Hi, this will be my first post on the TS forums (and I'm sure it won't be my last). Today, I present to you a recurring problem regarding my connectivity (or lack thereof). Before I begin to explain my situation, I will tell you the detail that I have found in each case. This problem seems to occur every single time there is a sudden power outage, even when there is power again, it fails to function properly. The problem that I have is somewhat stated in the thread topic, however I will explain it again anyways. When I turn on my computer (after an outage), everything loads properly as it should, however, the LAN display says "Local Area Connection Cable is Unplugged". Now, after trial and error, I have come to the conclusion it is NOT the ethernet cable, but it must be a problem within the computer itself. I know it is not a problem with the ethernet cable, router, or DSL box because I have plugged it into a laptop and it works fine. I checked all the connectivity from the computer, and it physically says that the cable is connected (the LED's light up in the back). I wouldn't be bothered if it was an incorrect diagnosis that allowed me to still use internet, but not only is it incorrect, but it discontinues my internet use. I have left it alone in the past, and it somehow comes back online, but I would really appreciate it if someone could help me solve this problem (or protect against future problems). I have tried the following remedies: -replacing the ethernet cable -uninstalling the intel 10/100 ethernet card (then reinstalling it) -unchecked the "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" option in the NIC props -Changed the Linkspeed and Duplex speed, I have tried 100/full, 10/full, 100/half,10/half, and autodetect. -tried system restore to an earlier time -unplugging everything, waiting a while, then rebooting all of it I have not tried: - restoring the computer to "Fail-Safe" option - reformatting computer [btw] I have windows XP SP2 installed.