Ok, I have tried everything I can possibly think of, so you guys here are my last resort. I am running windows xp home on a custom box. I turned on my pc a few days ago to find a message saying my network cable was unplugged when in reality nothing had changed and it is still plugged in. This all happened after a rather large virus took over, so i thought maybe i missed it, so i did a fresh wipe and install of xp, still no fix. I went and bought a new nic thinking maybe the onboard one was fried, and this does not fix my problem either.
I know the cables and router are all good, I can connect with my laptop using the same cables and setup, and have even tried with various combinations.
After researching I read some obscure post by somebody mentioning maybe a setting, but I can not find anything at all. I would appreciate any ideas or help someone could give me would be appreciated short of rebuilding a new pc.