nic driver for inspiron 4000

michealbeethoven
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Installed XP Pro on old Inspiron 4000 laptop.  Need NIC driver.  Dell only supports up to Win2000.  Tried Inspiron 4100 XP driver, no good.

Any ideas?
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You do not appear to be the only one with this problem.

Two options I can see:
(a) Can you load Windows 2000 on the machine, make the network card work and then upgrade in place to XP?
(b) Can you find a PCMCIA network card as an alternative approach?

Another option:  A laptop so old it won't run XP (which itself is now nearly dead) may not be particularly workable anway. Consider a used laptop. You can see Thinkpad T4x laptops that came with XP that are quite cheap.

... Thinkpads_User
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Download http://driveragent.com/driveragent_download/driveragent.exe

and install. Driveragent will run a scan after the installation has been finished.
If you don't have an internet connection Driveragent will save a file as DriverAgent under:

Win XP
C:\Documents and Settings\*your user name*\Local Settings\Temp\DriverAgent

Please zip this file and post it here.

After i will post the driver link!

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Inspiron 4000 laptop or dsktop? which nic driver are you looking for?
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It says laptop in my first sentence.
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A quick look around memory for that laptop says that the maximum memory is 512MB. This is barely enough to run XP SP2 and is not enough to run SP3. Much stuff today that will run in XP requires SP3 to work. This is why I suggest you consider a newer laptop. ... Thinkpads_User

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Hello hopeleonie:

Attached DriverAgent file.


drvragnt.zip
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Hi

I need the URL "DriverAgent" in that folder.
Can you post it?

Thanks
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Right click on the NIC device and select properties.
Then select the "Details" tab
Use Ctrl+c to copy the device instance ID string.
Then paste it (Ctrl+v) in your reply.
I will try to find your drivers for you.

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Hello hopeleonie:

Only thing in the folder besides an image of their logo is this HTML file.  See attached.
DriverAgent.html
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Try the driver from edbedb

If it's not working try this:
ftp://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R66639.exe

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edbedb driver did not install

hopeleonie driver did not install

edbedb:

Here are adapter details

PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1229SUBSYS_11001668&REV_08\4&1805586&0&2080
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Dell and many other vendors do not make laptops to updgrade to the next generation, which is probably what you have here.

Unless you feel particular driven to save, it is likely time to move to a newer (gently used and cheap) XP Pro laptop.  ... Thinkpads_User

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Hello Thinkpads_User:

I appreciate your kind suggestions.  However, I restore and rehabilitate laptops and donate them to our local children's shelter.  This may not be much of a laptop to you but to a child that has nothing it can bring many hours of amusement and exploration.
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Thanks for the additional information which I was not aware of. So if we cannot get a NIC driver, a PCMCIA network card might be the next best choice.  ... Thinkpads_User
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If the laptop has USB (it may well have), here is a cheap USB -> 100Mbps network adapter.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127127CVF&cm_re=Networking_Cards-_-33-127-127CVF-_-Product

May well work, but a PCMCIA card will be better if we can find one. ... Thinkpads_User

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Hello edbedb:

No drivers in folder for XP.

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Hello jamietoner:

Install Wizard does not recognize any Pro adapters.  Thanks, anyways.

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What happens when you run the file?

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"Cannot install drivers. No Intel(R) adapters are present in this computer."

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Sorry, says cannot continue, no better match.
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Given your motives for restoring the laptop, see if the USB concept might work. I seem to recall it was about $35 and if no go here, it might work somewhere else.

... Thinkpads_User

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"Sorry, says cannot continue, no better match"

That would mean that the drivers are already installed. Is the NIC flagged in the Device Manager?

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Thank you for all your help.  We have not reached a solution but perhaps it is not available.  I have inserted a PCMCIA wireless adapter in the laptop and will use that instead of a cabled Internet connection.  The children's home is wireless so I do not think it will make much of a difference.  I just wanted everything to work.
By the way, this laptop is a piece of work,  no signs of wear on the touchpad, two batteries, optical drive and floppy drive that are interchangeable, all the disks, and a like-new nylon carry.  Sweet for being so old.
Thanks again for your efforts!
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Thank you. I was please to work with you and others on this project. ... Thinkpads_User

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