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Old 04-16-2009, 10:52 AM   #1
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Diagnosing NIC card, post lightning strike

All I know is my wife left one of our network computers on after she turned off the speakers (it's for streaming NPR b/c our local affiliate sucks) and later that day there was a lightning strike that made a number of electronics in the house blip off then back on.

Now the stream no longer comes on, and I cannot ssh to it, regardless of what possibility I try from (never has gone higher than 103 in the past).

I hooked up the machine to my display in the other room, and the only thing that seems to be non-functioning now is the NIC, but I don't know really what the problem is, I can only guess it had to do with the lightning strike.

Yes, I got very lucky.

But can anyone suggest what commands, or what I should look for in dmesg, that I should use to test whether the NIC is really toast?

It runs Debian 4, I think (certain it's Debian, just not absolute about version)

Old 04-16-2009, 11:02 AM   #2
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Start from

<root passwd>
#lspci -vvv
#lshw > efg.txt
#ifconfig -a
#dmidecode -t 10
Post output of relevant parts
Old 04-16-2009, 11:29 AM   #3
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Thanks, I'll try that when I get home from work.
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Might also try:
 $ dmesg | grep eth
Old 04-17-2009, 01:18 PM   #5
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Thanks anyway; my wife bought me a new NIC and it only cost about $20, so it was easily fixed. Sorry to bug you.


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