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Delays when network disconnected

By skyhighsmile ·
Whenever my laptop is disconnected from the network, there is a 5-10 second delay when launching some applications. When this happens I can see the network icon in the taskbar show activity sending (but not receiving) for the duration of the delay.

It happens all the time when running any command from a DOS prompt, and when running some other applications, but there are some applications that don't have this problem. As soon as I reconnect to my office network the problem goes away (but there's still a problem when connected to other networks). I've seen the problem on both Win2K & WinXP, and I've seen it on at least 1 other machine. Note that on my office network we have Netware file servers.

How can I solve this problem?

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by feathersmcgraw In reply to Delays when network disco ...

Hi...need a little more information about what you are trying to run and the set up of your laptop. Some programs are looking for network access because they may report back to a centralized server (think Symantec AV that is managed). Are you on a domain at work? Your system could be NetBIOSing or WINS or SMBing to again to a central server. Still again, you may have a trojan or virus that is constantly looking for the network and becomes a cpu hog when it is off the network.

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by CG IT In reply to Delays when network disco ...

create a hardware profile. One for when your at the office and connected to the network, one at home. [Docked/undocked]. The comp will look everywhere for what it needs including the network that it thinks it's connected to because the network connection is active which causes the delay. Creating 2 hardware profiles will solve this problem because the network connection will not be active. You could disable the network connection everytime your away from the office but that's a hassle where a hardware profile can solve.

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