If yes and it's still not working ... installing a PCI network interface card would be the 'logical' and 'economical' alternative.
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I recently had to replace the motherboard on my Dell XPS200 desktop running on Windows XP. The computer was spontaneously shutting down like it was overheating, and after replacing the power supply, it continued to do so. I had the motherboard replaced, and now it's working fine, except that the network card won't connect to the internet. Device manager says it's working fine, and the diagnostics also check out except for the "Link" test which failed. When it's hardwired, the indicator light doesn't turn on at all (no green or yellow). I've tried reinstalling the drivers and reinstalling Windows XP, but it's still unresponsive. Also, possibly related, my printer, which connects via USB, isn't being recognized, but my wireless mouse, which connects via USB also, is recognized fine.
The computer is outside of the warranty, so the fun people at Dell won't lift a finger. Is it possible that when the motherboard was replaced, it fried the connections to the network card? The next logical step would be to get a new network card and see what happens, but I thought I'd see if anyone on here had any advice. Any help would be greatly appreciated.