For some reason all of a sudden my computer isn't recognizing that my ethernet cable is plugged in. The modem and router work fine, and tested the cable on another computer and it worked fine, so must be the computer, but can't figure out why it can't see that the cable is plugged in.
It's the card itself. It probably went bad. Go to Walmart and pick one up for about $15. I had this happen a few weeks ago, All cables are good just wouldn't connect to internet. It's the ethernet card itself, they do go bad.
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Re: computer not recognizing ethernet cable
I agree with bambi541 that it's probably the ethernet device. To replace it you need to determine if it's an add-on card or the built-in kind. It depends upon what type of box you have. If it's a tower, the CD and floppy drives are near the top and the power button is near the middle or lower down If it's a "pizza box", it lays flat on your desktop and you usually put your monitor on top of it. Looking at the back of the computer, if it's an add-on card, it'll be either on the bottom half of your computer or to the right, close to the keyboard and mouse connections. If it's built-in, you should disable it in the BIOS. If you don't know how, I'm pretty sure you can get by without disabling it, but it'll keep showing the "bad" icon as well as the new one. You might have to install some software with it, but XP is pretty smart with new stuff and may not need it. Just check the instructions. (You just need any 100MB ethernet card and it will be pretty cheap.)
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Unplug your Comcast modem from your electrical outlet. Connect the Ethernet cord from the back of your Comcast modem into the Ethernet port labeled "Internet" on your new router. Connect an available Ethernet port from the back of the new router to the Ethernet port on the back of your computer.
Plug your cable modem into an electrical outlet. Plug your new router in an electrical outlet.
Reboot your computer. Click on "Start," then "Control panel." Click "Network and sharing." Select "Set up a new home network."
Click on the option for a router or cable modem when prompted by Windows to select your hardware. Your computer will attempt to access your new router. When the brand name for your router is listed, double-click it so your computer can configure itself to the new router.
Create a new name for your home network and create a unique password to prevent unauthorized users on your network. Your computer may reset your Comcast modem and router so your new changes can take effect.
Possible reason why your getting this message are the following.
1. defective ethernet cable
2. defective lan port on the modem.
I would advice you to do the following
1. Try another working cable
2. If your modem has multiple lan ports ( modem/router)
you can plug it on the other LAN ports and see if it will lid up
3.If you have a spare computer to try on the modem , please do so, so you can further isolate the problem . If its a modem port problem or your computer itself
I bet you are using the phone modem that canme in your machine. You need to connect the Network card ( Ethernet Card) and make sure the drivers are working. Find it is System, Hardware, device manager, look for ethernet.
Connection icon and see if the netcard driver is installed.Connect the cat5 cable that was sent to you with the DSL modem box. It chould be a yellow cable... It only fits one way and in a maked plug on the DSL modem and into the network card in the computer. Everything there after should go automatically.
First check device manager to see if the copmuter recognizes the card, if it dont use the add hareware app, and have windows plug &play try to locate it. then open the case and remove the card with windows running and replace it in the slot , P&P may then locate it if windows doesnt, then the ethernet card may of had a voltage spike go thru it and fried the card.
Huh? You installed Vista through your Virgin Cable Modem? What on earth does that mean?
Are you trying to ask "How do I install my Belkin Wireless G Router?"
If that is the actual question, here is the answer:
1) Unplug your cable modem from your computer. 2) Plug the cable modem into the router using a Ethernet Cable. 3) Plug the router into the computer using another Ethernet Cable. 4) Plug in the power supply for the cable modem and then the router.
(If your cable modem is ONLY USB, and doesn't have a spot to plug in a Ethernet Cable, you'll have to call Virgin and replace the modem with a model that does)
Once everything is up and running, you should be on the internet as soon as the computer starts.
(You may want to log into the router and disable the "Wireless" settings if you aren't using them to stop others from gaining entry to your network)
Yes! plugging it in on the Ethernet cable on the modem to the computer should get you online. If your not able to get online, you may want to check the following:
1. Make sure that the Ethernet adapter on the computer is enabled. If you can't find the Local Area Connection icon in your Network connections (control panel\network and sharing center), check if the network adapter is properly installed.
2. Some cable service providers require the MAC/Physical address of the Computer to get it online through the modem. If the old computer is working with the modem, you may want to contact your ISP and ask their assistance in getting you online using your new computer.