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Ethernet card problem

Hi! In addition, two of my colleagues have same problem with dell latitude. They try to use it in some hotels with wired connection first boot the local area connection in the network connection doesn't appear when they try to shutdown the laptop after few minutes turned it on finally the local area connection came up. The things is every time that they use it in different location still the problem exist. Windows XP SP2, updated all the patches and drivers from the Dell website. How can it be fix? Thanks.

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I have a Dell Inspiron and when it operates on batteries it automatically (by default) shuts down the wired network adapter when not in use. The solution may be to insure the network cable is plugged in before starting the laptop or to learn where in the power management utilities to turn on the wired network adapter -- I believe it can be done permanently at the cost of reducing battery operating time overall. It can probably also be done on a when needed basis. My Dell currently does not have windows on it and the operation on my machine may not be the same as on a Latitude. When this happened I used to get little balloon notices from a systool bar icon, however I also modified the default configuration to show my network devices in the systool bar when connected as well as when disconnected.

Posted on Jan 03, 2008

  • david Jan 04, 2008

    You may wish to research your system based on these comments from the middle of page 6 first column of the whitepaper referenced in the link below (the gray box and the paragraph around the gray box) by Dell concerning Power Management on the Latitude C600. All this indicates that the problem indicated is possible. Also it may not be the problem in your case. In addition, it does not appear to be the default setting on the Latitude C600.

    To read this you will need Adobe Reader (Free)

    you can access it using the "Get Adobe Reader" button on the following link, if needed


    The white paper --

    The contents which may describe your problem -- no guarantee.

    Around the gray box

    "Current Windows operating systems also allow users to disable certain hardware devices that are not used when the portable computer is running on battery power. This is accomplished using the Windows Device Manager accessible in the System icon of the Control Panel. For example, a system can be configured to temporarily disable the 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN controller when running on battery power. Or, executing the above process while on battery will cause the device to automatically be disabled in the future when the system is running on battery power."

    And the Gray Box (may not have an option for the wired ethernet adapter)

    "Dell QuickSet

    Quickset is a software interface available on Dell notebooks since 2002 that enables easy control over key features. QuickSet makes it easy to customize settings for travel or presentations, and its power management interface provides quick access to standard or customer-defined power schemes Using the Power Management Wizard, a customer defines settings for standby and hibernate modes, as well as power schemes that can turn off the display and hard drive, set display brightness, and define wireless activity. These schemes are customized for operation on and off battery."

  • david Jan 04, 2008

    Following this is the Current Dell Quickset link for the Latitude D600 (your machine). This is technical documentation of the latest and greatest version of Quickset applicable to your machine. in the middle of the Description paragraph it indicates it can control "Internal network card activity (depending on your system)".

    In the following link extracted from the bottom of the above page ("View compatible systems and operating systems") it indicates in addition to your latitude D600 this software is also applicable to my Inspiron 5160.

    I really hope an investigation of either quickset or the device manager will indicate the cause of the issue you have with the operation of your Latitude D600.



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