So I was working on my Father's system, attempting to clone his old drive to his new IDE drive. Well, the clone seems to have copied everything 100% but the bios couldn't find the boot sector on the new drive. Still boots fine from the old drive.
So I was monkeying around in the bios. I reset the bios to the defaults, and then suddenly, the onboard LAN quit working! If I go into device manager, show hidden devices (using the command prompt set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1) it shows that the onboard LAN is "not connected"
So I deleted the device.....and it isn't being found again!
If I remove the CMOS battery and clear the bios back to default, on the initial boot it shows "ethernet device" in one of the bios menus. However, it still isn't being found in Windows XP. When I reboot and go back to the bios, the "ethernet device" has disappeared from the bios menus.
What happened? I'm not sure how this problem could have occured simply by setting the bios back to the default values.
PCChips M825G version 9.2A motherboard
AMD Socket 462 dual core processor
ATI HD AGP video card
Creative PCI sound card
512 mb RAM
Windows XP Home Edition