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Delay in network access on starting up laptop

by stephentyler20 / January 31, 2007 12:28 AM PST

This applies to a relatively new laptop (Portable1 UX520), with Core Duo Processor 2.0GHZ, Windows XP with frequent and regular system updates (using Windows Updated). I also have Notebook Hardware Control installed, but this problem did not seem to correlate with the install of NHC.

XP boots up totally normally, and I have very few startup applications booting to minimize battery usage. Everything gets booted, and the harddrive stops spinning, applications are accessible...all seems totally normal, except the networking options don't pop up on the system tray, and I can't access the internet with either wireless or wired connections. It takes several minutes (like 3-5) before these icons pop up and I can access the network which, on a laptop that I frequently use for wifi connections, is totall unacceptable.

Can anyone offer a reason for this, and a possible solution?

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Make it a warranty issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2007 1:06 AM PST

Call the maker up and ask for fix or refund.


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I prefer not to
by stephentyler20 / February 1, 2007 4:05 AM PST

Not an option at this point. That is, I could technically do that, but I know it's not a problem with the machine, just some windows bug, and possibly a conflict with something. In general, I prefer to fix things like this at home.

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One thing I noticed was some of those "suites."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2007 4:25 AM PST
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Even some firewalls seem to delay the network starting up. If it's a Windows bug, since it's closed source how would you fix that?


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Which services have you...
by Edward ODaniel / February 1, 2007 5:44 AM PST
In reply to: I prefer not to

altered from automatic or boot to manual?

Take a look at your various configuration alterations from default settings and you might locate it.

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Same problem
by zdea / February 1, 2007 10:45 AM PST

I have the same problem with a desktop pc. Wonder what our systems could have in common.

I'll start with the hardware:

Motherboard: EVGA NF4 SLI 133-K8-NF41-AX
CPU: Athlon X2 3800+ (Dual core)
Vid Card: EVGA 7800GTX
Ethernet: Onboard gigabit for this motherboard, apparantly an Nvidia chipset.

Since your laptop is a Core Duo Processor the only thing we share in common hardware wise is dual core.


XP Pro, fully updated, I have a Dell axim connected (Active Sync 4.2), Daemon tools 4.08HE, Logitech G-series tools (for the keyboard, it has a network monitoring applet but doubt that's the problem), VMWare Server 1.01.

Doubt much else I have could be interacting with the network subsystem. i've had this problem for a while and reformatting did not seem to resolve the issue.

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do a clean boot
by glennlee / February 1, 2007 2:15 PM PST
In reply to: Same problem

Do a clean boot of windows, which brings up windows and its functionality, without any of the other applications. If this fixes your problem, then add back each application or process before test boot to isolate which is causing the delay in network establishment. Get instructions on doing a clean boot here:

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