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I have a dell 3115cn and it appears the ethernet port is bad --have tested it with many cat5 cables that work on other devices. Port lights up 1 second then goes dark. Is there an easy fix? I have another dell 3115cn laying around and if need be can take entire processor board out and reinstall if necessary. If that is the route to take -any tech manuals to help with that?

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I do not have access to dell manuals but if you have 2 printers you are ideally set. Take a couple of pictures and make notes about the routing and location of any cabling that is attached to the printer and then just disconnect everything and swap the boards. Or if the other printer works, I would just remove the fuser, transfer assembly and cartridges from the printer with the bad ethernet port and put them in the other printer.

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  1. start the troubleshooting process by making sure that everything (routers,switches, hubs, modems, and computers) is firmlyplugged in.
  2. If your computer is on and the other end of the Ethernet cable isconnected to a network device, the link or activity LED should light.If the light remains dark after you plug in the cable, replace thecable. If replacing the cable gives the same result (no green light), then go to the next step.
  3. Once you’ve eliminated cabling as a source of the problem, it’s time tolook to your computer. Start by making sure that your computer is able toaccess your Ethernet card. A good tool for doing this, and subsequentnetwork troubleshooting, is the command prompt.
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  6. Other things to check:
  7. Bad connection, bad cable, or wrong cable. The ports on arouter, hub, switch, wireless access point, and print server can, likeany other device, go bad. However, the most common problem is not a badport but a bad or loose connection, a bad Ethernet cable, or the wrongtype of cable. Refer to the Cabling section above, to eliminate thesepossibilities.
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