Generally when Windows says the connection’s unplugged, the cable’s bad or the port at the other end of the cable is shut off. And that card is old enough that Windows really should have reasonable built-in drivers for it. It’s been too long for me to remember specifics, but the 3CTX has lots of cool extras like hardware network acceleration, which offloads work from the CPU that you should check to make sure it’s setup all right. So I pushed it in a little further notch not lined up with the hole on the case , and Windows recognized it immediately. Apparently my case is just a little too wide, because if I screw it in, the card isn’t fully seated.
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I see you’ve already tried a different cable. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. I’d hazard a guess that the “cable unplugged” message you’re seeing is referring to the onboard NIC as well.
Sun Aug 30, 2: And that card is old enough that Windows really should have reasonable built-in drivers for it. Wrong driver I had one of these cards and the wrong driver would cause this issue.
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Are you certain this is the onboard NIC showing up? Sun Aug 30, Board index Technology Networking.
Who is online Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest. Sun Aug 30, 9: Apparently the card doesn’t like getting wijdows You may also have to check PCI settings, but again, I don’t remember specifics with the card. I’ve also tried downloading a driver from a 3Com support site now very outdatedbut the installation is either too old-school for me to figure out, or something’s going wrong.
Generally when Windows says the connection’s unplugged, the cable’s bad or the port at the other end of the cable is shut off. Can you wiggle the cable and get it to work?
3Com Fast EtherLink 3C90x NIC
Try a different 3c905txx, or possibly the driver provided by 3Com itself: UberGerbil Grand Admiral Gerbil. Have you tried just having XP attempt to repair the connection? I wouldn’t want to leave it loose any longer than necessary; if the card pops out of the slot while the system is running it could fry something.
Sun Aug 30, 5: MidnightFrost Gerbil Team Leader. If the card is functioning properly, make sure speeds, protocols, modes, etc.
Sun Aug 30, 7: I can make bad jokes now that it’s working.
Mon Aug 31, 5: Thanks for all the help guys! I’ve downloaded the driver that Windows Update provided, but all I’m getting is a “network cable is unplugged” message and no lights on the card.
So I pushed it in a little further notch not lined up with the hole on the caseand Windows recognized it immediately. Sun Aug 30, 4: Alternatively you can use the Net Diagnostics off the Tools menu in msinfo 33com Aug 30, 1: Seems to get better or worse depending on the case you use.
The driver listed on the adapter is still the Microsoft one.