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Uh, what?

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I apologize for the vague title, but it was the only combination of words that could accurately convey my thoughts on an event that occurred yesterday.

I was updating graphics drivers on a spare computer. Nvidia 9800 GT, nothing fancy, just the latest WHQL: standard business. Upon install, the motherboard's onboard Ethernet port decided to flip out.

"Windows has detected errors with this device's IP bindings, [blah, blah, blah]." (In layman's terms, the device was not functional).

Uh, what?

There is absolutely no connection between the graphics drivers I was installing and the driver for the Ethernet NIC. None. I checked.

Sidenote: Apparently this may be an issue if you use Nvidia's networking drivers on certain motherboards, but this was not the case.

After some fruitless searching [the issue was even re-creatable in safe mode, ugh] to see if this ridiculousness ever happened to anyone else, I grabbed the mobo's driver disk, uninstalled the driver, scanned for hardware changes, and reinstalled.

Crisis averted. Let's blame Vista. ;)

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OtisJerabek Icon

19 November 2010 - 03:20 PM
Screw Vista :P
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alias120 Icon

19 November 2010 - 05:18 PM
KYA, after so many blog entries related to troubleshooting Vista I believe you could get a successful position as a Destop support tech! Glad to hear everything worked out, I skipped Vista all together for many of the reasons you write about here.
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moopet Icon

22 November 2010 - 09:41 AM
Was it an nforce motherboard? Sometimes the drivers are packaged for both...
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KYA Icon

25 November 2010 - 10:22 AM

moopet, on 22 November 2010 - 09:41 AM, said:

Was it an nforce motherboard? Sometimes the drivers are packaged for both...



Unfortunately not, I thought that may have been the culprit. The board in question.
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