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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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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