If you updated your wired Ethernet driver In Windows XP* recently, you might have encountered a bug that kept your Intel® PRO/1000 PL Network Connection from connecting to your network. You might also know this connection as the Intel® 82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller.
Here is what you can do to fix your Intel® PRO/1000 PL Network Connection that stopped working after upgrading your driver.
1. Download the updated software CD, E1EUpdtCD_211237.zip
2. Uninstall Intel® Network Connections from “Add or Remove Programs” in the Windows control panel
3. Right click on the folder and then click Extract All.
4. In the Extraction Wizard, use the Browse button to choose the location where you want to extract the CD files. The Desktop is a convenient place for finding the files after extraction.
5. After extraction is finished, you can find the E1EUpdtCD_211237 folder in the location you chose in the previous step.
6. Double-click the E1EUpdtCD_211237 folder.
7. Double-click Autorun.exe. The CD splash screen opens.
8. Click Install drivers and software
9. Follow the installation wizard prompts.
10. Installation is complete. You may delete the E1EUpdtCD_211237 folder.
This fix will be included as part of the upcoming version 15.2 software release planned for May.
The zip file is huge, about 162 MB. If you want to download a smaller file, you can try an older version of the driver that did not have this issue. You can download version 14.6 of PROXP.exe. The E1EUpdtCD contains later bug fixes that were not in version 14.6, but version 14.6 will probably work OK for most people.
We are confident that the update will fix the loss of connectivity with the Intel® PRO/1000 PL Network Connection. Nevertheless, if the update does not work for you, feel free to post details about what you did and about the issue you see.
NOTE: This E1E Update CD is only recommended for use with the Intel® PRO/1000 PL Network Connection in Windows XP*.