This is a PCI Network Card. It plugs into a PCI expansion slot on your computer. You will need to install the drivers for this network card to work properly.
How to install a network card
Some newer computers come with network interfaces built in - your
machine carefully for a socket that looks like a large telephone
socket with a
next to it. These are sometimes hidden behind a
flap or on the corner of your laptop next to the modem socket.
If you haven't got a network interface already on your machine
you will have to install a network interface card. These are
available to buy from the IT Service Desk.
- USB Adaptors simply plug into a USB port.
- PCMCIA Cards for laptops slot in a free PCMCIA slot on the
side of your machine.
- PCI Cards are a bit more fiddly and require you to open up your
- We advise that you use a USB adaptor for ease of installation
Instructions on how to fit a PCI network interface card.
- Shut down Windows and then turn the computer off and unplug it. Never
work in your computer's insides with the power on or the power cord plugged
the cover from your computer. There are normally a number of screws on
the outside of the case to remove. Put the screws someplace where they
won't wander off.
- Find an unused expansion slot inside the computer.
The expansion slots are lined up in a neat row near the back of the computer.
All new computers have at least three or four slots known as PCI slots.
- Many older computers also have several slots known as ISA slots. You can
distinguish ISA slots from PCI slots by noting the size of the slots. PCI
slots are smaller than ISA slots, so you can't accidentally insert a PCI card
in an ISA slot or vice versa. Figure 2 shows the different types of slots. PCI slots are white, ISA slots are black
- When you find the right type of slot that doesn't have a card
in it, remove the metal backplate from the back of the computer's
chassis. A small retaining screw holds the backplate in
place. Remove the screw, pull the backplate out, keep it in a safe
place in case you ever want to remove the network card.
- Insert the network card into the slot.
Line up the connectors on the bottom of the card with the connectors in the
expansion slot, and then press the card straight down. Sometimes you have to
press uncomfortably hard to get the card to slide into the slot.
- Ignored the little cable that came with the card, you can
chuck this in the bin. It is a Wake-On-LAN connector and isn't
required for your card to work.
- Secure the network card with the screw that you removed in Step 4.
- Put the computer's case back together.
Watch out for the loose cables inside the computer; you don't want to pinch
them with the case as you slide it back on. Secure the case with the screws
that you removed in Step 2.
- Turn the computer back on.
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