Just yesterday I completed my first ever PC build.. a very nerve-racking experience! The computer is functional however.. to the best of my knowledge it has recognized my hard drive, optical drive, RAM, and GPU. I'd installed Windows 7 64, and all the drivers that came with the motherboard and GPU, but when I tried to connect to the internet via Ethernet cable (the very same one I had just unplugged from my previous, Internet-usable desktop), I got absolutely nothing. No light from the back of the port, and Windows won't acknowledge that I have something plugged in to that spot. After some internet searching, someone mentioned something about going into the BIOS/EFI and checking to see if the LAN was enabled. So I did; it was disabled, so I enabled it and restarted the computer. Still nothing. I even got on a different computer and downloaded the latest drives to a thumb drive to install on my new computer. Still no light, no connection.
Is it possible I missed something when I was plugging things into the motherboard? Could the port itself have been shorted. I'm considering purchasing an ethernet->usb adapter or LAN adapter that I can put in a PCI slot in the interium. Any idea would be appreciated.
I could not get an ethernet connection when I first booted. After double checking the connection I noticed that the cable had to be jammed in to get the connection light to come on. I never herd a click when inserting the cable but it is now functional.