The price exceeds the motherboard cost so no one fixes motherboard.
But you did reveal something good in your post. The MAC ADDRESS is the issue. The smaller chip that holds the MAC address would not be a hard to replace. But finding the equipment and person skilled to do the work is the issue. If this is worth doing I'd expect the bill to be in the thousand buck range.
Then again I'm surprised no one told you can change the MAC address.
http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=security/changemac among other methods.
So yes there are options here.
Recently one of my computers failed.
It wouldn't even post.
After checking everything I sent the MB to Tyan to see if they could fix it.
They tell me that the chipset has gone bad.
And that it can't be fixed.
I have an old piece of software tied to this board. The vendor has gone out of business, so moving the software to another computer can't be done.
Tyan is shipping the old board, and a replacement board to me.
(The replacement is supposed to be the exact same model.)
They say that they can't replace that no one can physically replace
a chipset. It messes up ... something.
Is that true?
Shouldn't a talented person be able to take the chipset from
the replacement board, and install it into my old board?
Or perhaps it is possible to move the hardware piece where the
MAC address is held, from the old board to the new board?
(Since the software is tied to the MAC address)
Thanks for your thoughts