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Is there a way to verify that my computer ethernet port is active?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hhannam, Sep 14, 2008.

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  1. hhannam

    hhannam Thread Starter

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    Before some wise--- tells me to plug something into it and see if it works......I don't have an ethernet cable (yet!), but I just re-assembled a custom built computer and had some problems with my Internet cable connection on attempting hookup. It turned out that the problem was not with my USB hookup, but with my Zone Alarm firewall program, but in the interim I spoke with someone at Comcast tech support who advised me to get an ethernet cable modem connection rather than the USB connection. He claims it's about 10% faster anyhow.

    While my motherboard/computer has an ethernet port, I don't have enough basic technical knowledge to know whether that port is automatically functional or whether I have to install software/drivers to make it work with my cable modem (and the Comcast tech support rep didn't know either)

    I'd appreciate it if someone could inform me of any way that I could detect or determine if that ethernet port is currently active/functional such as by going into the device manager or something of that nature, before I go running off to buy an ethernet cable :(
     
  2. Hughv

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    In Device manager, look under Network adapters to see if an adapter is listed. No list, or yellow marks indicates a problem. In most cases you'll get an LCD light to indicate the port is active when you plug in the cable.
    The tech is right about increased speed.
     
  3. hhannam

    hhannam Thread Starter

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    Appreciate your quick reply...I took a quick snapshot of my device manager's network adapter list to show you. Notice that both the adapter's controllers are "X'd" out. I suppose I could find out how to activate them or do you know?....Perhaps they'd activate automatically if I plugged in an ethernet cord?

    Thanks muchos even if you don't have time for a second reply... :D
     

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    The "X" means they are disabled.
    Just right-click, "enable".
     
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