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Solved Realtek GBE Family Controller do I need it?

September 5, 2011 at 02:18:56
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP3, 2.394 GHz / 1023 MB

After a recent mothercard breakdown, a new mothercard and graphics card were installed - dxdiag extract below. I lost access to data on the old HDs.

With this, and subsequent updates/reinstallations, appeared Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller. I have a single PC. No others in the house. Do I need this Realtek software or can I bin it?

Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.101209-1647)
BIOS: BIOS Date: 08/23/10 10:28:48 Ver: 06.03
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor, MMX, 3DNow (4 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode


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#1
September 5, 2011 at 07:25:50

What is the model of your motherboard or if a pre-built system, the brand and full model?

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#2
September 7, 2011 at 04:47:02

ASUS M4A88T-M/USB3
is what it says on the box

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#3
September 7, 2011 at 05:25:30
✔ Best Answer

If you never have any intention of connecting this computer to a network then you don't need it. If you do intend connecting to a network, and that includes the Internet, then you do need it.

http://www.realtek.com/downloads/do...

Stuart


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#4
September 11, 2011 at 03:17:50

Does what you say mean that I will not be able to make any internet connection without it?

At present I have a small Sagem modem and a simple phone-up ADSL connection. But if I get round to restoring the Ethernet connection - what is the situation?


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#5
September 11, 2011 at 06:14:50

If you are using an analogue 56K dial up Modem then you wont need the Ethernet connection.

If you were connection to the Internet via Broadband then you would. ADSL is Broadband.

I don't know what you mean by phone-uo ADSL. ADSL by its very nature is always on and there is no dial-up or phone-up despite that fact that it uses telephone lines. The only time that it may appear that you are using a dial-up ADSL connection is if you are using a USB Modem, which doesn't use Ethernet.

Stuart


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#6
September 12, 2011 at 03:31:56

ADSL but certainly not on all the time. Closes when I shut down, and has to be opened manually on reboot

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#7
September 12, 2011 at 04:10:09

In that case you are using a USB Modem or there is something wrong with our configuration.

Stuart


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#8
September 14, 2011 at 02:58:32

Sorry - I obviously have a problem with terminology. Sagem modem, tiny thing, two connections - power and ADSL - but connection to PC is a USB connection.
But, as you say, the configuration may need sorting out. For now I can get a connection when I need it and I have not yet looked beyond that.
But I do have to dial-up again each time I boot up.

Thanks for your help (and patience!)


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#9
September 14, 2011 at 03:14:57

As I stated earlier, this is normal behaviour for a USB Modem. It is the way USB Modems work in that the connection has to be re-established every time the computer starts. The Modem takes its power from the computer. The computer is turned of, no power.

The only way to avoid that is to get an Ethernet Modem/Router which does connect automatically. Ethernet Modems have there own power sources and will remain connected even when the computer is turned off.

Stuart


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#10
September 14, 2011 at 10:09:45

Thanks - good and clear. I do have an Ethernet modem, 2 in fact, - but not sure if they can be used with my present server or if they would need reprogramming or whether the installation disk for server would do this for me.

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#11
September 14, 2011 at 11:58:54

To make an Ethernet Modem work all you need is the Ethernet drivers which brings us back to the beginning. There is no such thing aa a Modem specific driver, except if it is a USB Modems.

To use the Modem you would need to configure it for your ISP. The Modem manual and information from you ISP should get it going.

Stuart


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#12
September 15, 2011 at 04:41:32

modem manual!!! lol
But seriously - yes thanks t'will be done when I get round to it.

No need for further discussion - Thanks


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