Windows hates networking
July 2, 2010 12:47 PM Subscribe
Non-working on-board NICs. Difficulty level: work fine in Linux, do not detect plugged in cable in Windows.
My on-board NICs (Realtek 8110SC built into Abit IP35 Pro motherboard) recently stopped working in Windows 7 (no change while booted into Linux, everything works peachy keen). By stopped working, I mean they show up in network devices and device manager with no errors, but do not detect a plugged in cable. The activity lights on the physical ports stay dark as well.
Googling this scenario leads to things like 'lightning shocked ports'. Which is obviously not the case here, because they work fine in Linux!
I can't exactly trace it to a driver update (the last was 4/27/2010 but I'm relatively certain they worked for a month or so after that), but that seems the obvious conclusion. Unfortunately, installing the latest drivers from Realtek (6/xx/2010) hasn't fixed anything. I'm at my wits end on this one...
Any idea what I could try or where I could find different drivers? (Realtek hides their ftp archives, so I can't browse there)