wabush
1 Copper

Ethernet driver for the Dell Inspiron 5101 Laptop

Had to reload windows and now I have a yellow question mark beside several system drivers; one of which is the ethernet controller.  I need to find and download the driver so that I can connect the laptop to the internet and download the rest of the missing drivers.  I don't know the brand name or any of the specifications for the ethernet card because there is none listed when I click on properties for the card.  Thanks in advance for any help that may be offered!

Repectfully,

William B

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TheRealFireblad
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Re: Ethernet driver for the Dell Inspiron 5101 Laptop

Welcome to the forums William

 

Try these?

 

But all the official drivers are available in the 'Drivers & Downloads' section on the Dell website (change your country if necessary).

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Thereal-dbk4297
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Re: Ethernet driver for the Dell Inspiron 5101 Laptop

Hello,

Dell computers require that the install or reinstall of Windows be done in a specific order or many problems can result. I will add the list below.

 

Note: Some devices may not function properly if the drivers are installed out of order.

Install your version of Windows.

Install the following software and drivers in the order listed below.


***** 1.***** Desktop System Software (DSS) or Notebook System Software (NSS) - A vital utility that provides critical updates and patches for the operating system. If you are reinstalling the operating system or updating all the computer’s drivers, it is imperative that this software be installed first.
Currently, the DSS and NSS are not required for systems with Windows Vista installed. This is located under the System and Configuration Utilities Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
2. Chipset - Helps Windows control system board components and controllers. This is located under the Chipset Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
3. Video Adapter - Enhances video performance. This is located under the Video Adapter Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
4. Network Interface Card (NIC) - Enhances the network controller for Internet or network access. This is located under the Network Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
5. Audio Adapter - Enables and enhances the audio controller. This is located under the Audio Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
6. Modem - Allows dialup capability. This is located under the Communication Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
7. Wireless Network Card - Enables and enhances the wireless network controller. This is located under the Network Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
8. Touchpad, Pointer, Trackstick, Mice, and Keyboards - Enhances the pointing device features. This is located under the Mouse & Keyboards Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
9. Other Devices
* Bluetooth Module
This is located under the Communication Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
* Dell Wireless Mobile Broadband Cards
This is located under the Communication Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
* PCMCIA/Smartcard controller
This is located under the Security Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.

Dell drivers and downloads page http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/.

NOTE: If your system download page offers a DSS or NSS file in the 'System and Configuration Utilities' Category. And you have already tried to install some drivers, you will need to reboot in Safe Mode to install the DSS or NSS file, and the chipset. Then reboot the system and install the rest of the drivers in the correct order.

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