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 Post subject: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 10:33 am 
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My Dell Inspiron 1721 will not connect to the internet via a hardwired Ethernet cable. It does connect via wireless.
I installed Win 7 64bit with 4 gig memory, and a 750G HDD.
I want to watch video from the internet but due to range from my Router the video is jerky. The closer I move the laptop to the proximity of the router the more useable the signal is thus a good video rendering. I have a spare Ethernet outlet in the room that is connected and useable (tested with my CCRadio) but when attached to the laptop the connection light at the port is lit but there is no signal as evidenced by the light remaining solid. I have disabled the wireless and tried to set up the broadband connection but it always reverts to the wireless connection and never has connected by wire. Any ideas on how I can accomplish the wired connection would be greatly appreciated


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 Post subject: Re: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 3:14 pm 
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Just installed the OS? Win7 driver support is good, but have you checked Device Manager?(Right click Computer>Properties?Device Manger (over on the left). This will show if your NIC has drivers or not. Also, try powercycling your modem and router (let them come back online in that order). If you try these, post you results.


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 Post subject: Re: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 3:45 pm 
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OS has been up and running for about three months now, without any OS probs. I just recently tried the Ethernet connection and its not working. The device mgr says functioning normally, Broadcom 440X, 10/100 (slow but would should work), just cant get past the wireless.


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 Post subject: Re: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
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You powercycled modem and router?


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 Post subject: Re: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 3:50 pm 
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Yes I have power cycled, in fact I have my router and modem on a power strip that I turn off nightly as a vampire killer. Router is a D Link DGL 4500 gamerlounge that's been online for almost two years gaming on broadband.


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 Post subject: Re: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
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Ermm, ideally the modem comes online before the router, but it should probably work, seeing as you've been doing like that for awhile. Is the NIC enabled? Could be a bad port on the laptop, though unlikely. How are you checking for connectivity?


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 Post subject: Re: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
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Check the properties for the Local Area Connection. Is it set to receive IP and DNS automatically? (Assuming you use DHCP)


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 Post subject: Re: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 4:10 pm 
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Yes everything is set auto. I may wind up getting an external usb 10/100/1000 link to see if that will help, I hate to spend the bux for a repeater to hit this part of the house. Maybe I could slave a second wireless router off the existing cable into this room...hmmm I'll have to research this.


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 Post subject: Re: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
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Belkin N150 can be used as an AP with included firmware and is about $30. No good reason the Ethernet isn't working though. Very frustrating.


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 Post subject: Re: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
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maybe windows updated the drivers and broke it?


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 Post subject: Re: Dell laptop will not connect via ethernet cable
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will look into the Belkin. Windows has no complaints about nasty drivers on this dell but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. I have encountered many frustrating incidents since my timex 1000 was on line many-many years ago ( I still have my Timex Sinclair in a box in the basement.)


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