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I want to know what this wire is and if it is necessary to use my Ethernet card.
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Edited by Vipervire, 19 April 2011 - 05:53 PM.

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We would need more info such as make and model number of the card.
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Where would I find those exactly?

Edited by Vipervire, 19 April 2011 - 03:16 PM.

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That looks like a daughter board - not common in PCs, assuming that's the motherboard in the foreground. What is the make and model of the computer and where does the other end of that wire go?

To answer your other question, typically there are no wires inside the computer that are used for or with the Ethernet card. The card plugs into a slot on the motherboard, normally a PCI slot, and the Ethernet cable is connected to the exterior side of the card, then out to some network device.
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The computer is a Compaq Deskpro En 6300. Here is a different perspective.
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Now one more image of the exterior of the case that is to the left of the image above. My guess right now is that is an audio cable, perhaps for a CD player.
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I would be curious to see what the outside of the case looks like for the board (what type of connections).

The HP site referenced AGP slots and pci so it is an older computer and might just be a old sound card.
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I added another photo. Sorry for the quality. My camera's auto focus is kind of screwed up.
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Edited by Vipervire, 19 April 2011 - 05:55 PM.

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I don't know what that wire is. If me, I would either leave it, or if curiosity took the best of me, unplug it and see what breaks. If it is needed, I don't see it hurting anything if you unplug it for a test. I would not unplug it while it is running, however. Shut it down and unplug from the wall first.
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