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Default Ethernet Problem HELP !!! - 06-06-2009, 02:41 PM

I've recently installed windows xp pro sp3 on my mini 9 because i thought the windows which came with the machine was very slow..

I installed all the drivers required but the ethernet one doesn't work...

When i connect an ethernet cable it trys to connect to my network but then comes up after a few minutes saying' limited or no connectivity'..

I know my network is fine and that the cable im connecting into the mini 9 is all working because my other laptop connets straight away.

I've even updated the realtec ethernet driver to ver 5.724.423.2009

Any help is appreciated.

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Default 06-06-2009, 04:03 PM

Did it work before the re-install?

I would try manually setting the link speed to 10MB/half duplex, and see if it works. Maybe the autonegotiation isn't working with your switch/router.

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Default 06-06-2009, 04:35 PM

hi, thanks for the fast reply!

im a bit of a noob when it comes to this sort of stuff. How do i change the duplex speed?

And the ethernet was working before i did the new install.

EDIT: i changed it to half duplx 10 and it didn't make a difference

Im just wondering if it maybe something to do with the windows im using. This is the spec of the windows im using

Windows XP Performance Edition SP3 - April 2009 V2

Original Size: 595 mb
New Size: 279 mb (Difference of 316 mb)
(This is the Size of the ISO)

This supports ALL Languages and ALL Keyboard Layouts.

This is a FULL Install. You CANNOT Upgrade from previous versions of Windows.
There is no validation required. This PASSES WGA. This works 100% with Windows Update.
I have included the CD-Key already in the install process. This means at no point will you have to enter it.
Some people using Macs or Virtual Machines might need the serial. See Serial.txt if you do need it.
This has all windows updates through April 2009. This is has been tested numerous times with no errors.
This has minimalist Internet Explorer 6.
This is the x86 version (32Bit).

Updates currently work fine and this also currently passes WGA. As a preventative measure, I've also
included Office and Windows WGA Cracks which are in a folder called "TJ" on the disc. You don't need
to use these unless you can't get updates, or this is no longer passing WGA.

I have removed the original Net Framework that ships with XP. It's super old and outdated.
You can still use it however. Just download the latest version from or Windows Update.

The Following has been Removed From This OS...

Internet Games

Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
Display Adapters
Display Adapters (old)
IBM PS/2 TrackPoint
IBM ThinkPad
Logitech WingMan
Microsoft SideWinder
Serial Pen Tablet
Sony Jog Dial
Tape drives
Toshiba DVD decoder card

Hardware Support:
ATM Support
Brother Devices
Gravis Digital GamePort
Iomega Zip drive
Multi-port serial adapters
Windows CE USB Host

AOL ART Image Format Support
Images and Backgrounds
Intel Indeo codecs
Media Center
Mouse Cursors
Movie Maker
Music Samples
Old CDPlayer and Sound Recorder
Tablet PC
Windows Media Player

Client for Netware Networks
Communication tools
Comtrol Test Terminal Program
Connection Manager
FrontPage Extensions
H323 MSP
Internet Connection Wizard
Internet Information Services (IIS)
IP Conferencing
MSN Explorer
Network Diagnostic
NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Protocol
Share Creation Wizard
Synchronization Manager
Vector Graphics Rendering (VML)
Web Folders
Windows Messenger

Operating System Options:
NET Framework
Administrative Templates
Administrator VB scripts
Blaster/Nachi removal tool
Color Schemes
Desktop Cleanup Wizard
Document Templates
DR Watson
Extra Fonts
FAT to NTFS converter
File and Settings Wizard
File System Encryption
Help and Support
IExpress Wizard
Manual Install and Upgrade
MS Agent
MS XML 2.0
Out of Box Experience (OOBE)
Private Character Editor
Remote Installation Services (RIS)
Search Assistant
Security Center
Service Pack Messages
Shell Media Handler
Symbolic Debugger (NTSD)
Web View

Application Layer Gateway
Error Reporting
Indexing Service
Network DDE
Remote Registry
Removable Storage
Route Listening Service
RPC Locator
Service Advertising Protocol
Simple TCP/IP Services


I have disabled and deleted the Classic Windows XP Install Screens with the info about XP and the blue Background.
You will just see a black background now and the install will look similar to 2000. This saves Space and gives more
info while installing.

The Minimum HD and RAM Requirements have been lifted. You can try and install this on whatever machine you like now.
High ISO Compression has been enabled to save space.

TCP/IP Half-Open Connections = 1000 (Default 10)
UXTheme Patch (Allows Unsigned Themes to be applied to XP)
Windows System File Checker Disabled (SFC)

Boot and Shutdown-Auto-End tasks immediately
Boot and Shutdown-Auto-Kill hung applications immediately
Boot and Shutdown-Auto-Kill hung services immediately
Boot and Shutdown-Ctrl-Alt-Del at logon-Disabled
Boot and Shutdown-Logon Page-Classic
Boot and Shutdown-Setup Prefetch-Cache-Disabled
Boot and Shutdown-Status Messages-Extended
Desktop-Desktop icons size-32
Desktop-Internet Explorer icon-Hide
Desktop-My Computer icon-Show
Desktop-My Documents icon-Show
Desktop-My Network Places icon-Hide
Desktop-Recycle Bin icon-Show
Explorer-Add (un)register libraries in Context Menu
Explorer-Add 'Command Prompt' to folder context menu
Explorer-Advanced Search: preconfigure options
Explorer-Associate additional file types with Notepad
Explorer-Change Windows Explorer folder view-Details
Explorer-Classic Control Panel
Explorer-Disable Accessibility keyboard shortcuts
Explorer-Disable Autorun
Explorer-Disable Prefix: Shortcut to
Explorer-Disable shortcut arrow
Explorer-Disable Web Files and Folders connection
Explorer-Display the contents of system folders
Explorer-Launch folder windows in a separate process
Explorer-Show Drive Letters in front of Drive Names
Explorer-Show extensions of known file-types
Explorer-Show hidden files and folders
Explorer-Show Map Network Drives buttons in Explorer bar
Explorer-Show Statusbar in all windows
Explorer-Show the full path in the Address Bar
Explorer-Show the full path in the Title Bar
Explorer-Use small icons in Explorer bar
Internet Explorer-Disable information bar when popup is blocked
Internet Explorer-Disable Market Place bookmark
Internet Explorer-Disable Media Player 6.4 created bookmarks
Internet Explorer-Disable Outlook Express link creation
Internet Explorer-Disable Password-Caching
Internet Explorer-Disable sound when popup is blocked
Internet Explorer-Enable Google URL-Search
Internet Explorer-Keep IE URL-History for-0 Days
Internet Explorer-Set
Internet Explorer-Set Internet Explorer to accept 10 connects at a time
Internet Explorer-Set popup-blocker to high
My Computer-Add Administrative Tools
My Computer-Add Control Panel
My Computer-Add Network Connections
My Computer-Add Registry Editor to Context Menu
My Computer-Add Scheduled Tasks
Network-Allow receiving Remote Assistance-Disable
Network-Disable restoring mapped network drives on logon
Performance-Disable Info Tips on Files and Folders
Performance-Disable Last accessed Timestamp on files
Performance-Disable Optimize harddisk when idle
Performance-Disable Tracking of Broken Shortcut Links
Performance-Disable WBEM logging
Performance-Do not cache thumbnails
Privacy-Disable Driver Update Internet prompt
Privacy-Disable File MRU-List
Privacy-Remove Alexa
Security-Always show Updates under Software
Security-Disable DCOM
Security-Disable Web Open With prompt
Security-Disable Windows Script Host (WSH)
Security-Re-Enable user:pass URLs
Start Menu-Add Administrative Tools menu
Start Menu-Clear most recently opened documents list on logoff
Start Menu-Control Panel-Display as a menu
Start Menu-Disable and remove Documents list from the Start Menu
Start Menu-Disable Highlight newly installed programs
Start Menu-Do not use Personalized Menus
Start Menu-My Computer-Display as a menu
Start Menu-My Documents-Display as a menu
Start Menu-My Music-Don't display this item
Start Menu-My Network Places-Don't display this item
Start Menu-My Pictures-Don't display this item
Start Menu-Network Connections-Display as Connect to menu
Start Menu-Printers and Faxes-Display as a menu
Start Menu-Reduce popup delay
Start Menu-Remove Search For People from Search
Start Menu-Remove Search the Internet from Search
Start Menu-Remove Set Program Access and Defaults
Start Menu-Remove Windows Catalog shortcut
Start Menu-Scroll Programs
Start Menu-Use small icons in Start Panel
Taskbar-Disable Balloon Tips
Taskbar-Disable Group similar Taskbar buttons
Taskbar-Disable Hide inactive icons
Taskbar-Disable Language-Bar
Taskbar-Hide Volume Control Icon in System Tray
Taskbar-Lock the Taskbar-Yes
Visual Effects-Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing-Disable
Visual Effects-Menu animation-Disable
Visual Effects-Menu shadows-Disable
Visual Effects-Menu style-Flat
Visual Effects-Smooth edges of screen fonts-Clear Type

Additional Features:
VLK Serial Number
Firewall Disabled
System Restore Service Disabled
Automatic Updates Disabled (Can be re-enabled)
Default Theme Set on Classic (Can Change to Luna Which is Still Included)

Install Notes:
1. Burn the ISO using a program such as IMGBurn, Nero, Alcohol 120, Blindwrite, ect... (Burn at a slow Speed to ensure no errors, 1x-4x)
2. Change Bios Priority settings so it boots from the CD-ROM Drive First. (You may be able to skip this step)
3. Insert Disc and Reboot PC, Follow the on screen prompts and enjoy.

If you are getting errors while copying files. It's your CD, not the release. Try burning it to different brand of cd/media and try burning at the slowest speed possible.
I just tested this in VMWare and it works flawless. You should get between 16-19 Processes and under 100mb of ram usage when using the computer initially. Everything you install/use will obviously increase this, however its the leanest XP Copy around.

People are always like, "IE Sucks, Take it out." I would if I could, but removing IE can cause a lot of problems with other applications. Its better left in and just not used. Same goes for Outlook Express. This also contains NO drivers. Don't ask why you have low resolution, go install your graphics drivers. Don't ask why your wireless or network card won't work, go install its drivers.
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Default 06-06-2009, 04:51 PM

In Windows XP, it's in the adapter's advanced properties.

Control Panel > Network Connections > Local Area Connection > Properties > click the Configure... button. Then click the Advanced tab -- you should see a Link Speed & Duplex property that can be changed.

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Default 06-06-2009, 04:52 PM

Oh, you're using a hacked version of XP...

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Default 06-06-2009, 04:54 PM

does this effect it? I thought if i installed all the drivers it shouldn't make a difference??
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Default 06-06-2009, 05:03 PM

It *shouldn't*, but that's the mystery of a hacked distribution. Microsoft didn't release this, someone/group did.

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Default 06-06-2009, 05:08 PM

ok, what do you recommend? installing a different version of windows or is there anything else i can try?

i just want to say btw, thanks so much for all your help, its nice to see people still help other people in need.
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Default 06-06-2009, 05:25 PM

You didn't mention whether or not changing the link speed/duplex changed anything.

If not, check the Device Manager and make sure there isn't an exclamation mark over the icon for the Ethernet adapter.

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Default 06-06-2009, 05:27 PM

it didnt change anything doing the duplex thing, and in the device manager it shows as working fine. I think it must just be the windows
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