After clean OS install, ethernet drivers don’t work?

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Drivers
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Fatal1ty AN9-32X
OS installation/upgrades
Vista
I have a custom-built PC with a Fatal1ty AN9-32X motherboard (built in nVidia gigabit ethernet controller) Once I performed a clean install of an upgraded operating system (went from XP to Vista) .. I needed to reinstall my drivers. Everything has gone great, except when I installed the driver for the motherboard from Abit. . my ethernet still doesn't work. . .any ideas how to troubleshoot this? PC can't even see the live ethernet cable when its hooked up. Any help would be appreciated - -Woody

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Sometimes the hardware isn’t compatible because of discrepancies between Vista and firmware. Check the hardware, firmware then search nVidia site for compatible drivers. You might have to trick the controller into thinking its a different Vista compatible model.

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What went wrong when you installed the driver for the motherboard from Abit, knowing this is very important, because if motherboard drivers are not installed properly, the other devices will definitely give trouble. So your first priority is to fix this issue. Try if from the vendor, manufacturer, their website or any other means. Otherwise Vista doesn’t give such problems.

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You need to know the model of the Ethernet card and install the necessary Ethernet drivers. Even though the NIC is integrated into the motherboard, that doesn’t mean that the motherboard drivers contain any informaion about the NIC. If it’s an nVidia NIC then you’ll need to go to their site and get the appropriate drivers and install them. If it’s Broadcom, then go to their site. etc…

Good luck,
Tom

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  • Bobkberg
    You might also look into "Driver Detective" which may help with Schmidtw's suggestion. . Bob
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  • Robert Stewart
    In device manager is the ethernet controller having an issue? It sounds like you don't have the nic driver loaded. You say you downloaded a motherboard driver, maybe it does not include the nic driver. Just a thought.
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