Solved Integrated Network Card Limited connection only

September 5, 2015 at 17:04:38
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 3/512MB
I have a Dell GX150 that I did a fresh install of Windows XP on. The onboard Network card is a 3COM 3C905C. I am only getting a limited network connection with this NIC. It is assigning itself an APIPA address. I have entered the MAC for it into my router filtering, and double checked it. I can ping the local host I assigned it a static address for my network, but can not ping out to the router. I installed a network adapter card, ironically a 3C905B and it works fine. I used the same cabling and router port with it, so they must be fine. I tried updating drivers, windows says it is up to date. I went to dell support and found a driver there for a Pentium 4 GX150. This PC is a Pentium 3, but I thought I would try it anyway. The driver installed, but didn't help anything. I am thinking this may either be a BIOS problem or the hardware for the NIC on the motherboard is somehow defective. Anyone have any ideas?

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September 6, 2015 at 00:40:51
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If a PCI/PCIe network card works fine, that's it. Job done. Why bother struggling with the integrated one? You are trying to fix a problem when there is no need.

You already found a way round the problem, just leave it at that.

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September 6, 2015 at 08:57:07
You have a point, but I would like to free up the expansion slot for other things or maybe find a use for two NIC's (printer maybe).

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September 9, 2015 at 06:17:40
Those were common and reliable chipsets. If you are sure you have the correct drivers for the onboard NIC (which you would have to get from Dell, not anywhere else) then the onboard network interface itself may be bad.

If however, you got the drivers from elsewhere (ie: other than Dell) then you're not taking into account the proprietary nature of a Dell (or any other brand name computer) who's hardware, even when using common brand name devices, often did not work properly with drivers from anybody but the manufacturer of the computer itself. I even had issues with hardware downloading the correct driver from the device manufacturer when it was a brand name computer.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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