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Cecil Kent
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 11:03 pm:   

I work on computers and once in a while when installing a pci modem win98 also tries to install a pci ethernet controller. The modem installs first and then win98 wants to install the pci ethernet controller. There are no pci ethernet cards on these computers. The modems work just fine. The controller simply is not installed. These are various modems and various computers. What is win98 trying to tell me?
Hey Win you seem to know your stuff, what do you think?
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 2:15 am:   

depends on what adapter it wants to install. what's it say when it detects it? does it give a name? VPN (Virtual Private Networking)? for example... or does it ask for drivers? if so, what's it looking for? it would help to be specific.
Cecil Kent
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 7:44 am:   

It simply says found new hardware and installing software for it. Next screen reads pci ethernet controller, then you have the option to let win98 search or you type in the path to the new software.
There is no adapter, so I don't know what it's looking for.
If I remove the modem hardware from the system, win98 no longer looks for this pci ethernet controller. When I put the modem back in it does the same thing as described in my first message.
I've ran add new hardware from the control panel and get the same results. Also searched the cd that the modem came with. No software there either.
Sorry to say this is as much info as I have on this. Rather hard to install something when you don't know what win98 wants.
The only thing I can figure is win98 is seeing this modem as a modem and a nic. Just don't know why.
Cecil Kent
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 12:41 pm:   

Found the problem. While looking through cmos I found an onboard adapter. I popped open the case and sure enough there was a jack. This computer was bought as a barebones system and had to be assembled. Who ever assembled it never removed the knockout plate for it. Hence you couldn't see it from the outside.
Thanks for your input Win, thought I was losing my touch.

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