Because my computer was becoming slow and crashing i was advised to reinstall windows, which i have done with a vista 32 CD. Now when i load up the computer it will not connect to the internet which is connect to the router by a wire. Normally i don't need to do anything it simply connects automatically.
A friend suggested that i could be a driver issue when it installed vista.
If there is, go to the manufacturers website (on another machine) and find the LAN driver. Once installed you'll be able to get other drivers via websites such as Slimdrivers link text which is free and will find drivers for those that are missing.
Yes there is an exclamation mark next to my Ethernet cable in device manager. What website would i find the necessary driver on, and then how would i transport it from my working laptop to my internet-less computer?
If you download and run SIW, link text it will give details of your motherboard and ethernet device (along with loads of other stuff). Google the device and you should be able to find a driver for it which you can download to another computer and put on a memory stick. You can then run it on the problem computer.
You need to know the make of your motherboard for you to obtain the correct LAN driver - if you don't know it download and run SIW from here which will give you all the information you require link text Choose the first one in the list ie: the FREE version.
You can transfer the driver from your laptop via a USB key or CD/DVD