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A strange occurrence, care to comment?

by Coryphaeus / August 3, 2004 9:26 AM PDT

Because of a problem I was having and discussed in Networking, I needed to disable the onboard NIC on my motherboard and install a separate PCI NIC. (I have since fixed the problem and went back to the onboard NIC.) But here's the strange thing.

I booted to the BIOS and disabled the onboard LAN. Powered off and installed the PCI NIC. I plugged my Ethernet cord into the new NIC and clicked ok. Rebooted and as XP started to load I get this new popup window that said, in essence:

Windows has detected major hardware changes. Windows XP must be reactivated. You have three days to complete this activation.

'Scuse me!? This is before XP had fully booted.

I plugged in the Ethernet cord into the new NIC and clicked ok. Now another window saying XP could not establish a connection. After two more "Try again" clicks, I canceled it and let XP fully boot.

After a full boot, and the discovery of the new NIC, I go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and clicked on Activate Windows. It does in an instant with my cable connection.

Why would changing the NIC constitute a major hardware change?

Everything is hunky-dory now, just thought I'd share this.

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Re: A strange occurrence, care to comment?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 3, 2004 9:46 AM PDT

I've triggered it with video card, BIOS updates and more or less!

MS doesn't document this area well.

Bob

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Wayne, care to read some more?
by FrankQTran / August 3, 2004 10:19 AM PDT
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Re: A strange occurrence, care to comment?
by Steven Haninger / August 3, 2004 10:35 AM PDT

I, too, have had a similar experience. The on board NIC died on one of our PCs and I had to install an add in. Some minor hardware changes had been made but this one pushed it over the edge requiring a reactivation. What I do read about the "hardware hash" used by XP that certain devices carry more weight than others and the NIC is one of them. What I do not know is if it would have helped if I would have "uninstalled" the bad NIC first before putting in the new one. Maybe XP would have forgiven my sin but will never know.

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Re: A strange occurrence, care to comment?
by Cetin Denislam / August 3, 2004 7:37 PM PDT

>>What I do not know is if it would have helped if I would have "uninstalled" the bad NIC first before putting in the new one.<<

For NIC, Windows XP monitors MAC address which is unique. So, it doesn't matter if you uninstalled it before inserting the new card.

Good Luck,


Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re: A strange occurrence, care to comment?
by Cetin Denislam / August 3, 2004 7:37 PM PDT

>>Why would changing the NIC constitute a major hardware change?<<

You certainly had other changes before the last one. So, changing NIC plus the other previous changes exceeded the algorithm's limit and that triggered the activation procedure.


Good Luck,


Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Nope, no changes. . .
by Coryphaeus / August 4, 2004 7:14 AM PDT

Machine is just like it was the day I activated XP. Unless you count adding a DVD burner drive. At least none that I can think of.

Oh well, it's working like a champ.

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If DVD replaced the previous CD-ROM drive it counts ? (NT)
by Cetin Denislam / August 4, 2004 9:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Nope, no changes. . .

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(NT) (NT) Well, it's just too picky. ;-)
by Coryphaeus / August 5, 2004 10:31 AM PDT
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