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    bills187 Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Oct 11, 2005, 02:53 PM
    Ethernet cable doesn't fit in socket
    First of all, yes, I'm putting it in the right place. I know which one is the modem socket and which one is for an ethernet cable. I've used this same socket (is that the best word?) for over a year, and it's been fine. Now, however, my ethernet cable keeps coming out of the socket. I can put it in, but it is extremely loose, and comes out every few seconds unless I continually push it in. I was actually content with this, but now it's gotten even worse, where even if I push it in, it often does not work. I especially have trouble accessing anything online where I have to press a button (a yahoo/google search, or submitting any information online such as on an e-mail website. I'm typing this from another computer by the way.

    What should I do? Do I need a whole new computer, or is there some way to fix the ethernet cable socket? Alternatively, could I do something to press the cable in and keep it in the right way for good? Thanks a lot for all your help, as this is a very, very frustrating situation.
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    labman Posts: 10,580, Reputation: 551
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    Oct 11, 2005, 04:52 PM
    Take a close look at the end. Is it damaged or worn? Is there anything sticking out that might keep it from going all the way in? If you can't see a problem, try reversing the cable. Could be enough difference to fix the problem. Try a different cable. You can replace the end too. I think I had to buy a package of 50 ends when I wired my house for ethernet. They are a pain to crimp without the tool made for the job.
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    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
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    Oct 11, 2005, 05:36 PM
    Its highly unlikely it's the jack. Did you try reversing the cable? Its most like the little tab which clicks into the jack is broken.
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    bills187 Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Oct 11, 2005, 07:56 PM
    Thanks, but...
    Thanks guys, but I've tried a few different cables, and the main cable I use works fine in my roommate's computer. The cables are all fine. It really is the jack, as far as I can tell. However, the problem is twofold, and you might be able to help me with either part.

    First is what I said. The cable is very, very loose in the jack, and comes out all the time. As I said before, though, I can deal with this by pushing it in hard, which was annoying but effective... until now. Now, even when it is in, the internet works very infrequently. Again, I have trouble submitting any information, like on or other e-mail websites, or on search engines. I believe these two problems might be related, though, as the orange light next to the jack flashes on only about 10% of the time when the cable is in (I can get the green light on consistently, but the orange light is off most of the time). What should I do?

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    labman Posts: 10,580, Reputation: 551
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    Oct 11, 2005, 08:36 PM
    You shouldn't need a whole new computer. Is the socket on the ethernet card? They are not that expensive. If you are up to a little soldering, replacing the socket might not be too bad if you can find one. There is tape and a wedge. You could also look at the socket and see if a little prying or squeezing would take care of a mechanical problem.
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    StuMegu Posts: 576, Reputation: 64
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    Oct 12, 2005, 01:40 AM
    Buy a new ethernet card, in the UK you can buy these for 3 quid. Just remove or disable the existing one (disable if onboard)
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    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
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    Oct 12, 2005, 05:20 AM
    To combine what the others said. If the ethernet port is onboard (on the motherboard) then buy a new card and use that. You can have multiple Ethernet Adapters in a PC. You might want to remove the onboard adapter from your Network connections so you don't get them confused.

    If its on a card, then just replace the card.

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