What to do with an old lan and driver

By ingeborgdot
Mar 12, 2010
  1. I just installed two new nic cards in my two machines. What do you advise doing with my other lans. The one computer has a dual lan built in to the mobod and the other is a single built in. What is the standard process for the drivers etc? Thanks.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Maybe its time to go wireless :)
  3. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 434

    Why would I go wireless? Then my speeds would be so slow I could never do what I wanted to do.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    So you have 2 computers and no router. It doesn't matter if one computer has 2 Ethernet ports. Each computer should be connected to a wired router connected to the DSL or Cable modem
  5. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 434

    I do have a router. My stuff is hooked up through a modem/router - switch - switch - computer.
  6. hughva

    hughva TS Rookie Posts: 58

    If your system is working, no need to do anything.
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,980   +362

    If I understand your original post correctly, you are saying you replaced the onboard LAN "cards" in each of the two PCs with separate NIC cards (PCI or PCI-E) and you are wondering what to do with the old onboard LANs. If I got that right, you don't really have to do anything to the old LAN. If you want, you can disable them in the BIOS. You don't have to do anything with the LAN drivers either although you can uninstall them if you want.
  8. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 434

    Well, I knew it would work fine but I was wondering if any of you knew if it would free up any resources by either uninstalling the drivers or disabling the lan in bios?
  9. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Doing both (disabling in BIOS and uninstalling drivers) will each save a small (but > 0) number of resources.

    > Suggest you uninstall the drivers first then disable as, by default, only present/detected devices appear in Device Manager (otherwise, you'd need to set Device Manager to display "ghost" (i.e. non-present) devices to see drivers for "non-present" devices
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