Log in XP machine hangs when cable plugged in

Dear experts,

Have a problem with one of my XP machine.

If I log in with the network cable plugged in it always hangs in the "Applying settings" screen. If I log in without the cable I can log in straightaway.

When I logged in without the cable, I can then plug the cable in after I see my desktop and I got 1Gb connection.

Surely there is something no right with my NIC but what is it? Any help would be appriciated.
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johnb6767Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Seems like a policy is either trying to do/install something to the system (if in fact DNS is fine).

Process Monitor can enable boot logging, so you can see whats happening in EXTREME DETAIL............

Troubleshooting with Process Monitor

Options>Select Enable Boot Logging, and reboot.... After reboot, launch Procmon to compile the logs.....

Then you can look at the times to see where your delays are......

If youre on a DOMAIN, I would look at the following......

How to enable user environment debug logging in retail builds of ...

How do you use userenv.log to troubleshoot

Understanding How to Read a Userenv Log – Part 1 - Ask the ...

Interpreting Userenv log files: Group Policy

In the userenv.log file, start by searching for lpusername (the one that has the userID next to it), and then search for the next instance of explorer.exe. Thats when the desktop starts.... So inbetween those two events, you should be able to see what is happening in the delays......

Can you please check i n Device Manager to see if the card has any issues (look for a question mark)
Domain system? Non Domain system?
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ormerodrutterAuthor Commented:
Yes domain. Nothing showing in Device manager.
stu0202Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I have found that this tends to be a problem with DNS.  If you are logging into a network, are you pointing to the correct DNS servers?  If DHCP, is the server set to point to the correct servers?
Erk333Connect With a Mentor Commented:
could be some start up nasties that are banging away to the internet at atart up.  are their any unusual entries in the Run and Run Once keys in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion  ?
Dhiraj MuthaConnect With a Mentor Level DCommented:
Try these:

1) Clear up the security logs
2) Do a windows update
3) Rejoin the system to domain and check.
Dhiraj MuthaLevel DCommented:
Also try this:

Copy the below code and paste it in a notepad and save it as Login.bat and run it and restart.
cd /d %windir%\system32 
regsvr32 /n /I userenv.dll 
cd wbem 
mofcomp scersop.mof 
gpupdate /force

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ormerodrutterAuthor Commented:
At the end we replace the network card and things are working again.

There is no problem/warning shown in Device Manager, so we didn't think it was the NIC. There is no DNS problem as computer is getting IP from DHCP.

Still don't know why but no point investigating if replacing the NIC resolves the issue. Thanks for all your input.
Wheres the fun in that?

Kidding, glad youre fixed....
ormerodrutterAuthor Commented:
Can't afford any fun in here I am afraid the bosses have NO sense of humor whatsoever :)
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