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By bob ·
Preface:
In Windows ME, on a Compaq, "Internet Ready" Machine. Removed the TI ADSL card and replaced it with a LAN card.
Excellent connection.
Just for peace of mind sake, even though the connection worked properly, I went into the control panel to navagate to the device manager.
That last look for conflicts and such.
The control panel window came up, said there were 36 files, but nothing was visible.
Question:
Why can't they be seen, and how do I get them back?

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by bb11772 In reply to Evasive files

Possible Answer:Bare in mind this is ME. Not to belittle it but...

Is the OS it telling you these 36 files are in the window in device management portion or in the actual window of the new LAN card for it's drivers?

Windows doesn't always uninstall everything correctly, and if you didn't sometimes it won't know to. But since you said that it looks all clear, I think that it's the many legacy or hidden device drrive files that you aren't really suppose to see. In XP you can actually view these now. Some you can even mess with and uninstall if you dare.

I think it was so if XP did forget something, it would be easier to find and deal with. They are likely hidden becuase they are important subsystem drivers required for windows to even load. Only way to get the actual T1ADSL files back is to yank the old one out and put that one back in.

Ben

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by bob In reply to Evasive files

Thanks for your efforts, but I'm not trying to get the TI ASDL files back. That card has been removed and is no longer a pain in my side. I replaced it with a 10/100 lan card and all works well.
The files that can't be seen (as if they were hidden) are the contents of the folder "control Panel". It tells how many files (folders) are there, but you can't see them. Add remove hardware, add remove software, system, internet options, folder options, etc. They just can't be seen. I don't know if it is the result of removing the TI ADSL card, or not. The window for the ME restore feature comes up, too, but it contains nothing but white. I must have done something along the way that missed my attention.
Again, thanks for trying.
Bob S.

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by Gary McP In reply to Evasive files

Try installing TwaekUI. It's one of the Powertoys from Microsoft. It's available from the M$ website.

One of the tabs across the top is "Control Panel", and it lists the available control panel applets (.cpl files) and whether or not they're shown.

I seem to remember something else about registering .cpl files, but I can't remember exactly what. It was somthing like "regsvr32 filename.cpl" from a DOS prompt. Might get you going in the right direction.

Have a look at M$ knowledgeBase article 299923 for Control Panel troubleshooting steps. It may be of help.

Let me know if any of those work for you.
Gary

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by bob In reply to Evasive files

Gary,
This information was well in target area. When I read it I thought that you had proposed a cure to this delemna. I read the knowledgebase article and really thought we had the answer. Unfortunately, nothing has worked, as yet. I am considering, since there are so many other ways to access the control panel functions, without actually going through control panel, that I would just leave it be. After all, the rest of the machine is functioning great. It is either that or **** the OS away and start over. Any more ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Gary, even though we didn't accomplish exactly what we set out to, I am rewarding you the tech points for a valiant attempt and a job well done.
Thank you, Sir
Bob S.

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