PCI Network Card Fried; Need New Solution

Token White Guy

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My PCI network card fried last night. I don't want to replace it though. What I want to do is hook an ethernet cable to my PC and plug the other end to a wireless network adapter. Here's the problem, I don't know what I'm looking for. I had the same type of setup for the first gen Xbox but I lost that piece years ago. Any suggestions on what I need to look for? :arrrh:
 

Sinn Fein

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If the PCI NIC is fried what, exactly, do you plan on connecting the the ethernet cable to in said PC? Or are you talking about a wirless card that got fried?

I don't know what you are looking for either. Maybe a wireless gaming adapter something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002MH3HE/?tag=wackbagcom-20

FYI, PCI NIC cards are dirt cheap, wired or wireless.

Another option would be a USB wireless network adapter, or even a USB wired network adapter.
 

Token White Guy

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That seems like a colossal waste of money, but more power to ya.
Every PCI network card I buy turns into garbage a few months in. I've been through 3, all different brands. I thought I'd buy something different for the same price and see how it works.
 

Sinn Fein

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Understood.

Those wireless gaming adapters are expensive compared to the cost of a PCI card, that's all.

You probably have a bad motherboard or at least a bad PCI slot. I worked on a system once that would eventually fry anything that was installed in the first PCI slot.
 

Token White Guy

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Understood.

Those wireless gaming adapters are expensive compared to the cost of a PCI card, that's all.

You probably have a bad motherboard or at least a bad PCI slot. I worked on a system once that would eventually fry anything that was installed in the first PCI slot.
That's my first thought too. I thought my mobo was eating my PCI cards but I changed the sound card (cheap one I was testing) where network adapter use to be and it's completely fine. Products dealing with networking don't love me.
 

Bobobie

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A Wireless adapter seems like a waste for a desktop PC, seeing that it's stationary and a wired connection is always going to be faster and more reliable.