I bought 1 year of Xbox live gold yesterday (after having been silver for a few months) but around the time I redeemed the code, some lightning struck, to the point a decent power surge hit, getting through the surge protector I have and having a couple of sparks come out of the back end of the router. Now while it did temporarily knock off my internet, nothing generally seemed to be damage in the long run, with the exception of my Xbox. After this happened, my Xbox now does not want to detect any ethernet cables when I plug them into the xbox, I tried all ports with 3 different cables, so I think it's an issue with the lighting having damaged the ethernet port on the 360 itself.
Is there any way to work around this? Also, is there like, a way to temporarily put the gold I just activated on "hold" until I can connect to the internet again? I know it's a bit of a silly, but it's a little irritating to -just- get gold and have this happen, but oh well.