I have just installed Windows XP into my PC, but it couldn’t connect to the network because it says: it cannot detect wired or wireless cards. I go to: device manager —> network adapters. I see 1394 net adapter is listed there with dark green color in the front. If I right click on this item and go to properties, it says: this device is enabled and working properly. I also check from the BIOS, it does say: 1394 net adapter is enabled!

Does anybody know why it cannot detect wired or wireless cards? I need this XP OS software for a reason. Please somebody help!

  • Did you install the drivers? – user1686 Jul 15 '18 at 20:02

1394 is a FireWire interface and not a networking interface. It is used mostly to connect camcorders and other FireWire capable devices.

Windows XP does not have drivers for too many hardwares out of the box. You have to install drivers for almost everything. To have your networking up and running you should start with the chipset driver:

Then install the drivers for wired networking:

For wireless you have to figure out what Wifi hardware your laptop has got. The 1525 were shipped with two different wireless interface. You can simply try to install both drivers; most of the time the installer will check fon an appropriate hardware.

  • I have the BIOS A17 installed in the computer, which is the only driver needed for my computer based on the Dell website --- Dell inspiron 1525 – Cindy Jul 15 '18 at 23:36
  • 1394 is a FireWire adapter not a networking adapter as far as I know. It is used to connect camcorders and other FireWire capable devices. I can see a bunch of drivers on Dell's site (networking included): dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/… – bcs78 Jul 16 '18 at 8:49
  • If so, any recommendation on which driver I should download for the networking part? – Cindy Jul 19 '18 at 1:32
  • The wired network is working now --- I could ping any website from the cmd window. However, there are problems with the Internet explorer. I got error msg "Windows cannot connect to the Internet using HTTP, HTTPS, or FTP. This is probably caused by firewall settings on this computer. Check the firewall settings for the HTTP port(80), HTTPS port (443) and FTP port (21)." Then I went to the "Lan setting" and make sure the proxy server box has no checks and everything is blank / unchecked on the page. However, I still get that error message. – Cindy Jul 20 '18 at 5:08
  • How do you connect to the internet? Directly (using PPPoE or something like that) or via a router? Did you already install any anti virus software? – bcs78 Jul 20 '18 at 6:28

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