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Invisible Network Card?!?

I was connected to the internet via my DSL modem a few days ago and everything was working fine. However, today all of a sudden my internet does not work. I was trying to determine the cause of the issue and got an error message that my computer does not have a network card (which it obviously does as it's on the mobo). I checked device manager and do not see a network card listed (but it does show my 1394 card). I don't know if my network card is damaged? or maybe it's got some sort of driver issue? (although I ran the new hardware wizard and it did not find any new hardware). Any suggestions are greatly appreciated (OS = XP Media).

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    Rob Eamer Jul 05, 2007

    Unfortunately, this did not work... it was enabled in the BIOS, but not present at all in device manager. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the onboard NIC might be toast... although it's cheap to buy a new one.



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There must be a motherboard failure at the network adapter, because if there is non showing, even with an exclamation mark then there is according to XP no network adapter fitted. Go into the bios (press F2 or Del on start up) and when in the cmos settings, go to advanced and look at the harware menu; and in there should be your onboard network adapter listed as either enabled or dissabled, if dissabled enable it, if not showing at all then there is a motherboard fault, as even if the motherboard driver wasnt working XP's own default driver would see it. all is not lost though because if you don't see it listed in the bios you can fit a PCI ethernet card very easily and cheaply which will fit in one of your spare PCI slots. See below.

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