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Old 09-20-2004, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently formatted my firends old sony vaio pc to reinstall her windows 98SE, installing 98 was no prob, but it wont recognize and use her ethernet card. i opened it up and got the make and model of the card (Dlink DFE-538tx) got drivers for it form the site, it came in a package that had a program to run and install the drivers. but the program comes up as a blank window with jsut the title. i did some research on her comp and found out some of its hardware, i wasnt sure if maybe it was some kind of video problem or whatnot, but the video chipset is the intel 810. the model of the vaio is PCV-R553DS. any ideas on how to fix it, i feel bad cuz its like its my fault. before i did all this she had viruses out the rear, and spyware and it was pretty much a worthless slow pos. now its faster but it cant do anything. id appreciate any help, thanx.
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ask her if she kept the restore CD that came with the laptop. Also check out sony.com and see if you can order a restore CD for it or see if they have driver downloads that you can get for that specific model.
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I recently formatted my firends old sony vaio pc to reinstall her windows 98SE, installing 98 was no prob, but it wont recognize and use her ethernet card. i opened it up and got the make and model of the card (Dlink DFE-538tx) got drivers for it form the site, it came in a package that had a program to run and install the drivers. but the program comes up as a blank window with jsut the title. i did some research on her comp and found out some of its hardware, i wasnt sure if maybe it was some kind of video problem or whatnot, but the video chipset is the intel 810. the model of the vaio is PCV-R553DS. any ideas on how to fix it, i feel bad cuz its like its my fault. before i did all this she had viruses out the rear, and spyware and it was pretty much a worthless slow pos. now its faster but it cant do anything. id appreciate any help, thanx.
Did you run the hardware wizard and if it detected a communication port, direct it to the driver program that you have?
not the exe, but the drivers
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i checked sony.com and they have some drivers but not all of em are for 98se, someare, but its still kind of hard. about the recovery disc, no after i formated it i asked her if she had it and she didnt know where it was. so i could restore it. i havent tried the hardware wizard once i got the drivers form dlink. however i was walking her thorugh some steps on the phoneand got 98 to recognize the ethernet card. i think she said its listed as dlink ethernet adapter. but it has the yellow exclamation mark. i might have to go back over and try to do things myself, i just wanted to have some ideas to try if im going to drive 40 minutes to fix a computer.
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i checked sony.com and they have some drivers but not all of em are for 98se, someare, but its still kind of hard. about the recovery disc, no after i formated it i asked her if she had it and she didnt know where it was. so i could restore it. i havent tried the hardware wizard once i got the drivers form dlink. however i was walking her thorugh some steps on the phoneand got 98 to recognize the ethernet card. i think she said its listed as dlink ethernet adapter. but it has the yellow exclamation mark. i might have to go back over and try to do things myself, i just wanted to have some ideas to try if im going to drive 40 minutes to fix a computer.
can't help you with the drive, reinstall the drivers
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