Red "X" on network connections icon


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slate_leeper

That little icon down in the right corner which says "Open Network and
Connections Center" when right clicked shows a red X on it. When I
hover the mouse over it, it says "Not connected - no connections are
available."

Interestingly, it has had that red X for as long as I have owned this
computer, and said the same thing. Yet I have been using the internet
daily, as I am right now.

Anyhow, if I have to call my satellite internet service provider for
anything, this always throws them for a loop. I have become pretty
good at solving my own satellite connection problems.

Well, I guess it would be good to get that icon working as intended by
MS. Any suggestions? Wrong service disabled maybe?

Win7-Pro 32 bit.

Thanks for reading.

-dan z-




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philo 

That little icon down in the right corner which says "Open Network and
Connections Center" when right clicked shows a red X on it. When I
hover the mouse over it, it says "Not connected - no connections are
available."

Interestingly, it has had that red X for as long as I have owned this
computer, and said the same thing. Yet I have been using the internet
daily, as I am right now.

Anyhow, if I have to call my satellite internet service provider for
anything, this always throws them for a loop. I have become pretty
good at solving my own satellite connection problems.

Well, I guess it would be good to get that icon working as intended by
MS. Any suggestions? Wrong service disabled maybe?

Win7-Pro 32 bit.

Thanks for reading.

-dan z-


More than likely your machine has two network connections:


Most likely one wired and one wireless connection.

You'd only be using one of them so that red "x" is nothing to worry about.


In a few rare instances, a motherboard may have two , wired Ethernet
adapters.
 
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Ed Cryer

philo said:
More than likely your machine has two network connections:


Most likely one wired and one wireless connection.

You'd only be using one of them so that red "x" is nothing to worry about.


In a few rare instances, a motherboard may have two , wired Ethernet
adapters.
The most likely explanation is that the router isn't connected to the
Ethernet socket, but has wireless switched on, and that's where the Net
stuff comes in and goes out.
That would cause the red cross.
I can think of two ways to remove the red cross;
1. Connect the cable.
2. Disable the Ethernet socket.

Ed
 
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slate_leeper

The most likely explanation is that the router isn't connected to the
Ethernet socket, but has wireless switched on, and that's where the Net
stuff comes in and goes out.
That would cause the red cross.
I can think of two ways to remove the red cross;
1. Connect the cable.
2. Disable the Ethernet socket.

Ed
Actually, it's the reverse. The computer came with a wireless card
installed, which I removed. I am using the ethernet connection running
directly to the satellite-internet modem. I have turned off all the
Windows wireless services.

-dan z-




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Ed Cryer

slate_leeper said:
Actually, it's the reverse. The computer came with a wireless card
installed, which I removed. I am using the ethernet connection running
directly to the satellite-internet modem. I have turned off all the
Windows wireless services.

-dan z-
I can think of two things to try;
1. Look in Device Manager under Network Adaptors. Something should
register there.
2. Network and Sharing Centre. What does the network map look like?

If both of those show no warnings or errors, then I'd sleep late and easy.
:) :)

Ed

P.S. My spellchecker suggests "peeler" for the second bit of your
moniker. An anagram; and that gives me a chuckle in view of the fact
that it's an anagram to begin with.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I can think of two things to try;
1. Look in Device Manager under Network Adaptors. Something should
register there.
2. Network and Sharing Centre. What does the network map look like?

If both of those show no warnings or errors, then I'd sleep late and easy.
:) :)

Ed

P.S. My spellchecker suggests "peeler" for the second bit of your
moniker. An anagram; and that gives me a chuckle in view of the fact
that it's an anagram to begin with.
Maybe relevant: my VMware machine has a virtual network or two that
often show up as a red x...No red x today, but there's a message
"Unidentified network - no network access" if I look into the tray icon.
 
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Ed Cryer

Gene said:
Maybe relevant: my VMware machine has a virtual network or two that
often show up as a red x...No red x today, but there's a message
"Unidentified network - no network access" if I look into the tray icon.
Good one. I have several virtual machines installed and they play the
very devil with a PC to TV server I was recently trying; KooRaRoo.

But I never get a red-x icon in the notification area. Still, I guess
different people use different display settings.

Ed
 
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slate_leeper

I can think of two things to try;
1. Look in Device Manager under Network Adaptors. Something should
register there.
Network Adapters shows the Atheros Ethernet Controller, and all looks
fine.

2. Network and Sharing Centre. What does the network map look like?
"View your basic network identification...."
Below that an icon labeled "unknown" then "the dependency service or
group failed to start."

OK, I can believe that, Question is which? I have all LAN-related and
internet related services on, I believe, with the exception of the
wireless ones. At least all the ones necessary for me to connect and
use the internet are on, obviously.


Select: Set Up a New Network, then Connect to Internet
Result: "Windows did not detect any networking hardware"
Really? Then how am I connecting?

Using Troubleshooter for network adapter results in "Your computer
appears to be configured correctly."

Troubleshooter for Internet Connections results in "could not identify
the problem."

-dan z-



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Ed Cryer

slate_leeper said:
Network Adapters shows the Atheros Ethernet Controller, and all looks
fine.



"View your basic network identification...."
Below that an icon labeled "unknown" then "the dependency service or
group failed to start."

OK, I can believe that, Question is which? I have all LAN-related and
internet related services on, I believe, with the exception of the
wireless ones. At least all the ones necessary for me to connect and
use the internet are on, obviously.


Select: Set Up a New Network, then Connect to Internet
Result: "Windows did not detect any networking hardware"
Really? Then how am I connecting?

Using Troubleshooter for network adapter results in "Your computer
appears to be configured correctly."

Troubleshooter for Internet Connections results in "could not identify
the problem."

-dan z-
So then, the only problem is that red x and a mostly hidden Windows
complaint.
I could live with that. I live with my printer failing to call home at
boot and a Windows service load error. I'd feel a bit different if it
actually was calling home.

Does your satellite modem have wifi? Could that be the culprit?

Ed
 
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slate_leeper

So then, the only problem is that red x and a mostly hidden Windows
complaint.
I could live with that. I live with my printer failing to call home at
boot and a Windows service load error. I'd feel a bit different if it
actually was calling home.

Does your satellite modem have wifi? Could that be the culprit?

Ed

thanks for replying to this problem Ed.

No, nothing here is wi-fi. Old school, you know. Computer->ethernet
cable->satellite modem->RF cable->satellite antenna

Actually I have been ignoring this for months. The real problem is
when the satellite system stops working and I call for tech support.
They ask me to do the same things you suggested, then throw up their
hands saying that the problem must be in my computer since it says I
have no network access. Trying to explain to them that I DO have
network access (when the satellite system is working) despite what
Win-7 says simply falls on deaf ears. They have no prewritten script
for that situation. That is the only reason I would like to resolve
this.

-dan z-




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Gene E. Bloch

Actually I have been ignoring this for months. The real problem is
when the satellite system stops working and I call for tech support.
They ask me to do the same things you suggested, then throw up their
hands saying that the problem must be in my computer since it says I
have no network access. Trying to explain to them that I DO have
network access (when the satellite system is working) despite what
Win-7 says simply falls on deaf ears. They have no prewritten script
for that situation. That is the only reason I would like to resolve
this.
Switch to cable?

The truth is I am quite happy with my cable Internet access and phone
service, but less so with the way the cable DVR works, so I have
considered going to Satellite for TV.
 
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Ken1943

Switch to cable?

The truth is I am quite happy with my cable Internet access and phone
service, but less so with the way the cable DVR works, so I have
considered going to Satellite for TV.
And lose signal during bad anything weather. Or big bird flying by.


KenW
 
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Mellowed

And lose signal during bad anything weather. Or big bird flying by.


KenW
For me it is rare to lose signal during bad weather. If I do, it is for
only about minute. My cable neighbors lose signal for a day or more at
a time. A dish heater solved the snow buildup problem.
 
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Ken1943

For me it is rare to lose signal during bad weather. If I do, it is for
only about minute. My cable neighbors lose signal for a day or more at
a time. A dish heater solved the snow buildup problem.
My apartment complex had a 'community" Dish system which went crazy
during a storm. They never put a heater on the dish. Dish would not renew
the contract and Comcast came in. My apartment points north so must use
Comcast. Comcast will supply wifi, but I am keeping dsl. Using Inssider,
I have not noticed a Comcast router, but every so often I see a Dish
Network router show up. YUK !! in addition to the 40+ normally on.


KenW
 
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Gene E. Bloch

And lose signal during bad anything weather. Or big bird flying by.

KenW
I had satellite for a couple of years and never lost signal during bad
weather.

We are not on Big Bird's normal flight path :)

I dropped satellite because of equipment trouble, rather than stormy
weather.
 
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Ken1943

I had satellite for a couple of years and never lost signal during bad
weather.

We are not on Big Bird's normal flight path :)

I dropped satellite because of equipment trouble, rather than stormy
weather.
I think this was a special setup. One dish,one receiver and a piece of
equipment for every two channels. I had HD and all premium channels for
$49 a month. I was never in the equipment room with
a Dish tech so couldn't ask questions. Someone I worked with was so happy
when he could get Fios because of weather problems.


KenW
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Don't know why.
There's no sun up in that sky?
Not sure how to interpret the part about "since my man and I ain't
together" :)

Maybe that comes under the heading of equipment failure...
 
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slate_leeper

Switch to cable?

The truth is I am quite happy with my cable Internet access and phone
service, but less so with the way the cable DVR works, so I have
considered going to Satellite for TV.

I would love to Gene. Unfortunately my 200 acres is in the boondocks.
No cable available. Satellite is the only option to dialup.

-dan z-



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