I have previously posted my failure to establish a LAN, entitled, "Network cable unplugged",
between two computers with onboard Network Adapters, via a CAT 5 crossover cable. So,
I have purchased a NIC and installed it into PC2, which was the PC which always displayed,
"Network cable unplugged". However, now both computers say, "Network cable unplugged".
If I put the RJ45 plug back in the onboard network adapter socket, PC1 indicates that there is
a network connection.
Windows XP quickly found the new device, installed the appropriate driver, and told me the
device was working properly, but neither or the two LED's next to the RJ45 socket are lit.
So, what does this tell me of the problem with PC2's failure to make a network connection?
Do I have a Hardware Problem, or a Software Problem? Early on I had a look in my BIOS,
but I did not see any network adapter options or settings. I have never had the onboard network
adapter working on PC2.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.