A network cable is not properly plugged in [Fixed]

By Enya Zhang  Network issues  driver   0 Comment

A network cable is not properly plugged in or may be broken error message shows up on your computer screen? You’re definitely not the only one. But don’t worry – it’s fixable…

Fixes for A network cable is not properly plugged in or may be broken

Here’re 3 fixes that have helped other users resolve their problem; just work your way down until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Update your network adapter driver
  2. Clean your Ethernet port
  3. Power cycle your PC

Fix 1: Update your network adapter driver

Important: If you don’t have proper Internet access on the problem computer at the moment, you can connect your computer to a WiFi network to update your network adapter driver.

This problem may occur if you are using the wrong network adapter driver or it’s out of date. So you should update your network adapter driver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

4) Restart your computer and see if the
A network cable is not properly plugged in or may be
broken
problem has been resolved. If yes, then congrats! But if the issue still lingers on, move on to Fix 2, below.


Fix 2: Clean your Ethernet port

You may also encounter the A network cable is not properly plugged in or may be broken problem if there’s dirt or lint inside your Ethernet port and it’s blocking the network connection. So you should clean your Ethernet port to see if it fixes the problem.

Before doing this, simply unplug the ethernet cable from the port. Then use a piece of dry and clean cloth to gently wipe the port clean.

After that, reconnect the Ethernet cable, and check to see if the error has disappeared.


Fix 3 : Power cycle your PC

If the fixes above proved no joy, you can power cycle your PC to refresh your Internet connection and see if it fixes the issue.

Here’s how to do it:

I’m using a laptop PC:

I’m using a desktop PC:

I’m using a laptop PC:

1) Unplug the charger, power off your laptop and remove the battery.

2) Long press the power button for at least 30 seconds and wait for 10 minutes.

3) Put the battery back in, charge your laptop and boot it up.

4) Check the network and see if the
A network cable is not properly plugged in or may be
broken
has been solved.

I’m using a desktop PC:

1) Power off your computer and remove ALL of the power cables.

2) Long press the power button for at least 30 seconds and wait for 10 minutes.

3) Plug the power cables back in and boot up your PC.

4) Check the network and see if the
A network cable is not properly plugged in or may be
broken
has been solved.


How have the fixes above helped you with your troubleshooting? Do you have any experiences or ideas to share with us? Feel free to drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts. 

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