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Need to install a new ethernet card but cant remove metal cover

I am afraid of breaking something - the metal cover to put the card through isn't coming off.

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Remove all the cables from your PC including the Power cord.You can find two release buttons in the side .Press both the buttons and raise the cover from backside.Click the link below to see how to fix a pci card. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx260/en/sm/cards.htm#1104768

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How do i replace the ethernet card on el1300g-01?


Hi Janet...the e-Machines, el1300g-01 has onboard ethernet (meaning it's integrated into the motherboard) and so it will be a multi-step process. Additionally, this motherboard only has one expansion slot, PCI-EXPRESS MINI and this means there can't be anything else in that slot.

Begin by backing up all your important data, preferably to an external drive. We all skip this step and at one point or another we all regret it.

Now, before shutting the PC down let's disable the built-in ethernet. Right click on My Computer (or This PC in Win81) and select PROPERTIES.
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From the next screen (PROPERTIES) select Device Manager.

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When you get to the device manager find the entry for network and (assuming this is the only network connection you have) after expanding the dropdowns
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, right click on the appropriate device and select DISABLE:
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No you can shut the computer down and disconnect all cables, most importantly, the power cable.

Remove the screws from the back of the machine and slide off the cover (see the eMachines support site for assistance).

Lay the tower on its side, and make sure the slot is empty it will look something like this:

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Remove the punch-out by removing the screw and then the small metal cover (see arrow).

Inser the new card carefully into the slot on the printed circuit board while guiding its small metal tab into the bottom of the punch out. Make sure it's gently and firmly in place and then secure with a standard PC screw--either from teh punchout or one that came with the card.

Remplace the cover on the PC, reattach all the cables and turn it on.

When the eMachines logo flashes on the screen look in the lower left corncer and press whatever key it is for SETUP or BIOS (usually DEL, ESC or f12).

Using the the ARROW KEYS on the keyboard (the mouse will not work in this mode) go through the menus on screen to select networking. Here you will find a setting that will say ONBOARD LAN or ONBOARD ETHERNET. Select and disable this, and then press F10 to save and exit.

The PC will reboot and upon entering windows, you should get a discovered new hardware message and any drivers will install themselves*.

Connect the internet cable and you are good to go!

Hope this helps,
Mikeal Segotta
Ocean Shores PC

*If your new ethernet came with a disk of software, follow the instructions that came with it before troubleshiooting on the WIndwos side.

May 26, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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Gateway modem


http://support.gateway.com/us/en/s/PC/DX/2906093R/2906093Rnv.shtml

1) FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Relieve your body of Static electricity BEFORE reaching inside your computer, and BEFORE taking any new parts out of their anti-static bags, or cartons.

Computer on a table, computer Unplugged from power, computer case open;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

IF you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return.

2) Open the computer case;
Click on User Guides in the Gateway link above.

In the list click on -
8513028 - Gateway Hardware Reference Guide

[ This is a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.
After you click on the file name it may take up to 30 seconds, before the first page comes up ]

(Note* First page is Black, and blank. Second page is blank, and White)

Hover your mouse cursor on the bottom/middle of the page. The ghosted out navigation guide will appear. Click on the PDF icon all the way to the Right. (Show Adobe Reader Toolbar)

Use the Plus ( + ) icon at the top of the PDF file, to increase the view size.
Click on the Minus ( - ) icon to decrease the view size.

Use the Down Arrow at the top of the PDF file to go to Page 41.
(PDF reader page number. Actual manual page is 35)

Loosen the two Thumbscrews, pull back on the formed fingerpull, and remove the left Side Panel. (Pulls back so far, then tilts out to remove)

[I find it best to remove all cables beforehand, then put a soft cloth on the table, and lay the computer on it's side. Much easier to access hardware components on the motherboard ]

Going back to the main support page, click on Components.
In the list, and under the bold black subheading - Motherboards,
click on -
4006273R - MSI Nvidia MCP73PV Motherboard

The two long White slots shown at the bottom of the motherboard, are PCI expansion slots.

An Ethernet card can be plugged in here.
(PCI Ethernet Card example, {10/100/1000},

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=771339&CatId=1175

Notice above the two long white PCI slots, that there is a longer Black expansion slot.
This is a PCI-Express x16 slot, and is ONLY used for a graphics card.

The small White slot above it is a PCI-Express x1 slot.
It can also be used for an Ethernet Card.
A PCI-Express x1 Ethernet Card,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2197688&CatId=2380


A closer look at a;
1) PCI expansion slot,

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/MSI/4006273R/4006273Rmvr18.shtml

2) PCI-Express x1 expansion slot,

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/MSI/4006273R/4006273Rmvr18.shtml

[ Just for reference a PCI-Express x16 expansion slot,

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/MSI/4006273R/4006273Rmvr19.shtml

When removing a PCI-Express graphics card, the tab lock on the end is gently depressed ]

Adding or replacing an expansion card, starts at the bottom of Page 54. (PDF file page. Actual manual page is 48)

The metal slot covers at the back of the computer case metal frame, are Expansion Slot Covers.
Remove the one covering the slot you need, by removing it's Philips head screw.

Note that the slots in the metal frame for the expansion cards, does not line up with the expansion slots on the motherboard. They are one over.

Insert the Ethernet Card straight down in the expansion slot, lining up the Locating Notches at the bottom of the Ethernet Card, with the Locating Lugs down in the bottom of the expansion slot.

You also have to slide the 'tang' at the bottom of the Ethernet Card's metal bracket, down into a space in-between the outside metal framework of the computer case.
Plus line up the bracket's locating hole, (half-moon?), with a short dowel in the metal framework.

All of the above will become apparent once you start to install the Ethernet Card.

One last procedure is to Physically push down on each Ram Memory module ('Stick'), and also make sure the Locks at each end, are up, and in place.

Ram Memory gets bumped real easy. Better to check before going on. (Visual inspection will Not do. You have to physically check)

Card plugged in, and fastened down, close the computer case.
Reattach all cables if you disconnected them.
Plug the computer back into power.

Plug the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet Card.
WAIT 1 minute, turn the computer on.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Oct 18, 2012 | Gateway DX4640-UBC01A PC Desktop

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Modem is dead in t3985


contact you ISP internet service provider they should be able to supply you one free of charge depending on your current contract and if the modem is broken they will be able to check it online for you

hope this helps

Jul 09, 2012 | eMachines T Computers & Internet

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How do i replace the ethernet port on a sony vaio rx860


Bye an ethernet card and plug it into an open PCI slot on your motherboard (if you have one).

Aug 24, 2011 | Sony VAIO Digital Studio PCV-RX860 PC...

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Hp a705w pavilion how to properly installed the video display adaptor


Since the HP a705w desktop computer comes with Integrated Graphics, I'm going to assume you are installing a graphics card.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00255589&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=435558

The above is HP Support > HP 705w desktop computer > Specifications.

(Graphics Card, Video Card, Graphics Adapter Card, and Video Adapter Card, all refer to the same thing)

The expansion slot used for a graphics card is a PCI slot.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00063244&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=435558

The above is HP Support > HP 705w desktop computer > Motherboard Specifications.

Scroll down the page to the motherboard illustration shown in Figure 1, and the motherboard photo shown in Figure 2.

In the illustration the PCI slots are at the bottom of the motherboard, and are named, PCI Slot 1, PCI Slot 2, and PCI Slot 3.

In the photo the PCI Slots are shown, and are White in color.

You can use any available (Open) PCI slot.
You can use a PCI graphics card. (PCI Video Adapter Card. Same thing)

Suggest you install the software (Drivers) from the CD disk that comes with the graphics card, First.

Turn your computer on, when Windows has fully loaded, install the disk into your optical drive. (CD/DVD drive)
Follow the simple instructions, install the software.

When the software is fully loaded restart your computer. Don't be alarmed as your computer won't use this software yet.

After Windows has fully loaded again, shut your computer down normally.
(Start > Turn Off Computer > Turn Off)

Unplug your computer from power.
Open the computer case.
Follow Anti-Static Precautions.

Anti-Static Precautions:

Your body carries Static electricity.
Static will fry out (Short Circuit) the hardware components inside a computer.
(Processor, Ram Memory, Graphics Card, motherboard chipset, Harddrive, and so on)

With the computer unplugged from power, working on a table, computer case open, TOUCH the metal frame of the oprn computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

Should you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, upon your return be SURE to Touch the metal frame again.

There will be a metal slot cover, installed on the outside frame of your computer case. (Expansion Slot Cover)

This flat piece of metal will cover where you want the PCI graphics card to be.
It has to be removed.

There are several methods that this metal cover will be attached, to the metal frame of the computer case.

[ NOTE*
The metal expansion slot cover you have to remove, will Not be inline with the PCI slot.
It will be over one slot

Once you attempt to physically install the PCI graphics card, you'll see what I am referring to ]

1) To remove this metal cover look for an + in it. A flat tipped screwdriver is installed in the +, and the screwdriver is tipped down.
(The handle of the screwdriver is tipped down)

Looking at the back of the computer the expansion slot metal cover is horizontal.
The cover is twisted in an up, and down fashion to remove.
(Twisting from the bottom of the computer, towards the top, and then back down again)

There are small metal tabs that hold the metal cover in place. You are twisting the cover to break these metal tabs.

2) The metal cover is held in place by a single Philips head screw.
Remove the screw, remove the metal expansion slot cover.

3) I don't believe the a705w had a cover plate. A cover plate is hinged on one side. Usually a single screw is removed, and this allows the cover plate to swing to one side.
This action allows removal of all expansion cards installed.

Once the metal expansion slot cover is removed, line up the contact pins of the Video Adapter Card with the PCI slot.

Insert the video adapter card straight down in the PCI slot.
Install the screw that holds the video adapter card in place, to the metal frame of the computer case.

Close the computer case.
Plug your monitor into the video adapter card.
Plug the computer back into power.
WAIT 1 minute, turn the computer on.

For questions please post in a Comment.

Sep 28, 2010 | HP Pavilion a705w PC Desktop

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I have a Dell XPS400 and can not connect to the internet because the machine does not have any installed network adapters. I have always had internet access...where do I find this adapter if I can't get...


This is onr example of a Network adapter, or also know as an Ethernet Adapter Card,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=686143&CatId=200

This is Dell Support >XPS 400 desktop computer > Service Manual,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/xps400/sm/index.htm

1) Work on a table. Computer off, and unplugged from power, open the computer case.

(Removing the Computer Cover, in the list)

2) Follow Anti-Static precautions.

[Anti-Static Precautions:

Your body carries Static electricity.
Static will fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components, inside a computer.

To relieve your body of Static, TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case.
Should you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, upon your return be sure to Touch the metal frame again ]

3) View the motherboard inside your computer.
(The motherboard is also referred to as the Mainboard, {Proper speak}, and System Board)

Technical Overview > System Board Components,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/xps400/sm/techov.htm#wp1053398

Viewing the illustration of the motherboard, the Ethernet Adapter Card example I gave above, would go in either one of the PCI expansion slots.

These are white in color, and in the illustration are labeled - PCI Card Connectors.

If there is already an adapter card installed in both PCI expansion slots, then see if the PCI Express x1 expansion slot is open.

In reality, PCI Express is a better technology than PCI.

Shown on the motherboard as PCI Express x1 Card Connector.

This is an example of an Ethernet Card, (Ethernet Adapter Card), that uses the PCI Express x1 expansion slot,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4675156&CatId=200

The reason I have suggested buying, and installing an Ethernet Adapter Card is threefold.

1) You may have your Ethernet cable plugged into the Ethernet port of the computer,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/xps400/sm/about.htm#wp1053567

[Number 3 - Network Connector],

and the built-in Ethernet is no good.
Reinstalling drivers May help, but the above is a sure thing.

2) You have an Ethernet Adapter Card plugged into one of the PCI slots, or the PCI Express x1 slot, and the Ethernet adapter card is no good.
They do go bad, and are economical to replace.

3) There was an Ethernet Adapter Card installed previously, but taken out before you received the computer.

Jul 02, 2010 | Dell XPS 400 PC Desktop

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My USB Prongs Are Bent Both Of Them My Ethernet Port Wont Flash When I Plug An Ethernet Cord So I Cant Get On The Internet On That Computer How Do I Fix It


You can buy a new PCI card with ethernet plugs or a new usb card, and with a minimum of fuss, install it yourself. Make sure you ground yourself to some metal on the case before removing or installing the card. To be safe, check the specs of your system by entering the service tag # at Dell.com, so you can make sure the new cards you purchase are compatible with your older system. Or, if you prefer, take it to reliable local tech shop. They may even have good used cards they'll be willing to sell you inexpensively, if they recycle old desktops.
If you search the internet for 'PCI cards' or 'install PCI card', you'll find more details to guide you...
Good luck.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

Dec 18, 2009 | Dell OptiPlex GX110 PC Desktop

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Help!!!!!!!!!!!!


Most of the time you just remove a screw and it pops out, but
some of the newer expansion slots just "snap" out, twist and bend it until it snaps and release's.

Jun 25, 2008 | HP Compaq d530 PC Desktop

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We have just purchased a Belkin ADSL Modem with Wireless G Router but our computer (packard bell 4716) does not have an ADSL cable or ethernet cable. The lead just connects straight into our telephone...


Have you opened the computer or just looked at the back and found a couple of blank silver strips. If you have not opened it these strips are just slot covers.Shut down the pc.Unplug it. Open the pc and touch part of the metal frame to ground yourself and discharge any static electricity.There will be one screw holding the slot cover in place. Pick a PCI slot that you want to use and remove the cover from that slot. Insert the card and use the same screw to hold your card in place. Then close the case.Plug the pc in and power up. Windows will say found new hardware and installing.If this what you meant and this fixed your problem please rate this as fixed. If you meant something else or need help opening the pc, please add a comment and let me know. I'm more than happy to help you further. Thanks.

Apr 19, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Wireless


First, if you are not familiar with installing components I would recommend you have it installed for you. Some major office supply stores will install a card you buy from them for little money or even free. Or you can find a local computer upgrade / repair shop that can do it. Your computer most likely has very large round plastic buttons on the top and bottom edge near the back. The bottom may be partially blocked by a screw on base stand. If so, remove that first. You press both buttons at the same time and open the case like a book. Near the bottom back corner should be some white circuit card slots. You may have to pull out a small metal box to gain access to adding cards. Typically Dell uses green levers, buttons, etc inside the case you use to remove parts. A metal slot cover blank will have to be removed, some just slide off, some have a single screw holding them in place. Installing a PCI card into the white plug should not be difficult but should be seated all the way down and eavenly. If a screw is used to remove the metal slot cover use that screw to hold the card in place. Put everything back the way it was and close the case. You will need to install the drivers that came with the card. Follow the directions for your card. Just in case you were not aware. You do need a receiver (wireless router or access point) that will send the signal to your card. I've had quite a few customers that thought all you needed was the card.

Jul 11, 2007 | Dell Dimension 4500 PC Desktop

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