Re: Help ....I need to know what a PCI Ethernet Controller is

Re: Help ....I need to know what a PCI Ethernet Controller is


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Posted by Rob Chamberlin on December 31, 2002 at 18:50:28:

In Reply to: Re: Help ....I need to know what a PCI Ethernet Controller is posted by harit nandra on December 11, 2002 at 05:37:29:

Bubba is correct. The High Speed Ethernet Controller is the hardware device that links your computer with an Ethernet network.
The Hardware is called a Network Interface Card (NIC) and requires drivers which are (usually) supplied by the manufacturer.

The NIC can be identified by a 'Twist-Lock' connector for Coax (the original Ethernet) or a more usual RJ-45 connector (8 pin) for a network cable (Category 3 or 5) which attaches to a network hub.

If you don't use the network card, you can select the Disable box in your Hardware Devices properties listing.

If you want to use this device on a network, you will have to identify the NIC Manufacturer and obtain the PCI driver for it. Or you can keep using the Hardware Install Wizard to keep trying to blindly install a driver that works.

You didn't say what OS you are using, I am assuming Windows. Knowing the manufacturer will help you because you can search on the web for information on the card. PCI should not require you to do any settings, so once you get the right driver, it should self install, and you will see the device under the Network Adaptors Icon in Device Manager. You can then Remove the PCI Ethernet Controller from the ? Other devices Icon.
You will also have to configure the other network components to make your network connection fully operational.
Good Luck,
rob


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