If we hadnt already run the CD that came with the mainboard to install all the drivers for onboard devices, we could proceed as follows to install the Ethernet driver. Hit Update Driver (Figure 159).
Were taken to a Hardware Update Wizard screen (Figure 160), which allows us to install the driver software. Were told to insert the CD that came with the hardware. In this case, the network adapter is part of the mainboard, so we insert the CD that came with the mainboard.
If we insert the mainboard CD now, the system appears to hang. So, we hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete and receive a message that the Hardware Wizard program isnt responding. That confirms our hunch that the Wizard wasnt working. We close the non-responsive program.
Trying again, we select Install from a list or specific location (Figure 160). Then, we select the CD as the removable drive to search for a new driver. You might think that these two approaches should lead to the same result, either failure to install or success. It doesnt turn out that way, however! The Wizard now runs and properly finds the driver! Examining Device Manager, we see the proper network adapter is recognized, as in Figure 158.
If we look under Network Connections (Figure 161), we see that the Local Area Network (LAN) is enabled. And, our new system can connect to other systems in our house (We have a network hub and cables installed already).
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