On a Windows XP machine and at the control panel > system > device manager i have come across a device "FDDI Network interface" that keeps asking for drivers...What's more is that NIC's (onboard and a PCI) that were previously present (along with the underlying connections) are now missing....
Attempt to restore to a previous restore point had no result whatsoever...
Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance.
Seems like unplugging the PCI network card and rebooting will solve this problem...have seen it before and this kind of approach worked. Hope that it does the same for you.
Is it possible to unload a driver which was loaded at boot time. If yes, how can this be done?
System is windows xp. I tried net stop but I got "The requested control is not valid for this service "
The driver is a kernel mode driver which is loaded by a service so I cannot uninstall it from device manager.
Any ideas how to unload the driver?
On Linux you can use modprobe like so:
modprobe -r [module name]
On Windows it can be done using the Device Manager.
On Mac you can use the developer tool kextunload
On Windows you can also enter
> net stop [drivername]
on the commandline (or Start > Run) to unload a driver.
On GNU/Linux, you can use rmmod (or modprobe) like so:
rmmod [ -fswvV ] modulename
If you don't want to load a module at bootime, you can blacklist it by editing /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf to add a line like so: