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Locked/Dead Lan Ports on FVX-538 V2

I have a strange problem that started earlier tonight.I noticed that my net connection was down both WAN and LAN.So I decided to power down the router waited 60 seconds then powered it back up.Everything was working fine for about 5 minutes then the connection died again.When It dies I can not even access the router config page at 192.168.1.1.I also noticed that the LAN ports were no longer blinking.I removed the cables and the port lights stayed lit.

I decided to try and reload the firmware.I had updated to version 3.0.3.13 a couple months ago, but had no problems until tonight.After reloading the firmware,rebooting the router, and re-entering all my settings.It again worked for about 5 minutes until the LAN ports locked up again.

Next I tried doing a hard reset using the built in reset button.I booted the router back up re-entered all my settings.Guess what, things were fine for about 5 minutes until the LAN ports did their locking up trick again.

One last thing I tried was checking Netgear's support site to see if their were any firmware updates.There was one dated 5/31/08, version 3.0.3.13.18.I tried updating to this firmware, but with the same results.

I'm thinking that my router may be beyond repair,I could try going back to an earlier firmware, but I really don't think that will help.

I've had this router for about 4 years now,and it's been pretty solid.I really hope that I can salvage it.Has anyone else experienced anything similar to what I'm going through with the FVX-538 V2?

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  • joenhre Jun 19, 2008

    No your spam is not going to solve any of my problems.I can tell yu what you can do with it, but that would be inappropriate here.

  • ben5476 Aug 28, 2008

    Have got exactly the same problem with a v2fvx538.
    happpened about two weeks ago tryed new firmware but no joy.



  • Anonymous Sep 21, 2008

    HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME PROBLEM STAYS IN TEST MODE SOMETIMES THE LIGHTS COME ON AND OFF SEEMS TO BE FRIED
    ONLY ABOUT 2-3 YEARS OLD?

  • javaidi Jan 05, 2009

    I have similar problem. FVX538 . It blocks LAN port. When I switch it off and on . It stays in test mode. Test Light stays on and firewall nevers boots up.

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Router boots up but locked ports are most likely a bad capacitor

You can tell the bad one is raised on top not flat.

You may find a matching cap on a motherboard or other junk hardware you have around. Remove the bad one and solder the new one in place.

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