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Table Of Contents  How to Build Your Own PC - Save A Buck And Learn A Lot
 9  Chapter 10: Configuring Windows XP

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Installing Other Drivers

Proceed similarly to install drivers for your other devices, such as a sound card if you have one. Whenever a device doesn’t seem to be working properly, ask if you’ve installed the proper device driver or if it’s been done automatically. Looking for the device under Device Manager in Windows is a good way to see if the device driver is installed. We’ll install a controller for the built-in networking. As you can see in Figure 156, a question mark by Ethernet Controller in Device Manager shows that network drivers aren’t yet installed.


Figure 156: Unrecognized device

An ethernet controller isn’t recognized yet. We need to install the proper driver.

 


If your mainboard has built-in sound or networking, a CD that contains drivers probably came with the mainboard. Place the CD into the CD drive and let Windows XP search for the appropriate driver.

If we place the CD that came with the mainboard into the drive and double click on the CD drive letter in Windows, the CD shows us that drivers can be installed for AC’97 sound, USB 2.0, and networking (Figure 157).


Figure 157: ASUS driver installation program

Installing network drivers from the CD that came with the mainboard. We install the LAN driver.

 


After installing the LAN (Local Area Networking) driver, Device Manager shows us the network driver is installed (Figure 158).


Figure 158: Network driver installed

After selecting “Install Broadcom LAN driver,” we inspect Device Manager to be sure the network driver is properly recognized.

 



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