Yes, I confirmed it was a hardware failure. I booted ubuntu and did an lspci command and the Ethernet controller did not appear on the list of pci devices. Additionally, multiple miscellaneous hardware motherboard problems are popping up.
It is still in warranty, but I don't know if I still have all the documentation/driver CD. Who do I even call? I've been searching the Asus site for a number, but they have made it sufficiently impossible to contact them. Should I call the retailer, Newegg?
I'd rather not be out my computer while I wait for Asia-based Asus to send me a new motherboard. Can they send me a new one and then I send them my broken one?
Will they even take it back? Who do I contact?
Call Asus at 510-739-3777 The place they RMA stuff out of is Indiana.