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I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T61 laptop. I downloaded a security suite from my bank that caused conflicts with my previous installation of Windows XP. So, I wiped out my hard drive and re-loaded window xp.

Now, unfortunately, I am missing the Ports (COM & LPT) entry in Device Manager. I believe I have installed everything I was supposed to, but then again, I am a beginner at this and I am not sure.

Can anyone please let me know how to get this back?

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... and the details of your computer? Is it a laptop that doesn't have serial or parallel ports? Make and model of the machine? Did you download and install all the hardware drivers for your machine? – Bon Gart May 21 '12 at 20:16
Ooops sorry, I am a beginner. It is a laptop, ThinkPad Lenovo T61. It was loaded perfectly well untill I downloaded a security software from my bank web site, which for some reason conflicted with what I already had on my laptop. Hence I wiped clean everything and re-installed window xp. – Redeave May 21 '12 at 22:18
What are you actually trying to achieve? Your question was closed because it's not clear what you're actually asking. Is there something that used to be there and now isn't? What are you trying to do with "Ports/LPT"? If you edit your question to include a bit more info we can go ahead and reopen it for you, but right now it's not answerable. – nhinkle May 21 '12 at 23:07
Listed under my device manager, I should have Ports (COM & LPT), but unfortunately that is no longer there. So I am asking how do I get it back? It might well be that I have not installed all the device drivers for my hardware. If so can you please point me out in the direction of the drivers for my laptop. – Redeave May 21 '12 at 23:29
funny... I knew what you wanted. I just needed more details about the hardware. I didn't think the question was ambiguous, vague, overly broad, or rhetorical, and as far as incomplete, there are plenty of other questions left open that needed more details. At any rate, here is the Lenovo page for your drivers. just select Windows XP from the Operating System pulldown, and download everything except the BIOS section, and the drivers that don't pertain to Windows XP – Bon Gart May 21 '12 at 23:40

Try downloading the the Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools from the Lenovo driver page.

Also look for the Intel chipset driver install if you cannot find the ThinkVantage tools

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