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Proper method to uninstall a NIC card or an integrated NIC card in WinXP.

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Can anyone tell me the proper method for uninstalling and reinstalling a NIC card?
Ocassionally I have had to uninstall a NIC card because of corrupted drivers or in hopes of clearing out IP settings.
 I have just going to device manager, selecting the NIC and choosing uninstall.
On reboot the NIC redetects and reinstalls properly but... in checking my Network Connectons, the Local Area Connection for the NIC, it changes to:
Local Area Connecton 2. And if I was to uninstall again, the Local Area Connection would increment to: Local Area Connection 3.
With a NIC card, I could physically remove the card and reinstall it, but you can't do that with a NIC card built into the Mother Board.

Thanks,

Douglas Linford
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by:Luc Franken
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Hi audiocat,

>>I have just going to device manager, selecting the NIC and choosing uninstall.
That's the right way of doing it, just do it from safe mode. You'll see your old ones are still listed there.

Greetings,

LucF
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by:WhitePhantom
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audiocat,

The issue of getting "Local Area Connection X" incrementing one each time you uninstall and reinstall is normal behavior.  There is not really a remnant from the previous connection.  I have always just renamed it back to "Local Area Connection."  Uninstalling in Device Manager is all you have to do.  If Windows redetects the NIC after a reboot, that is also evidence that it was properly removed before the reboot.  Is there another problem that you felt is related to this that I can help you with?
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by:studlyed
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theres a little screw up in xp and 2003 that if you have a static ip set on say local area connection then reinstall the card to 2 and set it to the same ip it will say that local area connection already has that ip. its really dumb. but to get around it you might want to try a netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt or just flat out set the ip to automatically.
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by:maheshstms
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hi
i suppose the followng steps would help u
1. disable ur network "local area connection 3" in ur case
2. u wont be able to delete the connection so uninstall ur ethetnet card
3. now when it is reinstalled it will get "local area connection"
try this it works fine in windows 2000 pro. it should work on XP

good luck
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by:WhitePhantom
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Audiocat posted this to my feedback.  I think he meant for it to go here.

"Unless I am missing the boat, it looked like remnants of the additonal Local Area Connections were left behind...in the registry.
Upon opening the Registry and searching for Local Area Connections, it finds Local Area Connection, Local Area Connection 1, Local Area Connection 2, etc. Can those build up and cause conflicts?"

Anyway, no, those shouldn't conflict.  I've never had any problems with it.  Just rename your active connection to "Local Area Connection" and it will be fine.

WP
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To all responders,
Thank you for all your fine answers...my lack of response didn't mean I wasn't interested, just meant I was busy.
I'll try out your recommendations.

Douglas
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