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Author Topic: NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller #2 in device manager? Why "#2"?  (Read 3734 times)

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morkys

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Ok, I probably made a mess of my nVidia drivers to some extent, after installing and un-installing the UDP 5.10, the nForce 4 standalone audio and ethernet and the 4.57 audio drivers. I finally have sound and things seem to work ok, but I'm concerned I've made a mess.

Question:

1) Why do I see an entry in my Device Manager "NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller #2" ?

In Safe Mode its described as "NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller #2 - packet scheduler miniport driver".
I didn't see any duplicate entries to delete. So why does it say #2? I don't have the gigabit LAN enabled on this motherboard, only the nVidia LAN.


I'm trying this before re-installing my system, just in case I can avoid that.

thanx,

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« Last Edit: 23-March-05, 18:10:11 by morkys »
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Format C:  ;-((
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If you ininstall and reinstall drivers, you'll occasionally get "#2" added on to the name. I assume that this happens when a driver is added when the old one has not been entirely removed yet. You can check "View/Show Hidden devices" in Device Manager to see hidden drivers; there's also a registry tweak to show even more hidden stuff - just search the web for it.

I wouldn't worry about the name if the device is working right.
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Interesting. Looks messy when I look at hidden devices, and I'm not sure which I really need.
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Do you see a "NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller" among the hidden items? That would explain the #2 in the visible one.

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The hidden ones aren't doing anything, so you can just leave them there. There's no reason to delete them, and they may include things you may want later, like USB devices that are temporarily detached.
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Hi,

I have exactly the same problem at the device manager?

Any solutions?
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You can rename it ....
When drivers installed and got the lan connection right , xp automaticly gives it a #2 name if there was anotherone non working
installed before with the name "Local Area Connection" .
Try via control panel - network connections
right click on the #2 named lan connection and rename it to whatever you like . 
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Caoimhghin

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In Device Manager, I also have the NVidia LAN Controller with #2 at the end.  It's just the device's name, nothing more, nothing less and nothing to be worried about (unless it's not working of course  ;-)) ).  It's is totally different from the name recorded in "Network and Internet Connections", which is incremented each time it is re-installed and can be renamed to something meaningful.
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I have the 1394 listed first as a networking device and I do in fact have the 1394 enabled on my motherboard. Perhaps my install is fine and I've no need to re-install, but I'll decide today what to do.

I also have an exclamation point ! beside "parport". I may have the parallel port disabled so maybe thats what that is?

So maybe the fact that the BIOS, the motherboard and MS XP have decided to call the 1394 port a networking port, then the next port, the LAN port is #2?
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You are trying to read too much into naming conventions. I think it's just to differentiate between the original NVidia Network controller on NForce1/2 boards which has a theoretical transfer speed of 100Mbps and the controller on the nForce3/4 boards which has a theoretical transfer speed of 1000Mbps. You could therefore translate this as nForce1/2 controller #1 and nForce3/4 controlller #2.

IEEE 1394 (commonly called Firewire) is a file transfer standard just like USB and Ethernet it is correctly identified as a 'networking device' because that's exactly what it is.  ;-))
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I enabled the parallel port in the BIOS and sure enough, no more exclamation points. My ethernet works, my sound works, and no I'm having second thoughts about re-installing  to clear up what I suspect could be a messy driver situation, but at least now I have a clue how to do it right. At least I hope so :)
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I used to run into this same issue quite frequently when my cable modem was far from where I wanted my computer.  I used an 802.11 wireless connection, and the Wireless network adapter (USB) would often show up as #2 or even #3 or #4.  I renamed it for several months until I grew used to it. 

The numeral at the end of the device name should not affect performance in any way.

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Right. Well I simply suspect that after installing the ethernet drivers from the UDP 5.10 and then un-installing them and installing the 6.39 standalones etc that I may have muddled things.
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