This is on my Athlon XP 2200 machine. The ethernet has always worked on it, but two nights ago we had a bad lightning storm, now I am getting "A network cable is unplugged" message and I can't fix it. I have tried deleting the drivers and reinstalling them....twice. I have changed the cables around for direct internet and then to the router and still no go. I know the internet cable is working because I have internet on this computer. Can anyone think of somehting else? I am desperate here. Athlon XP 2200 T-bred. 768MB of DDR400 ram DFI AD77 Infinity mobo Geforce FX 5900. Oddly enough, this computer was fried too, rather my battery backup needed to be reset and everything removed and replaced in my mobo.