Where'd my network card go!?
August 11, 2009 5:33 PM Subscribe
My computer can't find its NIC, any ideas?
posted by Squid Voltaire to computers & internet (13 answers total)
I used to connect to the internet via CAT-5, as God intended, but for a year or so I've been using a PCI wireless card. Reception in the current location is terribly, though, so tonight I took a couple hundred feet of Ethernet cable and plugged myself directly into the router.
I plugged the other end into a ethernet port, and the little green light came on. However, once I disconnected from the wireless network, that was it, no further connection.
The Device Manager only lists one NIC--the wireless one. I turned on "View Hidden Devices", but it still didn't list it.
I went into BIOS and turned on "Integrated LAN RAM"--I have no idea what that means, but it did not make my network card suddenly appear. At this point, I ran out of ideas. Any further suggestions?
Motherboard is Biostar NF61S/V Micro AM2, and I'm 80% certain that I used to have a wired connection to this machine--is there some sneaky way that I disabled and then hid my card?