i am trying to install a router for a friend who has just got a laptop with wi fi. All the components work because I have tested them all on my system. I am using the NIC card at the moment on my system but when I put it in my friend PC it does not auto detect. I have tried it in 2 PCI slots with no success. The PC is old and slow but it does run XP Home so would expect it to recognise the NIC PCI card. Any ides what the problem is. My last resort would be to get a USB to ethernet converter.
it could be that you need to reset the configuration data in the bios, as this is an old machine or set it to plug and play aware. This would override the bios and let windows manage the PCI and IRQ's of the motherboard.
Do you know the make and model of the motherboard?
the fact of the NIC card working in your newer machine cuts down the options:-)