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Chapter 21. Instant Networking > Installing Network Adapters

Installing Network Adapters

I've made this point before, but it's worth repeating: Before you purchase a network card, be sure to check the Windows 2000 Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). You should purchase cards that appear on the HCL or that are marked by the manufacturer certifying their compatibility with Windows 2000. You can find the HCL at http://www.microsoft.com/hcl.

If your adapter was already installed when you set up Windows 2000, it may already be ready to go, in which case you can skip this section and jump down to "Wiring a Computer to an Existing LAN." Follow these steps to see whether the adapter is already set up:


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