I have been trying to figure out this problem and it's driving me nuts... I hope somebody here will have some tips...
My wife and I have one PC each, running WinXP and connected to each other through a router. A long time ago we set up the "home or small office network" and we shared some directories and printers -- no problem at all.
I recently upgraded my wife's motherboard to an ASUS A7N8X-X with onboard LAN
. After I did this, no network adapter shows up in Windows Device Manager. And when I try to run "set up home or small office network", WinXP just tells me that it cannot set up a home or small office network, because I haven't got a network adapter in my PC.
I have installed all the drivers that came with the motherboard, and also clicked the "scan for new hardware" on the device manager. But no Network Adapter comes up.
It is clear that the network adapter *does* work on one level, because if my wife clicks on "My network places", she can still see, and access, the files in my shared directory. Also, I am still able to print on my wife's printer, because the printer was already set up as shared a long time ago before these problems started. So the network adapter *does* work, but on some level it isn't seen by Windows, and Windows thinks that I don't have a network adapter on the system, so it refuses to
One other thing worth mentioning. Like I said, no Network Adapter shows up on the Device Manager. But if I go to Device Manager "View" menu and enable "Show hidden devices", then it starts to show some Network Adapter elements; but these look like "additional" network adapter features such as: "NVIDEA NForce MCP Networking Adapter Packet Scheduler Mini-port" and so on. But back on the normal viewing mode, the actual main Network Adapter device does not show.
I have checked the BIOS
and made sure the onboard LAN
is not disabled there under Integrated Peripherals. It is set to "auto".
Can anybody help?? How do I get this Network Adapter to show up on my Device Manager, and get WinXP to see it, so that I can run "set up a home or small office network"?