A process that used to be used back in the day
by call center agents supporting cable modems. It was a long, multi-step average handle time
killer that included ripping out Windows' TCP/IP components, removing and re-installing network drivers, deleting the related entries from the registry, deleting some Windows system files that were frequently corrupted, restoring the system files, rebooting a few times, getting up and doing the chicken dance on your desk, calling the Mentor
Line a few dozen times and guzzling lots of coffee. Always done as a last resort, usually at the recommendation of a mentor.
John tried ripping the stack and the nic, but that didn't work so he just did The Big Nasty and that got her back online.