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Desereck Creeggan

Troubleshooting

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So my computer took a shitter approximately November 2011. Since then I haven't really figured out how to fix it. My Ethernet driver shows a Code 10 or Device Cannot Start error essentially meaning it shorted and is D.E.A.D. Can't remove the port since it's connected directly to the motherboard.

I stumbled across a network card by chance and tried to plug it in, it's a Cogent EM110 TX PCI fast Ethernet card. Only issue is that it seems to be several... decades out of date, with Cogent being absorbed into Adaptec. I tried installing an Adaptec universal driver software onto a USB then transferring it, but got presented with an Win 7 incompatibility issue. Tried running in compatibility mode to no avail.

Any suggestions? Should I just trash my Mobo or attempt to try another network card?

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You could get a USB wireless adapter they can go for under $10, and they will come with a driver disk usually. Its not as good as a wired connection, but its better than a dead NIC.

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They even have USB wired adapters. Died in 2011, but how old is it?

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Hello for the first time on a desktop in two years! Picked up a wireless but on second thought should have got a wired. This will last me until I can get back into town however.


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Boot from a linux live cd, if it works in there its windows, if it doesn't work in there its hardware >.>


That way you can test 'will formatting help' without actually formatting. Just don't install the live linux to HD :P


 


Also those things have an off button in the bios, occasionally windows will still see it but then it wont worky.


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