Red "X" on network connections icon

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by slate_leeper, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. slate_leeper

    slate_leeper Guest

    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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    slate_leeper, Jun 26, 2013
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    philo  Guest



    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.
     
    philo , Jun 26, 2013
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    Ed Cryer Guest

    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
     
    Ed Cryer, Jun 26, 2013
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  4. slate_leeper

    slate_leeper Guest

    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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    slate_leeper, Jun 27, 2013
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  5. slate_leeper

    Ed Cryer Guest

    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.
     
    Ed Cryer, Jun 27, 2013
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  6. 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.
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 28, 2013
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  7. slate_leeper

    Ed Cryer Guest

    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
     
    Ed Cryer, Jun 28, 2013
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  8. slate_leeper

    slate_leeper Guest

    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-



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    slate_leeper, Jun 28, 2013
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    Ed Cryer Guest

    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
     
    Ed Cryer, Jun 28, 2013
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    slate_leeper Guest


    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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    slate_leeper, Jun 29, 2013
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  11. 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.
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 29, 2013
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    Ken1943 Guest

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


    KenW
     
    Ken1943, Jun 29, 2013
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    Mellowed Guest

    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.
     
    Mellowed, Jun 29, 2013
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    Ken1943 Guest

    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
     
    Ken1943, Jun 29, 2013
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  15. 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.
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 29, 2013
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    Ken1943 Guest

    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
     
    Ken1943, Jun 30, 2013
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    Ken Blake Guest


    Don't know why.
    There's no sun up in that sky?
     
    Ken Blake, Jun 30, 2013
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  18. 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...
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 30, 2013
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  19. slate_leeper

    Ken Blake Guest


    Easy -- keeps raining all the time.
     
    Ken Blake, Jun 30, 2013
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    slate_leeper Guest


    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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    slate_leeper, Jun 30, 2013
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