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  • Can't disable network adapter

    My system is XP 64, SP 2, on an Intel S5000XVN MB, with two on board Pro/1000 EB gigabit NICs. I want to disable one of them, but when I try, I receive an error message of "It is not possible to disable the connection at this time. This connetion may be using on or more protocols that do not support Plug-and-Play, or it may have been initiated by another user ..." There is no other user or service accessing the network on that NIC at the time. The error message appears even when I disconnect the cable. I am an admin on the system. The connection uses Client for MS, VMware Bridge Protocol, F&P Sharing, QoS packet Scheduler, and TCP/IP. I went into Network Connections and unchecked VMware Bridge Protocol from the one adapter that I want to disable, but that didn't help. Thanks!
    JimmyW

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    Re: Can't disable network adapter

    If it's not a big deal that you disable the NIC in Windows, you could always look at disabling the NIC at the BIOS level.
    MCITP:SA, MCSA 2003, MCP, CCNA, A+, Net+, Security+

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      Re: Can't disable network adapter

      Thanks. The BIOS approach wouldn't be very practical, as I'd have to reboot to enable/disable. I updated my drivers and installed Intel ProNet, and that resolved the issue.
      JimmyW

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      • #4
        Re: Can't disable network adapter

        Very nice. When all else fails...update.
        MCITP:SA, MCSA 2003, MCP, CCNA, A+, Net+, Security+

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