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Windows 7: Win7 says no ethernet cable is connected - it lies!

06 Aug 2010   #11
Little Darwin

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

This is unlikely, but I'll throw it into the mix anyway.

Most routers/hubs have one port designated for connecting to another router/hub... did you somehow get plugged into that port? If so, try one of the other ports.

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06 Aug 2010   #12

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Make sure Windows is trying to use the correct Internet connection. Sometimes extra stuff gets in your list of available connections and Windows wants to use the wrong one.

Also, lots of motherboards have two NICs built in these days. If you only use one of them you'll probably want to disable the other one in the BIOS, else Windows will always remind you that there is nothing plugged into it. If you've already done that, make sure you have the cable plugged in to the right one. (Done that once myself...)
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06 Aug 2010   #13

Win7 64-bit

Darwin - Nope. I'm plugged into port 1, and my PS3 used to be plugged into port 2 when it sat next to my computer. Other than the power plug, the only other ports are 3 and 4. My "from modem" is labeled "Internet", so that's pretty hard to screw up.

profdlp - I've disabled both connections at one point or another from within the OS. My mobo only has 1 onboard, I haven't thought of disabling it through my BIOS. I'll post back later and let you know how that goes.
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06 Aug 2010   #14

Win7 64-bit

I fixed it! I found something while picking Google's brain, and I'd love to share it with y'all!

This worked immediately for me without rebooting...I obviously rebooted anyway.

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset reset.log

Reboot the machine.
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06 Aug 2010   #15

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Thanks for sharing the solution with us and glad to hear that you're up and running.
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06 Aug 2010   #16

Win7 64-bit

No problem. Thank y'all for your patience and knowledge. I see there's a lot of similar problems on here about ethernet cables not being seen.

I just got Speccy, and it's pretty much awesome. Thank you.
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06 Aug 2010   #17

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Glad to have been of help.
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06 Aug 2010   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Nice to hear you got it sorted out & thanks for sharing the solution.
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 Win7 says no ethernet cable is connected - it lies!

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