No ethernet controller in recent Dual-boot Windows XP and Ubuntu

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Microsoft Windows XP
Bought a second-hand Compaq Evo-D310 a couple of years ago. It came with a Windows XP CD but not with any other disks. I dual-booted Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long Term Support). Sound and ethernet controller (ie. internet) on the XP and Ubuntu worked fine. Yesterday I decided to install next Ubuntu LTS version 12.04 and changed the partitions a bit and reformatted the Windows NFTS partition. The Windows install did not produce any error messages and the Ubuntu finished ok too. Internet using a wired (ethernet) connection and sound work from Ubuntu 12.04, but not from Windows XP. I checked the Device Manager on XP and the ethernet controller and sound drivers were marked with yellow exclamation marks. Found some Evo-D310 ethernet controller links at the HP driver download site. They were all exe files: sp42471.exe, sp33671 and sp41804. I don't know how to try these exe files. I copied them to a usb memory stick, but the 'Have disk' upgrade/install choice did not work. Windows XP only showed drive D or drive A. I also copied the three exe files to a directory on drive C and tried the Browse choice, but the OK button was greyed out as inactive. I have run out of ideas, but do not want to give up without a fight. Hope someone can help... Ken

Software/Hardware used:
Windows xp, Ubuntu 12.04, Compaq Evo-D310

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  • carlosdl
    I don't think the problem has something to do with Ubuntu or the dual boot setup, and I think mentioning it in the question title could prevent some people from taking a look at your problem. Have you tried executing those exe files  directly ?  
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  • jinteik
    if it is an exe file and you have downloaded it for the network card and sound card, just double click on the exe and let it install and check back again in the device manager. you might need to restart the pc after installation
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