How to verify your Network card is working properly

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 14 Oct. 2001 / Last Updated on 14 Oct. 2001]

Since Windows XP does not support anymore any ISA Non-Plug & Play Network adapters,
Windows XP is able to detect automatically the settings/configuration of ISA Plug & Play and
PCI network adapters.

Before using network adapters, I suggest to check that the network adapter has be properly
identified and is working.

In the Control-Panel, select the
System icon:

(or right-click "My Computer" on the desktop
and select Properties)

Select the tab: "Hardware" and then
use in the section "Device Manager"
(middle of the dialogbox) the button
"Device Manager"
In the Device-Manager, expand the
section for Network Adapters :

right-click on your network adapter and
select to display the "Properties"
Tab : General

Make sure, that the "Device status" is:
"This device is working properly".

if not, use the button "troubleshooting"
tab: Advanced

Some network adapters allow to configure
the connector to be used (in case of
Combo adapters), and whether to use
on Twisted Pair (TP) cabling
"Full Duplex" (= receive and transmit
at the same time) or "Half Duplex"
(= receive OR transmit at a given time)
tab : Driver

In case that Windows has problems using
the driver, you can download from the
manufacturer of the network adapter
a new driver, which you can use then
to "Update"

Tab: Resources

Under "Resource Settings", you will
see the I/O-range and IRQ used/assigned
by this component.

For PCI network cards, it is not
possible to change the resources
(I/O-range and IRQ ), but for
ISA Plug & Play card you can assign
different settings (if you need to resolve
a resource issue, but that should not be required,
this should only be done by real experts )

You are now ready to check the Network Configuration :
Home Edition
Professional Edition.

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