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Pci Card not working

Hello, i have recently come across some network connectivity issues. When i booted up my pc today, my TP-Link 300mbp/s PCI card was not recognised. I have tried various solutions but the PC does not even recognise the card, so i cannot change the drivers installed etc.

If anyone has any solutions, then thanks in advance.
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  1. You can use the Ethernet port at the back of your computer and plug in a CAT5 or CAT6 cable directly from here to the router and then download the necessary drivers.
  2. Ubrales said:
    You can use the Ethernet port at the back of your computer and plug in a CAT5 or CAT6 cable directly from here to the router and then download the necessary drivers.


    The problem is that my pc is upstairs, so the ethermet won't work for me because it is impractical, but i need to fix the pci problem. The motherboard doesn't even recognise the card is installed?
  3. Jangus said:
    Ubrales said:
    You can use the Ethernet port at the back of your computer and plug in a CAT5 or CAT6 cable directly from here to the router and then download the necessary drivers.


    The problem is that my pc is upstairs, so the ethermet won't work for me because it is impractical, but i need to fix the pci problem. The motherboard doesn't even recognise the card is installed?

    You can use a long CAT6 Ethernet cable temporarily.

    My router is on the 2nd floor of my home and sometimes I connect a long Ethernet cable and plug it into friends' computers that I work on downstairs. I find this convenient. The maximum length spec for CAT6 Ethernet cable is 100 meters.
  4. Ubrales said:
    Jangus said:
    Ubrales said:
    You can use the Ethernet port at the back of your computer and plug in a CAT5 or CAT6 cable directly from here to the router and then download the necessary drivers.


    The problem is that my pc is upstairs, so the ethermet won't work for me because it is impractical, but i need to fix the pci problem. The motherboard doesn't even recognise the card is installed?

    You can use a long CAT6 Ethernet cable temporarily.

    My router is on the 2nd floor of my home and sometimes I connect a long Ethernet cable and plug it into friends' computers that I work on downstairs. I find this convenient. The maximum length spec for CAT6 Ethernet cable is 100 meters.


    Ok, but have you got a solution to my problem of the pci card?
  5. Start by installing the proper drivers for the PCI card. Once that is done we are in a better position to trouble-shoot. Maybe all it needs is the correct drivers.
  6. Ubrales said:
    Start by installing the proper drivers for the PCI card. Once that is done we are in a better position to trouble-shoot. Maybe all it needs is the correct drivers.


    Yes i have already done that but the problem is that the bios or windows doesn't seem to recognise that there is something in the pcie slot.
  7. Jangus said:
    Ubrales said:
    Start by installing the proper drivers for the PCI card. Once that is done we are in a better position to trouble-shoot. Maybe all it needs is the correct drivers.


    Yes i have already done that but the problem is that the bios or windows doesn't seem to recognise that there is something in the pcie slot.

    Can you try a different PCI slot? Or re-insert his card and this time leave the securing screw on the bracket not fastened. Let the card be loose for testing and then try the system. (On one of my PCI cards I had to loosen the assemble screws and re-align the card with the bracket).
  8. Ubrales said:
    Jangus said:
    Ubrales said:
    Start by installing the proper drivers for the PCI card. Once that is done we are in a better position to trouble-shoot. Maybe all it needs is the correct drivers.


    Yes i have already done that but the problem is that the bios or windows doesn't seem to recognise that there is something in the pcie slot.

    Can you try a different PCI slot? Or re-insert his card and this time leave the securing screw on the bracket not fastened. Let the card be loose for testing and then try the system. (On one of my PCI cards I had to loosen the assemble screws and re-align the card with the bracket).


    Ok i tried that and it was detected by the bios and windows for about 1 hour, and then randomly disconnected. It now won't show up, so i don't know what to do
  9. Either a loose connection, bad PCI card, or a bad PCI slot - random connectivity. Are there any fans that are creating above normal vibrations that tends to disrupt the PCI card connectivity?
  10. Ubrales said:
    Either a loose connection, bad PCI card, or a bad PCI slot - random connectivity. Are there any fans that are creating above normal vibrations that tends to disrupt the PCI card connectivity?


    No there are no vibrating fans. Is it more likely to be the motherboard or the card? The whole PC was brand new btw.
  11. Jangus said:
    Ubrales said:
    Either a loose connection, bad PCI card, or a bad PCI slot - random connectivity. Are there any fans that are creating above normal vibrations that tends to disrupt the PCI card connectivity?


    No there are no vibrating fans. Is it more likely to be the motherboard or the card? The whole PC was brand new btw.

    The card is easier than the motherboard to replace. Look at Linksys; has served me well over the years on 4 different desktops. All running from one to four years as of now.
  12. Ubrales said:
    Jangus said:
    Ubrales said:
    Either a loose connection, bad PCI card, or a bad PCI slot - random connectivity. Are there any fans that are creating above normal vibrations that tends to disrupt the PCI card connectivity?


    No there are no vibrating fans. Is it more likely to be the motherboard or the card? The whole PC was brand new btw.

    The card is easier than the motherboard to replace. Look at Linksys; has served me well over the years on 4 different desktops. All running from one to four years as of now.


    So it is more likely to be the card? and i know the motherboard is not easy to replace, but is there a big chance that could be the problem?
  13. Best answer
    Two possibilities. 1. The slot on the motherboard is bad, and 2. The PCI card is bad. One is not more likely than the other.
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