Network Adapter GOne Bad?

July 14, 2008 at 12:58:29
Specs: Windows XP Home, Pent 4/2.6 GHZ

My network adapter has gone bad on my Dell 4600. I know because the cable adapter works fine when I hook it up to my other computer. Can I replace the network adapter (is it called the RJ45?) or do I have to replace the whole motherboard? Would it be easier to set up a wireless connection since I currently use one for my laptop anyway? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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#1
July 14, 2008 at 13:38:53

what cable adapter?
nic enabled in the bios?

you can buy a pcmcia card that can do wired lan.

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#2
July 14, 2008 at 14:56:02

I'd do more testing on the network adapter. They do go out but it is rare.

A $4 usb to ethernet might be the most easy repair is the adapter is actually bad. Which I really doubt. More of a chance the settings are wrong.

As above other types are out there such as pcmcia/pccard and maybe even traditional slot type of cards.

Wireless should be used when no wired solution exists.

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#3
July 15, 2008 at 09:30:41

Can I install an ethernet card and have the computer rocognize it or will it overlook it? In other words, will the computer recognize new hardware and start using it or will I have to change something in my BIOS?

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#4
July 15, 2008 at 13:54:16

It can work. It depends on a few things. One is if you have a spare pci slot. Other is the drivers for your os. (most likely).

Your system is new enough to just put the nic in the box. AFTER you have read the instructions. It is very simple if you are careful and protect your system from static and be sure to unplug the computer then press the power button a few times to release any powersupply energy.

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#5
July 15, 2008 at 14:39:10

You will need to disable the onboard nic in the bios [assuming its enabled now]. Otherwise the bios will continue to allocate resourses to it which may conflict with the new nic.

Install the new nic per its instructions [its a nic = Network Interface Card - RJ45 refers to the port and cable end]

Load the drivers when asked and after that it should start working.

Before you go down this path can you CONFIRM the nic is enabled in the bios and that when you say "cable adapter" you only mean the patch cable.

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#6
July 15, 2008 at 14:59:03

Thanks all. I ended up buying a new NIC card and istalled it. It was easier than I thought.

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