Step 1: Install the Ethernet adapter
Note: If your Ethernet adapter is already installed and working properly, connect your Ethernet cable and skip ahead to "Step 2:Configure network settings".
- Turn off the computer.
- If your computer is a laptop with a PC card Ethernet adapter, skip ahead to number 7. If your computer is not a laptop, remove the computer case.
- Before inserting the Ethernet adapter, it's a good idea to ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface somewhere on your computer. This is a precautionary measure to prevent static electricity from harming the electronics inside your computer.
- Locate an available PCI or ISA slot for your Ethernet adapter and insert the adapter into the appropriate slot. Most computers have both PCI and ISA slots. PCI slots are shorter and usually lighter in color than ISA slots. Do NOT attempt to insert a PCI adapter into an ISA slot or an ISA adapter into a PCI slot. If you're not sure where to insert the adapter, call the Network Support Office ext. 1777.
- Once you have located an open slot you will need to remove the slot cover, and install your adapter card with a slight downward rocking motion.
- Ensure the Ethernet adapter is completely plugged into the slot and secure it with the screw removed with the slot cover. Then replace the computer case.
- Turn on your computer. As Windows 98/Me/XP starts, it should recognize that an Ethernet adapter has been added and copy network drivers to the appropriate location with the disk provided from the manufacturer.
- To install a Ethernet adapter in a lap top turn on the computer. Slide the Ethernet adapter into an available PCMCIA slot and install the drivers provided from the manufacturer as per the instructions on the screen.
About Plug & Play
Windows 98/Me/XP are 'plug & play' operating systems which means they should recognize any plug & play hardware, such as Ethernet adapters, you may install into your computer. When Windows 98/Me/XP recognizes new hardware, it may prompt you to enter your Windows system CD so that the appropriate drivers can be copied from it. Assuming your CD drive is the D: drive, Windows will search the following path for the appropriate drivers:
D:\Win98, or WinMe
If you don't have your original system CD, or if Windows is unable to locate the appropriate path, try changing the search path to:
If Windows is still unable to locate the appropriate drivers, insert the floppy disk which came with your Ethernet adapter (provided you have one) and change the search path to:
If Windows is still unable to recognize the network adapter, contact the Helpdesk for assistance at 610-282-1100 Ext 4357.