Which slot should I use to plug in a new ethernet card into my Dell Dimension 3000 computer?

DeraldH February 16, 2011
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I have an old Dell Dimension 3000 that I use in my shop. It’s a reliable old clunker and it’s been almost trouble free for many years. Yesterday, the ethernet driver broke, and I cannot find a new one to download.

I have two ethernet cards to pick from that I could plug in, but there are 3 slots available and I have no idea witch one to use. The one that quit working was a built in on the motherboard. The middle slot has the phone plugins so there is an open slot on either side of that. Anyone know which one to use? Thanks!

  1. FIDELIS
    February 17, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Hello, this are the specifications for your motherboard:
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/SYSTEMS/dim3000/en/SM/specs.htm#wp1075910

    You have to get a network card for a PCI slot. Here is a link showing you how to change/replace hardware on PCI slots:
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/SYSTEMS/dim3000/en/SM/parts.htm#wp1043338

    This is a Dell link with all the drivers for your machine:
    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/devices.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&SystemID=DIM_CEL_3000&category=0&os=WW1&osl=EN

  2. Josh Fox
    February 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Either one will work as long as the slot is the same as the connection on the card. If you don't use the dial-up modem, you could even remove it to free up some space and allow for more air flow to keep the ethernet card cooler. But that's only if you don't use the dial-up modem.

    • Deraldhausmann
      February 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      To Josh from DeraldH-I plugged it in and it works perfect, the old Dell lives again! Thanks for the advice.