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Networking warning in Taskbar

On a Win7/64 machine I recently started getting both a red X and a yellow triangle/w exclamation point on the networking icon in the taskbar on startup. The X disappears right away, but the yellow triangle lingers for several seconds before it disappears. The LAN seems to be working fine; I CAN connect to the internet, but the new warnings are troublesome. Troubleshooting, I uninstalled two windows updates, one for DNS and the other for Bluetooth. I also disabled Ad-aware from checking for updates on startup. The warnings seemed to start after I had unplugged a cable from the modem/router to check the connection, so I reset the Verizon modem/router using the reset button. I've also tried the cables in different ports on the back of the router/modem (there are four and I'm using three of them, two for PCs and one for an NAS). As I said, the LAN seem fine and I'm connected, but the warnings on startup suggest something is amiss.  Everything in Device Manager seems fine; no yellow triangles there. In the Administrative Events list, I regularly get DNS 1014 "name resolution" warnings, but I've been getting these for months without the red X/yellow triangle warnings on startup. I'm an intermediate user so please be detailed in your suggestions. Thanks for the help.    
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try using msconfig to limit one time the number of things starting up. Does the network connect lag still exist?  

I see this on my Vista Virtual Machine and I just assume it takes time for virtual networking to kick in. I see it in my Windows 7 host with Access Connections taking a while to associate (longer than the status icon). So I do not think anything is wrong unless you can point to some errors.

If speeding startup (one time only) "fixes" it, then I would not worry. ... Thinkpads_User
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
I disabled all startup items in msconfig and still got the red x/yellow triangle on the network icon on startup. Again, the LAN seems fine and I'm connected. I tried disabling the network adapter, restarting, re-enabling the network adapter. Same indicators at startup. Two days ago I was working with Synology and there was a problem with the NAS file manager seeing the hard-dirve using Firefox as a conduit to the NAS firmware. Tech support had me install both versions of Java, then uninstall JAVA for 64 bit. (It was a Mozilla code problem, they later told me). Anyway I reinstalled Java/64 and the situation was the same, the same warnings. I tried unchecking Ipv6. Nothing changed. Any other suggestions.  
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Take a look here:

 Windows7-NetworkConnections
and here:

 Windows7-NetworkConnections2
to see if you have extra connections that Windows 7 is working through. Delete any extra connections.

It may also be some application you are running. By the way, I use IE9 and do not install Firefox or other browsers. Also, I use Java 32-bit because Java 64-bit is not universally accepted. But these should not be issues.

.... Thinkpads_User
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
Thanks. No extra connections in either place.  
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
There is probably some software installed causing this. I know what you are seeing, but in my case, just startup sluggishness in a virtual machine.

If you cannot isolate the software and the computer is otherwise working normally, then maybe it can be ignored.

.... Thinkpads_User
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junior15Commented:
Windows 7 includes functionality called Network Awareness. This lets you know when you have a functioning Internet connection. I have seen more than one computer where it suddenly starts showing the yellow triangle when there is really nothing wrong with my connection. It just means that it couldn't complete it's process of figuring out whether or not you have an Internet connection. Here is a link to a page with more information about Network Awareness as well as a way to turn it off.

http://blog.superuser.com/2011/05/16/windows-7-network-awareness/

Hope this helps.
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
Thanks to both of you, especially thinkpads user, whose various suggestions led me to the idea of uninstalling the ethernet driver and letting windows install a new one (I had a download package with a new driver on the desktop just in case.) For the moment, the yellow triangle is gone from the taskbar on startup. If it returns, then I'm going to follow junior15's link and disable Network Awareness. I'm grateful to both of you.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are most welcome and I was pleased to help you out. Good luck going forward. ... Thinkpads_User
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