OS Resident NIC Driver
Version: OS Resident NIC (06/11/2002)
For your convenience your Network Interface Card (NIC) driver is packaged within your Microsoft Windows operating system.
Due to electronic distribution copyright laws we cannot provide this driver as a separate downloadable SoftPaq.
See information below for instructions on re-installing this driver.
Well, fuck me running. “For my convenience.” For my CONVENIENCE? Well, let’s just say that backing up all my data and running the 3-CD Quick Restore on my computer just to resurrect a non-functioning NIC is not my idea of “convenience.”
Oh, it gets better. The damn Quick Restore disk choked twice. The third time I ran it, it told me to
go fuck myself contact my authorized Compaq Representative (so that he could finish the job).
Fortunately, I have operating systems laying around here. Cooperating systems, at that. For now, I’m on dialup. I need to call Compaq so they can (1) send me a WORKING set of QR disks; and (2) replace my NIC. But that will probably entail (knowing them as I do) taking the entire box down to the “authorized service center,” or worse yet, MAILING it to some God-forsaken warehouse so they can do all of this.
I am considering leaving the OS that I have on there alone, pay $30 for a NIC on tigerdirect.com, and carry on.