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Where do I get a driver for a NIC if I don't know what brand, make, or model it is?

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I found an old 10/100 network card in my junkpile and thought I could use it as a secondary NIC in a computer that only has one (planning on doing experimenting using different subnets). The only thing is I have no idea what model it is.

Is there a way to find out what hardware you have? Most programs that "scan your hardware" usually just give you back what's in your registry and/or device manager, not the actual hardware itself.

If not, is there a generic network card driver for XP and/or Server 2008? IF so how do I get it?
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if the make / model is not on the card, its going to be pretty difficult. Is the mac address on the card at all?
If the mac address is on it you can at least find the vendor / make by entering the mac address in a lookup website like http://www.coffer.com/mac_find/

But there is usually some kind of clue, maybe a make stamped on one of the chips.
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As above, look closely at the card, there may be a model number, or look at the chips. usually you'll see the chip manufacturer and it's number, and according to that it is often possible to find the drivers.
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SIW http://www.gtopala.com/
Unknown Devices http://www.halfdone.org/ukd/

Both of these will give you back the hardware you have in your computer.
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johngerity--"Is there a way to find out what hardware you have? "  Yes, but the hardware has to be installed.  Is this the case with this NIC?
If so, in Device Manager, right click the NIC icon|Properties|Details tab|Device Instance ID (from the dropdown list).  The code you see shows the VEN (vendor) and DEV (Device) ID's .  With that info go to http://www.pcidatabase.com/  and enter the ID codes appropriately.
Everest may also tell you.
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I ended up just buying a new NIC.

I didn't really have time to try all those solutions once I got the new one working. I still have it lying around though. As soon as I get a chance I will try all of these.

Thanks again.
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