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So lightning hit my building recently... Knocked out a lot of stuff... After getting everything back up and running though, it seems one of my network ports (onboard) doesn't work...

I used to attach my main connection here in my dorm to my PC and then have Ethernet running to my other devices that needed internet when they needed it (like game consoles) through my PC... Well since that lightning strike, my main port just doesn't seem to detect anything...

In the Windows Network and Sharing center it doesn't even display that port anymore, (used to say LAN1 and LAN2, now it just says LAN2)...

I have done a system restore to before when all this occurred in case it might have been software/driver related and reinstalled the drivers, nothing...

So is it possible that the port is simply fried and the rest of the motherboard is functioning fine or could this be something else?

Thank you.
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post #2 of 10
Yup very likely so..

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Yes, just like specific parts of our body can fail
    
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can a specific part of a car fail?

in my laptop something happened to the wlan switch or card or something... it still has the orange light but you can switch it all you want, it aint gunna change blue.

o.O iono if that made sense.
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Well damn I don't have any money to replace this + I am too lazy too.

Thanks for answers.

EDIT: And in terms of not knowing whether specific parts would fail... I hear often of entire boards failing from simple static discharge... So I figured if an actual component on the board fried it would screw voltage to everything and fry everything...

Or it would detect and issue and shut itself down to prevent damage...
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post #6 of 10
Indeed.
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my dads hp comp had this problem the surge took out his ethernet port so he bought a pci one and rocked on for another 2 years,
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Originally Posted by konspiracy View Post
my dads hp comp had this problem the surge took out his ethernet port so he bought a pci one and rocked on for another 2 years,
I can't do that... GTX470 and 260 are fairly large and block the rest of my ports apart from one at the top which I already have a PCI HDPVR in...

So they only way I can do that is to buy a 9800 for physx or just not use the 260 at all and I don't like things to go to waste because I have nothing else to do with the 260...
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post #9 of 10
This^^

Buy a cheap PCI LAN card and you're back and running again..

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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Squeets View Post
Well damn I don't have any money to replace this + I am too lazy too.

Thanks for answers.

EDIT: And in terms of not knowing whether specific parts would fail... I hear often of entire boards failing from simple static discharge... So I figured if an actual component on the board fried it would screw voltage to everything and fry everything...

Or it would detect and issue and shut itself down to prevent damage...
That depends on the board, and the voltage, and where that voltage turns up. Network and modem ports expect more surges than other areas, so they are often protected. But that protection often kills the port when it's triggered. Most likely, the rest of your board is fine, and a PCI network card will have it up and running sharpish.
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