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May 22, 2008 12:06 PM   Subscribe

Why can't I connect to the internet when using the XP partition of my Macbook?

Ok, so I managed to successfully run windows XP on my Macbook, (running leopard) using BootCamp. Unfortunetly I can't seem to access the internet on the windows side of the partition, (which is vital since I have to varify my copy of XP). Any ideas what I might have done wrong or might I'll have to do to correct this?

The internet connecton is running through a router, but connectivity does not occur even when I plug the modem in directly. To be clear I have no problem connecting when using OS X.

posted by hector horace to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
I assume you're talking about an external modem connected to your MacBook with an Ethernet cable. Right click My Computer, Management, Device Manager, Network Adapters. What is listed?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:30 PM on May 22, 2008

Have you tried reinstalling the drivers on your Leopard disc? Just pop it in XP, and it should autorun. Or, browse inside the disc to find it.

Failing that, try a friend's internet. Network cards can be finicky creatures, and the driver that you have for it might be communicating in a way your router and modem don't like. I guess you could get a USB or expresscard adapter, but that's kinda expensive for what should be $0, and it makes a portable device somewhat less portable. Not acceptable in my book.

Oh, BTW, did you mean wireless internet? For wireless internet, try reinstalling the drivers like I said above. They didn't install right the first time through on my MacBook Pro, either. After reinstalling them, though, it worked perfectly.
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:32 PM on May 22, 2008

Have you considered virtualizing Windows XP using parallels or VMWare? Everything is configured automatically with 0 hassles, especially wireless internet.
posted by mahoganyslide at 1:01 PM on May 22, 2008

Response by poster: Sorry for the no replies. I managed to delete my entire hard drive. So internet conectivity is the least of my worries now. Thanks for the help. I'm leaning toward parallels
posted by hector horace at 9:35 AM on May 23, 2008

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