Posted 19 August 2007 - 04:49 PM
Ubuntu has it's own nic drivers, so once the system reboots, linux takes over. So I may be missing something obvious, but it shouldn't matter. Whether you reboot from Windows, or the computer has been shut down for 2 weeks, the nic card doesn't know that. All it does is responds when signals are sent to it, whether it be a Windows controller or a linux contoller. The nic card has no residual memory; so I am not buying that explanation. (Of course if you provide a link to one of those discussions, I would be happy to investigate). Then again, there is always the possibility that they are right and I am completely wrong.
Once you are booted into ubuntu, you should be able to manually disable and re-enable the nic card through one of the administrative commands. I don't have an Ubuntu system in front of me at the moment, so I can't say exactly where to find it.
What sort of computer do you have, and do you know what sort of nic card it has?