I don't really know where to start with this problem. Well, for starters, I have an HP laptop with WinXP Home edition. On my desktop computer, I just plug in my network cable, and the connection is detected automatically, and everything works fine. When I plug the cable into my laptop, the "no connection detected" icon disappears, and the computer claims that I am connected and everything works fine. If I go to "My Network Places", I can view the other computers on my network, but I cannot access files on them. Obviously, my internet does not work either. The weird part about this problem is, that this doesn't always happen. Sometimes, I can connect just fine (Like right now, for instance). The problem is, I can't figure out what's different between when I can connect, and when I can't. From what I can tell, I can never connect when I first start up, but something else has to happen for me to be able to connect. (For instance, sometimes a Reg Scan will work, and other times, the connection just has to be active for a while). One thing that seems to work is running Norton's WinDoctor. Most of the time, after running this (whether or not it actually fixes anything on the computer) I can connect. Of course, there are also times when even this does not work. If anyone needs any more info, please ask. I'd really like to figure this out. I have cleaned out my registry, scanned for spyware/viruses, tried a Winsock repairing program, and followed a step-by-step troubleshooting guide on HP's website. Thanks for any help.
I originally posted this on annoyances.org, and got a lot of good help, but nothing they suggested worked.
I ran Spybot and removed everything. I ran CWShredder and removed an entry it found. I tried unloading the temp files.
I also uninstalled the network connection, and reinstalled it. I posted a HJT log, and there were no problems.
I was wondering if someone here could please help.