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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tomisafish, Aug 21, 2009.

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  1. tomisafish

    tomisafish Thread Starter

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    Whenever i start up my computer the first thing it says is "NIC Failure". After a few moment it starts up normally. This isn't a big problem but i was wondering what it means and if there is a way to fix it.
     
  2. Curly

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    It means that your Network Interface Card has failed. If it really has failed -- no, there is no way to fix it.
     
  3. tomisafish

    tomisafish Thread Starter

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    ok thanks. What exactly does it do though?:confused:
     
  4. SUEOHIO

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    it gives u a connection so u can be on the internet. without it u will not be connected.how do u connect to the internet? do u have a card that u slide into the computer if its a laptop such as netgear, linksys, etc?or do u connect thru a wireless router or highspeed modem?if its an external card that slides in say if its a laptop if the lights arent lit the card isnt working anymore or u might have to reinstall the drivers for the card. if it needs replaced they arent that expensive to do so. hope this helps u.
     
  5. tomisafish

    tomisafish Thread Starter

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    I connect through a wireless router. Does this mean i dont need to worry about the NIC card?
     
  6. pedroguy

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    As stated above.You need some kind of network interface card to connect to the internet.Wireless or ethernet.
    The NIC communicates with the router or modem.
     
  7. tomisafish

    tomisafish Thread Starter

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    But I can connect to the internet. Does this mean the NIC is not broken?
     
  8. techkid

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    More than likely, it would be your wired NIC that is kaput. Check your Device Manager (right-click My Computer > Manage... > Device Manager), to see if it being recognised at all (look for any device with a red X, or a yellow triangle with a black exclamation mark (!) next to it).

    If it is happening before Windows actually loads, then the only cure is to either disable the NIC in the BIOS (you should have an option when you startup your computer "Press <F2> (or some other key/ key combination) to enter Setup. Look for an option like "Onboard LAN Controller"), or to replace the motherboard.

    Did you add any new hardware recently, or experience a power surge/outage at your house?
     
  9. tomisafish

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    Ok, thanks.
     
  10. techkid

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    What turned out to be the problem, just out of interest?
     
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