Ethernet Cable won't work!!

I recently had to re-install my OS. After I did so I am now only able to connect to my cable modem via a USB cable. When attempting to use an ethernet cable my modem flashes "link" and the connector at my computer flashes but I get nothing. I have tried everything short of starting over with the OS again. any help?!?
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  1. Did you install the driver for your NIC?

    Grumpy
  2. connect to the net via usb, run windows update and look for the optional updates for drivers.
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