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My hardrive recently crashed on my Windows Vista. I ran the boot disk on the alternate hard drive i had and I cannot connect to the internet via ethernet cord. Do I need do download a certain driver for vista to recognize this LAN to use the internet?
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What is the make and model of the problem PC?

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Click Start

In the search bar type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter

Click the + next to the pane Network Adapters so it expands, showing all installed hardware.

Take a screenshot of this window and attach the file in your next post.

To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file. To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
 

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According to that screenshot, everything should be in working order.

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Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
(For Vista or 7 type CMD in the Search box after Start)

Type the following command:

IPCONFIG /ALL

[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

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Also, there should be a specific model number of some sort, not just "IdeaCentre K series."

Can you supply that information in your next post?
 

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Probably a defective NIC, cable, or whatever is at the other end of the cable (modem? router?). Does the ethernet LED light on the computer or other device?
 

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The "Media Disconnected" in the ipconfig /all means that as far as Windows is concerned there is no cable connected. Could the NIC be "turned off" to save power? That can happen on some computers, especially laptops (but you have a desktop, right?), if the computer is booted before the cable is connected.
 
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