A network cable is unplugged

February 15, 2011 at 13:37:49
Specs: Windows XP, 1.60Ghz/512MB
What's the solution to this problem?

"A network cable is unplugged. Local Area connection is now connected."

I'm disconnected from the Internet for only a couple of seconds or so before being re-connected. It happens numerous times everyday.

No cable is disconnected. I have unplugged and re-plugged all cables and have waited for half an hour, and sometimes for more than an hour, before plugging them back in and I still have the same problem.

I have tried all the solutions suggested by Microsoft on their website - and still nothing works. I have also tried many solutions offered on different websites to no avail.

I have also clicked on the connection icon to repair the connection device, still nothing works. And I have tried all the values - 100Base Tx Full Duplex, 10Base T Full Duplex, Auto Sense, 100Base Tx, and 10Base T - and still nothing works.

I use NETGEAR FA311 Fast Ethernet Adapter and Windows XP. Will updating drivers for the Ethernet adapter cause any problems if there's no need to update them? I don't know if this even the cause of the problem I'm having.

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February 15, 2011 at 13:47:09
You could update the drivers - it shouldn't hurt - and if it does, you can roll them back. You should also flash the router if there is one, if it's been a while.

It might be as simple as a hardware failure - the wire itself, the adapter or the router or modem.

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February 15, 2011 at 16:50:43
I have also changed cables and it hasn't helped.

As for the router, I don't know exactly what you mean by that and whether I have one or not.

Besides the modem, I also have VOIP which says "Phone Adapter with router."

Where is the router that I may have to flush? I don't know much about all this.

The yellow cable that's plugged in the back of the computer is plugged into the VOIP box. And a blue cable from the modem is plugged into the VOIP box.

On updating drivers for the Ethernet adapter: Is it that simple by simply clicking the "Update drivers" tab or are there other things I have to do?

I don't want to cause any more problems and loose connection to the Internet by doing something I'm not supposed to do or don't know how to do - if the drivers are indeed the cause of the problem. Have drivers ever been the cause of this kind of problem - "A network cable is unplugged. Local Area connection is now connected"?

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February 15, 2011 at 20:30:17
I'm not too familiar with VOIP boxes, but though it might act like a router connecting two interaces, it's not a full-blown router.

The drivers could be the problem if they became corrupted. In System Properties/Hardware/Device Manager, right click on the network adapter and click update drivers.

I also would take the VOIP out of the look temporarily, as a test. It might be cutting out on you. Perhaps it's drivers too could be flashed.

I do recommend using a router, even if you're not networking or using wireless, because it adds an excellent degree of firewall protection.

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February 15, 2011 at 23:54:43
I just used Uniblue DriverScanner to identify old drivers that need to be updated. Ethernet adapter drivers are not among them. I found only two that need to be updated: PS/2 Compatible Mouse, and AC'97 Audio controller - sound, video and game controllers.

I don't know if the Ethernet adapter drivers may still be outdated even though they have not been identified as such by Uniblue ScannerScanner.

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