After much searching I discovered on my old home-built system that the the Intel 82566DC Gigabit Network Connection on my Intel motherboard (DG965RY) has bit the dust. I tried updating the driver but it still behaves the same in my Windows XP sp3 system (8 G of RAM). As soon as I enable the driver for that connection, the computer shuts down completely regardless of using the old or new driver. Several different drivers produce the same result so it seems to me it is likely a hardware issue with that connection.
So my question is -- is this motherboard essential worthless? Am I missing something else to try? Is there anyway something like this can be repaired? I do recognize that I could get a wireless or even a wired network board and use that in a slot or maybe a wireless USB and go with that but am wondering if that is only putting more money onto a motherboard that is over the hill anyway. Thoughts anyone?