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Four Options For Getting The Network Drivers You Need

December 9th, 2013 No comments

Starting up an older computer you find hiding at the back of a closet is quite exciting, but it can also leave you feeling frustrated. A Windows XP computer without the appropriate drivers can’t connect to the Internet. Ethernet ports are unlikely to respond if the system relies on a controller for the service, while the same is true for on-board wireless cards or even old-fashioned modems. Most users turn to the Internet to hunt down the drivers they need. If you are stuck with a computer that can’t access the web due to a missing network driver, try one of these four tricks for getting back into the loop.

 

Using Another Computer

Accessing another computer that you have downloading privileges on is the easiest and fastest way to solve your driver problems. This could be a friend’s laptop, a work computer without limited access, or another PC in the home. The computer you use to download the drivers doesn’t necessarily need to use the Windows XP system. You can use a Windows 7 or 8 device, even a tablet if it has built-in or flash storage, to retrieve the files and transfer them to the older system in need of help.Just be sure you know where you are downloading the driver files so you can find them for the transfer. Remember to download network driver files appropriate to the Windows XP computer and not the ones recommended for the system you are borrowing for the download.

Once you have your driver files ready to go, use a transfer medium to get them on the disconnect computer. A USB flash drive is the best option for most users because it is simple and works with systems of all kinds. Driver files are rarely larger than a few megabytes, so a one gigabyte drive will hold hundreds of files. A blank CD also works, but it is a waste of space to burn an entire disc just for one small network driver. Double-male USB cables are available to create a continuous link between two systems for file transfer without the internet or a local network. However, many users report problems with these cables when the two computers have different operating systems.

 

Try The Boot CD

It’s not always possible to borrow another computer for the recovery work. Hunting down a copy of the original boot CD for the system may give you a chance to load crucial system drivers like the network support files. Take care not to accidentally reinstall your operating system when using a boot CD. Navigate to options for restoring or repairing drivers and consider making a backup of your files before trying this method. Boot CDs are far less likely to contain the files you need than a system recovery disc, so look for that kind of support software first in the original paperwork provided by the manufacturer. This method will only work for hardware that came with the system – later additions require their own installation CDs.

You may be able to prevent the loss of network driver files by making your own boot CD with your driver files before doing a fresh install to deal with a virus or other problem. Selective backup of your network files aids the recovery process when you won’t have access to the Internet. Using a program to build install packages from your drivers or collecting the download files before going offline ensures you can save the files for both original and aftermarket hardware at the same time. Don’t wipe your hard drives until you have a plan for restoring the drivers after the system is recovered.

 

Invest In New Equipment

Working with outdated network cards or wi-fi adapters makes it even harder to get the driver files you need when you can’t get online. Ordering a new piece of equipment means you get a fresh driver installation. However, you will need to verify that any PCI cards or USB devices include drivers compatible with Windows XP. Many newer models only support Windows 7 and up. Plug and play devices designed to work with generic drivers give you the highest chance of success without further installation or download issues.

 

Contact Customer Support

Finally, don’t forget to contact the customer support line of the manufacturer of both the computer itself and the network device. If you are struggling to locate older drivers for a Linksys wireless card, a few minutes on the phone could mean an installation CD is on its way to you. Some manufacturers will happily provide these discs for free or a small fee to cover shipping. It is often possible to locate drivers that are no longer available for download by getting in contact with customer support. Get in touch with your IT administrator if you are experiencing these kinds of problems with a piece of leased or company loaned equipment – they can get direct resources from the manufacturer to solve the issue.

Waiting for a disc from the support team will still take much longer than buying a new device locally or using a friend’s computer. The support line may also be automated and offer no help with drivers, advising you to visit the website instead. In these cases, you will need to choose another option.

 

A Quick Guide To Determining Which Drivers You Need

Opening the Device Manager is the fastest way to find out if your computer needs new network drivers.

  • Navigate to the Desktop on your Windows XP computer. Right click the My Computer icon found there, and select the Properties option. Select the Hardware tab at the top, towards the right.
  • Click on the Device Manager button at the top. Let the list of hardware load, then look for any immediate caution signs in the form of yellow warning icons. Look for the Network Adapters heading and click on the plus sign next to it to see all of the devices installed on the computer.
  • If you are only finding generic listings for your Ethernet or wireless devices, you may need to consult your owner’s manual or call customer service to find out what the computer contains.
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Update Your Modem Driver In Five Steps

December 2nd, 2011 No comments

A modem is a hardware device that is connected internally or externally on your computer. It receives and sends data over cable and phone lines, and is usually used for connecting to the Internet. Modem drivers on the other hand, are software programs that allow proper communication between your computer’s operating system and the modem.

Failing to update your modem driver may lead to problems such as malfunctioning of the device and crashing of your operating system. By updating your modem driver, you can improve the performance of your modem and at the same time, fix any bugs in your old driver version. Below is an easy to follow instruction on downloading and installing updated modem driver.

Updating your modem driver

  • Connect to the internet and search for the latest driver of your modem. You can do this by visiting the modem’s manufacturer website or by searching Google or Yahoo. You can also use our driver installer to automatically identify and download the correct driver for your modem.
  • Click the Start button which can be found on the lower left corner of your computer’s screen, and click the ‘Control Panel’ option
  • In the Control Panel option, you will find the Hardware and Sound icon. Click it and choose Device Manager.
  • Click the ‘+’ sign to expand the ‘Modems’ option. Look for your modem’s name and right click on the icon. Choose the ‘Uninstall’ option and click OK to confirm. The next thing that you need to do is restart your computer to completely uninstall your current modem driver
  • Open the modem driver file you recently downloaded and start the installation process. After successfully installing the modem driver, restart your computer to complete the process.

Besides making sure that your modem driver is updated, you also need to constantly update your computer drivers. This can be done easier if you have a tool that will check for automatic updates, and download the software for you. Interested? Click on the link for free download.

 

 

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188xw95.zip Driver Update

October 19th, 2010 No comments

The 188xw95.zip supports the driver models BTC1888 33600 bps Internal Modem and BTC1882 33600 bps External Modem.

This 188xw95.zip version 1998-02-16_2 was launched on October 19, 2010. The 188xw95.zip can be used for Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, 2003 and NT operating systems.

Click here to update 188xw95.zip.

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AOpen FM56-H 56K Speakerphone PCI Modem Driver Update

January 23rd, 2009 No comments

The AOpen FM56-H 56K Speakerphone PCI Modem is an application developed by AOpen that supports driver AOpen FM56-H 56K Speakerphone PCI Modem.

This latest update of AOpen FM56-H 56K Speakerphone PCI Modem 1988-12-29 version was added January 23, 2009 and was released on the same date. This application works on the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP Itanium 64-bit SP 2
  • Windows 2003 32-bit
  • Windows XP Itanium 64-bit SP 1
  • Windows Vista Itanium 64-bit
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2008 x86
  • Windows NT 3
  • Windows Server 2008 x64
  • Windows NT 4 SP 1
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Windows 2000 SP 4
  • Windows NT 4 SP 5
  • Windows 2003 Itanium 64-bit
  • Windows ME
  • Windows Server 2003 x86 R2
  • Windows XP SP 1
  • Windows XP 32-bit
  • Windows NT 4
  • Windows 2000 SP 3
  • Windows NT 4 SP 4
  • Windows XP Itanium 64-bit
  • Windows Vista AMD 64-bit
  • Windows 2003 64-bit SP 1
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 R2
  • Windows 2000 SP 2
  • Windows NT 4 SP 3
  • Windows XP 64-bit SP 2
  • Windows 2003 AMD 64-bit
  • Windows 2003 64-bit
  • Windows 2000 SP 1
  • Windows NT 4 SP 2
  • Windows XP 64-bit SP 1
  • Windows XP AMD 64-bit
  • Windows 2003 SP 1 and Windows NT 4 SP 6.
  • Windows XP ProWindows 2003 Itanium 64-bit SP 1
  • Windows NT, Windows Vista
  • Windows 98, Windows 95
  • Windows XP SP 2

AOpen FM56-H 56K Speakerphone PCI is a modem driver can be downloaded online so you can use it right away. You can download your updated AOpen FM56-H 56K Speakerphone PCI here to start using its features and experience its benefits today.

 

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