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Installed new hard drive in computer, no "Local Area Connection" icon in Network Connections

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Hi experts, my old hard drive on my XP Home system (an old eMachines desktop) died and I bought a used one from someone and he pre-loaded it with a fresh copy of XP Home for me. Put the hard drive in my computer, put all the connections together and it booted up into XP fine. I have the ethernet cable plugged in but it's not picking up my cable internet connection (I have 2 other computers running fine off the same router... hard-wired, no wireless). I go into CONTROL PANEL|NETWORK CONNECTIONS and there's nothing there. Shouldn't there be a "default" icon saying "Local Area Connection"? I tried going through the "Create a new connection" selection in the left-hand margin there but that didn't do any good. Can anyone help please?


P.S:  The ethernet connection cable is fine, I tried the cable on one of my working computers and it works.

The specs on this old desktop system are:
- XP Home Version 2002, Service Pack 1
- eMachines H2602 with Celeron 2.80ghz CPU, 2 gigs RAM
- 80 gig HD split into 3 partitions, total 52 gigs free
Alan Henderson
Retired marine engineer

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