How do I fit a network card in my PC( 0 Votes )
- Parent Category: Frequently Asked Xbox Live Questions
- Created on Monday, 10 May 2010 18:49
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:51
- Written by Administrator
Most modern PC's come with a built in network card these days. But, some still dont, or the ones that are installed and not of a decent enough quality to actually do what you want with them.
If you are wanting to share the PC's internet access to your Xbox (using ICS) or just want to use a ADSL or Cable Router via ethernet, a network card is must
Installing a network card is easy!!
Ok ok, I would say that, I've been working in the computer industry for 20yrs. But I really do mean it, its easy.
Back in the "old days" you had to be a bit of a whizz to do this, messing with jumper settings, allocating some memory, choosing an IRQ etc etc but not anymore.Although its always best to seek professional advice, especially if you are not confident with PC's I really do struggle to recommend it for this procedure.
- Firstly, its really easy as I mentioned.
- Secondly, a network card will cost you between £5-10. If you ask a professional to fit it, it will probably cost you £30-50.
- Have faith in yourself, the chances of your "messing up" are very very slim.
Now I've said that, the disclaimer has to be said.
I cannot be held responsible for anything that goes wrong with your set-up following the advice I give on this page. If you are still in doubt after reading this page, consult a professional.
Now that’s out of the way, go find a screwdriver and lets get on with it!
- 1 * Phillips Head Screwdriver
- 1 * Network card 10/100 PCI
- Plenty of space, try to do this on a wooden floor, or table. Basically you don't want any static charge when you are handling these components.
- Disconnect the PC from the power. (THE MOST IMPORTANT BIT)
- Carefully remove the casing or side panel of your machine by unscrewing the screws, some cases also have a sliding switch to allow you to get access (you may need to refer to the manufacturers instructions).
- Locate the interface slots see below
- Select an PCI ( white ) slot depending on the Network Interface Card. Most of the newer PC's will have PCI slots.
- Do not put the Network Interface Card next to the AGP slot which may contain your graphic card. The AGP slot is usually brown, smaller than the white PCI slot and set back a little bit.
- Remove the back blanking plate from behind the slot you have selected for the Network Interface Card.
- Insert the card into the slot by pressing firmly down on the Network Interface Card, making sure it is properly seated. Be careful and try not to touch any of the components on the card (hold it by the edges).
- Secure the card in place using the screw from the backing plate.
- Put the casing back on again, being careful not to snag any loose cables.
- Power up the PC again
And that's it - I told you it was easy.