Originally Posted by Aawa
trying pinging the local ip address to see if it is looping back.
start, cmd, ping 127.0.0.1
if it returns back with no response you definetly fubarred your nic. You could always buy a pci nic since they are pretty cheap.
This will work even if the computer has no network card. So it's not a valid test of the hardware.
Originally Posted by Twinnuke
^ Yeah because there is no way a Cat5 cord could have pushed that much electricity through.
Oh yes they can. More than enough juice to fry a NIC. I once had to go to a site where lightning struck the building and it somehow crossed over into the Cat5 cables in the ceiling and fried the NICs in about six computers. The capacitors had leaked and turned into soupy blobs.