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Fixing Ethernet Controller Driver Issues on Windows XP

April 6th, 2011 1 comment

If you’re a frequent computer user, chances are you use the internet for at least half the time, and are connected to some type of network all of the time. Given how dependent almost all computer users are on the internet and networking, it’s completely understandable just how frustrating it can be whenever your ethernet controller or network card refuses to function properly. It’s bad enough if you just use the internet for entertainment and information, but it’s an absolute emergency if your business relies on being able to access the web.

An Issue of Age

Part of your problem may be your operating system. If you’re still running Windows XP, as almost half of the world’s internet users still are, then you might have come face to face with the problem of  every old operating system: its built-in drivers have simply become too outmoded for the latest generation of devices and peripherals that can be installed on a PC. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go through the potentially traumatic experience of switching operating systems just yet. Here are a few things you can do to keep your ethernet controller – and other new devices Windows XP compatible.

Checking for Compatibility and Updates

Windows XP’s large user base has prompted Microsoft to continue providing support for it even after two successors have been released. This means that a large majority of the devices out there should still be compatible. To be absolutely certain, one of the first things you should do before you purchase a device for your PC is to check and see if it is on Microsoft’s extensive list of devices supported by Windows XP. The entire catalog can be found here, and is constantly updated to reflect newly released hardware.

If the device you’ve purchased is on the list yet still won’t work with your Windows XP system, then the trouble might be with your version of the OS. Microsoft periodically releases updates for Windows XP in order to keep it safe from security threats and to keep it abreast of the latest technological developments as well, including drivers for the newest peripherals. That’s why it’s always a good idea to update your version of Windows XP before attempting to install any new hardware. You can visit this site in order to download the latest updates.

Finding the Right Drivers

If you’ve tried all of the above and your ethernet card still won’t work, then you might have an issue with the manufacturer’s drivers. These are usually bundled on a disc along with the device, but sometimes, the version of the driver included may be outdated or completely wrong altogether. In cases like these, you’ll need to search for the right drivers for your ethernet controller, which is usually available for download on the manufacturer’s website.

You’ll need to make sure that you get the right version for your OS, as the drivers could differ depending on which specific version of Windows you’re running. If you’re not entirely sure how to do this, then don’t worry about doing it on your own. We recommend that you download our Driver Scan Tool to ensure that the drivers you are using are compatible with your system. This should make finding and installing the right drivers for your ethernet card a whole lot simpler.