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Dell desktop -- ethernet connection

I had my ethernet connection go down on my Dell desktop; I get a limited or no connection message; it cannot seem to locate my IP address. This is built-in ethernet hardware. Is there a way to re-activate this ethernet device and restore my internet connection.

Apparently, this Dell does not take a 10/100 Ethernet card which plugs into an empty slot (I have 3 empty slots on the motherboard).

Any ideas, please?!

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  • vincent munch Sep 20, 2008

    I went back into the network connections and saw that I had missed an obvious fix; thank you JoshBlaine.

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Whenever I get a limited or no connection message I right click on the network icon in the taskbar that's giving the message and select repair. Sometimes that doesn't work and I select disable then enable again. You can also do this from network connections that may be found in Control Panel.

Make sure you have DHCP selected. To do this right click on your ethernet connection in network connections, select properties. Scroll down in the list to the tcp/ip, select it then select properties, then make sure it is set to automatically detect on the IP address and the DNS address.

This problem can also happen if you are not connected to a DHCP server in which you would do the opposite of above and type in your IP address, subnet, gateway and dns addresses, though it is most likely not the case.

You can go to device manager and uninstall the network device. Then reboot and it will find it and reinstall it. Then see if that works.

You can get to device manager by right clicking on My Computer or computer in vista, click on the hardware TAB then select device manager then look on the list for your network card.

Also make sure you have the latest driver for the network device.

Sometimes things can cease to function after an operating system update.

Have you installed anything recently. One thing that can solve problems is system restore.
Try restore the system to a date before the problem occured. In windows xp go to the start menu, all programs, accessories, system tools, system restore.

If none of this works you can purchase an ethernet card or replace the motherboard. The ethernet card of course would be the least expensive route.

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