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Hi gang

My (work) laptop runs Windows 2000. (No choice, so no flaming!)

Is there a method in which I can unplug an ethernet LAN cable, move to
another desk, plug back in (to another cable of course), and have the
computer automatically reconnect to the LAN? Our support says the only way
is to reboot. It wouldn't surprise me if that is the only solution, but
perhaps you know something they dont (and I certainly dont)?

Thanks
JS
 
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"John Smith" <bill.gates@microsoft.com> wrote in
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> Hi gang
>
> My (work) laptop runs Windows 2000. (No choice, so no flaming!)
>
> Is there a method in which I can unplug an ethernet LAN cable, move to
> another desk, plug back in (to another cable of course), and have the
> computer automatically reconnect to the LAN? Our support says the only
> way is to reboot. It wouldn't surprise me if that is the only
> solution, but perhaps you know something they dont (and I certainly
> dont)?

a reboot should not be necessary - isn't it equivalent to unplugging the
cable and replugging it in at your own desk? or are IP's assigned to each
desk? even if they are, this program is a lifesaver to anyone changing
networks often: http://www.mobilenetswitch.com/

that program will let you change DNS, network name, IP (DHCP or manual),
shared drives, shared resources, etc. between as many networks as you like
without requiring a reboot. 30-day free trial i believe....
 
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On 12 Apr 2005 in comp.sys.laptops, John Smith wrote:

> My (work) laptop runs Windows 2000. (No choice, so no flaming!)

Why would we flame? Win2K is a decent OS.

> Is there a method in which I can unplug an ethernet LAN cable, move
> to another desk, plug back in (to another cable of course), and have
> the computer automatically reconnect to the LAN? Our support says
> the only way is to reboot. It wouldn't surprise me if that is the
> only solution, but perhaps you know something they dont (and I
> certainly dont)?

You should be able to just unplug, move and plug back in with no problem.
However, if you are having problems, open a command window (Start>Run>
Command), and enter

c:\whatever>ipconfig /renew

This should grab you a new IP address. ipconfig /? for the help file.

--
Joe Makowiec
http://makowiec.org/
Email: http://makowiec.org/contact/?Joe
 
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"Joe Makowiec" <makowiec@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
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> On 12 Apr 2005 in comp.sys.laptops, John Smith wrote:
>
> > My (work) laptop runs Windows 2000. (No choice, so no flaming!)
>
> Why would we flame? Win2K is a decent OS.
>

You know... half the world hate uSoft and think the answer is Linux.
Personally I'm in the other half, and agree with you that Win2K is
reasonable.


>
> You should be able to just unplug, move and plug back in with no problem.
> However, if you are having problems, open a command window (Start>Run>
> Command), and enter
>
> c:\whatever>ipconfig /renew
>
> This should grab you a new IP address. ipconfig /? for the help file.
>

I'll try that. Thanks for the tip.
JS
 
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"John Smith" <bill.gates@microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Hi gang
>
> My (work) laptop runs Windows 2000. (No choice, so no flaming!)
>
> Is there a method in which I can unplug an ethernet LAN cable, move to
> another desk, plug back in (to another cable of course), and have the
> computer automatically reconnect to the LAN? Our support says the only way
> is to reboot. It wouldn't surprise me if that is the only solution, but
> perhaps you know something they dont (and I certainly dont)?
>
> Thanks
> JS
>
>

Just to fill in the picture a bit more (if anyone is still tracking this
thread, other than me):

Here is the initial query to the support people:
My laptop (and other people's whom I've asked) has the 'feature' of not
being able to reconnect to the network should I unplug it at one place, and
plug it in somewhere else (without switching off in between).

Mapped network drives become unavailable, and if I happen to have Outlook
connected, it too may complain about its server no longer being available.

Can something be done about this? It is a laptop after all - it is meant to
be portable :)

And here is their response:

This problem occurs with every single laptop worldwide. Once the Network
Connection suffers from interference (or in this case a new plug in) then
the only way to re-establish connection is to re-boot your laptop.

I somehow fail to believe that Microsoft didn't think of this simple
scenario.

I will of course try the ipconfig hint provided by Joe. I hope the other
solution (some third party software) is a huge overkill.

JS
 

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On Wed, 13 Apr 2005 08:43:18 +0100, "John Smith"
<bill.gates@microsoft.com> wrote:

>
>"John Smith" <bill.gates@microsoft.com> wrote in message
>news:d3ghb5$rn8$1@newstree.wise.edt.ericsson.se...
>> Hi gang
>>
>> My (work) laptop runs Windows 2000. (No choice, so no flaming!)
>>
>> Is there a method in which I can unplug an ethernet LAN cable, move to
>> another desk, plug back in (to another cable of course), and have the
>> computer automatically reconnect to the LAN? Our support says the only way
>> is to reboot. It wouldn't surprise me if that is the only solution, but
>> perhaps you know something they dont (and I certainly dont)?
>>
>> Thanks
>> JS
>>
>>
>
>Just to fill in the picture a bit more (if anyone is still tracking this
>thread, other than me):
>
>Here is the initial query to the support people:
>My laptop (and other people's whom I've asked) has the 'feature' of not
>being able to reconnect to the network should I unplug it at one place, and
>plug it in somewhere else (without switching off in between).
>
>Mapped network drives become unavailable, and if I happen to have Outlook
>connected, it too may complain about its server no longer being available.
>
>Can something be done about this? It is a laptop after all - it is meant to
>be portable :)
>
>And here is their response:
>
>This problem occurs with every single laptop worldwide. Once the Network
>Connection suffers from interference (or in this case a new plug in) then
>the only way to re-establish connection is to re-boot your laptop.
>
>I somehow fail to believe that Microsoft didn't think of this simple
>scenario.
>
>I will of course try the ipconfig hint provided by Joe. I hope the other
>solution (some third party software) is a huge overkill.
>
>JS
>
>
>

There are a few essential Services that may not be running to update
your machine automatically to new IP's, DNS, and DHCP servers. But
I'm not exactly sure which Services they are. Can anyone here help JS
and myself, pinpointing which Services are used by W2K??

samurai
 
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"samurai" <sammer003@yahoo.ca.SPAM> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 13 Apr 2005 08:43:18 +0100, "John Smith"
> <bill.gates@microsoft.com> wrote:
>
> >
> >"John Smith" <bill.gates@microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >news:d3ghb5$rn8$1@newstree.wise.edt.ericsson.se...
> >> Hi gang
> >>
> >> My (work) laptop runs Windows 2000. (No choice, so no flaming!)
> >>
> >> Is there a method in which I can unplug an ethernet LAN cable, move to
> >> another desk, plug back in (to another cable of course), and have the
> >> computer automatically reconnect to the LAN? Our support says the only
way
> >> is to reboot. It wouldn't surprise me if that is the only solution, but
> >> perhaps you know something they dont (and I certainly dont)?
> >>
> >> Thanks
> >> JS
> >>
> >>
> >
> >Just to fill in the picture a bit more (if anyone is still tracking this
> >thread, other than me):
> >
> >Here is the initial query to the support people:
> >My laptop (and other people's whom I've asked) has the 'feature' of not
> >being able to reconnect to the network should I unplug it at one place,
and
> >plug it in somewhere else (without switching off in between).
> >
> >Mapped network drives become unavailable, and if I happen to have Outlook
> >connected, it too may complain about its server no longer being
available.
> >
> >Can something be done about this? It is a laptop after all - it is meant
to
> >be portable :)
> >
> >And here is their response:
> >
> >This problem occurs with every single laptop worldwide. Once the Network
> >Connection suffers from interference (or in this case a new plug in) then
> >the only way to re-establish connection is to re-boot your laptop.
> >
> >I somehow fail to believe that Microsoft didn't think of this simple
> >scenario.
> >
> >I will of course try the ipconfig hint provided by Joe. I hope the other
> >solution (some third party software) is a huge overkill.
> >
> >JS
> >
> >
> >
>
> There are a few essential Services that may not be running to update
> your machine automatically to new IP's, DNS, and DHCP servers. But
> I'm not exactly sure which Services they are. Can anyone here help JS
> and myself, pinpointing which Services are used by W2K??
>
> samurai
>
Thanks Samurai, I'll also investigate that route.

Of course, today, it worked, all by itself.
 
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