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Network Adapter Does Not Show Up In Device Manager

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September 12, 2013 9:57:07 AM

The Ethernet connection to my desktop stopped working suddenly. There had been a thunderstorm just before though I'm not sure if that's what caused it to stop. I just did a windows update right before as well. When I diagnose the problem through the network and sharing center it sais that it cannot find a valid driver for my network adapter but when I look for my network adapter in the device manager there isn't even a section for network adapters like there should be. Please help!

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September 12, 2013 12:41:56 PM

Is there a section in device manager called "other devices"? If so your network adapter may be there and just need the driver's reinstalled. The storm may have blown your ethernet port, in which case you will need to purchase a PCI network card.
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September 12, 2013 1:24:41 PM

Hawkeye22 said:
Is there a section in device manager called "other devices"? If so your network adapter may be there and just need the driver's reinstalled. The storm may have blown your ethernet port, in which case you will need to purchase a PCI network card.


I checked through every section of the device manager and it's not anywhere. I think you might be right about it getting fried. The little orange light that usually comes out of the Ethernet port on the back of my computer isn't coming on.
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September 13, 2013 5:10:55 AM

Yeah, if the orange connection/activity light is out on the port, then it's dead. Purchase a cheap gigabit ethernet card.

http://www.newegg.com/Network-Interface-Cards/SubCatego...
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October 5, 2013 11:12:32 PM

Hawkeye22 said:
Yeah, if the orange connection/activity light is out on the port, then it's dead. Purchase a cheap gigabit ethernet card.

http://www.newegg.com/Network-Interface-Cards/SubCatego...


I also had the same problem. I purchased a new LAN card and added it to one of the PCI slot. When I start my Computer, now it asks me to insert a Boot device. Then I tried by changing the PCI slot, the computer did start, but it did not detect the card. I checked the back side of CPU, the Ethernet light does light up. Not sure why the crd is not being detected.
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November 14, 2013 1:55:01 PM

I opened the back of the computer and removed the network card. I then cleaned it up and proceeded to reseat it and that worked for me!
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