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Windows 7: How connect a Dell Latitude E6510 laptop to the net?

06 Jun 2011   #1

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How connect a Dell Latitude E6510 laptop to the net?

Hi,

I just bought a Dell Latitude E6510 laptop and now I wonder how to set it up for internet access. I have a desktop PC and so I know that my connection is good.

I tried just connecting it via the RJ45 socket on the PC, thinking it would configure itself once it sensed a live connection, but no go.

I cannot imagine that it is sold without the necessary hard- and software as it is no more than a couple of years old, but maybe it needs setting up?

The spec sheet says, under Connectivity:

10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet 56K v924 Internal Modem (Optional)

which I take to mean that the modem is not necessarily installed as a matter of course but, like I said above - who buys a PC in, say, 2008 and doesn't get internet connectivity in the deal?

I happened to have an ST Lab 10/100 Base TX USB to Ethernet adapter that I tried before posting this, but Windows didn't find a driver for it so I got one from driverscollection.com but didn't get a 'second chance' to install it manually although I had installed the driver and rebooted the PC.

I then ran Device Manager to see what I could see and, not surprisingly, there were unknown, driverless ethernet adapter entries galore.

I then uninstalled those (the ones with an exclamation mark inside a yellow triangle) until I had a 'clean slate', then did a 'rescan for newly installed hardware' - no go.

Then I did the same on my desktop PC. That is, I didn't uninstall any drivers but plugged in the ST-Lab adapter, did a 'rescan for newly installed hardware', let Windows fail, then double-clicked the device name (the newly 'discovered' ST-Lab adapter) and when prompted, pointed Windows to the folder containing the 32-bit Vista driver (they almost always work on Windows 7 and were my only choice anyway) after having first received an assurance that: "It's best to let Windows install device drivers automatically".

Now Windows could not find the driver which I had downloaded myself, per its own Help-page instructions and then pointed it to, solemnly announcing: "Windows could not find driver software for your device.

Well, duh! In my opinion, Windows couldn't find six o' clock at five thirty, or find a driver if hit on the head by it, or so it seems at times like this.

"It's best to let Windows install device drivers automatically". What a joke! Hilarious! Seriously, though, it makes one envy Linux and Mac OS users.

As always, any and all help is very much appreciated. Thank you.

Kindest regards,
Goran



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06 Jun 2011   #2
ski

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The "10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet 56K v924 Internal Modem (Optional)" is actually 2 separate specs.
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet means the laptop has a wired network card that allows the laptop to be hardwired directly to either a DSL or cable modem, or hardwired directly to a router which is in turn hardwired to a DSL or cable modem.
56K v924 Internal Modem (Optional) means the laptop can be ordered with an internal dialup modem as an option.
Your laptop also apparently comes with a wireless network card for wireless Internet connectivity.

Normally, a router is required to connect 2 separate computers to the Internet.
A standard(wired) router allows both computers to be hardwired to the router's LAN ports.
A wireless router allows both computers to be either hardwired to 2 of the router's LAN ports, or one can be hardwired and the other configured to connect wirelessly, or both can be configured to connect wirelessly(assuming both have wireless network cards).

If you already have a router configured for Internet access, then to connect a 2nd computer to the Internet, go to Windows Help, type internet in the search box, select "Set up a second internet connection", and follow the instructions.

If you do not have a router, then you need to install one. They normally come with setup instructions.
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06 Jun 2011   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VenusandMars View Post
Hi,
I then ran Device Manager to see what I could see and, not surprisingly, there were unknown, driverless ethernet adapter entries galore.

I then uninstalled those (the ones with an exclamation mark inside a yellow triangle) until I had a 'clean slate', then did a 'rescan for newly installed hardware' - no go.
Goran
Download all the missing drivers for your Notebook from here:
Dell - Support
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06 Jun 2011   #4
whs

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What happens if you connect the notebook with the ethernet cable directly to the modem - if that works, then all you need is either an ethernet switch (for wired connection) or a router for wireless connection.
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07 Jun 2011   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ski View Post
The "10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet 56K v924 Internal Modem (Optional)" is actually 2 separate specs.
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet means the laptop has a wired network card that allows the laptop to be hardwired directly to either a DSL or cable modem, or hardwired directly to a router which is in turn hardwired to a DSL or cable modem.
56K v924 Internal Modem (Optional) means the laptop can be ordered with an internal dialup modem as an option.
Your laptop also apparently comes with a wireless network card for wireless Internet connectivity.

Normally, a router is required to connect 2 separate computers to the Internet.
A standard(wired) router allows both computers to be hardwired to the router's LAN ports.
A wireless router allows both computers to be either hardwired to 2 of the router's LAN ports, or one can be hardwired and the other configured to connect wirelessly, or both can be configured to connect wirelessly(assuming both have wireless network cards).

If you already have a router configured for Internet access, then to connect a 2nd computer to the Internet, go to Windows Help, type internet in the search box, select "Set up a second internet connection", and follow the instructions.

If you do not have a router, then you need to install one. They normally come with setup instructions.
Thank you ski. I do have a router (an old D-Link DI-604) that has performed well so far; It allows my stationary ASUS and HP Pavilion to share a broadband connection.
I tried using that at first, but it wouldn't recognize the Dell even though I know how to set it up using the wizard or else strongarm it (manual configuration).

I then connected the Ethernet cable directly to the Dell, same difference.
So, I don't think the router's the problem though that would have been preferable.
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07 Jun 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Download all the missing drivers for your Notebook from here:
Dell - Support
OK, thank you!
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07 Jun 2011   #7
ski

windows 7
 
 

You're welcome.

Did you try different RJ45 cables to connect the laptop to the router?

Did you try a different router LAN port?

Did Device Manager say the ethernet network adapter is "working properly"?

Did you enter the router's encryption passphrase(assuming it has one) during the laptop's network setup?

If those are ok and your router is configured for DHCP, then make sure the laptop is configured to obtain an IP address and a DNS server address automatically.

If that's ok, then it's possible the laptop's wired network card may either not be properly seated, or it may be DOA.
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07 Jun 2011   #8

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I have a Dell laptopwhich did the same thing when I got it, used too.After trying connections at home and work with several cables, it turned out to be the ethernet port. Check inside the port to make sure all the tiny wires are down in their little slots. That's what was wrong with mine.
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08 Jun 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ski View Post
You're welcome.

1 Did you try different RJ45 cables to connect the laptop to the router?

2 Did you try a different router LAN port?

3 Did Device Manager say the ethernet network adapter is "working properly"?

4 Did you enter the router's encryption passphrase(assuming it has one) during the laptop's network setup?

5 If those are ok and your router is configured for DHCP, then make sure the laptop is configured to obtain an IP address and a DNS server address automatically.

6 If that's ok, then it's possible the laptop's wired network card may either not be properly seated, or it may be DOA.
1: No, but the one I tried is a known, good cable, works (daily) on the PC I write this on

2: I connected it directly to my incoming ehernet cable

3: Yes, I ran Device Manager and, not surprisingly, there were unknown, driverless ethernet adapter entries

4: Not applicable

5: Right*

6: DOA sounds about right!*

*I took a screenshot of the BIOS settings and a few Speccy-screens of the relevant pages.
If you have any patience left, I ask you to please look at them as they probably tell you much more than they do me.

Thank you for hanging in there with me I really appreciate it!

Oops - wrong pictures - will post the correct ones asap...
...and here they are.


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08 Jun 2011   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I have a Dell laptopwhich did the same thing when I got it, used too.After trying connections at home and work with several cables, it turned out to be the ethernet port. Check inside the port to make sure all the tiny wires are down in their little slots. That's what was wrong with mine.
Hello Britton. Yes, at this point it certainly looks like you're right. I just uploaded some pic's of the setup; there seems to me nothing wrong in there.
Do you see anything wrong?
Cheers.
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