I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 with a Broadcom 440x Network Card with Windows XP Pro. My problem is that the card doesn't recognize a change in Link status. If the cable is plugged in when the card is disabled then enabled it will show as connected, receives a DHCP address then all network activity ceases. When I pull the cable out the link light stays on.
If the cable is unplugged while it is disabled then when it is enabled it shows as disconnected. When I plug the cable in it lights showing on the card.
What I have done:
-Tested the cable and wall jack (works fine on two other laptops)
-Tried a variety of drivers (latest to earlier ones)
-Adjusted the Speed and Duplex Setting (Tried all settings with no change in behaviour)
-Scanned the PC for Spyware and viruses
-Ran a repair with Winsock V1.2
-Uninstalled then reinstalled networking components (Add/Remove programs)
I guess in the end I am just wondering if this can only be hardware or if anyone else has any ideas.
Thanks in Advance,