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Error initializing PCI Express NIC bridge. NIC Failure

I started getting the above error message on a continuous basis and was unable to get on to the internet. I try the procedure that Dell technical support (Journal ID: 08204CXS35, Article 290858) had and it work one time. I installed an ethernet card so that I can get on the internet but I still get the error message when I boot up. I tured off the onboard NIC at the bios but I still get the error message. Does anyone have a solution to this problem.

 

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the message could be left over in the Bios and might need to be cleared. you can boot into the bios and go to the error message log section and delete any messages that are there

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I tried your suggestion and it did not work. Do you have any other suggestion. The cpu I have is a Dell XPS Dimension 9150.
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Bronxman,

Having encountered that error myself on a number of Dell systems in the past & using the article you referenced to fix it I'd say that if the error persists the integrated NIC has most likely failed. If you really disabled it in the BIOS then you definitely shouldn't continue getting the message. There could be some sort of BIOS corruption at play. To rule that out you could either reset the BIOS using the jumper on the motherboard or pull the CMOS battery for a couple of minutes then reinsert it or flash your system's BIOS to the latest version.

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2 Bronze

Your soulution worked !!! I updated the bios and the error NIC message is gone.

Thank you for all your help.

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Glad to have helped get it fixed! Smiling

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I tried everything to fix my NIC Failure error with this Dell approved procedure, too...it doesn't work!!

 

I have a Dimension 8400 that worked admirably until my secondary hard drive died--it happens. I replaced the drive, it caused a few reboots, now the NIC card failed and I can't get on the network or web.  I updated the BIOS to version A09...I cleared out the BIOS error log full of NIC failure errors...I took the battery out to reset the BIOS.  I unplugged the PC and reset the BIOS with ALT-F like Dell said to.  Any other suggestions?  

 

If you say replace the motherboard, do you know realize I could buy a new PC for the same or less cost than a new motherboard for this PC?

 

I'm reading the hundreds of entries about failed attempts to repair this error on Dell's site along with Google and Yahoo. Apparently this is a known issue that isn't being resolved. 

 

Failure is not an option--not on a Dell PC!!  I'm very open to any repair procedures.

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Tom017,

I'd guesstimate that I've run into this problem somewhere between 8 and a dozen times. The procedure in the Dell article fixed the issue in every case so it does work even though it didn't work for you. There are exceptions to every rule.

 

A possible workaround in your case would be to disable the integrated NIC in the BIOS & get yourself a PCI network card to replace it.

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Bronxman:

Where did you find the journal id that you referenced?  Can you forward it to me?

Brian

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The Namek:

I am having the same NIC problem but have not been able to find the article that you reference above.  Do you know where I can get a copy?

Brian

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