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Do I need an NIC?

post #1 of 9
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I've been needing to change my 8800GT's fan to teh DuOrb, but I don't have any room to do so. All my PCI slots are taken up. One of them I have a wireless card (US Robotics MaxG adapter) and in another, I've got a Realtek RTL8139 NIC. Since I'm only going wireless and am not using my Realtek NIC, do I need to keep it on?
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post #2 of 9
As long as you're using wireless internet, there's no need for the NIC.

EDIT: Post #1500, woot lol.
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post #3 of 9
Yeah, you don't need a NIC if you are going wireless.
post #4 of 9
They are both NICs - one of them just happens to not need a physical connection to the network. You can remove it.
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post #5 of 9
One question...

According to your motherboard layout (MSI AMETHYST MS-7184), don't you already have an onboard NIC card built in?

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...name=c00399477






#4 is your onboard NIC card, therefore you definitely wouldn't need an additional NIC card if that one is working.

But yeah, if you are 100% wireless, you don't need a wired PCI NIC card in your system for network/internet connections.
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post #6 of 9
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Maybe.....

Yea, you're right. It is onboard my mobo.

Actually it isn't the NIC that's in my last PCI slot, it's an Agere PCI Modem card, which I also do not need since I am wireless.

Thx for the input anyway.
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post #7 of 9
PCI modem? Was that for dial up?

If so, then yeah... I'd get rid of that ASAP if you have no plans to do dial up internet connections in the future.
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post #8 of 9
I actually heard now that anything dial-up will actually make your computer blow up....
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post #9 of 9
More like hardcore overclock it.
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