Lib (libram) wrote in thequestionclub,

Laptop Hardware

I recently inherited a Dell Inspiron 8500 from a friend of mine. Everything's working, but I can't seem to connect to the internet or my home network. It says my built in Ethernet card is disconnected, yet when I look in the device manager is says it's working properly.

If the built-in card itself is defunct (which it probably is), would buying a plug-in ethernet PC card work for getting me online? I'm not sure how laptop hardware works. What's that slot called, anyway? Should I get an ethernet PC card AND a wireless PC card to switch off when appropriate?

Do you recommend any specific (affordable) cards?

Thanks for the help.
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