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We have a Windows XP computer which has started showing a "network cable unplugged" message occasionally.  The message displays only briefly, about a second, and then goes away.  We were using Skype and the audio on the call would fade and then return.  
I tried pinging the switch and the gateway.  It showed no data loss.  
What else should I try?
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Question by:Charlotte Ealick
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I would replace the cable.
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Possibilities include:

1) Bad NIC on PC ==> Replace NIC or (if on motherboard) add a replacement add-on card
2) Bad/intermittent cabling ==> Replace cabling
3) Bad Port on router/hub ==> Try using a different port on the hub/switch/router that the PC is connected on.
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Thank you!
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