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Posted 22 April 2009 - 11:04 PM

Ok, I fired up my PC, all went well, got into 7, no problems...
But then, everything went wrong. The network suddenly started failing.
Disable and Enable eventually didn't help anymore. So I booted to XP, to see if that was the problem. But sadly, no help
I did get the NIC te be recognized, and to identify if there was a cable connected or not, but that was it. Nothing more.

It's an nForce board (nForce4 series I think, ASUS M2N4-SLI m/b), anyone had this problem?

I luckily had an old Intel Pro/100S adapter in the closet, so, I do have network, but I hate spending a PCI-slot on a network card! I'm used to having my TV card there. But no PCI-slots left now :davex:

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 12:48 AM

wow, this just happened to my daughter's dfi nf4 board! i had to salvage an old nic from a compaq box i had laying around. just died off like that, the nf4 one did. weird...

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 02:46 AM

I had a similiar problem a few months ago-
my Nforce board just stopped being able to communicate via either LAN port.
Everything seemed to be OK- but no internet.

After trying everything else I finally flashed the bios-
everything has worked perfectly since then.
It seems the bios was corrupted and it was affecting my LAN port.

It only takes a few minutes- give it a try.

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 04:13 AM

cool. her rig has been up for years w/o any updates to drivers, etc, and she is very protective/particular about what happens to the rig (if it works great, why bother), so i just fix stuff as it goes out (the mobo/gpu/psu/mem are really hanging in there, along w/the raptor raid...so i guess it's ok lol). the replacement nic was probably a good move, as it looks to be a weakness over time (no upgrades/oc for her. bios settings, etc. remain unchanged for years)...

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 12:13 PM

I had the same thing happen on an Intel board a couple of months ago. The onboard NIC died so I tried a PCI NIC, it failed. I tried another and it took. All is well since then but it all was a bit strange... :davex:

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 03:08 PM

Thnx to roadrunner, the onboard functions again.

I uninstalled the drivers completely, hard-resetted the BIOS (jumper-switch), reinstalled the NIC. All working again.

After that, I just changed my BIOS back to the settings I had (OC'd to 125%, my CPU's optimal performance for some reason)

Everything is working fine again. (Ow, and while I had my case open, I did some more cable-management :davex: )

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 03:45 PM

I was happy 20 minutes too soon.

It failed on me, about 20 minutes after my previous post. Reverted back to the PCI-card. All working again now, but I'm still confuzzled as of why and how this happened.

Dang, no more free PCI slots!




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