Installation of Network Card Driver
||On a Windows 2000 / XP system, you
need to logon as "Administrator" for this step.
Once you installed a new network card (PC-card/PCMCIA in a
notebook or PCI-card in a
desktop), Windows will detect the card , it will first display a
"PCI Ethernet Card detected" and then it depends,
whether your version of Windows knows
already the type of network card:
Windows could NOT identify the network card and does
NOT have a driver for it:
You are prompted to provide the floppy disk/CD-ROM
provided by the manufacturer of the
network card. Please verify the path in "Copy
manufacturer's files from" to point to the
location of the
network drivers. If your Windows
Setup-files are NOT stored on the harddisk,
you will also be prompted for the Windows CD-ROM:
Insert your CD-ROM, wait a few seconds (to allow the CD-ROM to
spin up) and then click OK.
||If you get the window
then you need to verify, that the path for
"Copy files from" is
correct and pointing
to the location of the Windows SETUP-files
(either on the CD-ROM or on your harddisk).
You will also get this message when inserting
the Windows Setup CD-ROM and you clicked
too quickly on OK, the CD-ROM drive was not
yet ready, click again on "OK".
Once Windows has copied the files, you will be
prompted to restart your system:
Please, select "Yes", otherwise the network drivers
will not be loaded and become activ.
Once the system has
rebooted, check that the device driver for the network card has
installed and is properly working:
"Control-Panel", start the
"System" Applet, select the
tab: "Device Manager":
Look at "Network Adapters", click on the "+"
to display all installed adapters:
- does it show as symbol the ?
- display for the Network card the "Properties"
- does it show as "Device status ": "This device
is working properly" ?
If there is no yellow mark or red-cross on the adapter icon and
if the device is listed as
"working properly", you are ready to continue to configure your network.
||In the "Control-Panel":
start the "System"
||select the tab: "Hardware",
then click in the section
"Device Manager" on the
button "Device Manager":
||Look at "Network
click on the "+" to display all
- does it show as symbol the
- display for the Network card
via right-click the "Properties"
does it show as "Device status ":
"This device is working properly" ?
If there is no yellow mark or
red-cross on the adapter icon
and if the device is listed as
"working properly", you are ready
to continue to
However, if the "Device status" shows
then you need to start Trouble-Shooting the Device-Manager problem :
- verify the error code (see Device Manager Codes ).
Depending on the error-code, it may help to install the
PCI-network card in a different PCI-slot,
or you need to install a newer driver for the network card
(remember my remarks on Decide on Brand of Network card