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I am getting yellow exclamation marks on other devices after installing windows xp pro and formatting the disk.  Other devices.  11n1 adaptor, ethernet controller, multimedia audio controller, and video controller.

I cannot connect to the internet because of ethernet controller as well as connecting to my network.

Any advice on how I can get the generic drivers for these devices without connecting to the internet?

I can connect to the internet via another workstation but can't seen to locate "just" the driver files.  Only advertised software is coming up which does me no good since I can't connect to the internet on the workstation with the issues.
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by:pjam
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You did not mention what model and make, but normally what you are seeing indicates you need to install the chipset first.  It is needed to access PCI slots and the NIC
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by:John Hurst
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XP will find and configure Ethernet on any valid machine.  It always has for me.

I agree with the above:  Find the make, model and on another machine, get BIOS and Chipset (as suggested above). See if there is also an Embedded Controller and if so, get it. When you install all this, Ethernet may work and then you can get the rest of the drivers.
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by:dpacsupport
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HP DC5000 uT ( DZ216AV )
Intel Celeron 2.8GHz
System Bios 786B0 v1.00

I don't have another machine same make and model.

Chipset?  How do you install it.  The bios and all parts are original to the machine.  All I did was format hard drive and reinstall xp pro.

In control panel system it doesn't provide the info needed to locate drivers unique to these that is why I am looking for a site that I can download some generic drivers to flash and move to this machine.
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by:John Hurst
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BIOS and Chipset install the same way from a file on a CD for old machines.
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I'm confused on what you are telling me to do or are you making statements?  If you are telling me what to do then I do not understand need more clarification.  I do not have another machine same make and model to copy bios and chipset.
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by:John Hurst
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XP is long dead and gone. When I had it, BIOS and Chipset were done by bootable floppy disks (yes, XP is that old). Now you need a bootable CD with BIOS on it.

Later operating systems can install from a file on the hard drive, but I don't know about XP.
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by:rindi
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If you don't have another PC, how can you post here at all? Just download all the drivers from the manufacturer's site of the PC you are installing XP on, then save them to a USB stick, or to a CD writable, or similar. Then first install the chipset driver from that CD or USB stickon the PC you are installing XP on, reboot, and install the rest of the drivers.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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If the PC was manufactured AFTER Windows XP was released, you won't have drivers built in to XP for MOST things.  In which case you need to identify what drivers the hardware needs - specific chipsets, etc.  Since this is an old HP, you download the XP specific drivers on another computer from HP (*IF* they still offer them since XP is no longer supported).  Otherwise, it's going to be an series of internet searches looking for potentially compatible drivers.  Once you have them downloaded put them on a USB flash drive or burn them to a CD and install them on the system in question.

(Am I missing something or is everyone overthinking this?)
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by:garycase
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The ONLY driver you need to download on another PC is the network driver.   Then transfer it via a USB flash drive, install it ... and then you can get the rest of the drivers by directly downloading them on the PC.

Note that depending on the service pack level of XP, you may also have to download the service packs and a newer version of Internet Explorer before you can use Windows Update.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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True, TECHNICALLY you only need a network driver - it can be a matter of preference - find everything first and then install all or find the network driver, install that, and then on the PC, download and the install the other drivers.
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by:nobus
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if you have  unknown devices in device manager, you can use this procedure to identify them :

1- visit the motherboard manufacturers support site, for downloading drivers
2- use windows update >optional updates to find them

3- Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Information.
Now select  "Components" and highlight "Problem Devices".
All hardware devices with a driver problem will be listed here.
Make a note of the first line of the PNP Device ID line of the entry. It will show a Vendor number and a Device number (VENxxxxDEVxxxx) both four digits long.
Look up those numbers here:   http://www.pcidatabase.com/index.php

This will tell you the manufacturer and the chip number.  
Check the manufacturer's website first or google them - or post them here

4- If your LAN is running, you can also use windows update> optional drivers, or  use slimdrivers : https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php
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by:rindi
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For most hardware, including the NIC, to work properly it is usually essential that the chipset drivers are first installed and working properly. Everything else depends on the chipset. Besides, if the NIC isn't working, it is also likely the other drivers are missing, so downloading all the drivers first, then installing first the chipset drivers, and then all the others, should get you a working system.
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by:dpacsupport
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Exactly what I was looking for.  I was able to download all the drivers I needed to a flash drive.  Install on the "old" workstation - reboot - and now system is clean.  Connected to network and internet.

THANK YOU.
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Thanks for the Points and the feedback.   : )
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