No Ethernet?

By ronobono · 30 replies
Aug 2, 2008
  1. master-wu

    master-wu TS Rookie

    Hi kimsland,

    I still got my old modem-only card with me - I did a search for my P/N - the same combo-drivers come up for my definitly modem-only card.

    Anyway, as it seems you are the more knowledgeable one - it would be great if you could help ronobono to step through the processes he need to do in detail - Would be great if he get´s his laptop ethernet to work :)

    Cheers, Engin
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Download all the drivers for all the combos!
    Extract them all into their own folders
    Burn to CD (This will be easier I feel)

    Go to Start-->Run--> devmgmt.msc

    Righr click on the queried device
    Update the drivers
    Not at this time (for online windows drivers)
    Select a specifi location
    Tick CD

    This will scan the CD for all drivers

    By the way, some drivers are in exe format that do not extract
    In this case, remove the faulty driver from Device Manager
    And run one at a time (until it works)

    Reply back
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I disagree that it is a software issue. You should stop sending this poor guy on a ghost chase. :(

    This laptop requires a mini-PCI NIC for the LAN port to function - this was the design of the A21. For whatever reason, the card installed is only a modem and there is no driver that will fix this. I believe the T21 was also like this. Also, this is the reason such things as FRU: 04P3975 exist (Blank cap RJ45)

    Plain and simple, you need a new network card. Here's one for barely over $10 after S/H.

    As you can see from the P/N, the installed mini-PCI card does not have any sort of LAN capability.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    So this card is not installed?

    Please confirm this. If it's not there, obviously you cannot get ethernet
    I thought both cards were installed
  5. ronobono

    ronobono TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    Sorry would have posted sooner but was gone for a few days..I might not know everything there is to know about computers but i do know a little..I know how to install the drivers and did so.(every one of them) so i know its not the problem.
    Like i said before im just gonna buy one that will work with ethernet. Just had to post one more time cause Kim is making it like i have no clue what im doing. Anyway thanks for the posts everyone have a nice day!
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    You didn't actually answer, and I'm concerned that you may not anyway.
    But is the Mini-Nic Card installed?

    ie There are two cards
    1 for Modem
    1 for Nic

    The driver caters for both (this is where the confusion is, by the way)

    My understanding is the cards actually exist (Seeming it's highly likely)

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