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Old 07-29-2016, 09:48 AM   #1
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Hello guys!

This is the first time I post here, so I apologize if I don't write in the right board/thread etc.

So, my problem is that every time I boot my PC it says that the network cable is unplugged. When I go to the device manager there is a message that says: the Network Driver was unable to start.

I've found a solution: every time my PC boots, the driver should be uninstalled, and if it installs after the boot process everything is fine and working. So I have to uninstall the network driver before shutting down my PC.

My network card is the motherboard one, the devices name is VIA Rhine III Fast Ethernet Adapter.

My motherboard is very old, I just want to revive this PC and don't want to spend money on a new network card if there is a solution.

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Old 07-30-2016, 04:37 AM   #2
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The driver not loading would indicate a Windows issue as opposed to a hardware issue.

Ensure Windows is patched and up to date.

Also ensure you are using the correct driver as the wrong driver can cause similar odd behavior. Just because it seems to work when it's installed, doesn't mean it's actually the correct driver for the hardware.
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Old 07-30-2016, 04:56 AM   #3
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The driver installed is the default one downloaded by Windows.

I also tried to download manually some older or other drivers, the problem still occurs.
Also tried some software to detect my driver, installed those ones, still no luck.
Even tried to reinstall Windows on my PC, formatting all disks etc, the error is still there.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:31 AM   #4
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You have to go to the motherboard Mfgr site and download the newest ethernet driver
and then install jt. But you also have to realize that computer hardware isn't lifetime and you may just have to add an ethernet card yourself but you need to tell us yor hardware for further help.
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This is my motherboard:

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Well MSI doesn't have any drivers for that board but try this from Via:
https://download.viatech.com/DriverDownloadSubmitAjaxSvl
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:40 AM   #7
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The driver is working but after restarting the PC the problem still occurs:



Still only solvable by uninstalling it then rebooting with no installed driver and only then installing.

Note that if I uninstall the driver with this error and try to reinstall it without reboot it isn't working. I get the same error, only restarting the PC with no device driver installed and only then installing the driver helps but only for the next boot.
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Sound more like defective hardware. Disable the Ethernet in the bios and get a usb Ethernet stick.
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I would agree with GentleArrow. USB wifi is another option if you need mobility.
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:23 PM   #10
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Sound more like defective hardware. Disable the Ethernet in the bios and get a usb Ethernet stick.
Agreed. Replace the NIC. I'd go with an internal wired card as a first preference.

Sorry, just realized this is almost 2 months old
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