Windows 7 issues with shutting down and NIC
Posted on 2010-09-20
Have a PC that I built 2-3 years ago. Before I installed Windows 7 I ran the compatibility checker and it reported absolutely no problems. Wiped XP and did a clean install of Windows 7 Pro. Absolutely no issues during the install. Checked Device manager after the install and every device was correctly identified by Windows. Loaded up AV program and took Windows updates. No issues. reboot several times without issue. No problems putting it on the home network or accessing the Internet.
My kid got done with it at the end of the day and went to shut it down by clicking on shutdown button. Screen goes black and PC noises seem to abate somewhat, but fans and lights stay on. Eventually he pressed and held power button and it shut completely down. Appears to go into sleep, but that is just my take based on the visuals I see.
Next day tried to power back up. Lights come on, fans and HD spin up, but never posts and nothing on screen. Did some basic troubleshooting and reset CMOS; still nothing. Finally started unplugging cables from the back and after pulling all the external peripherals except for USB keyboard, PC will now post and will go into Windows. Rebooted into BIOS and reset settings to proper values and plugged in all external devices and PC still boots and goes to Windows 7 just fine.
Still will not shut down properly. Rechecked power settings in Windows and they are OK. But now the NIC (built-in) is not working properly. NIC is enabled, but will not pull IP from router. Reset network devices; still nothing. Attempted to assign IP address statically, works, but while doing this Network windows seems slow to process info. And after static IP is entered, still no connectivity. Network center is reporting an unidentified network.
Went to Motherboard site to look for updated drivers for chip-set and NIC, but according to the web site, Windows 7 has what I need and there are no new drivers.
At this point, NIC does not get usable IP so can't connect to anything and shutdown is an issue/ Any thoughts?