+ 1 Votes Choosing a laptop snaik95899 January 1, 2013 at 11:23pm PST I would recommend checking Comp USA/Tiger Direct, Lenovo Outlet for an off lease or refurbished Asus, Lenovo Think Pad/Idea Pad, or Toshiba. Stay away from Sony, Samsung, and HP. Sony and Samsung have major reliability issues. HP has horrible customer service if you need something. The Dell XPS line is good. Their Inspiron line has a known problem with their internal power jacks usually failing after three years. Unless you can fix the RJ-45 port or replace the PCI card in your computer with a new one, it would be more cost effective to just buy a new PC. Consumer Reports would be a good place to double check a laptop you're interested in when you find one. Good Luck ! + 0 Votes Reponse To Answer Clendanielc January 2, 2013 at 2:57am PST I bought a PCI card in the meantime. My concern was that the RJ-45 port is integrated with the motherboard. I was worried that it was the motherboard giving signs of it living out its last days. Nothing else has given up on me yet so my guess it was the port was worn out. I was thinking of replacing the motherboard but find that buying a more up to date PC would be wiser. Unless I can use the existing shell and rebuild the laptop. Nah, save the headaches and buy a new or refurbished PC. Thanks for places to check. I wish we still had a Comp USA in my area. We used to but they went out of business. Thanks Again!