VPN error on XP Pro - TCP/IP CP reported error 2 - The system cannot find the file specified.

Posted on 2006-06-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-29
The error reported is on a Dell Dimension 4600 with XP Pro (With all the latest updates) when attempting to connect a vpn connection (through a NIC)
I can connect this VPN connection from other computers, but not this one.
I cannot connect this computer to any other VPN connections - Same error
After rebooting, when connecting to a vpn,  the first error message is "TCP/IP CP reported error 31 - A device attached to the system is not functioning."
Then any other attempts will bring back the merror message "TCP/IP CP reported error 2 - The system cannot find the file specified."

I tried with another NIC, same error
I removed the Integrated NIC from Device manager, reinstalled it; same error
I removed the entries in the registry under; KKLM/... network cards: Same error

From what I read on the Web, people have reinstalled XP without resolving the issue?

Any suggestion?
Question by:monahansolo

    Author Comment

    Found the solution!


    A registry tweak seems to have resolved the issue:

    there are one or more REG_BINARY values witha long (GUID?) name in brackets { }

    Copy all of the bracket names (one by one) into clipboard.
    e.g. {A2F5650E-D377-4A0A-9C90-784ED1EA5A92}

    Make a new Key under

    With that name and 'Tcpip_' in front of it:
    e.g. "Tcpip_{A2F5650E-D377-4A0A-9C90-784ED1EA5A92}"

    I copied  and pasted all the values, tried the VPN connection and voila!

    Once rebooted, when I tried again, the first attempt failed with the error 31, but was successful on the second attempt.

    I am able to connect and disconnect ,many times successfully, but when I reboot, the firat attempt to connect still fail, before being successful afterwards.

    There is another step that I didn't do (Perhaps a MULTI_SZ (Multi-String_Value) with the name
    "NameServerList" is needed under that new key too.), which I'll try right now to see if it resolve the issue.

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    Expert Comment

    I always believed on your abilities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    Author Comment

    Greetings again,

    I am not able to resolve the error message at the first connection, so i simply put the redial time at the minimum ( 1 second).

    So, I think this is the best I'll get without having to do a fresh start on XP...

    This question is considered resolved.

    Author Comment

    This question is considered resolved by myself and will be asked for deletion.


    Accepted Solution

    Closed, 125 points refunded.
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    Expert Comment

    This is works of me. Thank you monahansolo. But i think when you have a problem first you are checking it from internet then create question on here then answer your question aanhh method man... Just joking thank your for your resolution.

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