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NIC Card Just stops.....

By jwood ·
I work for an ISP and we have a "unique" problem:

Mail Server with Asus MB and WIN 2000 Server running. The NIC card randomly stops working-- we have tried replacing the card with 3 different brands ( 3com, Aopen, and Netgear) to no avail... Need help in a big way!!!! It appears the NIC will no longer recieve or transmit any packets resulting in our users not being able to connect to our mail server.. WIN 2K still functions fine, the only way to "revive" the NIC is to completely shut down the server and do a cold reboot HELP HELP HELP

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by Andres- In reply to NIC Card Just stops.....

Pluging out and in network cable does not resolve problem?
May be You must fix network speed and duplex mode on both end - at server and at switch ( hub, router - whatever network device You use ).

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by jwood In reply to NIC Card Just stops.....

No good tried it before sending for help... Thanks anyway

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by Andres- In reply to NIC Card Just stops.....

Pluging out and in network cable does not resolve problem?
May be You must fix network speed and duplex mode on both end - at server and at switch ( hub, router - whatever network device You use ).

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by jwood In reply to NIC Card Just stops.....

No good tried it before sending for help... Thanks anyway

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by DC1 In reply to NIC Card Just stops.....

Have you tried a differnet BUS or slot for the NIC. Also check the port speed and make sure it isn't set to auto-negotiate.

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by jwood In reply to NIC Card Just stops.....

Tried that one already as well, thanks for the try though

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by abubin In reply to NIC Card Just stops.....

You need to provide more information on what other things that you have done to try to remedy the problem. Like Disabling the network and then enabling is back, would it work?

What about checking on other software or services that is causing thisproblem. And things like hardware conflict, IRQ conflict, DMA conflicts and so on.

This problems seems serious. What about changing the whole system altogether? Would that help solve the problem? What mail server/client are you using?

You can email me to further help rectify the problem.

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by jwood In reply to NIC Card Just stops.....

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by umbral-echo In reply to NIC Card Just stops.....

We encountered a strange behavior with both servers and clients setting up a Windows 2000 network. Newly installed machines that flaked right out, all but two. The symptoms were strange. They would operate for some time, then suddenly the NIC would just stop. No warning. No errors except the loss of connectivity. Happened to all the installed cards, regardless of brand. Once the server or client was rebooted, everything was back, but only temporarily.

We compared every nook and cranny in theoperating system between a computer that worked and one that didn't. Identical in every way, except that 4 devices including the NIC were sharing IRQ 9 on the the non-working machines. No conflicts were reported and appearances were that they were functioning perfectly. However, it was a difference.

Further investigation discovered that the BIOS was set to boot from the CD-ROM first on the working machines (how those two were installed) and to boot from A,hard drive, CD-ROM on the computersthat weren't working. We noticed that all the machines that were wigging out had been installed from Windows 98 by putting the CD-Rom in the drive and choosing to upgrade. Then a new installation was selected, etc, etc.

We reinstalled by booting from the CD-ROM and voila, the problem was fixed. For some reason Windows 2000 Plug and Play had handled the hardware assignments differently for each device that was installed using that method of installation, possibly by absorbing some of the Windows 98 settings. To this day I am mystified by why this occurred, but it was our problem.

I'm not sure if this is your problem too, but I hope it helps.

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