Inspiron 8600 Ethernet controller driver

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Inspiron 8600 Ethernet controller driver

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Please someone help!!!

  I have an Inspiron 8600 and I have reformatted the hard drive, installed all of the necessary drivers from the disk, plus drivers from a disk I copied off the hard drive before attempting this hell. I need an ethernet controller driver so I can get on my cable modem at home to update the computer. I can not find anything the Drivers & Downloads page to help me. I would ask that no one give me that link and here's why: I can not connect to a faster internet than dial-up without the ethernet controller added and I need to install the Dell dowload manager; however, in order to install the manager I need to first install the .net framework that is 63mb of data! I can't save the .net file onto a disk so I have to be connected to more than dial-up....thus I have been running in circles. I have also tried downloading and installing drivers from the Intel website but that's not helping either. I can't find the specific ethernet drive needed so maybe that's part of the problem.

  I tried the Dell Support Chat and of course they told me to download two drivers of the downloads page but they sent me in circles as well. I am at my wits end here and have a small amount of hair left on my head. Hopefully, someone can help me?

  Merry Christmas :)

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  • Hello,

    You should have no problems if you follow the required install 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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