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Ethernet Port Trouble

HI, I have a Dell GX260 computer been rebooted a few times, I tried to connect an ethernet cable but it doesn't show as a working or recognizable although the LED lights do switch on at the back of the computer..

I am trying to connect to a network and my internet. The ethernet wire definitely works and so does the router and modem.

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Install the drivers from here: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz&&SystemID=PLX_PNT_P4_GX260&os=WW1&osl=en&servicetag=&catid=&impid=

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