Originally Posted by jrbryner
Hey guys, I've been having some internal LAn problems and started checking out things to get things straightened out again. Something I came across was a Internal NIC Configuration in the control panel. When I try opening that, nothing comes up, no program starts or windows open.
I looked in the Services manager with msconfig and found NICCONFIGSVC, with the manufacturer of Dell Inc. I disabled that and initially things seem to running okay again.
So what does this Internal NIC Configuration thing do? Do I need it for anything? Does it open up antything for anyone else? And how do I reinstall it?
I have 2 Dell D620's. One is 2 months older. Both are 2ghz. The one power supply packed up and I have to change the power supply from one to the other. On the newer laptop this message appeared, "Internal network card is inactive to save battery power." On the other nothing shows up. When I insert the power cable again into the new one it says "Internal network card is active." The answers I found speaks of servers and networking. You are brought under the impression that the internal network card has to do with normal networking. I unplugged the new one got the message to save battery power and the network to my other laptop is still working as well as surfing the internet. I opened up the broken power supply and there are 3 wires leading to a PC board. One is earth, then Volts, to power up the battery, and a third wire that says, DATA. Inside are transistors, 2 transformers, resistors and something that looks like a rolled up copper wire. Remember you computer tells you when a network connection gets broken. Unplug your power supply and see if it says your internal network card is disabled then try and surf the internet through a network gateway not the modem. If you can still surf the net then the card that was disabled has nothing to do with normal networking. It's speaks for itself. It says, "Internal Network Card" It is a network link that transmit data to your power supply. The question you should ask is why? That is if all other internet and network functions is working properly when you are on battery power.