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Network Cable Unplugged - Broadcom 440x 10/100

  • I just received my Dell Inspiron E1705 notebook today which is running off of a wireless connection in my house.  It shows the Dell Wireless WLAN Card and Wireless Network Connection are both working excellent, but reads that a network cable is unplugged with the Broadcom 440x 10/100 and am unable to connect to internet.  What should I do to fix this?  Thanks.
  • Here's a pretty comprehensive list of why one would get the "network cable unplugged" message (taken from the Microsoft.Public.WindowsXP.network_web newsgroup:
    1. The network cable really is unplugged.
    2. The network cable is defective.
    3. It's plugged in, but there's nothing connected to the other end.
    4. It's plugged in and connected on both ends, but the device on the other end isn't turned on.
    5. The cable is the wrong type.  Connecting two computers directly, without a hub, switch, or router, requires a crossover cable.  A regular cable won't work.
    6. The cable is connected to the uplink port on a hub, switch, or router, instead of a regular port.
    7. Some hubs, switches, and routers disable the port next to the uplink port when the uplink port is in use.
    8. The network card driver program isn't working right.  Download and install the latest XP-compatible driver from the manufacturer's web site.
    9. The network card is configured to automatically sense speed and duplex settings but isn't doing it correctly.  Set those options manually, as shown here: http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/troubleshoot/networkcard.htm
     
    Steve
  • I would just ignore it. If you're using a wireless connection, and it is working, the Broadcom NIC should be show unplugged and not interfere.