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Laptop doesn't recognise local area connection cable

After months of frustration with the wireless connection to my Toshiba Tecra A3 laptop (XP SP3) dropping out, I connected it to the router with ethernet cable. I downloaded latest drivers for the Marvell Yukon adapter, then I set up the network.
The problem is that when I boot up the laptop, the connection is not seen, but as soon as I reboot, it displays. It then shows an IP address and operates at full 100Mps, and can be pinged from other computers in the house, and connect to them.
I have tried with the wireless connection both enabled and disabled, but no difference with the cable recognition (the wireless displays immediately, when enabled).
Why won't it connect first time?

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There's some troubling signs in your post.

You write you fetched Marvell drivers but it sounds like you are not using those issued by Toshiba from the web site for your make, model laptop.

Such mix and match approaches don't work well. I'd arrange for someone to give you an EXACT AND DETAILED XP INSTALL PROCEDURE with a fine example from 7726-7587_102-2699006.html

Notice how specific the steps were? If folk guess their way on drivers, odd things happen.
Bob

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Laptop doesn't recognise local area connection cable

Thanks for the prompt reply R. Proffitt. I went into the Toshiba site immediately and they confirmed that I had the correct drivers for both the wireless and local area cable connection. A couple of the Realtek sound drivers and the driver for the CD/DVD player needed upgrading, but otherwise all were up to date.
Usually I leave the wireless enabled so that at least one connection is working when my wife boots up the laptop each morning.
Any other ideas or leads?

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If we remember that the network drivers depend on

The motherboard drivers we know that it's a house of cards that every driver can interact with the other. You may have to get each driver done in the right order.

Let's say the drivers are all proper. It's likely that the OS is damaged, been hit with registry cleaners or there is a real hardware issue.

But your post contained a warning sign in your choice of words.
Bob

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Loading Network Drivers

Thanks again Bob. I use both Driver Detective and Driver Max, and both of these analyse the OS and hardware before they start their scan, and then suggest drivers.
However, back to the original problem of needing to restart to recognise the LAN cable, this morning was the same: startup displays wireless only; restart and both wireless and cable recognised.
I will try different ports on the router next.
Warwick

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