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By KbKmTmTw ·
I have 2 "older" laptop computers (IBM Thinkpads)that we use on our network in various locations. Recently these machines lost connection to the internet and network (Windows 2000 Server). They're OS is Windows 95. I've tried to update / re-install the driver and still no connection. The plug and play does not recognize the NIC card on restarts at all. I tried another card (that I know works) from another laptop and same results. Any suggestions on what I can do or what I'm doing wrong?

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by TomSal In reply to NIC Card Problem

I had a very similar problem yesterday.

Let's walk through a few things to see if we can solve this:

1. Always , no matter how lame it seems, always check the obvious FIRST. The network patch cable you are running from the NIC to the RJ-45 port of the network, is it quality? Did you run connectivity tests on the patch?

2. I know how some laptop NICs have that little pop up RJ-45 connector, if these NICs have that, make sure it isn't damaged - especially that the "pop out part" isn't bent or that the copper isn't damaged.

3. Never rely on PnP - unless you have installed a particular brand and model of something OVER AND OVER again and it ALWAYS works on PnP. Otherwise , go with manual installs. I'd check the manufacturer websiteof the NICs and search for the latest driver and MANUALLY install it.

4. Are you doing loop back tests at all? Ping 127.0.0.1 - assuming, TCP/IP is properly installed, if you get an error-free ping back..the card is technically fine. If you don'tget a ping response at all - something is wrong with the card. If you get a ping back, but its usually slow or you get errors....it could be just from other network traffic or it could me bad signal quality due to the cabling.

5. Double check your network settings. Also start with a "bare" configuration. Meaning only install what service/protocols you minimally need to connect to your network.

6. Ever think about investigating the RJ-45 ports themselves (if you are trying to connect these computers at specific stations for example). Maybe something as simple as a faulty hub port, or someone was in the switch config and was playing with port assignment parameters.


Look me up in the peer directory and I'll help you further if none of this seems to help.

Take care.

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by mphoffar In reply to NIC Card Problem

I would first check out the IBM support site and do a search for device manager. You should be able to find a default listing of what that's supposed to look like. What's happened to me before in the past was either the cardbus controller just needed the driver reinstalled or the PCMCIA drivers removed from the device manager.

I'm assuming that you're using a PCMCIA card for your nic. If you installed that cardwizaard from IBM's site, uninstall it. I had more problems with that then anything.

Usually when I'm installing the card, I'll just reboot without the card in and then after reaching a desktop insert the card.

When you reboot, you should hear a two toned beep when the card is initialized. If you don't, I'd be pokingaround the bios area to see if somehow they got disabled in there. I beleive f1 or f2 or holding down esc will get you in there.

Good luck to you

Mark

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by Posterkid In reply to NIC Card Problem

Windows 95 network stack sucks. First thing I would do, is completely remove all the network properties, including the nic drivers. Reboot, reinstall the nic again using the latest drivers, not any that reside on the pc. Then all your client and protocol. Lastly, download and install the latest dial up networking update. It has some winsock updates that I've found to be a little more stable. Also, make sure you don't have any driver problems for your pc card sockets. If the machine can support it, I would upgrade to Win98 at the very least, Win2k pro preferrably.

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by WanabeDrSean In reply to NIC Card Problem

service pack 2 for windows 2000 server fixes alot of connectivity issues with win 9x clients try that

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