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Windows No network connection icons

Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by Barrahazard, 6 Nov 2010.

  1. Barrahazard

    Barrahazard Life is too short to rush

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    Hi guys,

    I am having issues with a Windows xp media centre edition installation.

    I had to do a re-install of the whole system because there was so much junk on it but the junk only slowed the machine down... the network devices etc. still worked fine.

    When I re-installed I saw there was no icons in the network connections window in the control panel so I went to the device manager and sure enough the network card was not installed.

    A downloaded driver and re-start later there were still no icons. Plan B.

    I looked at the xp services running and noticed that the network services (all of them) were not running so i started them up and sure enough I got an icon pop up in front of me that said acquiring ip address!! I thought :D until it was still doing that 10 min later do i tried disabling the network connection and re-starting the system. still no luck.

    Any Ideas? It is a Dell Dimension 5150 and the network card is Intel PRO/100 with the latest driver from dell.

    Cheers,

    Barrahazard
     
  2. dancingbear84

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    Get the latest chipset drivers from dell site
     
  3. Barrahazard

    Barrahazard Life is too short to rush

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    I have the most recent drivers from dell (downloaded on another machine then installed via USB pen).

    The network 'services' were set to manual and were not running. when I told them to run the icon appeared but it didn't function properly.

    I set them to automatic and restarted the computer but the icon was gone again when re-booted :( starting them manually was the only way to get it back.

    I checked in msconfig that they are set to run on start up but it is not playing ball...
     
  4. dancingbear84

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    dells site can be a mare at times. I have downloaded incorrect drivers as i have chosen the incorrect OS? Have you checked the BIOS in case there is something wonky in there?
     
  5. Barrahazard

    Barrahazard Life is too short to rush

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    there have been no changes to the bios since the system was functioning properly so i cant see any reason why it should be that. I will double check the driver version for OS compatibility.
     
  6. dancingbear84

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    Just had a flash back to some thing with a Dell tech support rep a while ago when we had a weird network issue going on with a Dell machine. Pull the CMOS battery for a few minutes with the power unplugged. We were sceptical too, but it worked.
     
  7. Barrahazard

    Barrahazard Life is too short to rush

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    I have had a look through some other forums and they mostly talk of replacing .dll files to resolve the issue not installing drivers (although in my case i had to).

    I am having an OS issue not a driver/ bios issue.

    I have been told the following .dll files are necessary up to now;

    netshell.dll
    netcfgx.dll
    netman.dll

    They are all on the system and in the registry.

    Any other files I should be worrying about?

    Cheers, Barrahazard
     
  8. dancingbear84

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    Did you try the cmos battery. I know what you are saying and when the dell Guy told us we didn't believe him either but it worked. If you have tried it and got nowhere try either a system restore if it ever worked after the rebuild or a repair.
     
  9. thehippoz

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    also if that doesn't work.. d/l service pack 3 and update windows xp- then reinstall all the necessary drivers

    that should get you up to date if there's anything missing
     
  10. Barrahazard

    Barrahazard Life is too short to rush

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    See that is exactly what I thought (sorry I should have said this before) I have installed SP3 and re-installed drivers but still nothing. It is incredibly frustrating.

    I dont have access to the computer at the moment (it is at my granparents house) so I cant try the CMOS trick but I will definately give it a shot when I can.
     
  11. Barry_White

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    I have come across soemthing similar; we got round it by adding in a generic PCI Nic card just to get the PC directly on the net so you can try the update drivers option in device manager.
     

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