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Ethernet card ID

by gobraves97 / October 9, 2009 6:20 PM PDT

I'm looking for a driver download for my ethernet card but don't know what to look for. Typing "ethernet driver" doesn't do it so my question is what are ethernet cards known as technically?

Belarc says none detected under Network Drives. I just don't know what to look for to see if a card is in here at all. If not Belarc, what steps do I take to see if there is an ethernet card so I can use external hardware?

OS Windows 2000
Cybernet Elite-II Zero Footprint PC

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You look for it with your own eyes
by Steven Haninger / October 9, 2009 8:07 PM PDT
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View the back of the PC. You'll see all of the connectors. The Ethernet card port will resemble a modular telephone jack but will have 8 connections instead of 6. If your MB contains the port, you'll find it along it's vertical (or horizontal if a desktop model) edge. If it's an add in card, it will occupy one of the card edge slots. If you find a port on the MB but it's not visible through Belarc or Windows hardware Device Manager, there's a possibility that it's not enabled in the BIOS. You'd need to enter the BIOS and look for something about "on board devices". You can also look in, as mentioned, Device Manager. If the port is detected but disabled. It will show a red X. You can try to enable it there. But, if you find no physical port on the back of the PC, you don't have a network interface card and will need to purchase one.

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My eyes don't know what to look for
by gobraves97 / October 9, 2009 9:07 PM PDT

The port is there---I know what that looks like. It's the technical name I'm unfamiliar with. It won't say ethernet card in BIOS, it'll have 3-letter terms I'm unfamiliar with. What should I look for under Belarc to see if one is detected? Will it still detect one even if the driver isn't installed? Long story short, what am I looking for on the screen to see if one is even installed? Again, the port is there---it just doesn't work.

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It's called a . . .
by Coryphaeus / October 9, 2009 10:07 PM PDT

NIC, Network Interface Card.

Does it show up in Device Manager under Network Adapters? The address you're looking for is the MAC, Media Access Control. It's the address in Hexadecimal of that specific card.

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Is this the (ZPC4050)?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2009 10:26 PM PDT
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