If indicates not working properly, maybe you should reinstall the driver.
In any case, if you need to buy a NIC, it's very inexpensive ($10-$15).
A while ago I was having trouble with my computer shutting down while on the internet. First the monitor would go blank and I couldn't do anything, then about 2 minutes later the whole computer would shut down. So I put it away for a while and was using my really old busted up monster of a computer. Today I decided to plug it in and play around with it. Except I lost all conection to the internet. I called my DSL provider who took me through a series of tests. I should mention here that it wouldn't connect to the interent because of a bad IP address, and it wouldn't renew. After all of the tests, my dsl provider determined that it was not on their end, but my NIC card was not communicating (sorry if that is spelled wrong). What does this mean? I have to get a new NIC card? Or is there an easy fix? The computer is a Systemax, running on XP. Thanks so much for your time.