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Network driver crashed. Can't update due to system restore..

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June 13, 2005 3:58:31 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.device_driver.dev (More info?)

Hi there,
I've got an odd situation that's got me stuck for solutions. I've spent
about an
hour researching on the net but have found nothing that helps.

I hibernated my laptop... as I often do.
The following day I tried to resume it and it hung. The bar that shows the
progress
of restoring from hibernation got to the end and stopped. I tried to restore
about
3 times and each time it failed. So I then selected to delete the restore
data and
reboot XP (after the first failure XP was giving me a text menu asking if I
want
to try and restore again or just reboot normally).

When I rebooted I had no network access.

The little network monitor icon in the system tray was showing that I was
connected
to a network but in fact it was not connected and unplugging it would make
no difference
to its "connected" status. The lights on the network port on the laptop were
not
blinking and the Hub was not indicating that anything was plugged into that
port.
The connection properties were showing that there was in fact no real
connection...
the card had been assigned a default internal IP address that usually comes
into
the picture when a network connection is present but the DHCP server (the
router)
can't be accessed (such as if my firewall is incorrectly configured and
blocking
the connection to the router). In this case I disabled the firewall and the
problem
persisted. Reboot after reboot.

I figured the drivers had become corrupt somehow.
I uninstalled the network adapter drivers.
When I try to reinstall them the install hangs at the point where it tries
to create
a system restore instance. It seems that system restore is not working
either. I've
tried to restore an instance that was automatically created about a week ago
(system
restore worked fine then) when I removed a bunch of software but again it
would hang.
In safe mode I managed to perform a restore but it made no difference to my
networking
issue.
This is not a hardware issue as I have a spare harddisk with a clean install
of XP
on it and if I boot the computer off that harddisk then networking is just
fine.

I'd like to reinstall the network adapter drivers and see whether it starts
to work
again... but I can't because System Restore seems to have also died and it
won't
let me install new hardware (due to hanging). I've also tried reapply SP1 (I
don't
use SP2 at this time) and I can't do that either because again System
Restore hungs
the install when trying to create a restore point.

Does anyone have any bright ideas?

Thanks a lot...

Jonathan
June 13, 2005 4:15:29 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.device_driver.dev (More info?)

I've just put the original hdd back in (with the faulty XP installation) and
networking has magically come back to life. Seems that booting the system up
on a clean copy of XP somehow corrected the issue for both XP installs. Odd.

J


"Jonathan" <msnewsgroup @ feal dot org> wrote in message
news:en78up6bFHA.720@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>
> Hi there,
> I've got an odd situation that's got me stuck for solutions. I've spent
> about an
> hour researching on the net but have found nothing that helps.
>
> I hibernated my laptop... as I often do.
> The following day I tried to resume it and it hung. The bar that shows the
> progress
> of restoring from hibernation got to the end and stopped. I tried to
> restore about
> 3 times and each time it failed. So I then selected to delete the restore
> data and
> reboot XP (after the first failure XP was giving me a text menu asking if
> I want
> to try and restore again or just reboot normally).
>
> When I rebooted I had no network access.
>
> The little network monitor icon in the system tray was showing that I was
> connected
> to a network but in fact it was not connected and unplugging it would make
> no difference
> to its "connected" status. The lights on the network port on the laptop
> were not
> blinking and the Hub was not indicating that anything was plugged into
> that port.
> The connection properties were showing that there was in fact no real
> connection...
> the card had been assigned a default internal IP address that usually
> comes into
> the picture when a network connection is present but the DHCP server (the
> router)
> can't be accessed (such as if my firewall is incorrectly configured and
> blocking
> the connection to the router). In this case I disabled the firewall and
> the problem
> persisted. Reboot after reboot.
>
> I figured the drivers had become corrupt somehow.
> I uninstalled the network adapter drivers.
> When I try to reinstall them the install hangs at the point where it tries
> to create
> a system restore instance. It seems that system restore is not working
> either. I've
> tried to restore an instance that was automatically created about a week
> ago (system
> restore worked fine then) when I removed a bunch of software but again it
> would hang.
> In safe mode I managed to perform a restore but it made no difference to
> my networking
> issue.
> This is not a hardware issue as I have a spare harddisk with a clean
> install of XP
> on it and if I boot the computer off that harddisk then networking is just
> fine.
>
> I'd like to reinstall the network adapter drivers and see whether it
> starts to work
> again... but I can't because System Restore seems to have also died and it
> won't
> let me install new hardware (due to hanging). I've also tried reapply SP1
> (I don't
> use SP2 at this time) and I can't do that either because again System
> Restore hungs
> the install when trying to create a restore point.
>
> Does anyone have any bright ideas?
>
> Thanks a lot...
>
> Jonathan
>
!