Gateway desktop Ethernet Port broken?

February 23, 2010 at 16:04:29
Specs: Windows XP
I bought a new computer. When I pluged the ethernet cable If doesn' give me any kind of connection. I noticed that the port doesn't emit any light. Does that mean is broke? I would like to known how to replace it if is that the case. I have A gateway E4300

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February 23, 2010 at 16:08:01
built into the mainboard? no replacement.

make sure the ethernet port is enabled in the bios.

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February 23, 2010 at 16:34:02
I guess is built in the mainboard. Not even with a PCI card or something like that. How do I do the bios thing?

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February 23, 2010 at 19:00:47
sure you can add a pci nic card. not a problem. you do have to disable the onboard so you don't have a resource conflict. usually when you boot up you see something that tells you how to go into the bios or "setup". Something like f2 or delete...

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February 24, 2010 at 11:40:38
Thanks, one last question. Do you thing that a ethernet adapter will work just fine? like this one

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February 24, 2010 at 12:03:29
I'm sure it would work just fine.

While I'm not a huge fan of USB network adapters, I've recently added one to my work PC as it only has two expansion slots and one was in use by the graphics card. I now have 3 in this unit, the builtin NIC, the PCI NIC and the USB NIC.

You should try enabling your onboard NIC before you buy anything.

As wanderer said, watch the entire bootup sequence. The very first part is called the POST (power on self test) and it's usually during this phase you can see a message that says something like" Press delete to enter setup" and then you immediately press the appropriate button.

Once you're in the BIOS (Setup) carefully look through everything and find the onboard NIC settings. If it says "disabled" beside it, that's your issue.

Instructions for maneuvering through the BIOS should be along the bottom of your screen, or on the right hand side, once you've gotten into the BIOS. Usually it's the arrow keys, escape key and the Enter Key.

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March 2, 2010 at 13:02:39
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