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Help me troubleshoot "Restoring Network Connections" error on login


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#1 kylezo

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 02:44 AM

Hello all, I have a doozy of a problem.

I'm using an HP EliteBook 6930p connected to a Windows Workgroup wirelessly. My desktop hosts an external HDD mapped as a network drive.

I recently started getting really long boot times where my computer would hang at "Loading your personal settings". I troubleshot this down to "Restoring network connections" by enabling verbose status messages for login and logout. As it turns out, the 'hang' is actually caused by an error message that pops up that can't be seen because it is behind the login screen. If I alt+tab I can dismiss it and contine booting.

This MS KB article covers the same issue, no resolution:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325376

The error message also comes up in safe mode with networking enabled.

I have no idea what the message says because I can't see it, except the title of it is "Restoring Network Connections".

I am connected to a workgroup for the purposes of sharing the mapped network HDD. If I turn off the share, the error message doesn't come up. So I think it has something to do with that.

Also, I tried directly plugging into the router, and when I have wireless disabled when booting, the error message doesn't show up, although when both wireles and ethernet are enabled, it does (it seems to default to using wireless, or something).

A curious, possibly related issue:

Since the day I got this computer, I have had some wierd connectivity issues. I will be connected to the network, and I can ping any address just fine, but if I senf a ~750 byte package it times out. TCP Optimizer can run the MTU test and it will time out on the 2nd package, but the first one ~40 bytes, goes through fine. If I tap my wireless button off and back on it 'resets' my connection and everything is fine. Microsofts 'Diagnostic' tells me my connection is fine when it's not (because all it does is ping http/ftp addresses).

I updated my wireless cards driver to the latest one provided by the OEM website. That didn't change anything.

I also changed the share from \\computername\share to \\computerip\share but that didn't help either.

So, any help?

Applicable errors/warnings in Event Log:

Event Type: Warning
Event Source: BROWSER
Event Category: None
Event ID: 8021
Date: 3/12/2009
Time: 4:15:03 AM
User: N/A
Computer: 1337B00K
Description:
The browser was unable to retrieve a list of servers from the browser master \\KATHY-T5REM9P9D on the network \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{0597287D-4268-4CD5-85C6-A2C6E2883833}. The data is the error code.

Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Dhcp
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1003
Date: 3/12/2009
Time: 4:13:19 AM
User: N/A
Computer: 1337B00K
Description:
Your computer was not able to renew its address from the network (from the DHCP Server) for the Network Card with network address 00216A0A98F4. The following error occurred:
The semaphore timeout period has expired. . Your computer will continue to try and obtain an address on its own from the network address (DHCP) server.


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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:30 PM

Bump...any thoughts?

Thanks!




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