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I just got a cable modem for my internet.I have a router so my son can connect. How can I tell if my ethernet card in the pc works? It says cannot detect modem.The light on the ethernet card was on than went off. Only the bottom green light was on.

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Is it saying No Connection or Limited Connection? If you go to Network Connections and right click on the Local Area Connection and go to Status, does it show you an IP address and Gateway and if so what are they?
 

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If you have a modem and ROUTER (as opposed to a switch), you need to put the modem in bridge mode.

Hook the computer directly to the modem, configure it, and see if you have internet that way. You can either bridge the modem and use the router for DHCP, or use the modem for DHCP and disable DHCP in the modem, making it a switch. You cannot have 2 DHCP servers on a network, however.
 

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Ok, Windows 98 is a little different. You need to go to Start -> Run and type WINIPCFG and press OK. There's a drop down box that you need to change to your network card and it'll show you the information about the connection. You can also go to a command prompt and type IPCONFIG to get the information. You should have an IP address or 192.168.x.x where the x's are dependent on your router.

I think I'll move you to Networking.

While you wait for more responses can you tell us what router, brand and model number you have and who your cable ISP provider is?
 

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Does WINIPCFG or IPCONFIG show you that the media is connected? And if so is your IP address in the 192.168.1.x range? If it is then open your browser, ie. Internet Explorer, and type in the Router's IP address, which should be 192.168.1.1 and see if you can get to it.
 

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Depending on the card if its intergrated on your motherboard or just PCI you may have to reinstall the drivers or update them.

I dont have much experience with windows 98 but how you would fix it in xp would be :

1. Start
2. My computer
3. View system information
4. Hardware ( its a tab )
5. Device manager
6. Find the ethernet card on there right click properties

and just let it auto search or point it to new drivers if that is the problem :) if it is a driver problem on windows xp it will have a yellow question mark on it or an exlamation mark.
 

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I don't have any internet. I can't get a device driver for the ethernet card. I don't know what make card it is. My main pc works fine, but I had to get a linksys ethernet card, it didn't have one.
 

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So you bought a Linksys card? Ok, did you install its drivers? If you do WINIPCFG does it allow you to choose the Linksys card from the drop down menu?

Have you called your ISP for help?
 

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I bought a linksys card for the main pc. The pc I'm having trouble with came with the card already in it, and the pc was used.Thats what i"m having trouble with, installing the drivers without being able to get on the internet.
 

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you will have to look on the card itself for any indication of what model card it is, then go to google and search for the correct driver from the main pc that will get on the internet, download it and transfer it using a floppy disk or something. then goto the device manager on the win98 pc, double click on the NIC missing the driver, then click on update driver. Then point the wizard to the floppy disk( or however you transferred the driver) so it will load the driver off of it. Most likely the cable modem you have will not be a router so you don't have to worry about having two routers on your network. If you want to make sure, plug the working pc directly to the modem and reset it. Goto the cmd prompt and type ipconfig /release
then type ipconfig /renew then type ipconfig /all and see if you have an ip starting with 192.168.x.x If you have an ip starting with 192.168 , then the modem is also a router, which in that case you have to configure the Other router you have to not do dhcp, as well as plugging the ethernet cable from the modem to a port on the router other than the wan porn. But if you get an ip address other than 192.168, then your modem is only a modem, not a router. Good luck
 

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My modem is only a cable modem. My router is a linksys router.

In device manager I get (Windows was unable to locate a driver for this device.)
I also get a Yellow ? PCI ETHERNET CONTROLLER

In the back of the pc, where the ethernet plug goes there are 2 small lights. Do they both light up? Only one of mine lights, the one on the bottom is green, the top one is out.......
 

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Ok, that PCI Ethernet Controller is what you need to get working. Do you know the model of the card? Or the model number of the computer? You may have to open up the computer to see if the card is identified with a label.
 
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