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Ethernet LED keeps active and even blinks when the computer is turned off (Sabertooth Z87)

post #1 of 14
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Hi guys,

I was wondering if other Z87 owners have this 'thing' too?
It kinda bothers me when the LED from the ethernet port keeps active/online and even blinks (orange) when the computer is totally turned off.
Everything in the APM section in the bios is (already) disabled, so there it is not coming from.
I'm asking this question, because my dad has a P8P67 board and his ethernet LAN port LED has no activity when the computer is turned off.
So yeah, if anyone can clarify that this is totally normal on a Z87 board, I would really appreciate it.

Cheers!
Edited by unkind - 3/25/14 at 6:58am
post #2 of 14
I'd have to guess it's the WOL or Connected Standby, but it looks like you've already checked that.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
I appreciate your prompt reply.
True, I did checked that, but ASUS already disabled all those things by default.
So yeah, I'm really curious if any other people have this thing what I am experiencing.
Btw, all my drivers and bios version are up-to-date.
Edited by unkind - 3/25/14 at 6:50am
post #4 of 14
I'm going to be getting a z87 board soon, so I'll see if mine does that.
post #5 of 14

It is quite common. Lots of modern computers do this, as long as it is plugged it, it is never really off off. 

 

Either that, or its the NSA lol.

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It is quite common. Lots of modern computers do this, as long as it is plugged it, it is never really off off. 

Either that, or its the NSA lol.
NSA aside, the PHY may very well be powered off the 5VSB line in order to facilitate all the WoL-esqe features, even if they are off.
post #7 of 14
Correct, the Ethernet adapter is still receiving and processing packets even if the rest of the system is off.

It's not a motherboard thing but an Ethernet adapter thing. You have to check if the BIOS has an option that allows you to turn it off.
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@DuckieHo

First off thank you so much for your contribution to the thread, but ASUS disabled all those things by default (see pic), so I really don't know what to change anymore inside the bios for this particular 'thing'.


So I guess it's a Z87 thing and not something I should worry about?"rolleyes.gif
Edited by unkind - 3/25/14 at 7:43am
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@DuckieHo

First off thank you so much for your contribution to the thread, but ASUS disabled all those things by default (see pic), so I really don't know what to change anymore inside the bios for this particular 'thing'.


So I guess it's a Z87 thing and not something I should worry about?"rolleyes.gif


It could be that the motherboard is just not processing the WoL request even though the adapter is receiving it.


I have Intel PCIe NICs and they provide a flashing tool to allow you to reconfigure the NIC settings.
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But I just plug the LAN cable into the motherboards ethernet port.
I dont have any other ethernet cards installed, if that's what you're referring to.
The only thing left is an answer from someone who actually owns a Z87 board to clear up my question. redface.gif
I hope someone will eventually, because I worry myself way too easily about things.
Edited by unkind - 3/25/14 at 8:25am
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