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Aftermath of Replaced Motherboard

by phillybruin / November 9, 2007 7:30 AM PST

Hey there,
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.

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And the device is 'ENABLED' in the BIOS ?
by VAPCMD / November 9, 2007 8:06 AM PST

If yes and it's still not working ... installing a PCI network interface card would be the 'logical' and 'economical' alternative.

Let us know.


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Correct Chipset Drivers Installed?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 9, 2007 8:24 AM PST

If the applicable chipset drivers were installed and it's still not working, it IS possible the motherboard is faulty.

Who actually replaced the motherboard? If it's not working, then the tech that replaced it is responsible to make it work.

Hope this helps.


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No light at all
by Steven Haninger / November 9, 2007 9:46 AM PST

would mean no or improper hardware connection. This could be the NIC itself, cable, or the device it connects to. You could move the NIC to another slot if you haven't done so. I've had NICs show OK in Windows but not work. Of course the only way to rule it out would be to try it in another machine. That gets tricky with XP machines, however. NICs are worth 3 points.

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(NT) I'm thinking this was an 'onboard' ?
by VAPCMD / November 9, 2007 10:14 AM PST
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by BrianZachary / November 10, 2007 1:18 AM PST

"my printer, which connects via USB, isn't being recognized, but my wireless mouse, which connects via USB also, is recognized fine."

Did you install the drivers for this printer or any software needed for the printer to be recognized and run?

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