MS Server 2000 vrs Client PC's Network Controllers

If client PC's are randomly set to either half duplex or auto, can this cause some PC's to hang from mismatched settings? Or cause Auto-updates from MS not to install?
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Michael PfisterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
This depends wether the network port on the other end is configured correctly or not.
If you set the network settings to Auto on both ends, the PC network card and the switch port will negotiate for the highest speed and Full duplex.
If you set one end to be fixed, the other to Auto, no negotiation will take place at all. The port set to Automatic will then select Half Duplex, which in your case should work
If you have a duplex mismach, i.e. NC set to Half Duplex, switch port set to Full DUplex it will somehow work, but the peroformance will be significantly degraded.
If the netwok is unresponsive, the PC can hang (esp. Explorer while looking on mapped network drives).
You may have problems downloading the MS ptaches, but they should install. Take a look at C:\WINDOWS\WindowsUpdate.log to determine the problem with Windows Updates
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robert145Author Commented:
Thanks fo the help.
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