OK, this happened a few weeks back. It got my ATT U-Verse modem, and at first, the PC had problems starting, until it did a self repair. ATT sends a tech with a new modem, but he then determins that my ethernet port is not "there" as no driver, so he sets me up with a wireless USB rangebooster, and gets me going via my wireless part of my internet package. Anyway, I've decided this wireless is too slow and inconsistant, and today I tried a new ethernet card in both ports, and it wouldn't work. Took it back and tried and got a USB ethernet adapter, was able to get it going with an update, and it worked great. Now, I shut the PC down, do a few hours of yardwork, and no green light on my ethernet part of my modem. Try reinstalling the new adapter, etc, then my PC wigs out and has problems starting, does the self repair just like the night it was struck, and now I'm back up and running, but with my wireless again. Why is my PC not letting me connect to the net via a hardwire? my USB ports work with my wireless booster and my game controller, so I would figure that the USB ethernet adapter would work. Wrong. Is there something in the program that got zapped that won't let any ethernet work? Some other guys think my PC is screwed, and need to get another. What do you think? If so, recommend me a good laptop. Nothing fancy, just one that doesn't have problems, as I just use my PC's to surf the net anyway. I want to clean up this clutter.