In article <071801c34cdf$31cf40f0$gbl>, "Mike"
<com> wrote: 

Don't take that message literally. It really means that XP can't
detect a live link to another device, such as a computer, hub, switch,
or router. That could be for any of these reasons:

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

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:

10. The operating system is turning off the network card to save
power. Disable the power saving option in the network card's

11. You're using a phone line network adapter and there isn't a second
computer, with a similar adapter, running and connected to the same
phone line.

12. You've disabled the radio on a wireless network adapter.
Best Wishes,
Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

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