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#1 Ed Miller

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 12:10 PM

I am having a few problems with my OS (XP) First my network connections went away. When I tried to get them back, I looked in my Device Manager and there is nothing there, even if I turn on the unhide key, still nothing. Any one with any ideas?

Edited by Ed Miller, 15 October 2006 - 12:11 PM.


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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 04:38 PM

According to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/311504

To resolve this behavior, set the startup type for Plug and Play to Automatic. To do so, follow these steps:
  • Click Start, click Run, type services.msc and then click OK.
  • Double-click Plug and Play. (If you receive a Configuration Manager message, click OK. )
  • In the Startup Type list, click Automatic, and then click OK.
  • Close Services.
  • Restart the computer.

Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 15 October 2006 - 04:39 PM.

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#3 bicycle bill

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 07:09 PM

According to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/311504

To resolve this behavior, set the startup type for Plug and Play to Automatic. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Click Start, click Run, type services.msc and then click OK.
  • Double-click Plug and Play. (If you receive a Configuration Manager message, click OK. )
  • In the Startup Type list, click Automatic, and then click OK.
  • Close Services.
  • Restart the computer.


Shouldn't butt in here since Einstein has posted but i will anyway. Maybe the following link will solve the problem.

http://www.reesecomputing.com/downloads/files/AproposFix.htm

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 07:54 PM

I suggest that you run the Windows One Care Free Scan

Go to Windows Live Onecare Free Scan
It will say "Get a free PC safety scan"
http://safety.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm

Make sure you click "Full Service Scan" in the middle of the page and
not the "Try It Now Free" on the right side.

Allow it to download an Active X component.
Choose "Complete Scan" in the window that opens
Click "Next"
Do not click on anything else that offers you a free trial or to sign up if you live in the US.

Allow it to scan - it may take quite a while, maybe two hours or so depending on how big your hard drive is and how fragmented your registry and drive are.


Do you have a Windows XP installation cd?

#5 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:26 AM

Shouldn't butt in here since Einstein has posted but i will anyway.

Good job Bicycle Bill! Who's post contains the 'cure' here? Who knows! Not until these 'fixes' are tried will we know what the culprit is in this case.

When I read this:

First my network connections went away

I suspected malware. But instead of just telling him to scan or use HJT, I thought I would try something else first. However, you might be right on. And not just infected, but seriously infected. Usually we don't hear from users until the problems are extreme, making them more difficult to 'fix', or clean.

I am awaiting a reply from Ed Miller to see what he has found out so far!
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