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windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing code 39

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windows xp system, had power spike and corrupted some files on the hard drive and windows would not boot. Ran chkdsk for repairs and it found and repaired lost clusters. All Seems to be owrking fine after reboot except windows will not install the NIC card (Linksys NC100). I get the following error

"Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing Code 39."
I removed the card and rebooted. Ran registry mechanic and regsupreme registry cleaners. Downloaded newest drivers from Linksys. Reinstalled the NIC and rebooted, tried to install the new drivers but get the same windows error 39. Tried to use the update driver method under device manager, same result. I suspect there is some messed up code in the registry.

Thanks in advance
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by:orangutang
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What section of the device manager is your NIC card? Network Adapters?
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yes
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Open a cmd prompt and enter SFC /SCANNOW. This will scan your system for corrupt system files and replace the bad ones it finds with the originals from your XP CD. After that try reinstalling the drivers, and if you can then get back on the internet, run the windowsupdates again (best install SP3 after that).
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thanks joinaunion for pointing me toward linksys quick install driver pdf. A good idea but I have already been there, done that. However the suggestion by rindi seems to have repaired the problem. Although it was not a smooth process, when it was done the card drivers installed and all seems to be working now.

thanks to everyone for your support!!!!!
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