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How to turn ethernet controller back on ?

How to turn ethernet controller back on , doesnt show up on device manager. computer is a dell 9100 uses xp pro and when you hook up 10/100 pc card it works fine

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  • racin_rowdy Oct 07, 2009

    went and hit F2 and did not see ethernet controller but did see NIC at boot up that the same ?

  • racin_rowdy Oct 07, 2009

    went and hit F2 and did not see ethernet controller but did see NIC at boot up that the same ?

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Go into the bios (F2 on powerup) and under Ethernet Adapter, Make sure it says enebled.

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