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How to install a network card in a desktop PC

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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need instruction on ethernet adapter


first:
there's no specific network card you should get, although you probably may want to make sure you get one that support fast ethernet and gigabit ethernet. make sure also is pci card (most of them are), the other part depends on your budget, netgear, linksys, dlinks are all great brands but the one you pick doesn't have to be.
check some options here

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this is how to install a nic card (network adapter / network card)

Installing Network Card
  • First step is to read the users guide and familiarize yourself with the new card.
  • Power down PC and remove the AC power cord.
  • Open the computer case.
  • Find an available Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) slot on the motherboard and remove slot insert if one exists.
  • Carefully remove the network card from its static-proof plastic envelope, and slide it into the slot.
    • Seat the card in the slot firmly with gentle pressure along the length of the card, especially right about the slot itself.
    • Snugly, screw the card to the computer frame, but do not over tighten.
  • Close the computer case.
  • Plug your computer in and power it up.
2Follow this procedure to verify Windows XP recognizes the new card.
  • Click Start, then click Control Panel.
  • In Category View (vs. Classic View) click Performance and Maintenance.
  • Click "System" icon at bottom of window.
  • Click the Hardware tab.
  • Click the Device Manager button.
  • Double-click Network Adapters.
    • Beneath it should appear the name of your Ethernet card.
  • Next, double click the name of your Ethernet adapter.
    • If the text in the "Device Status" box says "This device is working properly.", then you successfully installed the card and are finished.
    • If the text in the "Device status" box doesn't say "This device is working properly.", then write down on a piece of paper what it says and continue with next step.

Dec 25, 2009 | Dell Ethernet Card Network Adapter

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Installing NIC card to dell optiplex gx100


NICs usually come in PCI interfaces. motherboards have usually four PCI slots to hold many devices such as NIC. just slide the card and fit it into the PCI slot. It could take any of the slots where it fits. the OS will detect it and loads the necessary drivers.

Aug 28, 2009 | Dell Ethernet Card Network Adapter

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trying to install a logitech rj45 network adapter (ethernet card). I have xp. BUT (a) the computer does not list it under network adapters (i already have one which i think is integrated on the motherboard but whenever i plugged in the computer shut down, hence installing a separate pci card is a workaround) so i cannot install the driver from the disk; should be plug-and-play but seems not to be and (b) now my computer will not boot, shuts down after 10 secs. Hey-llp pls!


Dear sir,

Welcome to once again Fixya support

According your problem it seems to be your try to install faulty Network card. So better is check with new good card.another possibility is some time pci slots fail to recognise a hardware, so try it with another pci slots of mother board.According to you onboard network card is dead, means motherboard fails to work when connect to a network,after successfull installation of network card also the possibility of motheboard not allow you to work with new network card ,same situation may arise,i am also managed same problems in several customer place while working as an computer hardware engineer.So try with new network card it may solve your problem


good luck

Jul 23, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Installing the network card


it is integrated onto the board.The network card is most likely a Realtek 10/100 ethernet.

Nov 14, 2008 | Foxconn 6627MA-RS2H Motherboard

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Lan on motherboard D915GLVG


Unplug your computer and Install a lan card into any available PCI slot.  Restart your computer and install the CD.  The CD will load up the drivers when needed.  You may have to start your computer once completed.

Sep 17, 2008 | Intel Motherboard

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