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Unidentified ethernet/soundcard and video card...





Freezon
As some of you may know, I recently installed Windows XP Pro on my older computer (it had ME to begin with). All went well, but I have a huge problem. The drivers for the sound card, ethernet NIC card and video card cannot be found, thus I do not know the manufacturer of them. The ethernet NIC card and sound card is build into the mobo.

All the information I have; which isn't a lot and doesn't help is this:

The sound card (installed on mobo) says: Foxconn
The ethernet NIC internal (installed on mobo) says: Bel

I know these are NOT the manufacturers of the actual cards, but maybe this will help in some way.

Here is a screenshot I have taken that shows the errors in Device Manager: http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/3434/errors8pl.jpg

As you can see in the screenshot, the 3 in yellow with the alert sign are the ones not finding drivers or a manufacture.

If you have any advice or can help in any way, please post. Thanks a lot. Cool
toshlad
It's a common problem when XP comes up against old hardware.

I use the following utility from http://www.sysinfolab.com/

This will give you a detailed report on your system hardware and might give you a beeter idea on what drivers to search for.

Once you have the info, I use http://www.driverguide.com/ to search for the drivers I need. I also advise setting up your own free account on the driverguide site as it's really useful and I always find myself back there on a regular basis.

I hope this helps.
Animal
If you run Windows Update in "custom" mode, they can automaticaly find new drivers for you. They're listed under the "hardware" tab. They might not have yours, but then again, they might and it would save you hunting around several websites.

toshlad's suggestion would work too though.
dzo
It may be that the older cards are not XP compatible.
longjack
Freezon wrote:

If you have any advice or can help in any way, please post. Thanks a lot. Cool


See if they take the Realtek drivers:

Network - Realtek 8139


http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloads1-3.aspx?lineid=1&famid=3&series=16&Software=True

Audio - Realtek AC97

http://www.softwarepatch.com/utilities/ac97.html

These are the most common ones and just might work.

HTH

longjack
Freezon
Thanks a lot for your guys support. I have successfully installed drivers for my video card and ethernet adapter. A HUGE thanks to toshlad who told me of Atra32 (http://www.sysinfolab.com) and Driverguide (http://www.driverguide.com) which helped me ALOT.


HOWEVER, I STILL cannot get any sound. ASTRA32 gave me the following details:

Sound Chip: (Intel) 82801DB/DBL AC'97 Audio Controller (ICH4/ICH4-L A1 step)

Screenshot for all details about soundcard -> Click Here

I have searched for the drivers but found nothing, any help on this guys? Thanks for the support again guys and if you can, please help me with the sound.
gh0stface
Do you know what model your motherboard is and who the manufacturer is?
Freezon
Yes, it is a Dell Motherboard and I have a Dell Optiplex GX260 PC.

Screenshot for all details about motherboard -> Click Here

In the screenshot is all motherboard information. If anyone can help based upon that, please do. Thanks a lot.
longjack
Freezon wrote:
Yes, it is a Dell Motherboard and I have a Dell Optiplex GX260 PC.


Here's the Dell support drivers page for that machine:

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/devices.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&SystemID=PLX_PNT_P4_GX260&os=WW1&osl=EN#

longjack
SoftStag
I think this just goes to show, that it is always easier to ask the vendor of the PC about drivers like this. Whilst we can help on the forum, it is a lot easier to ask people who actually know what PC you have and what drivers are required. Most manufacturers have reasonable support sites that the information can be easily found on.
Freezon
Wow I didn't even think about checking the Dell site, but IT WORKED. I now have sound. I would like to thank all of you for helping, thanks a lot guys. Cool
djclue917
Let me tell you a thing or two... Windows is not like Linux... Windows would rarely have out-of-the-box support for devices.

The devices that you have listed were unknown to Windows because their drivers are not yet installed. You need to install their respective drivers to make Windows recognize them. However, if you do not know the manufacturers and models of those devices, finding the right driver would be very hard. I suggest that you just look around your house, and then maybe, you would be able to find those drivers.

I hope that helps.. Smile
corey
Freezon wrote:
Wow I didn't even think about checking the Dell site, but IT WORKED. I now have sound. I would like to thank all of you for helping, thanks a lot guys. Cool
You're not alone. With Dell computers (and often Compaq), you have to use the drivers they wrote, as they've changed the configurations of the chips from what they originally were. Many SB Live! cards in Dell's need a special Dell driver to work, for example.

Glad to hear you got it all working. Thanks for coming back and saying what worked. Now someone with the same problem as you doesn't have to ask the questions you did. Smile
technology.sponge
most mobo's come with driver utlility cd's, check if u hav 1?
try checking the manufacturers website if u know your mobo brand
try forcing winxp to accept realtek drivers
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