Upgraded ME to W2K on an HP laptop. Device Manager shows ! next to ethernet controller and other devices. Can't get to net
Posted on 2003-03-28
I had an ME laptop that was so badly infected with a virus that I couldn't install Norton Antivirus.
I decided to upgrade to w2k before futher troubleshooting.
Birdseye view of the result: my NIC doesn't have a driver so I can't get on internet.
Couldn't do upgrade from inside of ME, so I ended up Booting from W2K CD and doing upgrade through its boot interface.
w2k is up and running, but way short of expectation. Monitor display stuck at 640*480 etc.
Biggest problem is that I can't get on internet because the NIC isn't being recognized.
Device manager shows drivers are not installed.
clicked reinstall driver and displayed list of known drivers. Known drivers went up to EN1660, but my NIC is a Accton EN2242 SERIES MINIPCI FASTE ETHERNET ADAPTER.
I'm going to try and find download the ACCTON NIC driver on anothter computer and put on floppy and move it to the broken pc.
My question is "ain't there a better way". At the rate I'm going it will be another 8 hours before I'm done.
Also, I'm lucky I know I have EN2242 NIC. What about the other devices that I'm not so sure of. I expect I should go to the HP laptop web site for initial config, but perhaps there is something I could buy that would simplify the whole thing?