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 Post subject: Network issue
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:46 pm 
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I don't know why I seem to be the only person who finds rare issues that no-one has discovered before.
This time I have an HP Compaq 615 windows 7. There is a network issue where apparantly windows 7 incorrectly detects firewire as a network adapter and gets confused. Someone mentioned that this is a registry issue but I don't know how to fix it.
The problem is when the machine is starting from cold there is no network card adapter in the device manager. When I restart the machine the network card then appears in the device manager and all is good.
Does anyone know how to fix this permanently.
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Ford


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 Post subject: Re: Network issue
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:53 pm 
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It is normal for Windows to set up a FireWire port as a "1394 Connection" under Network Connections. This is by design, but if you want you can disable it (right click on the 1394 Connection and select Disable), or at least configure it under properties to uncheck the "Show icon in notification area when connected".

Your network card problem may be either a problem with the driver or a defective card. What happens when you uninstall and reinstall the driver? If that doesn't help, then what happens when you install a new network adapter? Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Network issue
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:52 pm 
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Hello
Thanks for your suggestion. At the time I disabled the firewire and I reinstalled the networkcard driver. I didn't uninstall it first because I didn't know at the time its a bug in Windows 7 in the registry. But perhaps now with the firewire disabled that I can try and uninstall the device from device manager and reinstall the drivers and see what happens. I can't replace the netword card itself because its a laptop.
Any other suggestions would be great thanks
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 Post subject: Re: Network issue
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:28 pm 
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I can't replace the netword card itself because its a laptop.

That hasn't stopped me, I've replaced several. <g> You could replace the internal Mini PCIe network card or install an ExpressCard network adapter. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Network issue
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:37 pm 
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Hello
I see I just assumed that the network card is onboard i.e attached to the mobo.
Its a Compaq HP 615


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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:58 pm 
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If it is the wireless card you are talking about, then that is a separate card, and not built-in to the motherboard. The wired network adapter would be built-in to the motherboard, but even that could be disabled and replaced by an ExpressCard or USB network adapter. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Network issue
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:55 pm 
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Hello

Its the cable network card. Sorry I forgot to mention.
The laptop is only 18months old.
I could perhaps run a hardware diagnostics test.
I don't think at this stage trying to replace the issue with another peice of hardware just because I can't solve the problem would be approprate at this point in time. But I'll keep your suggestions in mind just in case the hardware does turn out to be faulty.
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