LAN connection activity

i have a computer that shows it is connected via lan. there are no packets either sent or recieved. removed firewall, have flashing lights on card, inserted 2nd card because i thought the integrated card may be bad, but both behave the same way. cannot do an ipconfig /all- gives error. no changes to computer, only did a reboot. disabled services left and right of anything that i thought may prevent it. removed vpn client, no firewall, no internet connection.

in the registry I  deleted: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock2.  Restarted the computer after i  deleted the Winsock keys. This created new shell entries for those two keys. reinstalled TCP/IP. now, the activity on the netwrork card shows some action. the recieved activity looks ok. it increases all day. the sent part of the local area connection status stops at 452 bytes.

What could be stopping the activity? any ideas?
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Try the following steps:

1) Try to check if the cable is working properly or better yet try with a new cable.

2) download and run combofix on your machine:

-- this will remove most common virus remnants on your machine

3) download and run winsockfix

-- it will reset all the settings of winsock.

I hope this helps..

Have you tried moving the card to a different ISA slot?
geriatricgeekAuthor Commented:
I did try a different card and got similar results with no activity. how do i get to the winsock error fix? it looked like all the links do a registry scan which i also did and brought up the predictable 1000s of errors with a solution-enter a credit card number. i'm reinstalling the operating system. seeing if that will work.
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Lukasz ChmielewskiCommented:
seems like some malware. reinstall should do it... you could try repair prior to reinstall to see if this helps
geriatricgeekAuthor Commented:
re-install did not fix it. i am ready to wipe the disk clean and start with a fresh install of the operating system, novell, et al.  what can i do to prepare the disk for a clean install? fdisk?
Lukasz ChmielewskiCommented:
have you tried another nic ? if this is the card's issue, reinstalling wount help as like the fresh install...
geriatricgeekAuthor Commented:
i did try another nic. it did not send packets.
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