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Internet connection help

Discussion in 'Video Games and Technology' started by Paladin, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. Paladin

    Paladin Have Zord, Will Travel

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    First of all, I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong forum.


    Ok, so for some reason my laptop no longer recognizes the local Internet connection. It keeps giving me a message saying "Network cable unplugged" even though the damn thing IS plugged in.

    Is this a common problem? What causes it and-more importantly- how do I fix it???
     
  2. Joe Moore

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    The likely culprit is a fray or break in the wire somewhere. Have you tried with a different cable?
     
  3. Paladin

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    Not yet but I'm beginning to suspect that it may be the best idea.


    What could cause a cable to suddenly stop working?
     
  4. Joe Moore

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    If the wire has been bent at an angle for any extended time, it could have caused a break in the connection.
     
  5. GogDog

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    Another less-likely possibility is lightning. If you had a near by strike, LAN ports are VERY sensitive to this. I do internet-related trouble calls for a cable company, and when ever there is a lightning strike within 50-200 feet, through some form of induction, the ethernet cables absorb the charge out of the air and cause the connections do go dead as a door nail. Just in the last seven days, I have replaced 10 cable modems and 5 NIC cards due to this. But then again, I do live in Central Florida, the second highest lightning strike capital of the world. I have seen homes with large LANs loose upwards of 10 ethernet ports and various hardware devices, and nothing else in the house was so much as affected.

    Like I said, less likely depending on where you live, but always a possibility. Just throwing that out there.
     
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  6. Paladin

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    That could indeed be the case. We were in the middle of a serious storm when I first noticed problems.





    On another note, what does it mean when your wireless connection suffers a TCP/IP error?
     
  7. GogDog

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    Where are you getting this error and what does it say exactly?