Is my Ethernet card dead?

February 11, 2011 at 14:39:29
Specs: Windows XP
I have an older Gatway desktop that I've been using for years, mostly the kids use it for itunes etc. The other day I suddenly couldn't connect to the internet. When I diagnose the problem (internet explorer) it says there is no ethernet card found. In my device manager there is no ethernet card listed. I went to and downloaded the drivers and reinstalled but still nothing in the device manager. When I plug my network cable in the green light comes on but I never get the flashing yellow LED that tells me it's talking. I plug the cable into my other desktop and it works fine. Yes I've tried rebooting. Oddly enough about this time I started having problems with a stupid adware that infiltrated my systems. Is it possible my card is dead and is there anyway to test it for sure before I pull the card out?

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February 11, 2011 at 14:46:26
If it is a separate ethernet NIC in a PCI slot then pull it and put it in a different PCI slot if there is one available. Then boot up. If the card is working windows should discover the "new hardware" and look for drivers. If it is not discovered then it seems the card has failed.

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February 11, 2011 at 14:49:21
if you can download this and create a bootable cd:

boot off the cd , with the cable plugged in, open firefox and try to go to google.

How much ram do you have & who is you ISP


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