Installed XP and tried to connect DSL but the Ethernet card I think is too old for XP because in "System/Device Manager" there is a yellow exclamation mark. I tried to re-install the drivers but the computer looks for it but does not find the drivers. Therefore, I am assuming that I need to buy an Ethernet card that will work with this computer. I did run XP compatibility test but I do not remember which components were listed as incompatible. Do you know of an Ethernet card that will work in the Presario 5BW284 computer? Do you know of any issues or hardware that needs to be updated after installing XP? Want to add memory so do you know of any memory that works in this computer?
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You have a wired ethernet card (not wireless). You need to plug the ethernet cable into the card. An ethernet cable, also known as an RJ45 cable because its ends are RJ45, looks like a fat phone plug. Phone cords have 6 copper conductors while an RJ45 has 8. You plug one end into your ISP's hardware, which is probably a cable modem or a DSL modem. Plug the other end into the back of your computer. When you plug in the second end, both computer and modem should get a green light to show the cable is connected. If you don't get green lights, try another cable. These cables sell online for $2 to $10 based on length and run from 1 foot to 300 feet. Make sure your control_panel => network => adapter settings are set to "obtain IP address".
I hope that gets you further. Its a very vague and early stage you are at.
first: there's no specific network card you should get, although you probably may want to make sure you get one that support fast ethernet and gigabit ethernet. make sure also is pci card (most of them are), the other part depends on your budget, netgear, linksys, dlinks are all great brands but the one you pick doesn't have to be. check some options here
this is how to install a nic card (network adapter / network card)
Installing Network Card
First step is to read the users guide and familiarize yourself with the new card.
Power down PC and remove the AC power cord.
Open the computer case.
Find an available Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) slot on the motherboard and remove slot insert if one exists.
Carefully remove the network card from its static-proof plastic envelope, and slide it into the slot.
Seat the card in the slot firmly with gentle pressure along the length of the card, especially right about the slot itself.
Snugly, screw the card to the computer frame, but do not over tighten.
Close the computer case.
Plug your computer in and power it up.
2Follow this procedure to verify Windows XP recognizes the new card.
Click Start, then click Control Panel.
In Category View (vs. Classic View) click Performance and Maintenance.
Click "System" icon at bottom of window.
Click the Hardware tab.
Click the Device Manager button.
Double-click Network Adapters.
Beneath it should appear the name of your Ethernet card.
Next, double click the name of your Ethernet adapter.
If the text in the "Device Status" box says "This device is working
properly.", then you successfully installed the card and are finished.
If the text in the "Device status" box doesn't say "This device is
working properly.", then write down on a piece of paper what it says
and continue with next step.
I bet you are using the phone modem that canme in your machine. You need to connect the Network card ( Ethernet Card) and make sure the drivers are working. Find it is System, Hardware, device manager, look for ethernet.
Connection icon and see if the netcard driver is installed.Connect the cat5 cable that was sent to you with the DSL modem box. It chould be a yellow cable... It only fits one way and in a maked plug on the DSL modem and into the network card in the computer. Everything there after should go automatically.
According your problem it seems to be your try to install faulty Network card. So better is check with new good card.another possibility is some time pci slots fail to recognise a hardware, so try it with another pci slots of mother board.According to you onboard network card is dead, means motherboard fails to work when connect to a network,after successfull installation of network card also the possibility of motheboard not allow you to work with new network card ,same situation may arise,i am also managed same problems in several customer place while working as an computer hardware engineer.So try with new network card it may solve your problem
Are you trying to hook up the laptop wirelessly to the pc? because then the pc would need to have a wireless card as well....sounds like I need more info, but if you are trying to do what I think you are, you should just get a wireless router instead, hook the pc tower directly to it via ethernet cable, and then setup the laptop to connect to the router. The router would hook to your dsl or cable router....what service do you have?
take the side of the computer off and look for the model number on your motherboard. you need to know if your using a network card or if its onboard Lan. if everything you need is onboard all you need to do is search your motherboard number on the internet and download the drivers. you need can select what you need, sound, lan etc. your goning to have to use a friends pc so you can download these files. when your Lan is installed go to the microsoft webpage and get the latest updates, that will solve the usb in your device manager