Installed Vista on my Inspiron 8200. Now I can't connect to the ethernet. I suspect the NIC isn't working. I figure I need to reinstall the drivers but the device manager doesn't list the the name or company for the NIC. I can connect to my cable modem but I want to be able to use ethernet/ wireless card.
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The MAC address is the physical address your computer's Ethernet card or network interface card (NIC) uses to identify itself to other computers and devices on your network. There are different ways to find your Ethernet card's MAC address, depending on what operating system and programs you have installed. Since most Windows-based computers have access to the MS-DOS command prompt, using DOS to find your MAC address is one standard way to do it.
There are a couple of different tools you can use in MS-DOS to find your MAC address. All of them requiring opening a command prompt window, which you can do by typing "cmd" into the Run bar on the Start menu (or in Windows Vista or 7, you can type it into the Search bar instead).
Getmac is a utility that is included on Windows Vista computers and on newer Windows XP systems. Typing "getmac" by itself on a command line will return the MAC addresses of any NICs that you have installed in your computer. (If you have an Ethernet NIC and a wireless NIC, for example, Getmac will list the MAC addresses for both of them.)
Ipconfig is a command that will display your IP address if you are currently connected to a network. However, by adding the "/all" switch to it, you can also see your MAC address, as well as many other configuration settings. Type "ipconfig /all" and look for the line labeled "Physical Address." If you have more than one NIC, the MAC address for each NIC will be displayed separately.
Easiest way would be to use a seperate computer and download the drivers onto a usb stick and use that to install the drivers. You can't download straight to your computer since your Internet won't work (Ethernet Controller isn't installed) You can also burn a CD if a USB doesn't work.
You can get the drivers from here. http://driverscollection.com/?H=Aspire%20X1300&By=ACER&SS=Windows%20Vista
Realtek LAN DriverThis is the Type which is installed on your PC Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family PCI Gigabit Ethernet NIC Realtek RTL8168/8111 Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC Realtek RTL8101 Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet NIC
For Vista 32-bit Click Here to Download the driver For Vista 64-bit Click Here These links are From Official Compaq site.Unfortunately there are is no download option for XP and Windows 7 on Compaq site. so use the below link directly from Realtek Click Here Try this firstif this driver don't work use this it should get installed- Realtek Official site Choose Windows and Download the appropriate one according to your operating system. Here you have for all versions of windows.
I hope the following information is helpful.
If you are trying to install the driver for the Broadcom ethernet NIC that was pre-installed (NOT an ethernet card that you purchased and installed yourself), there is a softpack (updated driver installation) download available from HP/Compaq. It will install the driver automatically for you, just download it from the link below and run the ".exe" file.
IMPORTANT: Check to be sure that your current Operating System, and model of the network device you are trying to install, are BOTH listed below BEFORE you download!
This is a software / driver update for the HP Compaq d530 ultra-slim desktop: All Models Supported network devices: BCM5906MBroadcom 10/100/1000 5782 based NICBroadcom 570x 10/100 Integrated controllerBroadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet 5782Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet PCI-ExpressNetXtreme(tm) 10/100/1000 Gb NIC Supported Operating Systems:Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Starter 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 EditionINSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Download the file by clicking the "Download" or "Obtain Software" button and
saving the file to a folder on your hard drive (make a note of the folder where
the downloaded file is saved).
2. Double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions.LINK where file can be downloaded:HP/Compaq Support-Broadcom Driver download Again, I hope this information is what you neededto install your network device. Should this not answer your question, please come back, provide more details of your problem, and we will be happy to help!Best of luck to you!
go to device manager and find the network card check whether the driver is installed or not, if the driver is installed properly then use genius driver professional or cobra driver pack to get the updated drivers
There should not be any problem with you buying your own PCI ethernet card and install it yourself. They are not that expensive. www.newegg.com has on for only $7.99 and it will work fine in your computer. It does not need to be from Dell.
can you connect using wireless? if so you need to go to the dell site and download the latest drivers for your ethernet card, you can also go to control panel>system>device manager, and see if the drivers are installed
Check for the pins inside the integrated NIC to check if the pins are bent / disfigured. Does not look like the additional card is making any different, looks more like a moving NIC cable is makin the difference.