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Red X for Network Connection Dell 8100

Have red x for network connection for Dell 8100 Inspiron laptop. Indicates media disconnected but cable verified good, router ports good, reinstalled right drivers and turned off firewall setting. Any ideas. Could the combo NIC be bad?? When I run ipconfig /all it states media disconnected.

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Either the port in your computer or the port in the router is bad. Your drivers are in and working or you wouldn't get the little computer impage in the task bar with the red X. If the cable is good then you would connect with the router. There is a length limit if this is a custom made cable. If it is over 100 feet it might not read properly. If it is a home made cable and you don't have the wires in properly it can read good but not work. Otherwise one of your sockets is bad. Inside the sockets are individual wires than hang down and come into contact with the contact strips on the cable. If those wires are bent up too much or bent sideways where they don't contact the right strip that can cause it not to work. Also any clothing, garbage, paper, gum or large foreign particles found in the socket are bad. Hope this helps.

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