A wee bit of history first - A year and a half ago I clean-installed Vista 32 on this machine. With the release of W7 RC1 (and with so much positive press over the previous months and no problems with dual-booting the beta on two machines) I installed RC1 over Vista. It's been fine for months (much faster than Vista, everything works better), but a couple of weeks ago I suddenly started having problems with network startup after wake or reboot.
Before this issue began, the LAN/internet connection was connected by the time I had the desktop fully loaded. What happens now is the network icon on the taskbar starts searching, then fails with a red cross through the icon. Task Manager reports 'No active network adaptor found', but device manager shows it there with no problems, 'this device is working properly'. After about 3 minutes the system tries again, finds the LAN, then 30 secs later finds the internet, and from there on there is no problem. Event viewer is showing a variety of errors, but once again I haven't been able to pin down what is causing these. For example I get a hardware abtraction layer error 'The platform firmware has corrupted memory across the previous system power transition. Please check for updated firmware for your system.'
Possibly related is a boot level crash apparently caused by mild overclocking (10%) of my nVidia 8800GTS while playing COD:MW2. The card has been overclocked for months but I set it back to default after that crash. The startup problem was occurring before the crash (and before I got COD) and I have not had any issues since then.
I used Intel's auto scan to check for and find an updated driver for the network adaptor, it has updated OK but hasn't made any difference at all.
This is W7 RC1, if you don't want to spend time on it that's OK, but I'm not intending to fresh-install for a few months (with a proper copy of W7/64) so it'd be great to get this sorted out.
Intel DP35DP mb with E6750 dual 2.66 CPU
nVidia 8800GTS TDH 320Mb RAM
2 x 500Gb HDD SATA RAID 0 (YES I have good backups)
D-Link DI704UP hub/router
Edited by BDAKiwi, 14 December 2009 - 02:08 AM.