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  1. I've been Googling this problem for some time now and I've collected 5000 different "solutions", none of which make any sense.

    I have an ancient laptop with Windows 2000 Server SP4 installed. I'd been enjoying internet on it and such, because I have 2 D-Link PCMCIA network cards (wired and wireless). I can only have one in at a time, so I have to disable the card, pull it out, plug in the other card and enable it. As we all know, SP4 has native wireless support. I know this because I picked out a wireless access point myself. It worked just like XP.

    Somewhere along the line Win2000 seems to have confused the two cards. When I plugged in my wireless today, the WIRED icon shows up in the taskbar, labeled "Network cable unplugged". There's a red X on the icon, showing me very obviously that there is no internet. Doing some fiddling, I can get it to "find a connection" but it shows packets sent and none received.

    Even though it was doing fine without the D-Link configuration application until now, I decided to install it anyway. The app found my access point, I entered a key, it connected to it... but in the taskbar, the story was the same. Win2000 still thought it was a wired connection and there was no activity.

    No amount of plugging-in/removing, installing/uninstalling, enabling/disabling or screwing with settings seems to make this go away. I can't change the wireless settings in Windows because there ARE no wireless settings because it think it is a WIRED connection that is unplugged.

    So, yeah. I am *this* close to reinstalling. Actually, it would've been quicker than the amount of time I spent messing with this... but then it might just go and happen again, so...

    EDIT: You know what? Fuck you, God.
    I did a wipe and reinstall and it's still giving me this shit. I'm about to hurt somebody's feelings.

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    2. Maes


      Bucket said:

      It doesn't sit at 100% all the time, but even simple programs like Paint take forever to load.

      Check the IDE DMA channels. If it has reverted to PIO, you'll get insane CPU loads even during trivial disk operations, and anything causing memory swapping will become ridicolously slow. There's a VBS script for attempting a reset to DMA mode. Else, try a different IDE disk driver, along with the reset utility.

    3. Bucket


      DMA and IRQ can be set in the BIOS. There don't seem to be any conflicts. I don't see a Plug & Play setting, though, so XP may have tried to override them.

      At any rate, I'm sticking with Win2k (although I still might upgrade to Server). I gave the SSD to my dad; he might have a better use for it. I traded him my tablet PC (with malfunctioning tablet function) for this laptop.

    4. Maes


      Bucket said:

      DMA and IRQ can be set in the BIOS. There don't seem to be any conflicts. I don't see a Plug & Play setting, though, so XP may have tried to override them.

      Whether Windows XP will be using DMA mode or not for disk I/O depends on a lot of factors, the last one of which is whether you have enabled ("allowed" is more correct here) it in the BIOS. If you have it disabled, it won't use it, if you have it enabled, it might use it, but there are no guarantees.

      It's not about conflicting DMA channels though, Windows XP reverts to PIO mode if it receives too many ECC errors via the IDE bus, thus it reverts to "safe and slow", perhaps TOO slow sometimes. This may indicate actual problems, but usually it just falls back with no good reason, causing you to lose A LOT of performance.

      Try the DMA reset utility posted above, if necessary try a different/specific driver for your IDE controller (or revert to the Windows one, if you were using a specific one).