Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Install NIC Card and Protocols

Upgrading a Windows 98 computer with a network interface card card (NIC) is a task that someone with medium computer skills can accomplish. Cracking the case on a computer's central processing unit (CPU) can be the most daunting part of the task. Most CPUs will open easily, but some require some strength to open.

This article will help you to install the NIC card and its protocols on your computer.


NIC card installation. 
  1. Unplug the PC from its electrical source, and remove all cords.
  2. Open the case of the CPU with a screwdriver. Be careful of sharp metal edges. If the case doesn't open easily, check your operator's manual. There may be a release button that will open the case after the screws are undone.
  3. Lay the CPU on its side. Locate the NIC slot. Align the NIC with the RJ45 jack facing the outside of the case. Firmly seat the card into the slot. You may have to rock it gently to get it to fit. The gold contacts should not be visible, and the NIC card should be level.
  4. Secure the mounting bracket with screws. They should come with the NIC card.
  5. Replace the cover. Securely reattach all cords.
  6. Connect the RJ45 connection to the Internet modem using the ethernet wire. Not all NIC cards come with an ethernet wire. Sometimes you will need to purchase the ethernet wire separately.
  7. Reboot the computer, and install the software that comes with the NIC card. This will install the necessary drivers. There will be prompts as the hardware installs. Simply follow the directions.
Network Connection Installation
  1. Open the Control Panel. Go to Start, then click Control Panel. Click Network to open the Network Control Panel.
  2. Choose TCP/IP. It is probably loaded into your system as a protocol. If not, add it by following the prompts. After verifying the computer has TCP/IP protocol, click TCP/IP one time. Then click Properties.
  3. Pick both Obtain an IP Address Automatically and the Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically. Then click the Advanced button.
  4. Select the DNS tab in the Advanced TCP/IP Settings window. Uncheck the box for Register This Connection's Addresses in DNS. It is toward the bottom of the screen.
  5. Click OK to close all the open windows. Restart your computer if you are asked to do so.
Tips & Warnings
Unplugging your computer is a necessary safety measure; do not skip this step.