Strange network issue

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atari800

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I have a Dell notebook with XP Pro and Broadcom 570x integrated ethernet. In order to successfully log on to my network I have to unplug the network cable, boot up the notebook, then plug the cable back in before signing on.

If I leave the cable in while I boot up I am unable to log on to the network.

Once I'm logged in all network functions are normal. Anyone know why I have to do the Texas two-step with the net cable in order to log in?

Thanks.
 
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What network are you trying to log onto?

Usually you just log on to your computer.

What is the other end of the network cable connected to?
 

atari800

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Sorry. I should have been more specific.

I'm trying to log in to our office's domain on our Win 2003 Server network.
 
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I'm not sure how you can log onto a domain at all if the network cable is disconnected.

How is the computer configured for obtaining an IP address.
 

atari800

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Hehe. I do plug in the cable before trying to sign on (obviously), but I have to wait until I get to the log-in screen before I can plug the cable in if I want to be able to log in successfully. If I leave the cable in the whole time when I first boot up the machine it won't let me log in to the network.

See? I told you it was strange. :confused:
 
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How is the computer configured for obtaining an IP address?
Have you tried another network card, cable and port on the router?
What happens if you try an log on locally rather than to the domain?
 
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