We have recently connected 2 computers via a broadband router. I installed a Realtek network card on the computer running Windows ME. The other has XP and already had a network card installed. Everything seemed OK but the ME computer occasionally has problems at startup-Zonealarm or the virus checker not loading up correctly or other odd such foibles. On checking I find the network card seems to have installed twice on two IRQs and twice in network settings etc. and I know there's only one of it. Conflicts/sharing does not flag any problems however. Would deleting/uninstalling one of them settle things down assuming this is the problem in the first place. One other point, it didn't ask for any drivers when installed (I have them on floppy). Any clues would be gratefully received-thanks.
Sorry I haven’t got back on this sooner-things a bit hectic at work as Christmas approached. Anyway-I disabled Zonealarm at startup (starting it manually after everything else had loaded up) but this did not solve the problem so that tends to suggest that Zonealarm wasn’t the problem. Anyway I thought the only problem was that it prevented one computer from seeing t’other- or is there something else? As I mentioned, the software for the Ethernet card insists on installing itself twice (presumably it is finding this from somewhere within Windows ME itself as it never asks for a driver disc), so that it shows up twice everywhere. I have disabled one of these in hardware profiles and so far all seems well, but as it is an intermittent problem I can’t be sure yet only time will tell. If not, I’ll have to pick your collective brains again. Thanks for you help and have a very merry christmas.