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A friend of mine asked me to re-install his Asus F5Z notebook with Windows XP.

I installed successfully all drivers from Asus driver download site. Everything is working fine but the Ethernet driver. The installation of Lan Driver for Windows XP finishes with strange message "Please shutdown & plug Realtech PCI-e card to complete the installation.

Not sure if it matters but OnChip SATA is in 'Native IDE' mode . The original one with Vista was 'IDE -> AHCI mode'.

Any idea how I can make the LAN adapter to work under Windows XP?

tech spec


So 'Everest Ultimate' found the NIC under network adapters The html report even gives details like (see below). On the other hand Windows Device manager displays Ethernet Controller under Other devices with yellow exclamation mark.

[ Network adapters / Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC - Packet Scheduler Miniport ]

    Device Properties:
        Driver Description      Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC - Packet Scheduler Miniport
        Driver Date     7/1/2001
        Driver Version      5.1.2535.0
        Driver Provider     Microsoft
        INF File    netpsa.inf
        Hardware ID     ms_pschedmp 

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Try to use Everest Ultimate to get the exact Network Chip in your Laptop, then you can search for a specific driver. Everest has a Trial Version (30 days), that's enough for your problem. (e.g.

Then go to Devices -> Windows Devices -> Unknown Devices and you will find the PCI Device Name in the Info Field.

Update 1: Then use for e.g. this driver from the official Realtek Page (I know the page looks terrible). The first Option should work fine.

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I will try that. Thank you. What is confusing for me is that the official Asus driver doesn't work. Strange, isn't it. – Radek Jan 10 '11 at 12:40
I had a similar problem ones with an old computer, sometimes they just mess up. Try Everest, was the tipp from a friend. :) – gyger Jan 10 '11 at 12:46
@gyger: please see Update I – Radek Jan 11 '11 at 10:40
@Radek Added an Update – gyger Jan 11 '11 at 13:33
I tried the latest driver from last night (from 2010) it didn't work. I'll try yours... – Radek Jan 11 '11 at 22:31

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