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How do I replace a bad Eithernet port on Dell Inspiron 530S

by Darby / September 6, 2011 10:36 AM PDT

The built in eithernet port on my mom's Dell Inspiron 530S is not working. It was probably damaged by a power surge. I was told that this is connected to the mother board and it would be expensive to replace the original port. Instead I was told to buy a NIC card. I purchased a PCI card which I was told is the same thing, but it was the wrong size. Apparently, I have a low profile desktop. Can someone tell me the correct part to use?

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by VAPCMD / September 6, 2011 11:16 AM PDT
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Note on the low profile . . .
by Coryphaeus / September 6, 2011 11:42 PM PDT

The front mounting bracket is probably what is too tall. Just unscrew it and remove it.

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I went one step better.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2011 1:18 AM PDT

I took it to the vise and bent it at the right spot, cut it to size, drilled a new mounting hole.

You can't have too many electric drills.

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Electric drills and computers . . .
by Coryphaeus / September 7, 2011 10:33 PM PDT
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(NT) Good job!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2011 6:19 AM PDT
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