network lead is plugged in but shows as unplugged

  User-607600DE-6B22-4475-8CD565A723204C45 20:17 25 Mar 2009

hi, i am at wits end.i instaled IE8 and after installing and rebooting my network lead is showing as unplugged and no internet connection.

i have tested/changed the lead ,system restore would not work, uinstalled ethernet NIC,connection is ok (using it for this post) wired connection direct without router (it is a hard wire connection anyways) disabled connection and renabled .
i ran a diag test and it says NIC working ok media not connected.
i am certain it is a settings problem (virgin media BB)which IE has altered but i know nothing about network and connection settings.
the etherent conector is an onboard RTL 8169/8110 family gigabit NIC

i am going mad trying to resolve this!!

  DieSse 22:17 25 Mar 2009

Try rebooting the router, by unplugging the power for 30 seconds.

i managed to find the speed and duplex settings of the NIC had been changed by IE8 i have reset them and all is ok but thanks anyway DieSse

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