YOU’VE MADE IT to the desk­top, so what’s next? That de­pends on a few fac­tors. Some moth­er­boards sup­port Eth­er­net con­nec­tions au­to­mat­i­cally, while oth­ers re­quire a driver to be in­stalled be­fore even con­nect­ing to any net­work. In our case, it’s the lat­ter. So, again on another sys­tem (or even on your An­droid phone, if you’re in a pinch), head to your mother­board model’s web page (Google your mother­board model—“Gi­ga­byte B360M D3H,” in our case—and choose the man­u­fac­turer’s URL). Then click the “Sup­port” or “Download” tabs, find the “LAN” sub­sec­tion, and download the rel­e­vant driver. Fi­nally, in­stall that on your desk­top, and it gives you ac­cess to the In­ter­net.

Once this is done, you’re go­ing to want to in­stall the re­main­ing driv­ers. First up is the chipset. From the same web­site, download the lat­est ver­sion of the chipset, along with any other soft­ware, and in­stall it di­rectly on your new sys­tem. We rec­om­mend that you in­stall the chipset first where pos­si­ble, be­fore any­thing else, such as RGB or util­ity ap­pli­ca­tions provided by the man­u­fac­turer, to stop any in­com­pat­i­bil­i­ties from oc­cur­ring.

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