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Question Network Adapter - 07-12-2010, 07:58 PM

I just bought a new Dell Mini 10 (1012) and installed Windows 7 Ultimate from scratch. When I look in the Device manager, I only have the Wireless card (Dell 1397 card) listed, I do not have a Wired Ethernet Adapter listed. I have it "Enabled" in the BIOS, but I don't see any reference that it exists. When I tried to "Create" a network, Wireless is the option that is shown. Is this a common problem with these? Is there something else that should be installed or enabled to make it work? I don't have anything listed in the device manager that is "unknown" or not working. When I installed the Realtek driver listed in this forum, it said the NIC wasn't there. Any ideas?
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Default 07-12-2010, 08:56 PM

For me there were no problem with it.
You should see in the Device Manager under the network adapter a Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller. That is the wired ethernet adapter. It is unswitchable (does a word like this exist?) unlike the wireless adapter. If it's missing and there isn't any unknown or disabled device in DM, maybe it's a hardware fault.

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Default 07-12-2010, 09:14 PM

Thanks, that is what I was afraid of. Of course my wife is traveling with it right now, and they don't have wireless, only wired ethernet and that was the one thing I didn't test.
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Default 07-12-2010, 09:34 PM

do the letters S.O.L. mean anything (lol)..sorry but I had to

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Default 07-13-2010, 02:46 AM

The Ethernet adapter won't show because it's disabled if there's nothing plugged in. It's in deep sleep mode. Plug in the the network cable and it will show automatically. The driver is built into Windows 7, but I'd update it to the latest from the Realtek website.
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