Ok... here is the deal. I use a Shuttle MN31/N with nForce2. It has on-board LAN and has been working great for 2 years now.
Well, last night I was playing World of Warcraft ( ) and when I logged out, my computer froze. This was the first time that has happened, ever. I know it isn't spyware. I rebooted and the computer didn't even post! I re-rebooted and it was fine. (To avoid all comments about electricity, I have my computer on a battery back-up)
So I call Verizon (I have DSL) and they tell me to do ipconfig... Even I was surprised at the results... it was showing that there were no network connections.
I figured it was something simple, so I went and checked the BIOS settings. Everything was enabled. So I checked device manager, and sure enough only 1394 connection (the controller, not the actual adapter) was there.
So, I tried disabling and re-enabling the on-board LAN to see if it would pick it up as needing drivers or something. It didn't. So, I took the CD that came with it and tried to reinstall drivers... still nothing.
So THEN I try to manually add the hardware... the result was embarrassing. Still nothing. As a final stand... I flashed the BIOS... no change. I even checked the back and the green and yellow lights are on. On the router it shows me as being connected.
I just don't get it. If anyone has ANY advice, I'd appreciate it. I would just go buy a new card, but I have a low-profile case which makes obtaining one that will fit a challenge.