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I have a MSI Neo PT880 (V2.0) motherboard with an on board nic. During the installation of Windows, the computer kept crashing (on average about every 10 minutes, but was sporadic). We finally got the cpu to stay alive long enough for a full install (luckily). Once the OS was fully operational, the cpu continued to reboot ever so often. The rebooting was typically unprovoked by anything that I was doing as a user. It would occur while not being used or while it was heavily used.

Eventually the cpu rebooted and wouldn't reboot at all. The only way I could get it past the Windows splash screen was to disable the on-board nic in the BIOS. If I disabled it, then reenabled it, the cpu would boot up again and go back to it's frequently rebooting self.

After days of dealing with this I decided to completely disable the on-board NIC and plug another NIC into a PCI slot. The cpu hasn't rebooted on its own since I disabled the NIC and is working like a dream.

Can anyone shed any light on this problem or offer any suggestions on how to fix the on-board? (The board is past the warranty phase so I can't return it.)
 

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This sounds like a hardware problem. The port is built into the motherboard. The only way to fix this is replace the motherboard. Due to the way these motherboard are made, they can not be repaired.
 

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Thanks Terr. A buddy of mine suggested looking into the "sleep mode" of the NIC (disabling it). I don't know how it could be going into sleep mode but do you think this is worth a shot?
 

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Nogat said:
Thanks Terr. A buddy of mine suggested looking into the "sleep mode" of the NIC (disabling it). I don't know how it could be going into sleep mode but do you think this is worth a shot?
Even if turning off the sleep mode on the nic works, there is still something not right with the board. What ever is wrong with it could spread to other devices and then you have to turn off something else. Get a new one, they owe you a healthy board.
 

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Get a new one, they owe you a healthy board.
I wish I could. I was just too lazy to discover the problem and report it before the warranty expired :sayno:
 
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