Enable ethernet adapter

August 18, 2011 at 00:23:54
Specs: windows xp
I have a modem and a router connected to it.
I use Cable Broadband.
The router allows me to work wireless on my laptop, however when I wanted to set up a wired connection on my desktop the installation wizard stated that my ethernet adapter was either not working or disabled, so how do I enable the ethernet adapter?

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August 18, 2011 at 13:11:03
There's a couple ways to do this.

The quickest/easiest way is if you have the "My Network Places" icon on your desktop. If you do, right click on it, select "Properties" from the menu appears. A window showing all network interfaces will appear and under "Status" it will tell you if a NIC is disabled or connected.

If the NIC you wish to use is disabled, right click on it and choose "Enable" from the menu.

It's worth noting, if you have a wireless interace that's enabled at the same time as a wired interface, they can often conflict and nothing works right. You definitely won't be able to have both enabled and connected to your LAN at the same time. So pick one or the other to use, and whichever one is enabled, disable the other.

If you don't have the "My Network Places" icon on your desktop you can get to "Network Connections" as follows:

Start >> Settings >> Network Connections

Or, if it's easier for you, you can go through:

Start >> Settings >> Control Panel >> Network Connections

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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August 18, 2011 at 18:15:36
There is no status bar in the networks window that pops up.

I also tried another thing where i right clicked "my network places" and clicked disconnect network drive and it stated "no network drive to disconnect" Im assuming the computer aint even picking up my modem connection :S but im more than sure all the wires are plugged in properly,

to disable wireless do i just turn off the router?

sorry, im just an illiterate when it comes to computers

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