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Ethernet Cable Input Problem


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#1 Jets2112

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 08:49 PM

So a few days ago just before i left college I noticed I couldn't connect via my ethernet cable. I brushed it off because my neighbor has wireless and I was leaving in a few days so I used his wireless.

Now a few days later I'm home and reminded of my problem. So nothing is different except I have no connection. When i put the ethernet cable into the back of the laptop, An orange/red light glows out of the input instead of the usual green. I can't remember changing anything at all.

So I have a Dell Inspiron E1505 and Windows XP.
The great Dell Tech support won't help me because my warranty has expired.

Any help at all is massively appreciated.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:19 AM

Hi Jets2112.
First couple of places you'll want to start with are your bios settings and device manager.
Press F2 from a cold boot to enter setup. Make sure your onboard\integrated NIC is enabled.
If you're good there, boot to windows and check the network adapters section of device manager for conflicts.
If you need the drivers for it, they are here under "network".
Let us know.

#3 Jets2112

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 06:01 PM

i have no idea what the device manager is, but going to network connections i saw my highspeed/lan connection was disabled. re-enabled it and now im good.

if you have any idea now, this is a long shot.
completely unrelated to my internet problem, i dropped my laptop about four feet probably five months ago. i have a sneaking suspicion it damaged my soundcard as now i have no volume. rather, my laptops speakers dont work. is there anywhere like setup i can go make sure it really is the soundcard that i bleeped up?

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 06:04 PM

i know this kind of breaks the rule of "one thread one problem" idea so np if you dont know or dont feel like answering or would rather me make a new thread. its not a big deal ive just been curious for a while.

sorry about the seemingly stupid problem, i had thought i checked that about three times. and thank you.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 06:33 PM

Device Manager Expand all of the +'s and look for yellow exclamation points that indicate the problem areas
Here's the link for the sound driver. Install instructions are at the bottom of the page
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:41 PM

if theres no exclamation points and the sound driver is installed its safe to assume i bleeped up the sound card?




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