Gateway computer won't connect to internet but not yoiur usual problem

mmcl26554

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Hello,
My Gateway GZ7112 suddenly decided it would not connect to the internet when plugged into any of the 4 ports on the router (tried 2 routers), But will connect just fine when plugged into a switch which is connected to the same router? This is strange!
 

mmcl26554

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The computer once worked fine connected to any of the routers I have tried, this issue is recent in the past 2 weeks. So something has changed in the computer. Since the Ethernet cards are integrated into the motherboard I suspect the fix is replace the motherboard, they are only $39, not big money but I want to be sure before I spend it.
Michael
 

mmcl26554

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I think the integrated eithernet card on the motherboard has become defective, but I wanted some help in deciding if this is true before I replace the MB. Opinions are welcome!
Michael
 
Why replace the entire motherboard, why not just get a cheap $5-10 ethernet card on ebay? They even come in PCI or USB versions, take your pick. I can't see replacing the motherboard for a simple problem such as this.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=%28pci%2Cusb%29+-%28female%2Cconnector%2Cf%2Cjack%2Cbooster%29+ethernet+adapter&_sacat=0&_odkw=%28pci%2Cusb%29+-%28female%2Cconnector%2Cf%2Cjack%29+ethernet+adapter&LH_BIN=1&_sop=15&_osacat=0

Heck, I see a few as cheap as $2-3 shipped (nothing fancy, cheap items from HongKong, but it should work).
 

mmcl26554

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This computer has only a mini-pci slot where the wireless card is (it works ok). If I could find an ethernet care to go there I might consider it. However, ethernet works OK when plugged into a switch, just won't work when plugged into the router (I have tried several). My only concern is the mother board on the way out totally. Right they are $32, quite cheap.