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Windows 7: Ethernet Driver for Homemade PC


07 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Ethernet Driver for Homemade PC

Bought a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit PC at a flea market that someone had built themselves. It has an Intel core 2 duo e7500 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L motherboard, and Award modular BIOS.

I can't get to the internet with it.

Device manager looked okay - no questions marks, but when I opened Network adapters, it just said ethernet driver - no actual name. When I clicked on properties, it said no driver was installed. I tried the update driver software, scan for hardware changes, but nothing helped.

Then I uninstalled the driver, rebooted, and there it was - a Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC driver.

However, when I clicked on properties it said 'This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use (Code 12)'.

I tried a different driver - Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller #2, but get the same results about the lack of free resources.

What can I do?


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07 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

The resolution of this error appears to be either a bios update or resolving conflict between competing devices on the same computer. See John cena's post on this page.

Device cannot find enough free resources (Code 12). Realtek 8168 Driver Update
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07 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
The resolution of this error appears to be either a bios update or resolving conflict between competing devices on the same computer. See John cena's post on this page.

Device cannot find enough free resources (Code 12). Realtek 8168 Driver Update
I'd already read that post before I started the thread, and i must be missing something because I fail to see anything of a useful nature there. I already went into the BIOS and set it to the optimized settings. This BIOS even has an option for Fail-Safe settings which I enabled. I had also already tried disabling the audio and CD-ROM drivers.

None of those efforts amounted to anything.
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07 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

No ideas on this at all? Please! I could really use the help. The PC seems like it's got all the bells and whistles, but if I can't connect to the internet I might as well put it in the trash.

Trash man comes Friday.
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07 Jul 2011   #5

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Hello boweasal,

Could you please try this driver from this website:
Realtek

Select the 'Windows 7 and WinServer 2008 R2 Auto Installation Program (SID:1457675)' to download. Install it and report back your results.
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07 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Downloaded the driver you suggested to a flash drive.
Plugged the flash drive into the PC, extracted the files, opened the folder, and selected Setup.
Asked if I wanted to modify, repair, or remove.
I selected repair, and let it do its thing.
When I rebooted I got the 'starting windows' screen, and then nothing.
Just an almost black screen.
After 5 minutes, I pulled the plug, and rebooted into safe mode with networking.
That at least gets me to my desktop, but when I go to device manager, right click on the Realtek NIC card and select properties, I am confronted with the same msg:

This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use (Code 12)
If you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on this system

I'm hoping that this step backward will be followed by 2 steps forward. I hope.

And now, even in safe mode, I'm getting a msg:
The screen saver can't run because it requires a newer video card or one that's compatible with Direct3D
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07 Jul 2011   #7

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

(Btw, ignore the error in Safe Mode, as safe mode only loads necessary drivers to operate Windows).

Could you try freeing up a PCI port (remove a device plugged in the PCI port), and try booting Windows again. See if you still get the error or not.

I'm going to go hit the sack, I'll be awake in 6 hours or so...
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07 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

This PC has 2 white PCI ports that are unoccupied. The only other port is a PCI Express port that has the video card plugged into it. Obviously that cannot be unplugged.

And since I was booting into Safe Mode with Networking, the driver would be necessary.

If you've got any more ideas I probably won't get a chance to read them for about 12 hours, and won't be able to have any meaningful work time on this for about 16 hours.

Thank you for your responses thus far.

Still only a black screen on a normal boot - it says 'Starting Windows', I see the colored balls come together for form the logo, the logo fades, and then nothing.
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08 Jul 2011   #9

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Well, can you if possible, remove your video card temporarily, and then boot up in Safe Mode with Networking. See if it works or not your Ethernet.
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08 Jul 2011   #10

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT View Post
Well, can you if possible, remove your video card temporarily, and then boot up in Safe Mode with Networking. See if it works or not your Ethernet.
I always seem to be missing something - maybe I'm just having a stupid couple of days - but if I remove my video card and boot, whether in safe mode or not, I'll not be able to see anything. If the card I plug my monitor into is no longer attached to the PC, video will be non-existent.

You obviously mean something else. I just don't know what you're getting at. Sorry.
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