/able to undo any updates Slimdrivers does. in a good sign, Slimdrivers does ask to make System Restore Points before it makes any changes and does have the ability to backup and restore drivers for you (haven't tried restoring drivers though, so can say how effective/good it is)
If the network card is built into the motherboard, I'd try going to the website of the motherboard to either find out which network card it is, or they may even have links to the drivers. You should be able to find your motherboard type from the Device Manager or possibly the BIOS setup pages that you can get to when your computer first boots. You might also want to check for any network-related settings in the BIOS. If the network access is built into the motherboard, it is definitely possible that the BIOS may have some network settings.
That tells you everything that you need to know. Your chipset is a GeForce 6100 with a 410/430 Southbridge. So, go to nVidia.com and select Download Drivers. Under Product Type, select Legacy (it means old or outdated, because your motherboard is about five years old). Under Product Series, select nForce 4 Series (because the 410/430 MCP is a 4 Series). Under Product, select nForce 430 / GeForce 6100. Then select your operating system and click Search. When the file page pops up, click Download.
This will download all of the newest drivers for your motherboard. Even though you're only having problems with the networking, it's best to let the installer update all of your drivers to the newest versions.
Hope this helps!
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