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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
      9  Dealing with Driver Problems

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Updating Drivers

If we hadn’t already run the CD that came with the mainboard to install all the drivers for onboard devices, we could proceed as follows to install the Ethernet driver. Hit “Update Driver” (Figure 159).


Figure 159: Ethernet Controller Properties

Right clicking on the Ethernet Controller in Device Manager is another way to change the network driver. If some piece of hardware isn’t working, ask if the device needs a driver and see if the proper driver is installed.

 


We’re taken to a “Hardware Update Wizard” screen (Figure 160), which allows us to install the driver software. We’re told to insert the CD that came with the hardware. In this case, the network adapter is part of the mainboard, so we insert the CD that came with the mainboard.


Figure 160: Hardware Update Wizard

Selecting “Update Driver” brings up the hardware update

wizard.

 


If we insert the mainboard CD now, the system appears to hang. So, we hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete and receive a message that the Hardware Wizard program isn’t responding. That confirms our hunch that the Wizard wasn’t working. We close the non-responsive program.

Trying again, we select “Install from a list or specific location” (Figure 160). Then, we select the CD as the removable drive to search for a new driver. You might think that these two approaches should lead to the same result, either failure to install or success. It doesn’t turn out that way, however! The Wizard now runs and properly finds the driver! Examining Device Manager, we see the proper network adapter is recognized, as in Figure 158.

If we look under “Network Connections” (Figure 161), we see that the Local Area Network (LAN) is enabled. And, our new system can connect to other systems in our house (We have a network hub and cables installed already).


Figure 161: Network Connections (under Control Panel)

 



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