I recently purchased a ASUS N56VZ-DS71 for use at work. I set it up as I usually do but am unable to connect this laptop to the domain.
The laptop came with Windows 7 Home Premium and I wiped that out and installed Windows 7 Pro 64-bit so that it can be joined to a domain.
I downloaded the drivers for the N56VZ from the ASUS website and most of these installed fine, but Ethernet still does not work.
I installed file "LAN_Atheros_Win7_64_Z201213.zip". It installed correctly with no errors. In Device Manager > Network Adapters it's listed as:
Atheros AR8161/8165 /PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20)
and Windows reports that "the device is working correctly".
I can confirm that the Ethernet cable and switch to which it's connected are functional.
Curiously, when I click on Network, it lists a wireless router and one desktop PC. (I can't try to connect to this PC as this staffer is away and I can't setup a share on it without his permission).
On a sidenote, I started to install the WiFi driver but it said I needed to install Microsoft .NET framework first. Not sure this is relevant.
Any advice is appreciated.