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Chapter 5. Installing Your Network Hardw... > What Went Wrong: Your Quick Fix Refe...

What Went Wrong: Your Quick Fix Reference

Installing network adapters is not difficult, but you need to watch out for a few potential trouble spots. Here are some things you might encounter and what to do if you have these problems:

  • Network adapter drivers vary depending on the version of Windows that is in use. If you install a network adapter before its driver and find out that the driver needed to be installed first, open the Windows Control Panel and use the System icon to locate the network adapter. Right-click the adapter and choose Remove or Uninstall. Shut down your PC, remove the adapter, restart your computer, and then install the driver properly. Following this, shut down your computer and install the network adapter.

  • If you rush in and just pull the cables off the back of your PC, it's quite easy to be confused when you go to hook everything up after you finish installing a network adapter. Don't panic. Most of the cables are either color-coded or will fit only one of the jacks. One handy thing to remember is that your speakers plug into the green jack.

  • On some PCs, the expansion slot covers lack individual screws. If you open your PC but cannot see how to remove the expansion slot cover so that you can insert your PCI network adapter, look for a couple of thumbscrews on the back of the PC that are connected to a bracket that holds all the expansion slot covers in place. Loosening those thumbscrews allows the bracket to pivot so that you can remove the expansion slot cover and install the adapter.

  • If your PC won't acknowledge that you installed the new PCI network adapter and you're certain that you followed the proper order for the physical installation and driver installation, the network adapter might not be fully seated in the slot. Shut down your PC, open the cover, remove the screw holding the adapter in place, and reseat the adapter. Remember that both ends of the board must be fully seated into the PCI slot for the adapter to function.


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