PROSet for your wired Ethernet adds tabs to the network connection properties in Windows device manager. I run "devmgmt.msc" as a shortcut to open device manager. An Intel support article, Where is Intel® PROSet and what is it?, gives a little more information.
As to why you can't get a connection on the Internet port of your Linksys router, I am not sure what is happening here. Perhaps using an Ethernet crossover cable would help. However, with most equipment these days, you don't need a crossover cable. Hopefully, running the diagnostics will give you some help figuring this out.
Hello Mark, sorry for being a bit late, but I started to lose hope with my ethernet card...
I went to the link you kindly posted, downloaded the driver with full package (Intel PROSet) but again... I ended up here
ok! a breakthrough!
Managed to install the new driver with PROset software after unistalling the old driver through the registry (too bad that intel uninstall utilities didn't help).
Ran the intel diagnostic with cable connected to the yellow hub and blue hub (my wrtp54g linksys router). it showed no problem with the yellow hubs (althoug it will only establish connection if the speed is set to 10Mbps), while ~"cable crossover dismatch"~ message showed with the blue socket. so it is clear that I have to change to the cable with crossover type. will try it and post feedback.
I have question here:
Perhaps using an Ethernet crossover cable would help. However, with most equipment these days, you don't need a crossover cable. Hopefully, running the diagnostics will give you some help figuring this out.
My notebook is 2005/2006 model, shouldn't my Ethernet card has the auto switch [Automatic MDI/MDI-X] capability to work with all kind of cables? or it is too old for this technology?
I am learning new thing! thanks people
I am happy you managed to make some progress. As to your question on the crossover cable, the automatic detection feature is not part of the standard when it comes to 10/100 Ethernet. Therefore, you never know if you will need the crossover cable or not. When you plug into normal switch or hub ports, a straight cable works fine as you found out.