Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Most computers that are being sold these days come with network cards installed on the motherboard out of the box. Installing a network card in a computer is not the easiest thing to do so this how to is not for the faint of heart. Before you start opening stuff up and and playing with anything look at the network card and write down all the important information like the model number, serial and specifications.
First you have to check and verify that the jumpers in your computer are set properly. Most computers now a days allow for network cards to be setup using software or plug-and-play, where these options are available you should use them.
Inside the computer you are looking for the PCI slot in the computer. There should be an open slot that you should slide the network card into until it snaps in to place. When its snapped into place, place a screw in the top of the card and screw it in to hold it in place.
If there are any cables included with the network card you should connect them. If you are not sure what connects to what or where you should consult some documentation on the motherboard.
When everything has been connected and looks right, its time to close up the computer and connect all your peripherals. Connect the computer the network and power up the computer.
Once started up the computer should need to download the drivers required to use the network card. If they don't download on their own you might need to go the manufacturers site and manually download the drivers.
Now its time to set up the configuration values using the computers software. The values will vary from one network to another. If you are working on a business network you will want to contact the person in charge of the network before you start playing with anything.
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