Greetings, I'm currently connected to the internet on my custom build through wireless and I'm hoping someone can help me with this problem regarding wired ethernet cable connectivity. I have two ethernet ports (1 from motherboard, other from later installed PCI card - installed drivers) that don't work for a reason unknown to me. I first installed the drivers from the motherboard's CD after installing Win7 x64 and it seems the drivers are installed properly, but when I try to connect with either port I receive the "Plug an Ethernet cable into this computer" message. Both are Realtek.
*I have tested the CAT6 cable and it works fine w/ my Xbox360
Okay I gotta ask -- Why (3) different IP connections? Unless the connections are 'Bridged', 'Teamed', etc you can only have (1) connection.
Try Disabling (2) of the (3) leaving (1) at a time.
Thank you for the welcoming.
The reason I have 3 different connections is that I first started out with the default wired connection that comes with the motherboard, but after installing the drivers I still got the message "Plug an Ethernet cable into this computer". So I ordered a PCI card thinking the default could just have gone bad, but no dice. So, I just found my old wireless PCI card and installed that for now.
I've tried enabling only one of the devices at a time via the Device Manager and re-installed the drivers for both of the wired connections multiple times.
The default motherboard port had worked prior to my reformat, so I thought maybe it was a bad Win7 x64 installation so I reformated again and I've downloaded the latest Windows 7 updates, but still, no dice.
The problem clearly seems to be the wiring; having (2) failed NIC cards is a very remote possibility. If you did it yourself or had someone not follow TIA/EIA-568 standards of termination then no it won't work. I listed a few possibilities. If you have a broadband company the serviceman might test your lines, slip him/her a $20, for free otherwise look at something cheap like IDEAL LinkMaster to test.
1. The CAT-6 is miss-wired by the installer and neither T568A or T568B standards weren't followed.
2. The patch cable is a 'Crossover' cable or maybe straight wired.
3. The CAT-6 is either damaged or is running too close to wall socket power.
4. Centralized 'HUB' vs 'Switch'.
This "*I have tested the CAT6 cable and it works fine w/ my Xbox360" proves nothing. The XBOX uses 10/100BaseT not 1000BaseT.