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    Drivers disapeared??

    Hi guys, long time no post, I've gone back to work now, and time is at a premium.

    I have a little problem here though, the drivers folder in winnt and all its contents, where the hosts file is kept has just gone bye bye on my laptop, it is a windows 2000 machine. It has totally disappeared, and is not in the recycle bin or anywhere. Does this mean a new install is needed, or is there a way of getting it back?

    I had this problem with a folder disappearing once before, but as it was only mp3 files, it was not really a problem. This however is a bit of a pain, as it won't connect to the net anymore, Any ideas?

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    My internet connection is being a POS right now so I cant give you the direct link but check this out and see if it helps. support.microsoft.com/?kbid=235478
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    another thing you can try...is remove all networking...reboot....then reinstall,

    nic
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    windows network client

    you may will need the w2k disk

    Then get your updates

    The machine still boots...right???

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    Disappeared meaning gone-zo and the OS no longer functions properly? Or does disappeared mean just out of view and the file folder's attributes were changed to hidden?

    My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View Tab > Hidden files/folders heading pick Show hidden files and folders. Also uncheck hide protected OS files option > Yes > OK.

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    OK, it is not the folder options. I was just wandering around as you do when you learn, and looking at what files were where, and I was looking at where the hosts file was and why, and when I went out of the drivers folder back into the winnt folder, the drivers folder had disappeared.

    I think as my laptop is a little old, there is a little bit of corruption in there now. Problem is, when I bought it, they would not give me the windows 2k disk, only a recovery one.

    I have windows xp, but am not keen on reinstallling OS, and will only do it as a last resort (bad experience in the past).

    Nothing else seems to be amiss though, just this and the fact that I can no longer get on the internet with it. It is my only secure internet link too, so will have to get it going somehow.

    What is actually in the Drivers folder, and is there anywhere I can get the setup files for that bit and put it back?

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    Hello Jonny...............long time no insult

    Drivers in Windows 2000 huh?

    That should be:

    C:\WINNT\Driver Cache\i386
    C:\WINNT\System32\Drivers\.............

    I can't quite figure your problem though, unless you inadvertently moved the folder into another one, a la drag & drop?

    If the internet is your only problem, then it sounds like the modem is not working? try going into hardware management and reinstalling the driver and then the hardware if that doesn't work...... search for driver, look for driver details or whatever..............that should tell you if you have moved the folder?

    Do a diagnostics on your modem.

    I would certainly do a full surface scan on your HDD............laptop + old + heat =

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    C:\WINNT\System32\Drivers\.............
    This is the file that no longer exists. How can I replace it?
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    Could you have accidentally moved it?

    Try looking for .sys files on your system?

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    I used to do this with NT boxes....is grab the directory off a working machine and drop it onto the one it is not working.....same path...

    Both machines have to be the same os and sp level....and I remember trying something similar with 2000 many moons ago...which didnt work

    Have you tried a repair...or a install on top of the existing one...but I guess you need a disk..

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    You may also consider trying a system restore... You'd be surprised how many problems that fixes... Alot of people tend to underestimate system restore...

    Oh, scratch that idea... I'm not sure windows 2000 has system restore...
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