Go to Start and type in "compmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.
On the left side will be Device Manager - left click on it
Are there any red x's or yellow !'s?
Do your network adapters show under the Network Adapter heading?
Next, click on Services and Applications, then click on Services and scroll down to the Network Connections service
Is it on (Started)?
Are the dependent services also started?
(on my system they are:
-Network Store Interface Service
-NSI Proxy Service
-Remote Procedure Call
-DCOM Server Process Launcher)
Also, if you're using Internet Connection Sharing - that'll be dependent upon the Network Connections service (so, if Network Connections service isn't running - then ICS won't work either).
Some possibilities that come to mind are a virus or a bad NIC. A new NIC for a desktop is cheap at most local places (and you may even be able to return it if it's not the problem).
Edited by usasma, 04 November 2007 - 10:05 AM.
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