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Hi All,

I have a HP Laptop that works fine when docked / un-docked from fresh boot - but if you're working docked and take the laptop off the HP docking station - a message appears for a split second - "It is now safe to remove your Broadcom 1GB Network Adapter". The device is removed from the Device Manager and a scan for hardware changes doesn't bring back the item.

I cannot see any reason why Windows would choose to safely remove the hardware when I haven't requested it, nor do I know where a possible setting like this could be stored.

Does anyone have any ideas?

The device has the latest drivers for Windows XP Pro SP2. The only way to fix it is to reboot.

Many Thanks in advance. -

Pete
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HP has an option in the bios for disabling the integrated nic when removed from power.  You can change this setting so that it is not disabled when power is removed.
I believe this was done to save battery life.
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Perfect!

"LAN Power Saving Mode" = Enabled

Changed it to disabled and the problem never returned. micalkin, the points are all yours!

Pete
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