smeee July 27, 2009 at 11:39:28 Specs: Windows XP Pro, -
The ethernet port on my computer (part of the mobo), has broken. Basically the actual port still works but the casing surrounding the pins was held onto the motherboard by two small pegs which have snapped off and now the casing is loosely sitting over the pins, which means now I can't use the port at all.
I figured this is an inexpensive part to replace, however searching for things like replacement ethernet port or casing doesn't seem to yield any useful results. Anyone know what I should be searching for? Are these things called anything specific?
I can't use a PCI card, I have no PCI slots free. Also it wouldn't involve soldering, as I explained the pins are all intact and the port works, there is just a housing/case that sits over the top of the pins where the ethernet cable plug goes and that is what has broken free, it is held in place with two plastic pegs.
RTAdams89 thanks for the link. I think you idea about salvaging a casing from a cheap card would probably be my best bet as I just cannot find any replacements.
Jam, it wasn't me that caused the damage. I go this thing second hand. I knew the ethernet port was broken when I bought it but figured I'd never use it plus I always thought the port was fried or something when I was told it didn't work... Not that it had been manhandled.
Anyway I fixed it, sort of. Basically I got a mini phillips screwdriver and screwed it around on one side of the plastic until there was a sizable hole in it, then I force a small screw into the hole and tightened it until the screw created its own grooves in the plastic and got a grip, which it did. Then I just fitted the housing back on and screwed it to the motherboard essentially.
Interestingly enough after a big of jiggy jiggy with the cord it started to work, but this is only going to last so much time I figure. I'll keep a look out for a cheap ass ethernet card with the right kind of housing on it for future replacement but for now it'll do.
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