Windows® 7 network card problems
A network card or adapter is used to set-up a network with multiple computers. The user needs to install a network card for each computer on the network and connect them to a network switch using network cable or wireless technology known as Wi-Fi. When the user installed Windows 7, a basic set of networking services was installed and configured, using system default settings. This set-up does not always provide an operable networking system. However, there are three fundamental steps of Windows 7 networking that make the computer communicate with other computers in the network. Ensure that the Network Interface Card (NIC) and network cable are properly set-up and review the network security settings.
Following are the causes, symptoms and tips for resolving problems that can occur with network card in Windows 7:
- Problems related to network card
- Causes and symptoms of the problems
- Tips to fix problems
Problems related to network card
There are many problems reported commonly with the network cards such as the network card is disabled, the network card needs to be reset, the network card driver is missing, is not working, is outdated, the network adapter needs to be replaced etc. These problems are generally observed as the outcome of improper management of the network system available.
Causes and symptoms of the problems
Network connectivity problems have various causes, but they commonly occur because of incorrect network adapters, incorrect switch settings, faulty hardware, or driver issues. Some connectivity symptoms are intermittent and may not clearly point to any one of these causes. The poor performance in data sharing is the most important symptom in problems with network cards. Awareness of causes and symptoms will assist in the troubleshooting.
Use the Ping or Path Ping command line tools to test basic connectivity and for isolating network hardware problems and incompatible configuration. Check the event logs for the network card related entries. Check whether the network adapter is on the Microsoft Hardware Compatibility List or not. Check other computers that use the same default gateway that are plugged into the same hub or switch and contact the vendor of each motherboard and update the BIOS of the boards. Also check the network adapter and uplink hardware for common settings.
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