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Re: I just reformatted my dell 8400 and lost my Linksys g...
After reformatting your dell 8400, did you reinstall all drivers of your devices? The linksys router won't be affected by the reformat. Your computer should still get connection from your router. This is a dell issue. If you have another computer connected and working with the router, that means the router is still functioning. Call Dell or linksys technical support. If they cannot help try this http://technicalsupport.blog.friendster.com
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Dell Dimension 8400 PC"s use either Broadcom Extreme Ethernet controllers OR, on SOME models of the 8400 that do NOT have ON-board Ethernet connections, SMC Networks Ethernet Drivers. I've seen MANY a Dell Dimension.
Im assuming youre using an integrated ethernet card since you say "adapter port" and "unplugged". So....
Since you reformatted your HD with O/S re-installation you may also have to reinstall or update it to the correct ethernet adapter driver. As far as the ethernet card set-up - copy your ethernet card property configurations from the other computers. Also copy configuration settings from your Internet Explorer options.
try this resolution provided by me earlier. In any case if this doesnt work, you may initiate a chat with me and we can carr on from there...