Proper Connections, driver software and compatible devices are some of the most important things that are required for setting up an Ethernet with Windows XP. Availability of Ethernet along with Windows XP is very much common nowadays. But there are lots of people who do not have any idea about the trouble-shooting of Ethernet connection. They face lots of confusion and anxiety when some problem occurs with the Ethernet connection or its compatibility with the Windows XP. Following are some of the instructions that you must follow for the purpose of trouble-shooting of Ethernet problems.

You must check whether the Ethernet device is working properly or not. Router and modem are the devices that are normally used for the Ethernet connection. LED (light emitting diode) of Modem indicates whether the device or port is working properly or not. Blinking light of connector indicates that LAN card or Ethernet card is attached with the motherboard. Similarly green lights of the modem indicate that Modem is getting enough energy for working and there is no problem with it. Same is in the case of other Ethernet devices like Router.

After checking the working of Modem or Router, you must check whether the cables for Ethernet are working properly or not. Problem occurs when these cables get warm. First of all, you must ensure that cables are placed in the ports in a desired manner. After this, you must check the connectors’ end of the cable. RJ45 connector is normally used for establishing the Ethernet connection. You must ensure that whether this connector is working properly or not. It can be checked by observing the Light indication of modem. If light of Modem is red or blinking rapidly then you must replace the old cable with the new Ethernet cable.

After checking the devices and cables, you must go for checking the performance of Network Card. It is basically a hardware that is placed into the slots of PCI (Personal Computer Interface). The port of this PCI can be seen at the rear end of the CPU’s casing. If light blinks at this port then it means that everything is Ok but if there is no light visible at this port then it means that something is wrong with the Software ort Hardware. In this case, you must remove the cover of casing and check that whether Network card has placed properly in the slots of PCI or not. If it is placed properly then place it in a proper manner.

Another issue that you must keep in mind is that whether the Network Card that you have placed in the PCI slots is compatible with Motherboard of your system or not. It is the reality that particular Network Card works properly only with particular Motherboard. You can check that whether the Network Card that you have placed in the PCI slots is compatible with Motherboard of your system or not with the help of guiding manual of your system.

The last thing that you must do in case of some problem is to update the drivers of Network card.