Network connection not working

May 23, 2012 at 13:47:32
Specs: Windows XP pro SP3, Core 2 Duo
I have a Dell D630 that will only "open" the wired NIC if it is connected to a network when the computer is powered up. If you power up the computer, and then plug in the network cable it will not connect and there is no entry for that device in "Network connections". It is not that it is disabled, the entry just does not exist. If you power up the machine connected to a network in comes up as Local Area connection 2, and works fine, but if you disconnect from the network, Local area connection 2 disappears and will not return until you shut down and reboot the computer.

Any ideas?


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May 24, 2012 at 16:49:52
Might be worth checking to ensure the NIC is "Enabled" (rather than "Auto") in BIOS, although the symptoms don't quite fit.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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May 24, 2012 at 22:23:29
The Boot Order or similar settings in the bios Setup on a laptop.

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May 25, 2012 at 04:20:51
Do you have the ESA System Tools installed ( nVidia )? If you do, try uninstalling the ESA, turn off your machine completely. Then start it back up and set your NIC in the bios to enabled again, and boot into windows. Once you verify it is enabled in windows, try shutting down the pc completely, and reboot. Go straight into windows and see if the NIC is still enabled.

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