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ie vista 64  can't find network correctly

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MB: supermicro h8sma-2-0, opteron 1200, 8G ecc. using onboard dual nic's.  the drivers are the latest package from nvidia ofr MCP55_chipset_v15.16_Vista_64.

Fresh install.   vista home premium 64, sp1  
No software installed but firefox 3.03.  No antivirus or anything.
Disabled defender, turned off the windows firewall.

IE 7 will not run the 'run once' correctly.  UPG to ie8, and the run once goes away, but...

Both have this problem.  They claim 'IE cannot display the web page', and if you 'diagnose connection problems', vista reports everything is fine.  If you go to microsoft.com, you get the page.  The graphics have a box with red x.  If you try to go to adobe to get flash player, you see a webpage that is all text, no graphics.  if you click on the get flash player link you get IE can't display the webpage.  

Something is preventing the machine from accessing the internet connection for these web sites.  

I tried dealmac.com.  It displays correctly for about half the opening page.  Then you get the red x for the remaining graphics.

Firefox is installed.  It browses all these sites just fine.  The internet connection works.  I can ping, I can ping google.com by name, by ip.  It is not DNS.

I don't really care about IE, but anytime some software you install wants to 'register' you get the same behavior, as there is something going on that keeps this all from working.

Anybody have any ideas?
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