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Network Cable Unplugged Error

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Hello,

   I am getting this weird message every 2 minutes or so
on my laptop which is connected to a docking station. The
network cable is plugged into the docking station (I don't have a separate card on my laptop). I have changed my network cable, changed the port on the switch, reinstalled the card, driver etc. But it does not help. Any ideas will be appreciated.

Thanks.
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Question by:dbdoshi
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by:jassav
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What is the message?
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by:dbdoshi
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Ok, here is the message:

The system detected that network adapter 3Com EtherLink XL 10/100 PCI NIC (3C905-TX) #3 was connected to the network, and has initiated normal operation over the network adapter.

Thanks.
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by:jhance
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Could be a bad cable.
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by:defore
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I agree with jhance, it could be a bad cable or a bad port on your switch.
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by:stevenlewis
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It also could be loose, and moving a bit, creating a connection, and then breaking it
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Go to Local Area Connection Properties, Choose the network adaptor and click configure. Go to Power Management and uncheck the box that says 'Allow this computer to turn off this device to save power'...

The first box 'for standy' should be unchecked anyway in your case.

See if the problem still occurs. :)
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by:Mark_R
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Does anyone else have the same combination of laptop and docking station?  Are they getting the same problem?

If there are other laptops and docking stations of the same type available to you, try your laptop on another docking station and another laptop on your docking station.

It could be that the docking station is faulty, or the docking interface is damaged.  Have you checked the pins on the DS and your laptop?
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by:dbdoshi
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Yes, I did change the docking station, but it still have me the error. Finally I undocked the laptop and inserted a separate PCMCIA card and that worked. So I figured its the docking interface on the back of the laptop. I also downloaded and ran the diagonistic utility from the DELL website. But that did not catch anything. Finally I called up DELL support and they are going to send a technician tomorrow to find out the problem.
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by:dbdoshi
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Thanks. I convinced my manager to get a new laptop for me!!
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