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    Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE)

    The network comprises two notebook computers, a Toshiba (Win 98 SE) and an IBM ThinkPad Win XP Pro) using 10BaseT interconnecting through a hub.

    Booting Toshiba and when up and running cold booting the IBM the network works perfectly.

    However, if the IBM is Hibernated, disconnected then reconnected and restarted from Hiberation the IBM does not recognise it is connected to the network.

    The only way I have found to make the IBM see, or be seen, is to Power Down and do a Cold Boot - a real pain in the butt.

    It was my naive understanding the Win XP Pro on a notebook/laptop could be disconnected from a network and reconnect itself automatically when the network connection was restored.

    Any bright ideas on how to make the IBM automatically reconnect to the network?

    Hope there is someone out there with the bright ideas that can resolve this problem. TIA

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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    Sorry DaveA, but turning off Hibernation is definately not a preferred option, especially when shutdown takes about 3 minutes and a cold start a similar period <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>. Six minutes spent cooling ones heels, or making and drinking a pot of coffee is not how I expect my system to work. In this day of plug & play, hibernation should work correctly too, allowing disconnection and reconnection to networks without the need to reboot.

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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    "Hibernation" is your problem. Turn it OFF and you may not have any problems. I have 2 Sony's on my p2p network and we do NOT use Hibernation and have not had this problem.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    I leave mine on 7/24 on the power pack. It keeps the batteries charged and is ready for use. It has been this way for about 2 years and no problems.

    If you have a NEW XP ready lap top it should work <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15>, I do NOT like hibernation for any machine.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    My laptop gets carried from home (p2p network, dialup Internet) to work (no network, dialup Internet) at HO, to site offices (dialup Internet, if I can find a PSTN line) and meetings all over, so leaving it "on" 24/7 means for me, using the Hibernation function to save the long shutdown/cold boot cycle. I detest sitting in someone else's office waiting for my computer to cold boot - does not leave a good impression.

    I haven't found a way to keep the laptop connected via the power pack when driving down the expressway <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>.

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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    Since you are breaking the network connetion by unpluging the machine, there is NO network to connect to when hibernation has been started. ALL network connections that I know of require a hard boot when you break away from the net work in this manner.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    This is entirely dependent on the drivers for your network card. It is probably worth looking to see if any updates are available.

    I use a Compaq Armada M700 laptop running Windows 2000. I regularly move it between networks, hibernating when I am travelling, and it generally reconnects with no problems.

    StuartR

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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    Not quite so DaveA, the computer is hibernated before the network is disconnected, then "de-hibernated" while disconnected and used in standalone mode, re-hiberated, taken home, connected to the network and re-de-hibernated (if there is such a word). It doesn't seem to matter what the order of doing these things is, the same result always applies - to reconnect to the network a cold-boot is required - hardly what I would call "plug 'n' play".

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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    The NIC in my IBM ThinkPad is the Intel PRO/100 SP Mobile Combo Adapter with, so far a recent search of the IBM and Intel sites would suggest, the latest drivers.

    Perhaps you are right an it is a NIC or driver limitation - I'd just like confirmation that others have the same problem with this hardware/software.

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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    Have you tried disabling the network connection immediately before hibernation? Then using it in standalone mode. And finally reenabling after re-connecting to the network & re-de-hibernating (whatever!!) for the last time. WinXP seems to be pretty good about disabling and reenabling network connections.

    HTH, Joe
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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    I'm wondering if a more recent BIOS revision would help. Power management, particularly ACPI, is very dependent upon the BIOS. If everything in the machine isn't ACPI compliant, you can run into weird problems. It's certainly worth a shot, and I didn't see this mentioned earlier in the thread. Try using Google and search on your model number, the word hibernation, and at the end of the search string put "site:ibm.com" without quotes to limit your search to IBM's website. You may see related issues in their support section, which is very good IMHO.

    Was this a clean installation of Windows, or an upgrade from a previous version? Have you run a thorough disk check on the hard drive to eliminate any errors? Hibernation dumps the contents of memory to the hard drive, so the slightest inconsistency can also cause it to fail.
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    Re: Peer to Peer Network - Not Reconnecting (windows XP Pro / Windows 98SE

    <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23>

    SUCCESS <img src=/S/thewave.gif border=0 alt=thewave width=225 height=33>

    After much trial and error, and picking up on a comment by joeperez about "Disable-ing" the network the solution to successful hibernation, disconnection, operating stand-alone, hibernation, then reconnection to my home peer-to-peer network is:

    1 DISABLE the network connection
    2 HIBERNATE
    2 Go do whatever is required, operate stand alone etc.
    3 When it comes time to de-hibernate and reconnect to the network, make sure the NETWORK CABLE IS CONNECTED, then
    4 De-HIBERNATE, and
    5 ENABLE the network connection again.

    Thanks to all who have helped and contributed to this discussion. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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