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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey all,

I am at my wit's end here. I got a pre-built pc from a friend. It was a Dell XPS Studio 7100. Everything was original except for the GPU, which was upgraded. 

My friends son wants me to build him a PC. So I took the parts from this Dell and rebuilt it in a newer case. I had to change out the PSU and added an SSD.


Here is my problem. I cannot get any Ethernet drivers to work. I installed them directly from the website using the service tag, and they install just fine, but when I go to look at the connection, no network adapter shows up!

There have been multiple posts on other sites like mine, but nothing has helped, so I am pulling out the big guns and asking the best community out there for help!



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do you see anything resembling an wired adapter in device manager? Does windows even recognize that you have the ability to connect via ethernet?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

There is a wired adapter within Device Manager, but of course it has the exclaimation mark. I have tried installing drivers using that directly, but it fails. When I go into network adapters it is completely blank. 

It is like, it knows something is there but no matter what I install for driver, windows 7 has no idea what to do with it. 

Could it be a windows 7 issue? 

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