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Ok I have this new hp labtop that says the network cable is unplugged. But it is plugged in! Its plugged the wall RJ45 wall socket connected to the network. It was working fine a couple of weeks ago, but now it has no connectivity whatsoever and when I run<cmd<ipconfig It says media is disconnected. I KNOW the network and broadband connection(RJ45 wall socket) are not the problem, because the a desktop computer in the same room works when plugged into the same place with the same cable. Why would it say the network cable is unplugged when it really is plugged in? What could be wrong? Could the NIC in the laptop have gone bad?
Is there a way to test it? Please help :tazz:
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Hey Andybikecrazy,

Go to Start/Control Panel/Network Connections/ Look for the Local Area Connection icon.

What is the status of this?? If you right click..does it give you the option to enable it?

Is the connection listed at all?
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so, i request u to check in the network connection, whether the lan
is disconnected. if it is disconnected, right click on the lan and
select connect. u wiil be able to go online.

STEPS are:

1. click on ' Start '

2. click on ' Settings '

3. click on ' Control panel '

4. click on ' Network and Internet connections '

5. click on ' Network connections '.

IN this network connection window, u will find two categories.

a) dial- up connection.

b) Lan or High speed Internet.

under the "Lan or High speed Internet.", U will find

" Local Area Connection "
disconnected < = this is for
the ethernet adaptor
and ur adaptor name will be here

here u have to right click on that local area connection icon, and u
will find connect or enable.

click on the either of those two options u will be connected.


powercycle the modem/router.


1) shutdown ur computer.

2) turn of ur router/modem,

3)unplug all the cables which goes from the router/modem to the
computer and also plug the 'dsl' cable, which goes to the micro filter.

4) leave it for 30 to 40 secs.

5)and replug it back to its original position.

6)now turn on the router.

7)check whether the required lights has been lifted on ur

8)now turn on ur pc.

if this doesn't work reset the router.


1) leave the router turned on , and also the computer.

2) at the rear side of ur router u will find a reset button, which
will be red in colour.

3) take a pin or pen, and press the reset button using any one of
this ,press the reset button firmly, for 30 t0 40 secs.

and release after that.

when ur reseting the router , all the lights should go off.

after releasing the reset button, u will find all the lights ,
liftting up one by one.

. so this should resolve ur prblm. try this.

bye !
and have a nice day.
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yes the connection is listed in network connections. I am able to disable and re-enable it. As soon as it is reinabled though, it says network cable unplugged and has a red X on the icon. I have tried restarting the laptop. And It did not get unplugged unknowingly. I tried several times with a known good cable and it did not work. And it can't be the router because other computers connected to it are working fine. To me the problem seems to be the nic. But device manager says it is working properly. Do you think reinstalling te nic driver would be something to try?
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