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How to install PCI network card in addition to one on motherboard

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January 2, 2013 7:20:07 PM

Hello,
I would like to install a gigabit network adapter into a dell vostro which already has a built in one on the motherboard. When I install the PCI card the computer won't turn on. I run XP. How do I disable the built in adapter?
a c 1023 V Motherboard
January 2, 2013 7:46:13 PM

Enter BIOS/setup and disable it there. They should work together though.
a b V Motherboard
January 2, 2013 8:18:16 PM

yes they usually work together but the fact that you can't even boot with the card installed has me wondering how sure are you that its a pci card and not a pcie card? putting the card into the wrong type slot would have this effect (or worse)
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January 2, 2013 8:38:05 PM

The card is a Netgear Gigabit Ethernet PCI adapter( GA311). I installed it into the light colored PCI slot in the bottom of the motherboard. I disabled the onboard device in the BIOS. I also disabled the 1384 driver in the device manager. I tested to make sure I disabled as described. Still won't turn on after card is installed.
a c 1023 V Motherboard
January 2, 2013 8:43:59 PM

Card or slot faulty since it looks like it is shorting something and stopping boot.
January 2, 2013 9:50:18 PM

This the second card I bought. 2 different brands. Also tried other slots and got the same results. Still puzzled.
a b V Motherboard
January 2, 2013 11:57:05 PM

Has to be a pci version issue. The GA311 is indeed a pci card needing a pci 2.2 or higher pci slot.

Exactly which Vostro model do you have?
January 3, 2013 12:29:15 AM

Vostro 410 purchased Sep 2008
a b V Motherboard
January 3, 2013 1:17:15 AM

reset cmos and try again.
January 4, 2013 4:16:47 PM

I called NETGEAR tech. They concluded that card will not work in my computer even though cards specs were met. I'm returning card.
I purchased a Sabrent USB to Ethernet adapter. Hopefully this will work.
Thanks for your help.
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