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Broadcom driver will not load

Inspiron 8600 running Windows XP Home
Machine had liquid spill on keyboard. Keyboard was damaged as well as one memory chip. Machine is running with only one memory chip installed. Running on AC adapter.
Starts and runs fine except that the onboard RJ-45 does not work. Device Manager reports that the device cannot start. It has a yellow exclamation point.
Administrative utilities reports Event Code 5008 - invalid network address.
Dell diagnostics reports Error Code 3B00.0788 - "EEPROM checksum failure. Expected 009Fh received 006Fh"
I have re-installed drivers from the Dell Resource CD, from Dell Support, and Broadcom, with no change in status.
FYI: Battery is discharged, with flashing yellow "fatal error" lights, and RTC battery is also dead.
I downloaded DOS diagnostic program from Broadcom that will let me re-program EEPROM, but I do not have the "eeprom.bin" file that I need to do so.
Any advice would be appreciated.

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Its probably short circuirt

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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    Its probably short circuirt

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SOURCE: Broadcom 440x driver won't load

if you are getting a broadcom failure of the motherboard after a chapagne spill on the system, there is a good likelyhood that the controller chip for the motherboard is damaged.

If the system is POSTING and booting normally aside from the Network adapter, I'd try using a PCMCIA or USB NIC to replace the onboard NIC (Disable on-board in BIOS) If the system is manefesting other errors, then a replacement of the motherboard would be warranted

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SOURCE: Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller driver will not load

Your resolution will most likely be a replacement of the motherboard. You can try flashing the BIOS and see if that resolves, but from your details it appears there is a hardware failure of the motherboard. Generally, you can find a motherboard for this model on Ebay for around $100

Posted on Jan 25, 2009

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