I recently brought back my girlfriends laptop from the grave she has had sitting around for a few years "broken." Ended up being a bad hard drive. So I popped windows 7 on there but can not get the ethernet to work. If you hook the modem directly up to it than the lights go on but wont connect to the internet, if you pop a cable into it from the router it says no cable is hooked up.
Any help would be really appreciate - its frustrating.
Did you have to program a username and password into your router to properly connect to your Internet Modem, if so then you would have to configure a PPPoE connection on your Win 7 computer to properly connect when the modem is connected directly to your laptop.
Also, what happens when you open a command prompt in Windows 7 and type: