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XP Local Area Connection Icon Exclamation

by timwerx / December 11, 2009 4:56 PM PST

I recently re-installed XP in my old notebook. Although the connections work as ever, including normal internet connection, the Local Area Connection icon in the System Tray now has the "warning" symbol with exclamation point. I can find nothing wrong with the connection behavior, but I'd rather not have the "warning" showing. What can I check or do in order to get rid of it?

Thanks in advance.

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Do you have
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 12, 2009 1:41 AM PST

a Local network eg, two or more computers connected together?

If so, and if it is working properly, you can remove the icon from the System Tray by going to My Network Places, list the network connections, right click the right network in the list and select Properties. There will be an option there somewhere to display that icon.


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Thanks, but...
by timwerx / December 12, 2009 6:38 PM PST
In reply to: Do you have

Thanks. I tried that -- unselected the option to show the icon -- but it remains there in the system tray.


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Yes strange.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 12, 2009 6:52 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks, but...

When you hover the mouse over that icon what displays?

What I mean is, does this icon match any of the network connections you have listed in My Network Places, and if so, what type of network is it?

If you right click the icon, what options do you see?


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Network Connection Icon
by timwerx / December 12, 2009 7:32 PM PST
In reply to: Yes strange.

On hover, it says "Local Area Connection," the connection speed, and the condition - that it is connected.

The icon matches one under Network Connections, and shows whether or not my ADSL modem is connected. I do not have a home network set up.

On right click, a menu opens showing:
Turn Off
Change Windows Firewall Settings
Open Network Conditions

(I am translating from Japanese, so the actual English used may be a little different.)

By the way, using Restore doesn't help. A results notice pops up saying I may have a "restricted connection" and to see the systems administrator. Yet, the actual connection works fine.

Thank you for your trouble.

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(NT) Are you the System Administrator?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 12, 2009 10:57 PM PST
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by timwerx / December 13, 2009 3:35 PM PST

I am the so-called "Administrator." Except for re-installing XP, nothing is different from before when it worked normally....... which makes this all the more baffling.

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Can we have a recap?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 13, 2009 7:21 PM PST
In reply to: Yes....

Tell us more about your network connections.

You have an ADSL modem. Is there a wireless router as well?

If you list all the connections in My Network Places, can you take a screen print of that window, upload it to some image web site like ImageShack or PhotoBucket, and post the link to the image here.

Ahh, I have just seen this will be in Japanese. I'm not sure that will help me then.

Any particular reason why you had to re-install XP timwerx? When you re-installed I assume you installed all the drivers as well, motherboard, network card, and so on.

I'm thinking that all I can suggest is this. If this is the only network icon in the System Tray, and if it corresponds to the 'only' network connection listed in My Network Places, then may be you should leave things as they are. It works, so the crossed out icon is just an annoyance.


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by timwerx / December 13, 2009 8:14 PM PST
In reply to: Can we have a recap?

There is no router -- no "network," wireless or otherwise. Just the modem going in.

No, they're in Japanese, or I'd make a screenshot. There are just three -- "1394 Connection", "Local Area Connection" and my ISP's connection.

I re-installed to clear up an unrelated problem, and installed all the drivers I know of, but no network card. Perhaps I should look into this.

It is just a very minor annoyance. I mainly brought it up to see if I can clear it up and learn something useful. I thank you for all the time and trouble.

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by timwerx / December 13, 2009 9:13 PM PST
In reply to: Can we have a recap?

I went through some Japanese forums about this and found that this was/is a common problem with the Japanese version of XP SP2. The fix is to simply turn off the "warning" that you're on a restricted or failed connection.

Thanks again for your interest and effort. Indirectly, you helped me find the solution.

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Good work
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 14, 2009 1:30 AM PST
In reply to: Solved

Glad you got it sorted out, and thanks for reporting back.


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