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.