mrfatbox - tried it and no luck
hawkeye - checked my router settings but will go back and look again for DHCP
sidenote, I decided to try out a seperate network adapter just to see if that would do anything. Picked up a D-link Wireless N300 USB adapter and now I've got internet no problem...leaves me to wonder about the network adapter on the motherboard but i will first try what Hawkeye suggested.
Glad it works, but it still makes me wonder if something else isn't coming into play. Some routers have seperate configurations for wired and wireless. So now you have to ask yourself, is it the network adapter on your computer that failed or is the router not set up properly for wired connection. If you have another device around that you could hardwire to the network, that would give you some insight.