Replacing ethernet port on mobo

Asus P2b-ls motherboard
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?


See More: Replacing ethernet port on mobo

Report •


#1
July 27, 2009 at 12:05:51
You can probably get it from DigiKey.com, but if it was me, I would get a cheap hub/switch/ethernet card from GoodWill or the like, and salvage the port from it.

-Ryan Adams

Free Computer Tips and more:http://RyanTAdams.com
Paid Tech Support: Black Diamond


Report •

#2
July 27, 2009 at 12:29:38
If you are using a desktop computer I would just install a PCI NIC and disable the integrated NIC in the BIOS.

Soldering on the motherboard could render it useless.


Report •

#3
July 27, 2009 at 12:58:41
I'd get a $8usb adapter.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
July 27, 2009 at 13:45:52
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.


Report •

#5
July 27, 2009 at 14:04:18
Sounds like you're pretty aggressive when plugging & unplugging your cables.

Hold the casing in place, glob on the hot glue around the base & be done with it.


Report •

#6
July 27, 2009 at 14:07:34
You could get a PCI express ethernet card-newegg sells some at a decent price.

Report •

#7
July 28, 2009 at 00:28:38
If it's just the plastic, just supper glue it to the mobo to replace the connection lost from the broken plastic tabs.

-Ryan Adams

Free Computer Tips and more:http://RyanTAdams.com
Paid Tech Support: Black Diamond


Report •

#8
July 28, 2009 at 01:18:04
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.


Report •


Ask Question