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Windows 7: Grave issue with internet/network connectivity on start

12 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
Grave issue with internet/network connectivity on start

Good evening from Aus.

I'm having some very serious problems with Windows 7 at the moment. I've been running it since about 30th November last year, and it has run flawlessly... until about 3 weeks ago.

To sum up the issue before i start getting into its history, on startup (every one now, without exception) I get the blue "busy" circle around my network icon in the toolbar. It stays like this for 15+ minutes, and will randomly either accept the network and internet connection, or stay on permenantly. The real issue (apart from not being able to access the internet/network) is that while doing this, i cannot access the network and sharing center, or any service to do with internet or networking.

When i try, i get the blue circle of doom next to my cursor for 5-10 seconds, like it is preparing to open whatever i tried, and... nothing. No window opens, nothing is running as far as i can tell from the task manager. It tries to open and just doesn't. It's a little different with the network and control center, as the window opens, but it is just blank-white.

A short list of things that this happens with include:

-Windows firewall
-Windows defender
-Network and control center
-internet options
-internet explorer
-windows live
-right click > troubleshoot problems on network icon in toolbar
-system restore (works 50% of the time)

Troubleshoot steps i have tried:

-Various network cables
-A different hub and plugging the cable directly into my comp
-network diagnostics
-system restore (worked the first time, and a few others until a serious problem occurred with it. More info in next paragraph)
-restarts, full power cycles, checking all hardware for damage etc.
-virus scans (clean)
-Mashing face into keyboard until it worked. (most successful so far)

Here's the kicker: I can download and install windows updates while this is happening. It's the only internet related program that will work while my computer's in this state.

Alright, so a brief history:

The first time i remember this occurring was ~3 weeks ago. I booted up my comp, and got the dreaded circle. The only thing i could remember doing was installing the Quake Live browser plugin the day before. Non-plussed, i system restored at the point of installation and it worked. I didn't really think twice about it and went on my merry way.

Two days later, it happened again. A restart fixed it.

Next day, same issue. Plugged and unplugged network cable. Restarted twice. Downloaded a windows update and used it as my restore point. Started system restore, went and made a coffee and when i was back, it was working.

Had a few clear days, then it got intolerable. Every restart, every boot, it happened. System restore worked a few times, then for some stupefying reason, when i tried to restore, it came up with a black desktop after a restore.

yesterday, i booted up and my shut down button was gone from my startbar, after i falcon punched my keyboard while trying to get it to work. I'm not kidding. Either i'm going insane, or this is a dubious ploy by microsoft to send its users mad.

And now I sit here at your mercy, 7 forums members. I'm at my final tether. I've developed a nervous tick from fear of shutting down my computer.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Looks like you have tried everything under the sun. If not, lets assume you have.

Do a system restore.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2010   #3


I believe he has already tried the system restore multiple times.
M8, is ur's a fresh or upgrade install?

Have you tried, updating the NIC drivers? Disable(Restart machine) and enable NIC.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7

Drivers are up to date.

I'm a bit dubious about it being a hardware problem, considering other windows services are failing miserably.

Could this be a product of a nasty virus that Avast hasn't picked up?


It's a clean install. Formatted before installing 7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

I think he tried everything.

I do have a little question as to why when he did the restore the first time, did he go ahead and re-install the Quake Live browser and other apps that may impact the Connections.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2010   #6


dtdee shuld answer it.

Even I did have a problem with internet connection when I first installed the RC in my old desktop having a netgear NIC. after days of try, I fiddled the settings on the NIC itself from DM and made it to work. My issue may not be similar to his, but just throwing some light in here.

In exact, I fiddled with the duplex settings.

Any guesses/hints?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

What is your system spec, could it be leaking memory through a process?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
I think he tried everything.

I do have a little question as to why when he did the restore the first time, did he go ahead and re-install the Quake Live browser and other apps that may impact the Connections.

No, no. I'm not that silly. I don't have the plugin installed anymore.

gigabyte p35-ds3r
core2duo e6750 @ 2.6
WD 320gb sata II HDD
2gb generic ddr2 @ 800
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Show us the Performance tab in your task manager?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7

Performance tab, per request.

Memory usage has always been around 40% @ idle.

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