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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 "". 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.


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Is the issue that you have no network connectivity using the wired adapter or you cannot join the domain? – Dave M Jan 10 '13 at 14:20
@Suzan Kowalski i would install the .Net Framework then, the try is worth it – Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Jan 10 '13 at 14:41

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