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Integrated 10/100 nic card problems

The nic card in my 5160 doesn't stay connected. I keep getting the meaage "A Network cable is unplugged" If I wiggle it a bit it will connect, but then go back out. I tried several differnt CAT5E cables with the same result, so I feel I pretty much ruled out a bad cable. I have a wireless USB adaptor that I can use at home, but we don't have wireless at the office. Can the card be replaced with a combo 10/100 wireless?

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  • KenInCT Jul 15, 2008

    Where is the best place to get the wireless/combo card?

  • KenInCT Jul 16, 2008

    Thanks. One other question:are these wireless/combo cards normally USB adapter types or will it actually physically replace the bad 10/100 in my 5160?


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The card has developed a loose connector, it's just worn, it happens and is fairly common with these, and there nothing you can do about it, other than replace the card, and yes you can replace it with a 10/100 wireless/combo. Just remember to uninstall the drivers for the old card prior to installing the new card in order to keep from having a conflict. That is, if there are drivers, a majority of these cards are plug and play. With the wireless/combo there will be drivers.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008

  • Ryan Rogers
    Ryan Rogers Jul 15, 2008

    Walmart has a good selection of wireless cards, but I'm not sure they carry the combo card. Bestbuy does, but they will be more expensive. If you don't mind waiting a couple of days, you can also check online and probably get the best deal, try

  • Ryan Rogers
    Ryan Rogers Jul 16, 2008

    The ones I've been talking about are either a bus or usb port card. If you want to replace the internal card I suggest pulling the card to get the make and model, then check Ebay. I get all my internal cards from Ebay. I find that there are generally several good working cards that have been pulled from nonworking machines at very reasonable prices.


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