Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PCI Ethernet adapter

A PCI Ethernet adapter is a necessary component in a modern computer. These gateways to the Internet are generally standard equipment on store-bought, Windows-based systems. But if you need to replace your Ethernet adapter or wish to upgrade, you can do so yourself. The cards are inexpensive and the installation will help you avoid a hefty upgrade bill.

  1. Turn off your computer and disconnect all cords going into the computer tower, including the power cord.
  2. On a flat, static-free surface, remove the tower shell, exposing the inner working of the computer. Then lay the tower so that you can see the exposed motherboard.
  3. If you are replacing an old Ethernet card, use the screwdriver to remove any holding screws. Then pull the card from the PCI slot.
  4. Use the canned air to clean away any dust from in or around the vacant PCI slot.
  5. Line up the pins on the new Ethernat card with the corresponding pins on the PCI slot. Then firmly push the PCI card into the slot. Secure the card with holding screws, if necessary.
  6. Replace your tower's cover. Reconnect the power cord and all of your peripherals.
  7. Turn on your computer. When Windows starts, it should detect your new Ethernet card automatically and install standard Windows drivers.
Tips & Warning
  • Depending upon your Ethernet card and your computer's configuration, you may need to install additional driver software that came with your Ethernet card. Consult your card's documentation for details.