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My laptop crashed, so I installed Windows Vista, where I had previously been running XP. My problem is: the internet won't work hard wired. I can pick up a wireless signal, but prefer the hard wire... did I do something wrong when reinstalling??

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  • bonavistaess Nov 12, 2009

    THE DRIVERS ARE THERE, IT SEEMS TO JUST NOT RECOGNIZED IT

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Go to your device manager and check the driver of your network card. An x mark r an exclamation point means it needs drivers. Make sure you install the drivers from the Drivers Cd that came with you're DELL or you can download drivers at www.support.dell.com

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