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My network adapter stopped working recently. I had to do a fresh install of my win 7 OS anyway but after the install, the network adapter is not recognized anymore.

No problem I said, I'll jsut find some apropiate drivers on the internet or something.

The problem I currently encounter though, is that I cannot find the model of my network adapter. Device manager just lists it as unknown. No brand, no model.

So, how can I find out the brand/model of my network adapter?

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  1. In Device Manager, right-click the unrecognized device and select Properties.

  2. Go to the Details tab and select "Hardware IDs" from the drop-down.

  3. Pray to Google for revelations on their meaning.

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Pretty kool. That worked and pretty much answered my question. Now only if I could find a realiable source to download RTL8129 driver :P Any ideas ? – Calin Paul Alexandru Dec 2 '11 at 16:28
If it came in your computer, check your manufacturer's website. – Iszi Dec 2 '11 at 16:30
I like 3. - it tickles my unix-ness – Rory Alsop Dec 2 '11 at 16:31
This computer was made by me years ago when I still had almost no clue about PC's. It was made from all sorts of random parts. – Calin Paul Alexandru Dec 2 '11 at 16:32
So, I'm guessing you've already tried physically inspecting the card? – Iszi Dec 2 '11 at 16:38

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