my 6 year old desktop did not have an ethernet card and i was connected to virgin broadband cable by usb. i have been trying for days now unsuccessfully to get the pc to work with the ethernet card. i get the usual messages 'new hardware found' but get no further when i try to get it to work. the error message keeps coming back 'data invalid'. the ethernet card registers in the device manager but only as 'ethernet card' complete with the yellow exclamation mark in the 'other devices' section not with the cable and firewire cards. i have tried both belkin and netgear ethernet cards and get same result. i have tried disconnecting usb and using ethernet cable only but it will not connect to the internet. i am currently using XP. i do not have any other connection problems. any suggestions kindly accepted.
quiller. thanks for that. tried and failed though. it just keeps taking me round in circles. i had previously tried rolling back the systen a couple of times and the cards been in every slot available. ive moved other cards round to try them all. when i had the netgear card in netgear support had me try everything then concluded that their card did not support AMD! could it be that my system is to old to take it? ita athlon ddr 266mhz motherboard, athlon 1.2ghz ddr cpu.
Thanks for the link. took me some time to get to the right place in the reg but found it at last. unfortunately, despite changing the permissions, rebooting and loading the disc again, still no joy. still get the error message 'invalid data'. looks like i am going to visit the shops again, via the dumpit!