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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 message like:
"PCI Ethernet Card detected" and then it depends, whether your version of Windows knows
already the type of network card:

Windows identified the Network card
an has a driver for it in its own library:

it will start installing immediately the driver and
other network components (if the
Windows
setup-files are NOT stored on your disk
,
it will
prompt you for the Windows CD-ROM)


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 "Copying Files",
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 been
installed and is properly working:

In the "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" Applet
select the tab: "Hardware",
then click in the section
"Device Manager" on the
button "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
via right-click the "Properties"
tab: General

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.

However, if the "Device status" shows anythink like:

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 ? )


Next Step: Adjust the Network Configuration for Windows 95/98/ME
  Adjust the Network Configuration for Windows2000 / XP

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