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March 26, 2003 1:26:50 PM

I am building a system with a EPOX 8K9A2+ mobo that has an integrated LAN card. I have installed Win XP. When I boot the machine with the LAN connected to an active WAN/DSL modem, it hangs up the network connection for about 1-2 minutes after Windows loads and is ready to run. All the other features in Windows will work, but all network features are unaccessible. If I try to restart, Windows will not let me until the LAN unfreezes. If I boot the machine without an active modem connection it works fine.
I have installed every possible driver for the LAN and relaoded Win XP twice. I have even installed a seperate PCI LAN card (disable intergral LAN) and still have same problem. I have been using this same DSL modem with Win XP on another machine without problems.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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March 26, 2003 1:44:30 PM

what about giving it a static IP address instead of "obtain IP address automatically"?

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
March 26, 2003 3:55:08 PM

My ISP uses Dynamic IP addresses. Does that matter? Can I assign an IP to the BIC? I have also heard of assigning MAC addreses to NIC cards in the BIOS, but do ot see that option in my BIOS, and to be honest, I am not that knowledgeable on networking.
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March 26, 2003 4:32:27 PM

oh, it eventually successfully gets an IP?

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
March 27, 2003 12:12:24 AM

Yes, after about 1 to 2 minutes it eventually unfreezes and works fine until I restart the machine. I have even tried Win98SE which uses a third-part client for ethernet connections to DSL. I know the modem works fine, use it all the time with the other machine. Have even tried a different NIC. At this point I thinik it has to be something with the motherboard.
April 15, 2003 2:35:43 AM

There is a very easy fix for this, and you mentioned it yourself.

Specify an IP address.

start - control panel - network connections - rt-click on LAN - highlight tcp/ip - properties - specify 192.168.0.1 as IP address, no not specify anything else - okay - restart.

That will do it. If not, msg back and I'll work with you.

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April 15, 2003 12:15:50 PM

Thanks for the help. How do you know what IP address to specify for the LAN?
April 15, 2003 2:39:42 PM

Because I've done this a million times. Don't worry, that'll fix your problem.

XP 2500+ Barton @ 2256Mhz
A7N8X Dlx
2x512MB Corsair PC3200
MSI GF3Ti 500 @ 265/570
16x DVD-ROM
2x80GB 7200RPM Maxtor
Onboard audio
3DMark 2001 SE - 10528
April 19, 2003 12:51:10 AM

It worked! Thanks so much. I posted this on a few other boards and even talked to Epox support and no one else came up with such a simple solution. It has given me incentive to learn more about networking. Thanks again.
April 19, 2003 8:22:17 AM

No prob man. That's why it's nice to work for AT&T ;-)

XP 2500+ Barton @ 2256Mhz
A7N8X Dlx
2x512MB Corsair PC3200
MSI GF3Ti 500 @ 265/570
16x DVD-ROM
2x80GB 7200RPM Maxtor
Onboard audio
3DMark 2001 SE - 10528
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