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  1. LudeGuy

    LudeGuy Active Member

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    just got my first laptop today. came with winxp home and some software bundles. and i'm going to reinstall xp pro.

    wondering if the new os will recognize the built-in wireless network device and the touch pad. or am i supposed to install them separately?

    thanks
     
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    It might...it might not. You will probably have to go to the manufacturer's website and download some of the drivers.
     
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    you must install the touchpad drivers (usually synaptics) to get good use of it.

    ALWAYS install drivers:

    1) Chipset
    2) IDE (if available)
    3) Network
    4) VGA
    5) Sound
    6) etc.
     
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    thx a lot guys
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    It should. I've never installed Windows on a laptop, but I've never had a problem with SuSE not detecting a touchpad.
     
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    i was able to find every driver on the install disk that came with it.

    i already have a network setup (router and hub) with wires. is there such a device that i can add to my existing network to link up to my wireless laptop?
     
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    an access point
     
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    the thing is i don't want to switch to wireless for the whole network. i only want my existing wired network to be able to hook up with the laptop wirelessly. is there such a device that adds-on to the hub or router?
     
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    ^^^ aye ^^^

    that about sums up my setup. Some gigabit, some 10/100, some 802.11a/b/g
     
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    GF: oops, didn't look close enough. that's exactly what i need, thanks. they looked like routers to me lol
     
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    can someone recommend some good ones?
     
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    netgear 624
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I like my Linksys.
     
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    after looking at the prices, i'm gonna have to say just buy a new router. on newegg the linksys access point is $50. you could get a new router with wireless for just as much.

    if you still want to go with an AP most companies only make 1 model, so there really isn't much to shop around for. if you like a specific brand, or want to buy the same brand as your current network setup then you really only have 1 choice.
     

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