Just bought a 'refurbished' laptop which has had a clean re-install of WXP. Wireless performance is brilliant - come to connect a wired LAN cable and nothing happens - does not 'see' the wired connection - I have downloaded 'driver detective' and updated the drivers as far as I can see but still no joy. Could the wired lan be 'switched off' some how or is simply.... well knackered!! - Can any body advise. Many thanks
Your network adapter should be listed under "Network adapters" in Device Manager. If it isn't listed, or if there isn't a "Network adapters" section then look in the BIOS to see if the onboard Lan is disabled there.