How to network eight PCs?

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Hi there!

I need a little assistance with my computers. I currently have eight computers, and I am starting to render farm for UDK and After Effects.

I am having a problem with one particular computer—the Dell Dimension 2350—because the Ethernet wouldn’t work in it.

I have tried the following drivers I found in Dell’s website but they all didn’t work—

I even installed Intel845GL chipset driver before I tried the Ethernet drivers but I didn’t find any luck.

I am including in this message the link to the specifications of my computer so you may use it reference:…cs.htm#1101572

I am really hoping you could help me. Thanks in advance! 

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Answered By 0 points N/A #105922

How to network eight PCs?


Hi Ramgen,

First of all you have to determine which type of Network card is installed on your desktop pc.

In order to identify the same, please check the following:

1- Check the rear of the pc, If the network card is located towards the bottom along with other PCI cards if any, it will be “The Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Network PCI card”

2- If it is located next to the USB ports in the center then the card is ” The Broadcom 4401 Integrated NIC”

What you need to do is to remove already installed network card drivers.

If you are using win XP, right click on my computer, select properties, select device manager, and locate the network card. Simply click on uninstall.

If you are using win7, perform the same steps, except the device manager will be on the left side of the pane on my computers properties.

However, before performing the above, you must have downloaded the correct driver for the network card.

If the card is The Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Network PCI card, then download it here:

Also do download here

And if the card is: The Broadcom 4401 Integrated NIC then download it here:

Also please download this

Just double click on the particular driver to install and after installation of driver, double click on the diagnostic utility to finalize installation.

Hope fully your issue will be resolved.


Answered By 572230 points N/A #105923

How to network eight PCs?


I would say that the adapter itself is that the cause of this issue. Re-install the driver should take care of the problem with this particular computer. The dell support website you have posted should give you the guide on fixing this problem but apparently, it did not work for you.

If you still have the CD provided by your Dell manufactures, you can install this driver manually.

  1. Go to Start, Control Panel
  2. Hardware and Sound
  3. Device Manager
  4. Network Adapters
  5. Click the (X) to expand
  6. Highlight the Ethernet adapter installed
  7. Left click update drivers
  8. Insert the CD in the CD rom
  9. Follow the installation wizard

Now, these steps will update the Ethernet card installed but if this doesn't work, try and consider replacing or installing another Ethernet adapter.

This is just to isolate the problem, because of the possible hard drive issue.

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