I was underwhelmed with Windows Vista when I bought my eMachines computer in 2008; so, I set out to replace it with Windows XP. I thought this would be a simple process (and the actual installation was), but when I booted up my “new” computer, I found that several things didn’t work:
-My mouse (which had a USB cable). However, a different one with the specific “Mouse” green plug did work.
-My speakers weren’t recognized by the computer anymore.
-The computer didn’t recognize the Ethernet cord I plugged in, so I couldn’t access the internet that way.
If one thing malfunctioned I would think it was broken; two would be a strange coincidence; but all three led me to believe something changed after I installed Windows XP. I’m no computer expert, and if you’re reading this, chances are you aren’t either. So I will explain in my own language what I found after doing some research.
When I installed Windows XP, there were some drivers (software that lets your computer talk with devices) missing because my computer was newer than the version of XP I installed.
Finding these drivers can be a little challenging. After extensively searching the eMachines and Windows web sites, I simply Googled “eMachines T3642 Windows XP Drivers” and found a forum where this very topic was being discussed. I would suggest doing the same thing but replace the “T3642” with your computer’s model number. This can be found on a sticker on the back of your computer.
I happened to find this forum which told me exactly where to go for the necessary drivers. I downloaded, installed, and immediately (didn’t even have to restart!) everything started working again. Huzzah!