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Abit A8N lan problem (nForce4 chipset)

By csabyka
Mar 22, 2008
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  1. First, sorry for the topic, but I didn't find any solution for my problem.

    I have an Abit A8N motherboard with nForce4 chipset, and my lan port doesn't work. I don't know, what can be the reason of this problem, but it's annoying enough.
    I set the value in the BIOS 'Enabled' and installed the driver of my motherboard.
    Rarely the LEDs of the lan port are blinking, but when I sign up Windows, the system says: "Network cable is unplugged" . :confused:
    I read many forums, and - I think - I'm not the only one with my problem, but I didn't find any good solution.

    My short story: 2 days before I tried to plug a lan cable into my lan port (beetween a ruter and my PC), and i wondered that the led's are blinking. After that I installed the Windows, and during the installation the led-s shows that the lan is operating. Well, XP is done, I must install motherboard drivers...but when the setup utility makes the lan driver, it shows "Network cable is unplugged" again.

    Is this a configuration problem, or a hardware failure?

    I haven't got any idea to solve my problem, please help me!!! Thanks...
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,065   +84 Staff Member

    Go to Start > Run > devmgmt.msc > Ok. You should have a window in front of you displaying your hardware devices. Does anything have a question mark next to it?

    I assume you meant that you have an Abit AN8, not an Abit A8N. If that is the case, here is the page of drivers for your motherboard.
     
  3. csabyka

    csabyka TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, there isn't any question mark...all devices are right. The nForce Networking Controller says: "This device is working properly."

    (Yes, you're right, my mobo is an AN8. I confused it with the same ASUS board.)
     
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,065   +84 Staff Member

    Have you tried the Ethernet cable/devices with another PC?
     
  5. csabyka

    csabyka TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes yes. I tried it, and it works...
     
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,065   +84 Staff Member

    Welp, I'd say it's safe to bet your marbles on a defective NIC/motherboard.
     
  7. csabyka

    csabyka TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry, I don't understand your comment. :S
     
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,065   +84 Staff Member

    Haha, sorry.

    I was suggesting that I think your NIC or motherboard is defective if it's a known issue, and you're able to set the network up with the same components on another PC.
     
  9. csabyka

    csabyka TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Maybe you're right, but I would like to use my lan port...I think, it's an "nForce failure"
     
  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,065   +84 Staff Member

    Well, if you are confident that it is defective as well, run out and buy a PCI NIC.
     
  11. csabyka

    csabyka TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, it's a cheap solution, I know.
    But I think, maybe there is a problem with the phisically connection. I mean, the cable is connected without any problem, but there is a cut-off point "inside my lan port", and I'm afraid, I can't repair it. :(
     
     
  12. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,065   +84 Staff Member

    Don't know what to tell you. Are you not interested in a PCI NIC?
     
  13. csabyka

    csabyka TS Rookie Topic Starter

    As I told, you're right, because a PCI card is cheap, but there are just 3 PCI slot in my mobo.
    But I think I must give up the "problem-searching"... It's impossible to find the real problem...Thanks for the helping! :)

    There are many people, with the same problem, but I can't solve my one...
    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=4978
     
  14. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,065   +84 Staff Member

    Ah, I am sorry, I misunderstood you. If you don't want to occupy a PCI slot, why not consider a USB NIC?

    You're welcome :).
     
  15. csabyka

    csabyka TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Wow, great idea! :) Maybe I will buy one...thanks! ;)
    (I haven't heard about this network adapter)
     
  16. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,065   +84 Staff Member

    :) You're welcome, good luck!
     
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