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Network Interface Card (NIC) Installation Guide

Network Interface Card (NIC) Installation Guide


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  1. Open the shipping container and inspect each item for damage. Each NIC should be packed in an antistatic container to protect it during shipment.
  2. Remove all jewelry from your hands and wrists. Use only insulated or nonconductive tools. Before handling the NIC or any other PC components, touch the metal chassis of your PC. Handle the NIC by its backplate and top edge. Do not touch the edge connector.
  3. Unplug the PC and disconnect all cables.
  4. Remove the PC cover
  5. Choose an empty bus mastering PCI slot for PCI NIC. In most PCs, slots 1 and 2 are bus mastering slots. Use slot 1 for NIC if possible. If you have a PCI video card, install the PCI video card in the last PCI slot (the one farthest from slot 1). Avoid any PCI slot next to an ISA slot. This is often a shared slot and does not support bus mastering. The NICs perform best in those slots that support bus mastering data transfers. Refer to your PC manual for information on which slots support bus mastering data transfers.
  6. Unscrew the screw holding the PCI slot's backplate and remove it. (Save the screw!)
  7. Insert the NIC into the empty PCI slot. Make sure that the NIC is firmly seated in the slot.
  8. Secure the NIC with the screw you removed earlier.
  9. Connect the LAN wake-up cable between the NIC and motherboard if any.
  10. Replace the PCI cover and reconnect all previously connected cables.
  11. Turn on the power to the PC.
  12. Connect the network cable to the RJ-45 port on the NIC.
  13. Connect the other end of the network cable to a 10Base-T or a 100Base-T port on a network hub.
  14. Install the network interface driver for the appropriate operating system. Follow specific instruction that came with your NIC.
  15. Install appropriate Networks, Adapters and Protocols according to your operating system.
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