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Can I add a NIC card to my compaq presario pc sr5250nx? I keep loosing my internet connection every five minutes and have to reboot the computer to reconnect

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Hi!

Yes, you can add a NIC card to your computer. There are several PCI slots on the computer where you can install a NIC card. You can also use a NIC card through a USB port ( use a Linksys USB10T). After you installed the NIC card, make sure to disable the built-in NIC card.

BUT, before you do that I would suggest to try to find out first the root cause of the disconnection problem. If your PC is connected straight to a modem , check if there is a problem with the modem or from your ISP's line. You can contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to verify if there is no problem in your area, or have them test your modem. You can also double check if everything is working fine from the modem by connecting a different PC to it. If the connection is stable using a different PC, then the problem is indeed your computer.

Try reinstalling or updating the driver of your NIC card. Click here to download the driver ( select Fall 2007 Original Realtek LAN Driver) . After updating the driver and you still have the same problem, install a new NIC.

Good luck and have a nice day!

Posted on Oct 02, 2008

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You should be able to
http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00840496.pdf

if your system is still within warranty I would think twice about opening the case yourself to installing a new network card.. you will be voiding your warranty.. so think about it

another thing i would try before deciding on going for another network card is to check your onboard network adapter has updated drivers... or you may want to reinstall the drivers for that adapter.. either one of those may probably fix your issue assuming is not a hardware failing given that your system may not be that old.... make sure you check the windows update and look for any new hardware driver for your network adapter that may be avaliable through windows update.

before you install your new network pci card you may have/want to disable the one on board going into your bios for that. so to ensure there's no resource conflicts when installing the driver for your new card (it may not be a problem even if you don't but if you run into problems while installing the new card consider this suggestion)

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