Solved How do I connect to internet through lan?

July 28, 2011 at 21:22:41
Specs: Windows XP media center edition, 1.6Ghz/0.99 GB
I recently reformatted and restored the original os on my Gateway MX6920 which is windows xp media center edition. Before and after restoring the original os, however, I still have not been able to connect to the internet through the onboard lan that doesn't seem to be active or even be seen by the computer. How should I fix this? Is there a possibility that the internal lan was disabled mechanically? Or would I have to get a pci lan card? Any help is greatly appreciated, as I have been trying to get this computer to work properly for the last 4 weeks.

Also, before I restored the os, I put a pci lan card in but it still would not recognize that there was an internet connection when I would connect it to an active ethernet connection. I'm worried that I still will not be able to connect when I get a new pci lan card because of unknown reasons that I have been trying to figure out for quite some time now. It seems that It was set up specifically for wireless or the 1394 connection, both which I cannot work with.

Thanks in advance for any replys.

Daniel


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#1
July 29, 2011 at 07:50:11
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First, check in the BIOS to see if the onboard NIC is enabled. From the sounds of it, it may not be. If it's not, enable it and then boot to your OS and Windows should "find" the new hardware and then you can install the drivers.

If it's already enabled and Windows doesnt' see the device you could try installing the drivers for the device manually through the "add hardware" applet in Control Panel.

Also, before I restored the os, I put a pci lan card in but it still would not recognize that there was an internet connection when I would connect it to an active ethernet connection.

This should only be necessary if all the above doesn't work to getting the onboard NIC to work. While troubleshooting the issue, I would remove it. If it turns out the onboard NIC has failed, then and only then would I add it. If the PCI NIC is good, Windows should find it immediately upon booting up after adding the device and ask for the drivers.

You are shutting the PC down completely and unplugging the power before attemping to install any hardware right? You did ground yourself off to the case by holding an arm in contact with the case at all times while working on the inside..........right?

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 21, 2011 at 22:06:33
Yes, I did all of that, unfortunately I had to set up an external usb to ethernet and then find out how to get the drivers set up without being able to connect to the internet.
Thank you for replying to my inquiry.

p.s.
I found out that the guy that had the laptop before me didn't know what he was doing when he set it up without an antivirus before "surfing" and actually blew out multiple components including the internal lan :(


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