Ethernet port does not work

We has a severe lighting storm a couple of months back, and ever since the storm I have not been able to connect to the internet on my desktop computer. The computer is running Windows XP with a VIA KM400-8237 motherboard according to the DXDIAG. The computer boots up fine and runs fine but it will not detect when I plug in the Ethernet cable from the router. I had to replace the router and modem from the storm also after the surge protector was fried.

I was wondering if lightening could have came through the Ethernet cable, which did not have any form of surge protection, or what could be wrong with the motherboard? I tried to google a network driver for the motherboard but I had no such luck.

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  1. Hi :)

    I own computer shops and have seen this before....yes it could have blown the Ethernet port...

    You can get a pci card with another Ethernet port on it... that should work or an Ethernet to USB adapter..

    All the best Brett :)
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