How to Install an Ethernet Card on an eMachine

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You can add an Ethernet card to your eMachine so you can connect the computer to a router or your Internet provider's modem with an Ethernet cable instead of a telephone cord. Installing the card takes a little bit of time, but even with little knowledge of computer repair, you can add the card to your computer yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Ethernet card
  • Disconnect the power cord for the eMachine on the back of the computer. Disconnect all of the devices from the front and back of the computer. This includes the keyboard, mouse, printer and any devices plugged into USB ports.

  • Locate the screws holding the cover on the tower. Depending on the model eMachine you have, the cover is held on with Phillips-head screws --- one screw on the top and on the bottom left and right side or with one screw at the top and bottom on the right side. Slide the cover backward toward the back of the computer to reveal the inside of the computer.

  • Locate the modem card on the inside of the computer. The modem card is on the backside on the tower. If you are unsure where the card is located, look on the outside back of the tower. You see where you plug in the telephone line. This is the modem card. Look inside the computer and find the modem card. The empty slot underneath the modem card is where you will install the Ethernet card.

  • Remove the slot cover. Slide the Ethernet card into the slot just under the modem card. Line up the Phillips-head screw hole with the screw hole inside the computer. Tighten the screw to hold the card in place.

  • Replace the tower cover. Tighten the screws that hold the cover in place. Replace the disconnected devices. Plug in the power cord. Turn on the computer.

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