Originally Posted by rayfward
Only time I have ever seen that is when the card is in hibernation and wont wake up. Pulling the card or depriving the computer of power at the mains should also work.
The really strange part was that the ethernet port is integral to the motherboard, but pulling the pci wireless card fixed the issue. When it showed no connectivity to ethernet it still showed a no wireless symbol for the network connectivity icon at the top right. after removing the wireless card it then showed the normal two arrows and allowed connectivity to the router through an ethernet cable.
I still haven't gotten the wireless card working, there are linux drivers for it online, but i'm not at all familiar with compiling a tar and haven't been able to find a tutorial that really makes sense to me. I did try a tutorial for this card using ndiswrapper and using the windows drivers, but that resulted in not working. apparently the linux drivers that are available don't work, or don't work correctly or something according to most of what I've been able to dig up.