Here's a head scratcher for you...
I had swapped out the NICs between the win2k box and the MDK box b/c the
win2k NIC was a 10/100MBs and the MDK box only had a 10MBs in it.
So I pulled out the cards and did the swap. With both, the changes were
recognized and the cards were setup. Of course Win2K prompted me for the
driver disk and required a reboot. The Linux box used available drivers
and booted right up with no further action on my part needed after telling
it to set it up.
Well, I tried to get online with the Win box and couldn't. Checked the
settings with an ipconfig /all and saw something rather odd. According to
the output, I had *two* NIC cards, one with an autoconfigured IP and one
with the correct static lan settings. Hmmm...
Well, I went into Network Properties and I see only one icon for the LAN,
but it has a different name (Local Area Connection #2). Very strange. So
I go through and try to setup the static settings in the TCP/IP
properties. Now, when I click ok, I get a *-gram telling me that this
IP address is already in use by another disabled hidden resource and would
I like to pick another? WTF?!? Click no...settings forced through now.
So here's the thing. Even though Windows recognized that I had added a
new NIC in the same location that I pulled the other one from, it still
kept all the information and settings for the old NIC, and was considerate
enough to hide it from me. The card isn't even listed in Hardware
Manager, but the info is still in there somewhere.
I want to of course get rid of that redundant NIC info, but Windows has it
hidden somewhere. I will probably have to go digging around in the
registry to pull it out.
My point is, why would Windows do that? Linux didn't do that at all, I
was prompted that this hardware is no longer there and would I like to
remove it's configuration, select "Yes", and then it found the new card
and I was prompted would I like to set it up, select "Yes", done.
I'm not looking for advice on this, I will hash it out. I just wanted to
point out that little disparity. Especially for people who for some
reason think that Windows is such a user friendly and "intuitive" OS over
Not this time.
rapskat - 6:25am up 14 days, 16:09, 5 users, load average: 0.28, 0.28, 0.18
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