Just hide or disable the activity icon and don't let it bother you.
I have my router set to give my machine a specific static ip address. on my machine, i disabled dhcp service and set my card to use the IP assigned to it, as well as the dns.
while i am able to connect fine and browse, it keeps saying "acquiring network address" over and over again; it will not say it's connected, even though i am!
the issue is resolved if i go to "network connections" and hit F5 to refresh, but it's so annoying.
anyone have any ideas? is there some kind of internal setting or windows patch? i tried winsockfix, no luck. thanks!