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ethernet adapter but no ethernet card?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by stephen820, May 26, 2003.

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  1. stephen820

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    Control panel lists "HP EN1207D-TX PCI fast ethernet adaptor" installed but my machine has no ethernet card--only a phone modem card (working fine). I need ethernet for DSL. I thought "adaptor" meant "card." What's up? Thanks.
     
  2. ridgerunner

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    It is probably on the motherboard. check next to you usb jacks on the back of the computer and see if there is one that is larger than the usb. if so it will it.
     
  3. rockinmale

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    I agree as well. It has a built in ethernet on the motherboard. It should be on the back panel next to the sound jacks. It looks like a phone line jack, but its a bit bigger than a RJ11(telephone connector). That's where you plug in your RJ45 (CAT 5) cable.
     
  4. JustMe2

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    Stephen820,
    I'll post my 2 bits here also.
    You've got a Hewlett Packard. What model?? I've got a old Pavilion 6630. It also had the same ethernet listed in network properties, along with netbeui and tcp/ip for the ethernet adapter. But, lo and behold, there is no nic card in the machine. (except the one that I put in) I've never even taken the time to figure that one out, but it's there.
    And no, there is nothing hiding on the board, either. Go figure.
    JustMe2
     
  5. stephen820

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    Thanks all. JustMe2 is right: there really is no ethernet jack on my machine. And, kudos to HP's customer support for a quick response, HP confirms that my machine shipped without one.

    HP's tech explains: "Sometimes, Windows operating system will install a standard network card by installing the drivers for the virtual card that is not present." This is a little confusing but I'm guessing it means: Windows 98se's default installation at HP assumed a network-ready machine so it automatically installed the drivers for the card that would have been on that machine if it had shipped with one.

    Stephen
     
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