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Strange network behaviour

GeordieWire asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a machine that has come in to be rebuilt, user could'nt remember the password for windows, they had password protected the bios and forgotten that password and the cd-rom wasn't set to boot.

The machine has 2 network cards, one onboard and the other a PCI one which gives me the impression that there have been previous problems with the on-board card.

With both cards on in device manager, neither can see a cable plugged in however after disabling it, the pci card recognises that it is connected but performs most perculiarly.

It has a connection but picks up some wierd IP Address when set to DHCP and it doesn't send or receive packets. On manually setting the Network settings it appears to connect and shows the correct IP address but still there are no sent or received packets.

Has anyone seen this or similar before and can you give me any pointers as to what might cause this. Been playing for hours and I can't sort it.

Many Thanks
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