Three weeks ago my Ethernet connection quit, due to some kind of problem with the network adapter. After a false start or two I ordered a card with an Ethernet plug which I thought I could just drop in as a replacement for the failing one. After two weeks of Best Buy mishandling the order it finally arrived today and I hastened to open the case and make the fix.
Dammit. The old plug is part of an adapter attached to the motherboard, not a separate card. There are no slots available in which to put the new card and I’m not sure how I could get the OS to override the existing adapter on the motherboard and find the new card even if there were.
Now what? I think the Geek Squad charges a minimum of $160 just to open a PC case and probably another $100 to diagnose. A new HP machine would cost only $40-$50 more than that after taxes. ‘Course, then I’d have to transfer all the data from the old machine to the new one, but it might not be all that hard.