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"Acquiring Network Address" when in fact already connected

by Mach1.02 / January 4, 2007 5:33 AM PST

System: XP MCE SP2 / 2.4Ghz Intel Dual Core / ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium / 2GB DDR2 RAM / 2x320GB Barracuda HDDs

This PC automatically connects to my Netgear DG834G WEP enabled home network during startup. Every time. Without fail. Half the time however although the wireless network connection works properly the normal Windows system tray icon for wireless networking remains with the "scanning" graphic (the moving "ball") and hovering over this icon gives the normal caption associated with this state, "Acquiring network address".

This is not a "problem" - because the network connection works fine as the fact that I can make this post testifies - but any idea what's "wrong", please? The three other PCs in the house (actually all laptops runing XP Pro SP2) connect without this behaviour.

The wireless card is Netgear WG311v3 802.11G PCI and I elected to let the Netgear "Smart Wizard" take control during installation. Checking Windows Services confirms that both WZC and NLA are "automatic" and "started".

The only other problem that I know the PC has is that Norton Antivirus Autoprotect (navapsvc.exe) consumes a minimum of 22%CPU even when the PC is "idle". I don't know if this is related or not.

Help has also been requested elsewhere, where the advice was probably quite sensibly "leave it alone", but things like this bug me and I want to solve the underlying cause.

Many thanks.

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Acquiring Network Address" when in fact already connected
by Mach1.02 / January 4, 2007 5:36 AM PST

I should have added: "Eventually", after a minimum of one hour, the wireless network system tray graphic changes to the normal one for "connected" (PC with radiating radio waves)


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That can be proper. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 5:39 AM PST

Many desktops have an ethernet connection. It could be trying to acquire an address on that unused ethernet port. For such I just head to Windows DEVICE MANAGER and set it to "not used in this configuration."


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Device disabled
by Mach1.02 / January 4, 2007 6:49 AM PST

Thanks for the suggestion, Bob, but Device Manager shows the ethernet LAN driver properties as "do not use this device (disable) the same as how the LAN connection icon displays in Start / Settings / Network Connections.

If I have misunderstood, I apologise.

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I wonder if Wireless Zero Configuration is used or not.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 8:09 AM PST
In reply to: Device disabled

Sometimes I encounter a machine with both WZC and a maker's Wifi tool enabled. Ask who installed this OS which you should use.


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Wireless Zero Configuration
by Mach1.02 / January 4, 2007 8:03 PM PST

Thanks, Bob. It's my own brand new PC, and I configured it, so I guess I can do what I like! Happy I know not why WZC is in use given that to tidily remove a load of junk that came from the supplier and to organise the PC how I wanted I reformatted the HDDs, reinstalled XP MCE SP2, reinstalled the drivers, partitoned with Acronis, installed the WiFi card using Netgear's Smart Wizard, and installed Norton AV/IS.

If in using the Smart Wizard WZC should have been switched off, I don't know why it wasn't. I have now switched off and disabled this service, so will see what happens.

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WZC is from Microsoft and part of the stock install.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 11:53 PM PST

I'm sure you've learned a lot from installing Windows from scratch. It's not as easy as some thought it was. No motherboard drivers, etc.


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Virtual beer
by Mach1.02 / January 5, 2007 2:07 AM PST

Well, Sir. A virtual beer is sent your way. Wireless Zero Configuration switched off, and bingo, problem completely solved. Switch it back on, and the problem returns to about half the reboots just the same as before, so it's now switched off for good. The network continues, as it did with the problem, to function perfectly.

In the literal sense, "cheers"! Happy

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Installing Windows from scratch
by Mach1.02 / January 5, 2007 2:11 AM PST
In reply to: Virtual beer

"I'm sure you've learned a lot from installing Windows from scratch"

Oh yes! Just ask my wife, who had me coming to bed at 06:00am two nights running because I was so addicted to getting it right I couldn't stop, and the time flew by!

Well worth it though; (a) I had the satisfaction of learning something both new and useful, and (b) I have a PC that - Norton Antivirus issue in another cnet forum aside - performs exactly how I want it to, not how someone else thought it would be nice for it to.

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Yes, you did it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 5, 2007 2:12 AM PST
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You revealed just enough clues for me to guess this one. And hopefully you'll rack that item up in your shelf of new things to consider when installing this old OS.


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Mmm...virtual beer! </virtual Homer>
by linkit / January 5, 2007 5:29 AM PST
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Glad you found a solution.

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