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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 05:43 AM - Thread Starter
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Could lighting/thunder in my area just kill the Ethernet port on the motherboard?

I have an asrock z370 extreme 4. Yesterday we got hit by some thunder and lightning mid day. Shortly after that I noticed my FIOS internet was out. Just thought it was normal. After checking some stuff and using an old laptop i verified that WAN cable from the ONT was connecting fine. Seemed like the wan port and half the ports of the router got fried, and the Ethernet port on my mobo also got fried? No matter what I do it doesn’t get any Ethernet signals but if I unplugged it and plug the same cable into my laptop it’s connected. I’ve already reinstalled windows to get the exactly same error as with the old install.

“the intel(r) ethernet connection (2) i219-v adapter is experiencing driver- or hardware-related problems” is all I ever get

I have a buddy bringing me another router to test and see if the ports on mine actually got messed up, but is it even possible for lighting/thunder to just effect the Ethernet port? I’ve been trying to fix this for like 20 hours now and that’s my only conclusion. I’m very mind blown atm.

Sorry if this is the incorrect area. Please move to correct thanks.
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Same happened to me a few years back, I saw the flash of lightening and about 2 seconds later the internet stopped. The router was dead, wouldn't even turn on again and my PC wouldn't boot Windows unless I disabled the ethernet adapter in BIOS, that was also fried. Luckily it was a high end motherboard with two adapters, I was able to switch to the one I wasn't using at the time.

Unfortunately it's definitely possible that you've damaged your router and anything wired to it.


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Quote: Originally Posted by Darren9 View Post
Same happened to me a few years back, I saw the flash of lightening and about 2 seconds later the internet stopped. The router was dead, wouldn't even turn on again and my PC wouldn't boot Windows unless I disabled the ethernet adapter in BIOS, that was also fried. Luckily it was a high end motherboard with two adapters, I was able to switch to the one I wasn't using at the time.

Unfortunately it's definitely possible that you've damaged your router and anything wired to it.
Well, ****. I’m just gonna get one of those cheap USB to Ethernet adapters to see if that’ll save me for now. Still waiting on my buddy so we can check if the router is fried. The lights still go on on the front and only Ethernet port 4 lights up. 3 lights up for 2 seconds then dies and the other ports never light up, lol. If anything I’ll check if I can still RMA the board but I don’t really want to take my entire pc apart.
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Yes, it can happen. Rare, but did happen to me many years ago. Doesn't help that I live in the most lightning prone area in the USA though and never power down during our daily afternoon heavy thunderstorms in the Summer.


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Yes, it can happen. Rare, but did happen to me many years ago. Doesn't help that I live in the most lightning prone area in the USA though and never power down during our daily afternoon heavy thunderstorms in the Summer.
Just caught me off guard since we didn’t lose power. Nothing surged in the household or anything. We just got 2 extremely loud lightning and thunder. Sounded like something exploded and the entire sky went white. Then couple minutes later we have no internet in the house but everything else was fine.

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