Before you power-down your PC to install the
network card, have to prepared properly
- you decided on the cabling
type and purchased the proper cables ?
- you decided on the name
of the computer and workgroup and the protocol to be used ?
- you made sure to have all required CD-ROM's and/or floppy disks ?
- you did check your current
Network Configuration ?
If not, please do it now !
A good preparation is important and will save you time later.
Before installing the network card,
some advise on handling it:
Did this ever happen
to you ? you are touching something (like the handle on a door)
a spark is jumping from your hand to the handle ?
This is called "static
electricity" and it can damage computer
when walking on certain type of carpets and/or when cloth is
moving on non-isolating materials,
there can be a build-up of static electricity. The voltage can be
very high (otherwise it could not
cause a spark to jump through air) but luckily the amount of the
charge is very low, so that is only
a minimal power-flow from your hand, just giving you a small
But such a spark would be very dangerous to the high-density
chips on modern computer boards,
it can destroy them !
|I remember very well in the early days
of computers, that Service Engineers had special
bracelet , to connect them to a metal part of the
computer, to "ground" themselves to
dis-charge any static electricity (I have not seen these
for years, we have become a little
"sloppy" with handling computer components, but
the danger still exists !)
To protect cards against this "static
electricity", they are usually delivered in a plastic bag.
When taking the card out from the plastic bag to install it in a
- first touch a metal-part on your computer to dis-charge any
- do NOT touch the chips on the board with your fingers !
- please touch the board ONLY at the metal-part with the
- when having to push the card into a slot of the PC, use you
thumb to press on the top edge .
There are different procedures for
Desktop-computers (where you have to open the cover to
install a new card) and notebook-computers:
||This is easy:
just locate the PC-Card /PCMCIA-Card slots
(usually on the left or right side of the notebook)
and insert the card !
to my knowledge it needs to be done while the
notebook is powered on, so that Windows detects the
insertion of the card and installs/activates the proper
DISCLAIMER: This information is provided to
use on your own risk, I am not reliable for any damage,
which may occur.
Windows will detect the new card and start installing the drivers.
||PCI Network cards in a
- shutdown Windows, power-down your system
- disconnect the power-cord ( let's play it save to
avoid any accident ! )
- take off the cover of your computer
||Have a look inside your
these long connectors are called slots.
On today's modern PC's, there is most probably only
1 or 2 of the old ISA-slots (and on some PC's: no ISA
(most PC's use black connectors
for ISA slots, as in the picture on the left)
Since ISA-network cards have more-or-less disappeared
the market, I am now assuming that you have a PCI-slot
network card (most PC's use
white connectors for PCI slots)
||for the selected slot:
remove the Slot cover
||Slide the network card
inside the slot, make sure
it is seated properly by
applying carefully some
||put the cover back on
then connect the network cable:
- plug in the Twisted-pair
- connect the coax-cable via
- re-connect the power-cord
You are ready to power-on your system for Windows to detect the
new network board