>> i'm using a desktop... i may try using something other than the onboard
>> but if there is something i can do to try and fix it first it would be
>> i have a MSI board, but their main site required the driver detector
>> download... which is really crappy...
>> but i shall see if i can borrow one of something first and see if it
>> solves the problem. if not i'll have to think of something else...
> sorry to bring this up again, but i'm having trouble finding drivers
> for my Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter, does anyone have a link or know
> of a website where i can get the drivers without having to mess around
> with downloading stupid programs...??
The only place to get drivers for your onboard NIC is from the motherboard
mftr. or the OEM's website if you have that sort of machine (Dell, HP,
etc.). If getting the drivers from the correct place doesn't solve the
issue, then try my first suggestion of disabling the onboard NIC and
putting in a PCI card.
I went to MSI's website and they do indeed want you to install something
called "Live Update Online" which is truly heinous. What if you're not
running Windows? What if you don't want to install their program? It is
apparently free, but who wants it? No one. I will never buy another MSI
board. Unfortunately, if you have a generic or home-built computer (and you
never said, so I can't guess), you need MSI drivers. You might do a Google
search for "drivers for [your specific motherboard]" and see if you can
find a third-party site like driverguide.com, but you have to be really
careful where you go. Another avenue is to Google for "[your specific NIC]
This is all an awful lot of trouble when you could just throw in a $10 PCI
NIC and find out if the NIC is even the cause of your original problem.
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