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Not connecting to Internet

Dell 4600, integerated LAN connection. I tried a new cable nothing changed. I connected a different computer to the Hughes Sat modem and the LAN light on the modem light up and I connected to the Internet OK. I used the old and new cables with the second computer and both worked OK.

With the Dell, the LAN light on the modem did not come on.

What or how can i replace/by-pass the integerated LAN on the dell?

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It is really rare, but it happens that the NIC (Network Interface Card) dies. Fortunately that is not a big deal, since you can buy one very cheap at your local computer store. or here.
(Don't let them sell you a Gigabit Ethernet card, that would be overkill. A 10/100 Mbps will just do fine!)

First - if you don't have one - download a manual here.
Look at page 55 onward how to open your computer and how to add a card to the PCI slot.

This is not complicated at all, even if you have never done this.
Just make sure that you unplugged the power cord before you start.
Try not to touch anything on the motherboard or the golden contacts on the card. (Hold it on the plastic side.) Make sure it is sitting tight in the slot - push it gently down.

If you run into any trouble, just come back here and I am happy to guide you through the process.

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You will need to get a wireless router

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The Nic on the main board sounds like it went bad. You can purchase a pci nic card at best buy or so install that and it should be good to go.

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