This computer's original OS was Windows XP. Check with the Intel Website (www.Intel.com
) to see if there is an updated driver for the Ethernet Card and Chipset for the Intel Pro/100 Ethernet Driver for Windows 7. Intel has a utility you can run (follow the instructions) which will detect all your Intel Chipset hardware and provide you with updated driver information. If there is no Windows 7 driver, try using these steps to correct the issue: 1) download the most current ethernet driver from Intel and save to a folder. 2) Once the download is complete, locate the file and right click on it, click on "Properties" 3) select the Compatibility tab and set the options to run the program in Compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 2. 4) A little farther down in the windows, check the box that says "Run as Administrator" 5) apply the settings and close the properties box. 6) double click the the driver file to activate its install. Follow directions and see if this helps your issue. You may need to remove the originial driver files first. To do this, Go to the Device Manager in the control panel from the start menu, Find your Ethernet adapter in the Network Adapters hardware list, right click and select "uninstall" and check the box to remove the driver files, then click okay - then reboot the machine, the run the new driver file you downloaded from Intel in compatibility mode per my previous instructions. If this doesn't solve your issue, I recommend installing a new network card that is compatible with Windows 7. Its an easy install and shouldn't cost you very much . . . less that $25.00 and should take only about 15 minutes to install. Here is a link to Netgear and their Windows 7 compatible hardware Ethernet card for about $19.00. http://www.netgear.com/Products/Adapters/WiredAdapters/FA311.aspx
Your local Wal-Mart or Target will probably have these and other brands in stock.
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