Hi Johnwill and team. Thank you in advance for all your help.
I looked for solutions to my problems but couldn't find any that dealt with the exact NVIDIA networking controller card problems running same OS.
Since Vista does auto WinUpdates, I think this computer is up-to-date.
After performing some updates last week, the ethernet connection stopped working, the wireless hadn't work for a while don't why though.
The USB connection direct to the modem still works. Thank God!
Talking first with HPsupport, he said to check DeviceManager, Networking Adapters, two adapters had errors. A 64TO had a warning sign, NVIDIA nForce networking controller showed a pointing down arrow. He said to Uninstall them both, after a couple of tries, the 64TO never showed back again, the NVIDIA shows now with a #2 added at the end of its name. However that didnt make the ethernet connection work. He said "NIC is probably gone bad, it should be replaced".
Since I have VoIP, I called Vonage support. I had a Linksys WRTP54G, after checking various things he said that my router was the problem, so he sent a new one (no chage). New router D-LINK VWR.
I installed the new router following all instructions, but everything remained the same "Unidentified Network" Access: Local Only.
A wireless laptop running XP, a wireless printer, wired PS3 connect to either router, they all work perfectly fine. So I gather the problem is with this computer, not having the proper adapters. Please help me fix the ethernet connection, since I prefer to be connected to my home network and have access to everything using this type of connection.
The following info, as per your request for a new post:
Modem Scientific Atlanta WebSTAR 2000 series
Router D-LINK VWR Ver1 wire & wireless Encryption WEP
WinVistaUltimate 32 [Version 6.0.6000]
Browsers IE7, Firefox
The attachemnts are:
(1) using ethenet cable connection to the router (green light)
(2) using USB connection direct to the modem, ethernet cable still connected the the ethernet port on the router (green light)
I hope I gave you all the info necessary to make a diagnosis, if anything else is needed please just ask for it.
Thank you again for all you guys do.