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Constant incrementing NIC and Network numbers

Discussion in 'Networking' started by MacDknife, Jan 27, 2003.

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  1. MacDknife

    MacDknife Thread Starter

    Jan 20, 2003
    Please help me! Does anyone know how to reset these constantly incrementing NIC and Network settings/numbers in my Windows XP? ( I now have NIC#3 and local network#6 ). There are different ways these increase, e.g. changed NICs, hard resets or upgrades. Now, although I have a cablemodem and am constantly on-line, the computer doesn't sense the network automatically. I have to retry for it to connect. It even believes that I still have the old NIC in place and won't let me enter the IP address without complaining that it is being used by another NIC - although it's the same NIC! I am not sure if this is a function for some purpose, or just a bug.

    Thanking you in advance,
  2. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Moved to networking as requested, and this post will get you back to the top.........
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Can you remove all the networking components, reboot and let Windows rediscover them? That's how I usually fix this sort of problem.
  4. NameTooLong


    Dec 26, 2002
    If I understand you correctly, the NIC#3 and local network#6 can be renamed like any other file. As for Windows not auto-detecting the network, I can only come up with going into Folder Options, clicking the View tab, and checking Automatically search for network folders and printers though I doubt that will make a difference it is worth a try.
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