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As long as you have an open slot you can install a network card.
I've done this before with new computers whose nics were not yet
supported in Linux. And it is much less expensive than replacing
One other thought...have you checked the BIOS to make sure the
nic is enabled?
As you can here, here and here there are quite a few models. Hardware may vary between them so it would help if you boot the machine and attach 'dmesg' output as plain text file or provide hardware specs from your machines documentation or point to your model in one of these three lists or as listed elsewhere on the 'net. Also please fill in your distribution details in your http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/usercp.php.