For more than a year, I have been unable to connect a router to my computer using an ethernet cable because when I look at the state of the cable network adapter it reports "Network cable unplugged".
The cable isn't unplugged and I have tried four different cables, but Windows still reports that the cable is unplugged. I have also tried connecting to two different routers with the same outcome. So the problem seems to be with the computer (HP desktop). When I look at the state of the cable network adapter (Realtek PCIe) it reports "This device is working properly". I have found this matter reported on several sites on the internet but no clear solution has emerged. It could be a problem with the socket attached to the adapter card but I would like to eliminate problems with settings or software before trying hardware changes.
Other things I have done:
Disabled the wireless adapter - does not solve the ethernet problem.
Updated the ethernet adapter driver - doesn't solve the problem.
Fiddled with advanced properties of ethernet adapter - "Speed & Duplex", for example. (There are about twenty five of these properties) - again not found a solution.
Does anyone know of a possible solution to this?
Edited by Queen-Evie, 08 March 2016 - 11:41 AM.
moved from Windows 7 to Networking