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Have a Problem i broke my ethernet port on my grams computer

Discussion in 'PC General' started by Brandon, Sep 7, 2011.

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  1. Brandon

    Brandon Programmer Moderator

    Now i have two options i belive :( #1:A Usb to Ethernet adapter which idk if i can get the same speed as i was getting befour :( 3mbps http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812196235[​IMG] and my second option is #2: A PCI-Express RJ45 Network adapter Which i dont know if this would fit right in my pc since it is facing the wrong way so i would have to install it upside down to get the card into the slot i think :( idk what i should do ..... Help me http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106033[​IMG] Forgot to mention its a old pc umm Dell dimension 4700
  2. Coldfire202

    Coldfire202 Herro There! Super-Mod

    Well it depends on what you want honestly...
  3. Brandon

    Brandon Programmer Moderator

    Well i mean i would want to use all my speed that i pay for monthly 3mbps so if i cant get that with a usb then i would have to go with a internal pci i guess if that can give me my speed.....
  4. Coldfire202

    Coldfire202 Herro There! Super-Mod

    Well hardwired is sometimes better depending on how old the computer and how fast the computer is...then how fast internet is... quality of parts and such
  5. Brandon

    Brandon Programmer Moderator

    Hmm its a old pc i can tell you that the ram is old to suprised im running anything on this atm but i will upgrade the ram eventually right now im running 512 on this old thing :P going to put atleast 2gb in it i just dont know if i should go the usb route or the pci route
  6. Sh0tGuN2197

    Sh0tGuN2197 *Shotty* Super-Mod

    Honestly, it is a decision you should make on your own... seeing as how it all depends. Think about it ;)
  7. Brandon

    Brandon Programmer Moderator

    But honestly to you idk what the fuck im doing inside my pc lol i just want to get a working ethernet connection and one of those two things will help me or fuck me over :P
  8. Coldfire202

    Coldfire202 Herro There! Super-Mod

    Honestly. I would go USB. You can use it on different systems easier that pci card. Or whatever it's called. I can't remember.
  9. Sh0tGuN2197

    Sh0tGuN2197 *Shotty* Super-Mod

    If you have no idea what your doing just go USB and make it easier on yourself.
  10. dns

    dns Active Member Admin

    Brandon,

    The USB Ethernet Adapter should be fully capable of providing 3mbps and not hindering your internet speeds. That computer has USB 2.0 ports which can handle much higher transfer rates if i'm not mistaken. The adapter does provide better convenience and flexibility as far as being able to use it on other computers and whatnot, but if that computer won't have internet without it then you wouldn't really be moving it around too much anyways.

    As far as the network adapter card goes, you won't find a 'replacement' because the lan adapter is built into the motherboard. But i'm sure you know this by now since you have been researching lan cards. I have found a couple here which may work, take a look and let me know..

    Here is a PCI Wireless LAN card:
    http://www.discountelectronics.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=3766
    [​IMG]

    Here is a PCI LAN card:
    http://www.cellularfactory.com/wholesale/computer/DELL/4/38016/430778/
    [​IMG]

    Here is documentation to aid you in installing/removing certain hardware on that computer: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4700/sm/parts.htm#wp1052394.

    The spec's for that computer are here if you need more info about it: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4700/sm/specs.htm.

    Now you have a couple more options at your disposal, more information about the computer, and technical documentation on how to install hardware on it. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please let me know. :)

    As far as ram goes for that computer, it can hold up to 4gb of "400-MHz (PC2-3200) / 533-MHz (PC2-4300) DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM non-ECCmemory".

    Also I would like to ask could some of you take a little more time to help each other more thoroughly instead of just giving random generic replies when people ask for help with something?
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  11. Brandon

    Brandon Programmer Moderator

    Thakyou dns you helped me alot :) so what should i do if i go the pci route im not sure it will work right with this pc if it does and it fits right i would want to use a pci card if not then i would have to use a usb ethernet adapter which is not a bad thing i just dont know if ill get my full speed with it
  12. dns

    dns Active Member Admin

    Well as long as you get a lan card that is FOR that computer/motherboard you should have no problems. They usually come with an installation disc or you can always get the drivers/software online from the manufacturer's website. If you are worried about spending money on it and it not working, then make sure you buy one that has a return policy so you can return it because it didn't work with your computer.

    I would go with the lan card myself. Hooking a computer to the internet permanently through a usb adapter is just ghetto in my opinion.
  13. Brandon

    Brandon Programmer Moderator

    IT does sound Ghetto doesent it LOL well idk yet this is a tempoary thing till i get my new laptop so that she can use this old shit and i can get my desktop back atleast i can actually install windows 7 on it and it has a dvd drive so mabey a usb wouldent be so bad for a tempoary fix till christmas then ill give her my desktop back
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