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Ethernet cable won't detect when plugged into computer.

A storm came through and knocked out the power, now my computer won't detect ethernet cable and I'm unable to connect to the Internet. I'm typing this on my phone. Any help would be appreciated.
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  1. First, reset your internet router. Find the router at the other end of the network cable, and unplug it or turn it off with the switch if it has one, then restart it after 30 seconds. If it has a reset button somewhere on that you can also press that.
  2. First, reset your internet router. Find the router at the other end of the network cable, and unplug it or turn it off with the switch if it has one, then restart it after 30 seconds. If it has a reset button somewhere on that you can also press that.

    I tried that but it still says ethernet cable isn't connected.
  3. What do you see in the device manager, under "network adapters?" In Windows 7 or Vista, right-click Computer in the Start menu, to go Properties and select "device manager" on the left hand pane. In Win 8, right-click in the bottom right hand corner and select "device manager" in the menu.
  4. I see all the devices, drivers, monitor, keyboard etc.
  5. Right, what specifically is shown under the "network adapters" category? Click the arrow to expand that category. Also, is there anything with an error (exclamation point) under "other devices?"
  6. Realtek Pete February Family Controller. I opened that and the device status says it's running properly.
  7. Realtek PCIe Family Controller* autocorrect changed it to Pete.
  8. Realtek PCIe Fe Family Controller. No typos in that one. The driver is running properly.
  9. Alright, what happens if you disable and re-enable the network controller? That option is in the right-click menu on the device
  10. Still doesn't connect or detect the ethernet cable.
  11. What exactly are you seeing when you mouse over or click on the network icon in the system tray? What is the message you see?
  12. Not connected - No connections are available.
  13. Well it is possible the power outage damaged the network controller. If that is the case you can install a PCI or PCI-express network card like

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704060
  14. The Internet worked for 5 minutes after the outage. Then stopped so I reset the modem and it worked again then shortly stopped. Does this change anything?
  15. Intermittent connection could still be due to a damaged network controller. As a troubleshooting step you could create an Ubuntu boot disk, and boot that into Live CD mode (that is, select "try ubuntu" rather than "install ubuntu" when the choice comes up such that it loads the Ubuntu system from the DVD without modifying the system). However you would need another system with a working internet connection to download the image from Ubuntu.com before you can burn it to a blank DVD.
  16. If the same problems happen in Ubuntu that rules out a Windows software error
  17. I'm going to order that part from Newegg and replace it and hopefully that'll fix it.
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    Helpmeplease13 said:
    I'm going to order that part from Newegg and replace it and hopefully that'll fix it.


    It should work. Network cards like that aren't too expensive at least.

    Just make sure you have a compatible slot first (newer systems should have PCI-express ports that fit the card I linked but if its a bit older it might use regular PCI)
  19. The computer is less than a year old so the one you linked should be good right?
  20. Yes, it would have PCI-e slots. Make sure the PC is turned off when you open it and insert the card, then start up and run the install disk that comes with the card to install the driver.
  21. SchizTech said:
    If the same problems happen in Ubuntu that rules out a Windows software error


    SchizTech said:
    Helpmeplease13 said:
    I'm going to order that part from Newegg and replace it and hopefully that'll fix it.


    It should work. Network cards like that aren't too expensive at least.

    Just make sure you have a compatible slot first (newer systems should have PCI-express ports that fit the card I linked but if its a bit older it might use regular PCI)


    My motherboard doesn't have any PCI slots, all there is is a box type thing that has the ethernet and USB ports. Would a USB plugin with an ethernet female port work instead of a new adapter?
  22. SchizTech said:
    If the same problems happen in Ubuntu that rules out a Windows software error


    SchizTech said:
    Helpmeplease13 said:
    I'm going to order that part from Newegg and replace it and hopefully that'll fix it.


    It should work. Network cards like that aren't too expensive at least.

    Just make sure you have a compatible slot first (newer systems should have PCI-express ports that fit the card I linked but if its a bit older it might use regular PCI)


    My motherboard doesn't have any PCI slots, all there is is a box type thing that has the ethernet and USB ports. Would a USB plugin with an ethernet female port work instead of a new adapter?
  23. No, the slots are inside the PC. You have to take the side cover off to get to it. There will also be covers of some sort in the slots in back of the case corresponding to each PCI or PCI express slot, which you remove to insert a card.
  24. However, if you don't feel up to doing that, a USB adapter will work.
  25. SchizTech said:
    No, the slots are inside the PC. You have to take the side cover off to get to it. There will also be covers of some sort in the slots in back of the case corresponding to each PCI or PCI express slot, which you remove to insert a card.


    I took off the cover and looked at the board. No PCI slots. I ordered a USB Lan ethernet port. Hopefully that works. Thanks for your help.
  26. It's rather odd for there not to be any slots at all. DO you see short little slots like the two in this picture?



    Those will fit a PCIe network card. But the USB should work either way
  27. SchizTech said:
    It's rather odd for there not to be any slots at all. DO you see short little slots like the two in this picture?

    Those will fit a PCIe network card. But the USB should work either way


    I bought this from Amazon instead.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00484IEJS?cache=91be8a60c834369c33c76b88ba0af949&pi=SX200_QL40&qid=1403756580&sr=8-1#ref=mp_s_a_1_1
    I checked the motherboard and couldn't find any slots that looked similar to a PCI slot.
  28. Out of curiosity what's the make and model of your system?

    Either way, good luck with the adapter you ordered.
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