Posted on 2005-05-03
We have a IBM Thinkpad for a Executive and we upgraded them to Windows XP Pro and ever since their computer locks up at least once a day. Full virus and spam scans have been done and nothing found and the machine has the latest Windows Updates but they have a Wireless G Notebook adapter and an onboard 10/100 Mini PCI Ethernet Adapter and when any Ethernet cable is pluged into the Ethernet Adapter on the Laptop and docking station, the cpu usage jumps to 100% and Windows displays that there is little or no network connectivity and seems to be the cause of the lockup. When just the wireless is used there has not been an issue yet but this VP uses this laptop for travel and needs the cable connection. Would updating the driver help with this issue or could the card/ports be going bad and just not reporting in Device Manager or Event Viewer? The problem seems to be the onboard NIC going bad as even at Hotels it is not getting on the Internet when a connection is plugged into it.