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Old 08-14-2007, 06:41 AM   #1
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Would anyone know where I could download the appropriate driver for the Dimension 4550 Ethernet? I formatted the system and the drivers were negatively affected.

Currently the Device Manager has a big question mark next to 'other devices' with further question marks below, under Ethernet Controlled and Multimedia Audio Controlled.

Please help. ya'll.

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Old 08-14-2007, 06:46 AM   #2
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http://support.dell.com/support/down...&catid=&impid=

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Hi, welcome to TSF.

You can find the drivers for your computer here:
http://support.dell.com/support/down...&catid=&impid=



*edit 11-22-2007* The drivers from Dell won't work. The correct drivers can be found in post #20.
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Hey, thanks. Do you guys get paid for this or do you simply partake during idle minutes at your IT support jobs? This service is incredible.
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Okay, but under that link to I click on 'chipset' or 'communication'? I do not know which driver to download, there are a number of Ethernet ones and I see none for the Multimedia Adapter.

Thanks so much guys.
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I downloaded the Driver (R56237 under Networking). I installed. Now when I go to Device Manager and click 'Update Driver' the Windows Hardware Update Wizard cannot says that it cannot install the hardware because the necessary software was not found. The wizard is supossed to help me install the software for Ethernet controller.
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Old 08-14-2007, 07:31 AM   #9
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The wizard should give you a choice to do it automatically or from a location, pick location and show it where the file is. make sure it is unzipped if it was.
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It's an executable file - you just double click the downloaded file and it installs itself - follow the wizard.
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I unzip it, follow the Wizard, point it to C:\dell\drivers\R56237\Drivers\WinXP\v5.30 where it goes on to search for what it needs and it still fails to install. I currently have an adapter plugged in so that I can use the net. It's a USB to 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Adapter. Could this be the issue ya'll?
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From the Dell installation instructions:
6.Click the Start button and then click Run.
7.Type C:\DELL\DRIVERS\r56237 in the Open textbox and then click OK.
8.Follow the on-screen installation instructions.

You could, of course, open the C:\dell\drivers\R56237\Drivers folder and double click "Setup" instead.
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Hahaha. All it does is open the window in that path. Ain't no instructions.

Anyways, I disconnected the adapter and plugged in the Ethernet and that just made matters worse because now Windows couldn't connect to anything at all (since the Ethernet NIC lacks a driver).

This is hopeless.
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Did you see that I edited my last post?
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Yes, I saw. All that does is run the original program that I ran upon downloading the driver.

I thought running the Windows Hardware updates would solve the problem but it made no difference.
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Try Control Panel > Add Hardware. Windows should detect the Ethernet adapter. When it does - browse to C:\dell\drivers\R56237\Drivers and follow the wizard.
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That doesn't do anything. The file I downloaded is in C:\dell\drivers\R56237\Drivers\WinXP\v5.30. The option you presented sends me to a huge drivers folder which, as Windows says, contains no driver software.

You know what I think the problem is? I think I downloaded the wrong driver software. Could anyone double check on what exactly I should have downloaded?
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Download, install and run PC Wizard (link in my signature). See what it says about "Network card" under "System summary".
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Hello hello.

Under network card it says, "Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL (ICH/ICH4-L) Pro/100 VE Network Connection"

This is a great tool.
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Go back here. Download and install the Chipset - Intel driver.
Restart the computer.
Then go here - download and install the Ethernet driver.
Restart again.

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