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Q: grounding a metal ethernet switch

Hi. Does anybody explain to me the correct way to ground a 8p metal ethernet switch that is powered with a bipolar AC adapter?

A: grounding a metal ethernet switch

How old is this equipment that it does not have internal grounding on the IEC jack?

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I have an ethernet cable run in my house. What I need to figure out is if there is such thing an ethernet switch that does not require a power source. (or something that can get this situation resolved)

Here is my situation:
I have a cable ran to my basement, and have a bedroom directly above the basement that needs an ethernet run. It is not possible for me to run a completely new cable from the original starting point, so I was somehow hoping to use the cable going to the basement, put a head on it, put it into a switch/hub/splitter and run a cable out of it to the room directly above, and use the other cable coming out to stay in the basement.

Is there something that can do this for me? Is there a better way to do so? What would you suggest? Thanks!

UPDATE: Please refer to post #4 for more details.

A:Solved: Such thing as an Ethernet switch that doesn't need power? Question about ethernet run

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We have several computers on a network attached to a router. My son uses his PC and plays games on line using the Xbox. Everytime he wants to switch from one to the other, he has to pull the Ethernet cable out and put it in the other unit. He isn't close to the router so its impossible to set up two separate connections. Is there anything out there that would serve as an A-B switch where he can hook up the Ethernet line to the switch, then run another two shorter wires out to the PC and Xbox. It would be nice for him to be able to go back and fourth without having to crawl behind the Xbox and attach.

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Can someone tell me: can I add an ethernet switch to an ethernet switch?

I've just bought a 4 port model.
I've qucikly realised I need more ports!

Can I just buy another ethernet switch and extend?


A:Can I add an ethernet switch to an ethernet switch?

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Ok so i am trying to get on xbox live at uni but it failed at ip adress so i bought a wireless router and tryed connecting that way and it worked for abit and then didnt

So i have took the router back i was just wondering if i buy a ethernet switch and plug the two ethernet cables in the one from my laptop and the one from my xbox and bridge the connections would the test still fail at ip adress or would it be ok?

Just thought i would ask on here before spending the money and having to take it back again

Thanks Ross

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Got an odd one for you, but someone might have run across it.

In addition to software security devices when accessing the Internet, I use hardware security as well. Since being disconnected from the Internet is the best possible security, I use an RJ-45 coupler in the Ethernet cable between my computer and the cable modem, keeping one or other side of the cable disconnected except when I'm actually using the Internet (downloading mail, etc.)

This is quite convenient, but the Ethernet connectors invariably break after 100 or so connect/disconnect cycles, and the cable segment has to be replaced.

The best solution, if anyone has ever seen or heard of one, would be an on/off switch designed to link two RJ-45 Ethernet cables. Not as good would be a little two-port Ethernet "hubby", such as used to be available for a while 10 or 12 years ago, with its own power supply; I could then use an ordinary 120V AC on/off switch to control the Internet connection by powering the hubby up and down. But I can no longer find any of these hubbies.

Any info on either of these devices, or suggestions of better alternative methods, would be much appreciated. Thanks.

A:Ethernet On/Off Switch

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Another thought for changing my network for printer only sharing.

All things being equal, which hardware item will be better for printer sharing - Hub or Switch. I don't want to have to redo my cabling.

I understand a hub or switch will change the direction internally, so I don't have to buy any cross-over patch cables, but just plug each computer in to the hub or switch - right?

The other alternative is to buy a second cheap printer, but that entails cartridge additions at a later date.

Comments please. . .

A:Ethernet - Hub OR Switch!

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Can we connect Power over Ethernet (PoE) Adapter just like this one D-Link Power over Ethernet (PoE) Adapter Kit with any Ethernet switch ? I have a Belkin 5-port 10/100 switch can it be powered by PoE ?

How it will be setup.

A:Can I use Power over Ethernet (PoE) with any switch ?

If you are asking if you can connect this device to a NON-PoE switch and then have PoE on the switch the answer is no. If you are asking if you can connect this device to a switch and make one port PoE on the switch the answers is no. The D-Link device is PoE only on the D-Link device. I hope that helps.

If you need PoE on a switch you need to buy a PoE switch the electronics inside the switch are different. However, you can plug NON-PoE devices into a PoE switch without problems. -WS

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I am designing a test system that has three 8-bit ethernet microcontrollers connected through FPGAs to some non-standard serial buses transmitting and receiving 16-bit serial data at 1Mbps clock, at some data rate (maybe up to 500 messages/sec each). A PC connected to the ethernet switch will send commands to the three microcontrollers, and will process the data they send. The PC is a Core 2 Duo at tbd speed with tbd RAM, and software to talk via ethernet will be an .exe compiled from C++ source code. Based on years of experience I think the PC can keep up, but I don't know about the ethernet switch.

I don't think a $50 5-port Linksys or D-Link home switch is going to handle this, it needs to buffer data so messages don't get lost. I don't need a router or DHCP server, just a decent switch.

Any ideas? This is for work so money is no object (but would like to keep it under $2000).

A:Ethernet Switch Recommendation?

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For some time now I have had the set-up outlined below (sorry for the granularity but as I don't know what the problem is I
thought it best to highlight all my connected devices).

Back room
- cable broadband router (operating in modem only mode)
- own wireless router connected to modem
- NAS connected to router wireless router
- Desktop connected to wireless router
- 500Mb passthrough Homeplug adaptor connected to router
- 5 port Gigabit ethernet switch( Tenda G1005D) connected to router
- Printer connected to switch
- Virgin Media TiVo connected to switch

- 500Mb passthrough Homeplug adaptor
- 8 port Gigabit ethernet switch (D-link go-sw-8g) connected to Homeplug adaptor
- HTPC (for XBMC) connected to switch
- TV connected to switch
- AV reciever connected to switch
- VM Tivo connected to switch

This set-up has worked fine with me receiving good wired and wireless connections throughout the house
However yesterday my wired downstream speed dropped dramatically in the lounge to the point where streaming video to my
XBMC box was impossible and even performing a LAN speed test proved difficult.

This morning I have ran several tests on the connection in the lounge and I have determined,buy plugging the cable from the
adaptor straight into my laptop, that the connection from the Homeplug adaptor in the lounge is good in that both a LAN
test and an internet speed test show the connection is capable of at least 90Mb...s... Read more

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I like to think I have never been beaten (reformat the system will fix it but thats to easy)DesktopVista Home EditionGigabyte series Mother BoardI have a user who has cleaned out his system rebooted and ever since then the system wont connect to the internet. Ethernet symbol bottom right hand corner with red cross.Steps I have taken to resolve this.Ran repair and diagnose, error "either driver or Hardware issue"Uninstalled driver and reinstalled lastest driver.Device Manager, uninstalled ethernet card reinstalled, disabled re-enabled. when disabled ethernet symbol should disappear but doesnt.Installed another ethernet switch still nothing.Ran Combo fix, malware bytes (found websearch) nothing major.Went through Hi Jack This filesChecked my internet connection lolAm wondering if there maybe something in BIOS however?Has anyone come across this before? I dont think it's the mother board.

A:Ethernet switch not working

I have a user who has cleaned out his system What does that mean?

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Hello. Do I need an Ethernet hub, switch, or even a router to have my Ethernet VOIP telephony box to be hardwired "separately" from my cable modem and NOT be part of my hardwired wireless router's ports???

My Objective/My Plan:

This is for home/residential networking. To have two (2) hardwired networking hardware items: 1. (1) VOIP box... ...and... 2. (1) wireless integrated router BOTH hardwired off of the same cable modem of my cable ISP. I need either a hub, a switch, or even a router to connect both networking hardware items to the cable modem. Also, I MUST BE ABLE to connect to the Internet at the same time for both the VOIP box and the wireless integrated router (the Internet) if necessary. My current wireless integrated router will serve as my wired/wireless networking device for a desktop computer, a laptop, an Internet streaming radio, and a Wi-Fi Smartphone; but the wireless router *WILL NOT* serve my VOIP telephony service. Why? See: "Reason".

For your information, the VOIP box offers an incoming Internet connectivity, an outgoing traditional telephone jack, and a power port for a power adapter. No Internet bypass Ethernet port on the VOIP box.

Also, be aware that my cable ISP company is NOT the same as my VOIP company. This does not make much different on the networking hardware setup. The cable modem itself has ONLY one (1) Ethernet connection too.

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A:Do I need an Ethernet hub, switch, or even a router to have my...?

Quote: Originally Posted by montecarlo1987

Questions to answer please:

1. What do you think I need? Do I need an Ethernet hub, switch, or even a router to have my Ethernet VOIP telephony box to be hardwired "separately" from my cable modem and NOT be part of my hardwired wireless router's ports?

2. Will an Ethernet hub or switch support more than one networking hardware to connect onto the Internet simultaneously or at the same time or not? (I am not familiar with Ethernet hubs' and switches' properties.)

3. Another router a "fair" idea or do you not agree at all for an integrated router to serve as a hub or switch? Will I have networking issues if I incorporate another router into this setup? Can it be "tamed" to not cause issues?

4. Do you have any suggestions, different ideas, or thoughts here?

Thank you!

1. You could complete this in two different ways however it is dependent on what the current router is for your main internet connection to client computers. One way is to connect a separate router to one of your main routers LAN ports. for example connecting the internet port to the LAN port. Then all you need to do is add the VoIP clients to the added router and it will be completely separate from your computers due to a technology called NAT.

Second option which could be cheaper is to get a managed switch (NEVER GET A HUB THEY EQUAL NETWORK DEATH) and then setup som... Read more

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Hi All,

I have a laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad) that is mounted in a docking station. In my house I have wifi, the docking station is connected to the router via hard LAN.

I have prioritized my connections to give preference to LAN over wifi (as I obviously prefer the fastest connection).

The Network sharing center now tells me I am connected to both LAN and Wifi, but the system tray tells me Wifi. How do I know through which I am now connected and how to I prioritize LAN? Please don't tell me to manually enable / disable ;-)

Thanks a lot!


A:How to switch between wifi and ethernet

Try ipconfig and see what your lan ip is
and then try
and if it goes threw you lan card ip first you will know it's working the way you want

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As a security device I have an RJ45 coupler in the cable between my computer and internet modem, and I only couple the two cable segments when I need to be online. Needless to say eventually the cable connector breaks and I have to replace the cable segment. I could really use a simple inexpensive inline on/off switch to replace the coupler between the two cable segments, but can't find such a thing. Can anyone help? Thks.

A:Need Ethernet Inline Switch

For inexpensive you could disable the ethernet connection (in Network Connections) or use a firewall.

Next time you buy a modem look for one with a Standby button; all Motorola cable modems seem to have one.

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ok. here's the deal. i have 2 notebooks. and a dsl internet connection. i recently bought a switch so as to connect both laptops to the internet simultaneously. but it doesn't seem to work. i checked the other threads and the comments posted for similiar problems that others have.but the solutions don't seem to work for me.
i can only connect one notebook at a time. if i connect the other, usually a "ip conflict" balloon pops up. so HELP!

A:ip conflict with ethernet switch

Because you have residential service which will only give you one single public IP. By putting in a switch, you are causing both laptops to request an IP via DHCP. Frankly, I'm surprised you're even getting both laptops to get an IP from the DHCP server. You need a router which does NATing to allow simultaneous network connectivity for both laptops not a switch.

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I have a Hp pavilion a1130n running on windows xp. I have been trying to switch to ethernet from usb for the internet. I am using charter internet and I called them but they were no help. I can't get it to work can somebody help me?

A:switch from usb to ethernet problem

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hey guys i have a quick question bout a situation i have going on. the computer i am now on is hooked up into the internet via a wall ethernet jack, which is hooked into an ethernet switch (or hub i think) in another room where the cable modem is located. the tv that i play my xbox 360 on is a good 10 feet away or so, and i want to get connected onto xbox live from there.

i have an ethernet cable that is long enough to run from the xbox itself to the wall ethernet jack that the computer is hooked into.

what my question is is that if i buy another ethernet switch and hook it into the wall jack, and then from that switch run another ethernet line into the computer which is literally right on top of the jack and then another line from that switch into the xbox 10 feet away, if this will work since the wall jack itself is hooked into another ethernet switch in another room.

i can kinda guess that was kinda annoying to follow but i just wanted to explain everything to avoid confusion. help would be really appreciated . thanks guys

A:ethernet switch question

im not sure if theres a difference between a hub and a switch, but i do know that the wall jack is hooked into an 8 port linksys ethernet switch. if that helps at all

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Could use a little bit of help on this one...the guy at BB talked circles around my head when i asked how to set this up.....i have a DLink EBR2310 router that is currently all used up by 3 PCs and the XBox....i wanted to add the one lone printer to it so the kids can use it off of their pcs.....everything is hard wired to the router.....Question ...How do i hook up this Dynex 5 Port Ethernet Switch to the Router and where do all the cables go in what order???? again the guy at Best Buy talked circles around me.....Thanks all

A:Adding Ethernet Switch

You would disconnect one ot the PCs from the router. Then connect an ethernet patch cable between the disconnected port on the router to a port on the Dynex switch. Then plug the PC into the switch. If the printer is a networked printer, also plug it into the switch.

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Will be using two desktop PC's in house for the first time now.

Have always had a hard wired Ethernet cable between Router output and the one desktop pc.

New PC coming with, apparently, some "wireless" capability.

a. Can one of the PC's be connected to the Router wirelessly (and the other thru the Ethernet cable) ?

If so, where are the Settings to do it, and how would I go about it ?

b. Or, is it better to try and set up a GigaBit "Switch", and have both PC's use it ?
Would this be better than one PC wireless, and one PC thru the Ethernet cable ?
Why ? Any caveats or gotchas doing it this way ?


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I use a cable internet connection. My previous modem had a "standby" switch, so whenever I left the computer I would set the modem to standby, to prevent hackers from having access.

I just got a new modem (internet and telephone) that has to remain on at all times in order for the phones to work. For now, I've activated my EZ firewall, which I haven't used in the past because it would cause some problems with some apps. But I'd rather just be able to turn the internet access on and off as needed.

Does anyone know if there's such a thing as a manual on/off switch for an RJ45 cable? Seems to me like a rather simple concept.

Thanks to all who reply.

A:Is there a MANUAL SWITCH for an ethernet cable?

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I am having a problem with an ethernet switch that is locking up, trying to find the root cause.

The switch is a 16 port, 10/100Mbps, Linksys model EZXS16W. I have three computers connected to it:
Computer "A" is a Windows XP Pro machine running a FTPD server (Guild FTPD).
Computers "B" and "C" are CPU boards in an avionics box, both running VxWorks.

When the avionics box powers up, computers "B" and "C" attempt to communicate with computer "A", both using port 5000. After a few seconds computer "A" reports an error that it is unable to communicate with computer "B".

At this point I tried to ping computers "B" and "C" using computer "A" (ping fails), And tried pinging all three using a fourth computer connected to the switch (also fails). I concluded the switch is locked up. Power cycling the switch restores operation until it locks up again.

I tried two other identical EZSX16W switches (same revision, same firmware) with multiple avionics boxes:
Two of the three switches always lock up when used with the first avionics box.
None of the switches lock up when used with other avionics boxes.
Two D-Link switches do not lock up when used with any avionics box.
None of the switches lock up since I updated software in the first avionics box.
All of the above results are the same if I use another computer "A".

OK, so I solved the problem (updated software in t... Read more

A:Solved: Ethernet Switch Lockup

I'm not familiar with that switch. But if the customer wants to know why, you would have to do some more exhaustive troubleshooting. The first step is to look at the switch port the problem avionics box is plugged in to. You need a switch that can give you detailed information on what is happening on that switch port. Whether the connection is dropping out of full duplex, if there are collisions, runts, giants, CRC errors, etc, etc. To get that type of information you're looking at fully managed switch. If those don't give you any clues, you'll then have to either connect a hub in line or port mirror that port so you can do packet captures with a sniffer.

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I wonder if someone can answer a question for me,I have a TV downstairs connected to a homeplug which in turn connects to my router located upstairs via another homeplug. What I would like to do is get another ethernet connection (in other words have 2 or more ethernet sockets available)from the downstairs home plug,would a hub or switch (not sure which?) be the answer or would the only way be to add another homeplug downstairs? Hope this make sense, many thanks in advance RG

A:Solved: Hub or switch to split ethernet?

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Say I need to shut off internet access in my home to prevent my teen from having the temptation to play multiplayer games at all hours. I'm thinking that I could insert a timer switch in the ethernet cable that would disable one or two of the wires in the CAT-5 cable, rendering internet access inoperable. At 6 AM, when we need the internet up, the switch would restore the connection with no fuss (i.e. rebooting of routers, laptops, wi-fi routers, etc.). I need it to operate without daily intervention on my part; the internet goes off at midnight, comes back at 6AM. Ideally, it would deal with DST on its own too. Is there anything out there like that? If not, can you tell me which wire, or wires, in the CAT-5 cable will kill all data throughput if it is cut, and resume throughput seamlessly if it is restored?

A:Ethernet on/off curfew timed switch help

i suspect that could be easily overcome or am i missing something

Whats the make and model of the router - some have QoS which may also enable you to turn off internet access at set times to certain PCs or ALL
that would also be part of the router and if you set the password - can not be logged into , unless reset and you maybe able to set that up to

A teen would be able to overcome quite a few things with a little help from the net

is this on a games consule or on a PC - you maybe able to install parental controls onto the PC

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Currently I have internet connection via cable modem and usb connection to the modem.

I am trying to connect by using ethernet from modem to computer but although the adapter is enabled, I have a red cross through its symbol (xp) and an windows tells me that the network cable is unplugged although I can see that physically it is not.

Help welcomed.

A:switch to ethernet internet connection

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I have a long ethernet cable running to my bedroom from the router? can I put a switch on the end of this and then run 2 ethernet cables from the switch to my sky box and android box?

A:can I use a switch to spilt ethernet connection?


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Hi All,

This is driving me crazy at the minute, so I thought I would throw it out to the experts to try and get my sanity back! Here goes...

I have Sky BB (dlink router) and I have been successfully using 4 comtrend homeplugs to share my connection to a spiderbox, sky HD box and HP officejet network printer. I recently had my electricity supplier changing a meter and after he went I found that 2 of the homeplugs had fried - I know they're temperamental so I took it on the chin.

Anyway I have now decided to go a different route and I purchased a Vonets wifi bridge, which works well. My question is this - I have an old Netgear DG834G router and I would like to use this as a network switch so that I can plug my bridge into one of the ethernet ports and draw off from 2 of the other 3 ports to feed my printer and Sky HD box.

I plugged the vonets into port 1 and then a cable to both my printer and my sky box and nothing - then I went into my netgears homepage and disabled DHCP, and hey presto I got a connection on my sky box. I assumed that was that until I tried to print and the printer was not available. I have tried loads of things since - static IP on the printer (I usually have it static anyway as my work laptop doesn't like it otherwise), manually configuring the network on my sky box, changing some of the settings in my netgear router but I cannot get it working. I tried changing the IP adresses on both my printer and sky box to the same as the vonets, ... Read more

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Hi there,

I currently have a powerline extender/adapter in my lounge which supports two ethernet cables (one into my Sky box and the other into my TV), it's been working fine but now I have an additional device (my pc) which I want to run from this adapter.

I've been told an ethernet switch is the way to go, I've also been told that a splitter is an option. I've read some negative comments on the latter and wanted to gain some informed opinion. As I understand it I could buy a switch and connect this from one of the ports in the adapter, then run the three ethernets from this. Would this work ok?


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I have a curious issue, so I figured I'd see if someone can fix a problem for me for a change.

I recently upgraded to a 35/35 Internet connection. When I connect my computer directly to the router, I get the full bandwidth on a test at However, whenever I use any of my gigabit switches between the computer and the Actiontec MI424WR router, I get much more leisurely upstream connections.

This seems to be some sort of issue with the cheap SOHO switch being throttled by the 100mbit port on the router. Obviously, the gigabit port on my computer seems to be smarter than the gigabit switch ports.

It seems clear that I probably have to replace the switch with a better model, but I don't want to buy a more expensive switch without knowing that it's really going to solve the handshake issue.

Any suggestions or ideas on how to beat this into submission would be appreciated.

Here's the results I'm seeing.
Using SOHO gigabit switch between computer and router (D-Link and Trendnet models tested with identical results);

Direct connection to router.

A:Solved: Ethernet Switch Issue

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hi, can anyone tell me the easiest way to create a network between multiple pcs using switch. We have 3 pcs . Currently i m using vista x32 ultimate. Other one also uses vista ultimate x32 and third one is laptop using xp sp1.

plz tell me how to connect them all into network enabling them all to share files and internet access making my vista computer a server.

I have a internet connection in 1 computer (the one that I am using) and I also have a Ethernet switch. I have all the cable ready too. I had to connect them before also but got no success.

I hope some one here might help.

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I've set up two routers (one a primary router and the second as an access point to extend my wifi). They are currently in the same room connected together a by 1 metre cable and everything is working fine.
However, I need to move the second router upstairs and trying to replicate the connection between the two routers. The house is wired with network points and cables which all feed into a 24 Port Planet 10/100Mbps Ethernet Switch.
I've located the wall socket/ethernet port number (No. 6) from which the primary room is located and connected and similar the second router in the upstairs room (No. 2).
As its going into an ethernet switch, I thought that should automatic connect routers on the network. However, when I try to access the second router (via WIFI), its not connecting to the internet which is likely because the two routers are no longer connected.
I tested the two sockets (No. 6 and No. 2) with one of those cable testers and I did get a signal on both ends, so not sure what is going on. To my mind, the routers should be connected.
Can anyone help?

A:Connect 2 routers via Ethernet Switch

From your description it should work.
Go back to step one with two routers connected by the 1M cable and double check you get a wifi connection to the internet.
Plug Primary router into wall socket and secondary router into other end of cable, before the switch - check connection.
Recconect switch and plug secondary router to switch with 1M cable - check connection.
Reconnect switch and try secondary router in desired location - check connection.
A bit of hassle but will identify where the connection is failing.

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hi, Iím goi9ng to get a blu ray player for my room and in order to use the blu ray live part of it i need to connect it to the internet. currently in my room i have a pc and an xbox 360 and just change over the Ethernet lead when i want to use one or the other, but now i would like a more permanent solution so that i donít have to change over the lead if i want to watch a blu ray disc, go on my xbox 360 or pc. my question is will something like this do the trick?

if so does anyone know if this will decrease the signal strength that the Ethernet cable carries, as i would still need to be able to play games over xbox live.

thanks for the help


A:Solved: Ethernet Network Switch?

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I run an Ethernet cable to my modem for my Windows 10 PC. But unfortunately I have a lot of drop outs where the internet just stops (something I am taking up with my provider) and I have a pocket wifi to use as a back up.

My PC can find the wifi and connect but the only way I can get it to connect is by pulling out the blue Ethernet cable from the actual pc. (When I say connect, I mean it is "connected" already but not in use, the small box appears for the ethernet cable rather than the wifi icon)

I would like to know if there is a way to either run the wifi simultaneously with the Ethernet cable plugged in or if there is a way to "turn off" the Ethernet connection from my pc when it goes down, so that I dont have to keep unplugging it.

I am not very technically minded and am worried if I go into advanced network settings etc that I might not be able to get the Ethernet working again once it is plugged in and back up and running.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

A:How can I switch to WIFI from Ethernet instantly??

You can have both plugged in and still work. Each NIC is assigned a metric and the NIC with the lowest metric will be used. If in your are the wired NIC is still seen as available but in fact it's having problems the computer will still try and use it unless you unplug the cable. If your computer supports a feature called LAN/WLAN switching that may work in your case that may work or may suffer from the same problem in which the wired NIC is still detected as connected and it won't switch. If you are only having an issue with the wired connection why not just stay on wireless?

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i'm trying to connect my two computers to each other using the ethernet switch i already have to connect them to the internet. i've looked all over but i can't find a relevant guide/tutorial.

A:two computer network with ethernet switch

Is it a switch, or a router?

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i have a router/ modem that has been able to share my internet connection between 4 computers. but i want to increase this number so i got an Netcomm np2005 switch. but now the networks dont seem to interact and the internet does not work on the computers connected to the switch. is it possible to do this or do i need something else to extend my internet sharing>?

A:Router And Ethernet Switch Internet SHaring

ok then yea i seem to meet all the requirements except it cannot detect an ip address on the pcs connected through the switch. and the net still doesnt work when i configure the ip manually? does anyone know what i could do?

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I'm having a problem connecting my Nashutec printer / photcopier to my computer. All was well until I changed to Talk Talk and went wireless for my internet connection.
Previously I connected to the internet via an adsl modem card in my pc but I took this card out and have a wireless connection to a Dlink wireless router. This works OK.
However to install the modem on the pc I had to use an ethernet cable to connect first time. I have only one ethernet plug in the pc connecting to the Intel Pro/100 connection. After the router was set up and I plugged the cable back in for the printer I couldn't connect to it. I get a message saying limited or no connectivity. When I click repair it says it can't because it can't find the IP address.
I'm running XP SP2 Pentium R 240GHz processor with 540MB ram
The autoconfig IP adress I get for the network connection is
The lights are on the Ethernet switch box and the cables seem to be OK as the lights flash at both ends.
has anybody got any suggestions as to how I can get my connection back?

A:Problem connecting printer via ethernet switch

Which modem did you get?
Talk Talk's help page is here:

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Hi, Im having a ACT Broadband internet connection, he provides internet connection through a wire which runs into my room that can be directly connected to the my computers NIC. Whenever i switch on my computer and opens the browser it first redirects to the page -, where it asks for Username & Password, our ISP gives us a IP Address which displays on the web page after logging in. I want the internet connection to be shared with my roommates so i bought a 8 port Ethernet switch (, which is having a uplink port also. I have connected the wire given by the ISP to the up link port of the switch & i connected my PC to one port of the switch with another network cable. I also connected my friends PC to second port of switch with another network cable, my problem is that when i sign into my ISP web page and start using the internet & my friend also wants internet in his PC & when he opens the browser the ISP's webpage is appearing and when he sign's in internet is disconnecting in my Pc. I tried to change the IP but as a default IP is given by the ISP if change the IP internet is not working. Please provide me a solution.
Here r my Ethernet Switch pictures -

A:How to share Internet connection using ethernet switch ?

I dont think you need to open your ISPs webpage on your second PC, just configure the network settings and put the gateway IP. If that doesn't work, use Windows ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) and configure it using the Network Configuration wizard. See how it goes. What is the windows version you are using ?

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I have an RJ45 cable run from my router to my component cabinet in the living room. The modem hooks into the router and then I have the four connections on it going out to two computers, a wireless router and of course the one connection to the component cabinet. I had a networked DVD player hooked to that RJ45 to access my computer's hard drive, but now I need to put an IR receiver in their so I can control my computer with my Universal Remote:

The question is do I need a router or will just a switch like this

work? I was thnking the switch is all I need since the router is necessary only for sharing an Internet connection, correct? What's the difference?

A:Do I need a router or Ethernet Switch to expand Network

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Because of the way my house is set up i have to have an Ethernet switch by my cable modem and then my wireless router is run off of that via a 50 foot ethernet cable. My printer is plugged into the ethernet switch along with my desktop (these are in the basement the router is in the center of the house). My desktop has no problem using the network to print but my laptop will not recognize the printer because it cant find the ip address through the switch. Is there a way to set this up or is my setup not going to work?

A:Sharing files and printers through ethernet switch and router


How is your network setup, Homegroup or Workgroup networking? If you have assigned a static IP to the printer you may manually assigned this IP address when adding the printer from your laptop.
This Tutorial has different options on adding a network printer from your computer.

Please let us know if it works or not.

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Hello everybody, I am in some distress, and would greatly appreciate your help

Here is my set up
Alright so my laptop and PCs (a) and (b) have the access to the internet. however my router sees only these three devices connected, as if my ethernet switch was not connected to the router. My problem is that the switch seems to work sometimes. Vonage is apparently having issues with the network setup so it doesn't work, same with my PS3, however the PC hooked up to the switch as well, sometime has internet and sometimes it doesn't. When it does have internet, Windows Xp pops out saying that there is an IP conflict with another PC on the network and then the connection is out. Any ideas of what is screwing up on my network? Any help would be greatly appriciated.

PS the ethernet switch is made by company Airlink
the modem is made by RCA
and the router is made by Linksys if that helps

A:Solved: ethernet switch possibly not recognized by my router

The exact make/model of the modem, router, and switch would be real useful here.

What you seem to be describing is a flaky switch or cable, not much can affect a simple switch in that manner.

As far as the duplicate IP addresses on the network, that could well be a different issue.

Turn off everything on the network, ALL the machines and any other network device like network printers and NAS drives.
Turn off the router and modem.
Turn on the modem, wait for a steady data light.
Turn on the router, wait two minutes.
Turn on the network devices and computers, one at a time.

This issue is usually caused by resetting a router without resetting all the network connected devices.

Another issue that will cause duplicate IP addresses is assigning static IP addresses to devices that conflict with the router's DHCP address range. If you require static IP addressed devices on the network, they should be configured to be in the same subnet but outside the address range defined for the DHCP server.

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I recently purchased a NAS Drive which works ok. However I have also found out that my Sky Hub only supports <100Mbps.

The problems I have is when copying to the NAS drive I only get write speeds of around 10-12MBps which sounds about right being around 1/8 of the 100Mbps. Also when I stream I get a lot of buffering/cut out with any HD content streaming to my Xbox 360.

I just wanted to know if unplugging everything from the router and into a gigabit Ethernet switch then connecting that to the router will speed everything up? Or would I be better off going all out on a pricey router?

Basically am I right in thinking the switch will bypass the router for anything not using the internet?

A:Solved: Will adding an Ethernet switch speed up my network?

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Hi all,

I was wondering how an Ethernet switch forwards packets of network information. Does it send the packets to all outputs? If so, is it like a hub? Does it know where computers are and only send the packets to the right place? If so how would it know where the computers are?

I've been wondering about this for some time but haven't been able to find the answer.

A:Question: How intelligently does an Ethernet switch forward packets?

A switch manages a database of MAC addresses it uses for routing packets.

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i recently built a third computer for my network, added a cable modem, and got what i thought was an unbelievable deal on a linksys ethernet switch (ezxs44 4 port)..... free.
now for the problem: i have an ericsson pipe rider cable modem, 3 linksys lne100tx nic cards, and the ethernet switch. i've treid to connect my machines and the modem through the switch the same way i connected the 2 computers before(pc to pc with cat 5 cable), it didnt work and it locked my system.
basiclly i am asking for somone to tell/show me how to hook everything up so it functions correctly, i've tried to no avail (ive reset all the configurations for the nic card in my main machine and am only running it with the modem (the original windows/roadrunner software configuration). do i have to change the cat 5 wiring diagram?, what seetings should i use on the nic cards?, and what do i do with the cable modem settings.

let me know what you come up with(i'm getting desperate, girlfreind...........MY computer)
thanks again

A:linksys ezxs44 ethernet switch with cable modem

I would think one of your cables is wrong.

check the ends of the cables, make sure the same wire colors are going to the same pins, sounds like you have a crossover cable going from modem to switch.

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Good afternoon,

I have a networking question.

Can I plug a 5 port Ethernet switch to my DSL modem, connect 2 PCs to the switch, run a cable from the switch to the far end of my house, connect a Wireless n router for WIFI access for my laptop/iPhone and connect another PC, one BluRay player and a couple DirectTV DVRs to the wireless router? Please see attached diagram.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,


A:Solved: Ethernet Switch/WiFi Router Connectivity

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I have this major issue with my MSN messenger (on my PC) whenever I connect it to a ethernet switch so I could use it (my PC) with my Laptop, so together both have internet connection.. my MSN messenger works fine and it could sign in easily, but when I disconnect my ethernet switch and connect to just my modem, my MSN messenger says it could not connect to the internet or that there's no internet connection where there is! (I forgot which error code but its well known, I've searched before and it said it could be the anti-virus etc but I have no problems with my anti-virus and programs it monitors). Anyone know how to stop this stupid silly error with Live Messenger?

A:Live Messenger works when I connect it to a Ethernet switch?

Can you ping once you use the modem? You might not be authenticating to the WWW properly and Msn is blinded with connectivity by the modem being unable to do so.

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Hey, all. For a couple years now, I have been using a 5 -port Linksys Etherfast switch to hook a Panasonic blu ray player & DishNetwork Box to the internet via my home network. I had the switch plugged into a gaming adapter. Worked fine, until I had to replace my router. Was using a Linksys WRT54G router and the switch & router communicated flawlessly.. didn't even have to set it up manually when I first added the switch. Did all this to avoid dropping more wires into my back bedroom.

I upgraded to Cisco (Linksys) E3000 Gigabit router, and the switch will not "talk" to the new router. DHCP's enabled, and both the bluray player & Dish box tried to autoconnect using DHCP.. no dice. Tried several hard resets on all devices mentioned above, even firmware update on the new router. No dice.

So here's my question : do you think it's just an incompatibility question? If I buy an Gigabit ethernet switch, do you think that will fix the communication problem?

I was thinking if you go gibabit to gigabit.. It might be more compatible. I wanted some expert opinions though, before I go dropping another $30-40 on a new switch.

I read about creating ethernet bridges using DD-WRT firmware, but it seems daunting. I am not a complete noob, but it seemed beyond what I wanted to bite off.

Thanks in advance you guys & gals!

A:Solved: Question about using Using an Ethernet Switch with my new Gigabit Router

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Anyone know of a good 16 port gigabit switch? Il'd perfer managed but I can live with unmanaged. I want to know pros and cons of any one that is stated and why? We're upgrading a few of our sites and we have old 10/100's unmanaged that are coming out I was thiking about replacing with the same netgear brand were removing but I wanted to do a little homework before deciding.

A:Whats your htought - Gigabit ethernet switch 16 port.

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Hi all i recently turned my second router into an Ethernet switch so that i could port forward a game. I am wondering if this will slow down my internet speed.

Thanks in advance

A:Will a router turned to a ethernet switch slow down internet speed for gaming?

Hello glaucun,

Technically speaking, yes. You've added another "hop" for the packets to have to travel to and from.

But it's not to any degree that you will notice.

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As my PC will be moved upstairs soon where there is no way to get a ethernet cable any more,
I will be forced to go wireless...
I have never wanted it and never used it except on my mothers laptop witch is obviously built-in.
So my experience with wireless stuff is very low...

some fact that may play a role for your comments:
-from PC to modem/router threw the walls will be about 8 yards max.
-there is a chimney in the direct path from PC to modem/router.
-there is barely any metals used in the house although the modem is placed next to the water-main.
-the laptop of my mother never had any issues and is about 2 years old cant tell you the what hardware it used ATM.

Now what I want:
-I want my 6.4 MB/sec speed (other wireless devices dont play any role > mom laptop (80% facebook and 5% mails and 5% searching the web and the rest is youtube lol ; and the smart TV really doesn't do anything except for streaming some video clips very rarely.

- I NEVER want to get disconnected!! not even for a millisecond if you catch my drift.

- I prefer an internal piece of hardware witch I have a PCI slot for with the room. Although I would also like to be able to give internet to multiple PC's or whatever , ya never know ; LAN party for example...
i do realize a switch would suffice but I'll just give you everything because I know there are many ways to go wireless. just dont know crap about them...

- I'm not a millionaire but I dont buy crap so keep that in... Read more

A:Solved: Help! need to switch from ethernet cable to wireless connection to modem/rout

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Hi All,

Getting a strange error with Hyper-V on Windows 8 Pro x64.

When I try and add a virtual switch I get:

Error Applying Virtual Switch Properties Changes
Failed while adding virtual Ethernet switch connections.
Ethernet port '{a bunch of stuff}' bind failed: The data is invalid.

There doesn't seem to be much on google that relates to this (in particular the bind failed: the data is invalid part).

Anyone have a clue what the cause might be?


A:Hyper-V Error Adding Virtual Switch - Ethernet Port Bind Failed

can be many thing, in 3 or 4 years that I'm using Hyper-V I never encounter it, you need some networking knowledge to play with virtual switch, but usually 0x8007000D error are due to files corruption or permissions, try to run hyper-v management as admin.

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I'm currently building a new computer. Before I even take any of the parts out of their ESD protective covers, I want to know how to properly ground myself.

Here's what I was thinking of doing: Plug the PSU into a power strip and turn both the power strip and the PSU off. Then I'll either maintain constant contact with either the PSU itself or some part of the metal case. Or I might buy a wrist strap.

My main problem is that almost every thread I read on the Internet about this subject seem to contradict each other. No one can seem to agree about how to ground yourself properly. I think if I just have the wrist strap attached to a piece of unpainted metal inside the case, have the PSU turned off but plugged into a power strip which is ALSO turned off, I should be fine.

What are your thoughts?


Actually a proper "grounding" requires you to be connected (via wrist strap) to an earth stake in the ground (note this stake can be also connected to a terminal on your workbench via cable/wire)

But you also need your wrist strap tested and passed ISO requirements, and then the wrist strap labeled with a date, not less than 6 months old !

I'm not even going to talk about the anti-static mat, or standing on a rubber mat

So how officially grounded do you want to be?

It is suggested for the home user to disperse all residual electricity by first touching the non painted casing of the computer, power off first
And then not to move your shoes again, whilst handling electronic components
That should suffice

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I am aware of the fact that when working with sensitive electronics it is necessary to ground onself.

I personally have a wire which I connect to the earth part of my plug socket that connects to a metal bracelet, to server this purpose.

But I always thought it was law that the metal case of a pc had to be grounded.

Therefore would it just be a matter of touching the case to discharge your electrostatic charge, or would you need to be continually touching it?

Also I was working on a friends pc today and noticed that just after I powered it down, the metal case made my fingers tingle with an obvious electrical charge. Is his pc not earthed correctly?


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what does it EXACTLY mean to "grounding yourself," and how do you go about doing it?

A:grounding yourself

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Hey guys,

I'm not sure if this is the write section the ask this question so if it isn't, please move it to the right section.

Anyways, I have a anti static wrist strap which has a alligator clip. The thing I don't understand is how would you be grounded by simply attaching the alligator clip to a bare metal part of the case? What if the case doesn't have any Power supply in it? What if the power supply is not plugged in? Do you have to have any computer components in the tower to have yourself grounded?
Also, where would you attach the alligator clip when you are working with laptops? Does the laptop have to have the charger plugged in?

I'm just confused about grounding myself and want to make sure I do it properly. Thanks!

A:Grounding Yourself

What you are doing when connecting the wrist strap to the computer case is bringing yourself to the potential (electrically) as the computer in doing so it eliminates the static charge carried by your body. The same thing can be achieved by connecting the alligator clip to a metal water pipe, though it is not wise to work on your computer with water present.

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For some reason, my tower is highly susceptible to static discharge. In particular, whenever my 9 yr old daughter stands within 2 feet of my PC, it will instantly reboot!

This is not fun.

Any thoughts on improving grounding on the box? It runs on a dedicated electric circuit, three prong plugs yada yada.

A:Grounding a PC

You daughter is eating too many "apples"

If you have carpet try some anti static spray. Also you can check the ground on the receptacle.


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Some say to unplug power, some to leave plugged in, touch this then that...Antistatic Wrist Strap?

A:Proper Grounding

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Do any of you guys have any advice for grounding pads to put components on while you work on them?

For example, say a grounding pad that you put the motherboard on top of.

A:Grounding Pads

I usually just use the anti electrostatic wrapper that the mobo comes in.

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I've had this problem off-and-on for a while, but lately, it seems to have gotten much worse. It seems as if any static electricity transferred to the case or USB devices causes the computer to crash (bluescreen + reboot). This, at least to me, would point to a case grounding issue (that is, its not grounded). It had the same problem with a different PSU installed, so its probably not that??? Anyone have a different idea (or how to fix it)?

Here's the event viewer log if the incident:
"The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x000000f4 (0x00000003, 0x863fd520, 0x863fd694, 0x805c749a). A dump was saved in: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini010207-01.dmp.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at"

Here's another one:
"The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x000000f4 (0x00000003, 0x86617858, 0x866179cc, 0x805c749a). A dump was saved in: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini010107-04.dmp.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at"

A:grounding issues?

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Hi, its been one year almost since i bought my computer and its running a little hot - time for a clean I think.

Im told that I need to ground myself before I start cleaning my computer, I do not have a wrist band - but am willing to buy one if its needed.

What should I do to ground myself throughoughly without/without a wrist band so that I do not damage my computer?

Ps: I have been told previously to "touch any part of the case from the inside, and try to avoid working on carpets if possible" but Im not sure if this is completely adequate/ do i have to touch the inside at all times.

A:Grounding yourself before cleaning

As long as you do not move your feet
And confirm all power is removed
You can just touch the non-painted metal (inside the case) Once only
But if you do move yourself again, just touch the metal again (once)

By the way here is an excellent BenchTest guide

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Where, exactly, does the motherboard pick up its ground from? The mounting screws or the power supply?

A:Motherboard grounding?

From the power supply. With a 20 pin connector you have 7 ground leads in the connector, in a 24 pin connector you have 8 ground leads in the connector.

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okay, some of you know about the Lego computer, here is another thread about, sorry, but i am trying to make it a real computer now, have a 1.2 ghz celeron on the way.

Question. where should i ground the mother board, the case is plastic, so i need to probably run wires from something.

Point-The mobo is attached to a metal plate to allow for easy changing of mobo.

A:grounding plastic

You will have to ground to the outside case of the power supply, should work fine from the motherboard back plane

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I have put many pc's together. They have all worked fine. Now I seem to have fried my second amd 64x2 in an asus a32n8sli. I have had all brass posts under at least 5 mobos in this one case, never used any fiber washers. Never read any where in the installation books to do so. No washers were provided in the screw kit. I rma'd the board and the processor, and they worked fine for maybe two months. Then while installing RC2 I got the boot error that there was a problem accessing the storage device. I gradually stripped the system, substituted all hardware. The whole 9yds. It powers up, fans run, memory activity led blinks once, then absolutely nothing but the whirring of little blades. There is no heat generated by the cpu. Bottom line is to rma the processor again, spending 80 bucks to ship it to Holland. But I would like to know if I have been committing some techno sin by not using washers somewhere over or under the board. Dale.

A:Grounding mobo without washers

The washers are just a safety thing in case the standoffs or screws don't align with the holes perfectly and touch a track that is routed too close to the holes.

Examine the mobo and see if there are any tracks running close to the mounting holes so that ascrew collar can short something. Make sure you don't have any metal standoffs attached to the case that don't have a corresponding mobo hole.

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I recently built a computer for someone and now when you push the power button it makes a zap noise and the acts likes its going to start then instantly shuts off leading me to the grounding problem now this is a re-occuring problem mind you this happened before and I put some silk rings around the bottoms of the gromet standoffs that the mobo rests on.

recently the problem came back as it works sometimes randomly and other times it grounds out. Does anyone happen to know of any similar instances and what they did to fix it? oh and the case is a Antec 900 and the mobo is a MSI P35 PLatinum LGA 775 and also YES I am aware that it shuts on/off on/off a few times and no this is nothing pertaining to that its the crappy BIOS MSI runs on this board that does that this is completely different from that.


A:Case grounding out my mobo

To start with, are you sure you put the stand-offs in the right mobo holes?

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Hi, I want to increase the RAM on my laptop and am unsure what I should connect a grounding wrist strap to to avoid ESD.

Does anyone know?


A:Grounding wrist strap

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Windows 7 HP 64 bit.
Original installed OS - OEM.

Purchased PC in US and imported to Sweden. Have had computer 7 weeks, and get three types of freezes/shutdowns: BSOD, unintended shutdown, freeze forcing a manual shutdown.

These occur sporadically, but multiple times in a row.

Important to note: The wall outlets into which I have my computer power plugged are not grounded. I have manually run a grounding wire from the computer power cable to some metal pipes. Not sure if this is sufficient or relevant, though I suspect it could be the culprit. This wire sparks with static occasionally.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. As a recent convert back to the world of Windows from Linux, I've searched for weeks in order to solve this problem myself, but to no avail.

A:Can my BSOD be a grounding issue?

Hi portofmiami and welcome to w7 Forums

Your earthing arrangements could be significant, especially as the wire you use is prone to static discharge. Have you tried an antisurge device?

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I recently had an issue where my PC would shut off at random, giving the memory error beep code. I was able to get it running again and ran a bios update.

Now, when I place both of my ram sticks, 2 1gbs, in the computer it will power up and then sit on a black screen with a blinking cursor. If I remove one of the sticks then it will boot and run fine.

I swapped between the two sticks and used memtest and determined that it doesnít matter which stick I use, just so long as I donít use them both. After taking everything out and placing the motherboard on some newspaper I was able to get it up and running with both sticks. I managed to dig up enough of those little washer things to put on the screws and then placed the board back in but it's still happening, not really sure what to do now.

A:Strange Grounding Issue

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Okay,I've got this MSI (MSI 661FM2-LSR) board that refuses to stay on long enough to POST.I have tryed known good working RAM,video card,PSU,& CPU.After plugging everything in,I go to switch on the power supply on the back of the unit,then everything powers up by itself for about 3 seconds,then shuts off.

I tryed using the power button to power it back on after this happens,but it does not respond.Only way to get it to do this again,is to switch off the PSU then switch on again,then the same thing happens all over again.I remounted the board twice in the case correctly,won't work.I even tryed it with the board sitting on a piece of cardboard.Still nothing.I have no idea what could be causing this,since I've tested everything else to be working good on different boards.There's no visible physical damage on the board itself.My only 2 conclusions is that the board is toast or maybe the CPU (s478 2.4ghz Pentium 4, 400FSB) is unsupported....but according the board's manual it should be supported.Is this normal behavior on a motherboard with an unsupported processor installed? Or is the board toast?

Help appreciated.

A:Motherboard constantly grounding out?

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I have gotten blue screen of death and i'm just trying to find things that could be wrong. i stumbled across this unknown file in my device manager, and it is saying unknown and not allowing me to update the driver, Hoping anyone can help. I use a Belkin wireless router, but i have my internet through an Ethernet cord into my computer.
Thank you.

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Inserting Ethernet Cord Does Not "Automatically" switch connection to ethernet.

This is the trouble I have to go through whenever I insert my ethernet cord:
I have to go to network and sharing center

Then I have to click change adapter settings

Finally, I have to disable wireless network access for direct connection.

I am wondering if there is some type of setting that I can check for on my

Windows 7 OS to automatically enable the described function I want (which

should already be enabled, unfortunately it is not).
Not that these details really matter, but I have an Alienware m14xr2, but...
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

6.1.7601 pack 1 build 7601

BIOS Version/Date Alienware A09, 6/29/2012

Installed physical memory (ram I assume) says 12gb, with 9.44gb available, which is strange because I have 16gb of ram!

Available Virtual Memory 21.1gb

System Type x64-based PC
Thank You for the help in the future!

A:Inserting Ethernet Cord Does Not "Automatically" switch connection....

Hi Sean, if you do this Wireless Setting.pdf before powering on your pc, it will work.

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As the title implies I'm currently having 2 issues, the first major issue is that my PC is turning on/off and which the second is that my other hard drive suddenly up and disappeared on me.

1. My computer started to turn on and off on me for no reason while I was trouble shooting my initial problem of the HDD when I fiddled around inside my case. Eventually ripping everything out of the case and "card-boarding" the motherboard, which it worked and stayed on and as I gradually put everything back together it was all good, until I sat the motherboard back onto the brass/copper studs that sits inside the frame and screwed it in. At that point my computer started to turn on and off again which lead me to believe it's some manner of a grounding issue. I have no clue on what to do at this point about going about this, should I just get a new case made of plastic? My current full tower case is all steel.

2. While I was watching a movie which was stored on my second hard drive is started to freeze/lag/repeat all that good stuff on me. It froze my computer up completely and I was force to hard reset the computer, when I booted my PC back up I found that my second hard drive had up and vanished on me. So I went into my bios and saw it "working" I switch to ACHI to see if it'll make a difference but I got a BSoD so I left it at IDE. At that point my computer gave me the option to "repair windoe files" or start normally. Both options made my... Read more

A:Computer Grounding Issue & Invisible HDD

I also swapped out the PSU with a spare I had lying around, didn't get any power from it so I reused my old one. Now I don't have power from that one either. So besides the "missing" HDD and a suddenly a "no longer working PSU "I'm assuming the motherboard is bad, opinions?

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Hey, Please help me sort out this problem.

Today i went out and bought a stereo to 2x mono adapter and connected it to my pc, and I think I've unearthed a grounding problem or something.
When I have the headphones and the creative sub/speaker system connected to the adapter I get a low humming noise, even when the pc is turned off!
I can even get this noise by taking the adapter when the speakers are connected and physically touching the end of the adapter and my pc, I dont even have to touch the pc just go somewhat close to it.
The headphones dont seem to get the feedback at all in either socket of the adapter.
So this only happens to the creative sub speaker system and not the headphones I'm not sure what this means. What I do know is this doesent happen when the creative system is plugged in directly or when its plugged into another adapter I have which is a stereo to 2x stereo adapter. Could this be a crappy adapter or do stereo to mono adapters complete some sort of internal circuit which may be unearthing a grunding problem somewhere?
I dont know much about this field of computing forgive me for any stupid presumptions
Any help would be greatly appreciated, I want to get mixing
thanks in advance

A:Feedback problem, grounding issue?

Most powered speakers do not have an orientation plug, ie, 1 large and one smaller electrical wall socket connector.

Try connecting that the other way round.

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This is prob a noobie question, but I'm gonna piece a cpr together for the first time and would hate to fry any components. I sure everyone knows what a bummer that would be.

I'm reading the motherboard's user manual and it tells me to never leave case plugged when working with it otherwise you can damage the motherboard. Now the wrist straps have you clipping it to the case and I read that this will work as long as the case is plugged in and therefore is grounded. My question is, can I still fry my motherboard using my strap while leaving the case unplugged?

I searched this site and found someone saying that grounding isn't important. As long as you and the computer is at the same potential, no electrical static discharge will occur. And that's what the strap will do whether the case is plugged into an electrical outlet or not. I would link it but I'm not sure how to do it. But if interested I used the search feature to search for wrist strap. It's a thread named antistatic started by keriann. The post was from raybro.

Another question. I've been around a few techies and not one ever cared about ESD. They just work with the inside like it was nothing. Who actually uses something to prevent ESD and who do not use anything?

A:question about grounding wrist straps

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I am trying to help a good friend remove virtumondo or some such adware/virus/spyware from her machine. She is getting lots of pop-ups, etc. She and her husband think the teenage son is the culprit.
One problem, I am staying at a hotel in there town. I met them through the church I attend while I am here building a project. Anyway, the hotel I am in is a wireless connection, and her computer is set up for dsl/cable connection. SInce I have her computer in my room, I have to transfer any .exe type files via thumb drive. I am not a computer pro, but they were having problems removing this stinker and I volunteered my services.
Anyway, I have tried vundofix, v6.5.8 and Symantic Vundo removal tool v1.5.0- The Vundo removal tool found nothing and Vundo fix finds a file named vtsqr.dll, removes it, restarts the computer and when run again, it finds the same file. I also tried them in safe mode, disabled system restore; Same results.
Your help will be appreciated, not only by me, but byu the teenager who is definitely in the DOG HOUSE.
HJT Log file copied below...
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:08:18 PM, on 10/14/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\Zone... Read more

A:Solved: Save a teenager from grounding

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Greetings. I am new to computer construction, and am in need of some answers. I just purchased a new psu, cpu, vga, and mobo to upgrade my current setup. Actually, the only things I'm keeping from my old system are my CD drive, DVD drive, and HDD. Now, onto my dilemna. I bolted everything into place and secured all power cables to their respective slots on my periphials (cd, dvd, and hdd) and connected my 80 pin IDE cables into their respective periphials (again, cd, dvd, and hdd). When I throw the switch (supply power) my fans kick on and my built in temp. monitor (in the front) kicks on, but my hdd, cd, and dvd don't. Why is this happening? How can I remedy the situation?

PSU-Xclio goodpower 500w
CPU-AMD Athlon xp 3700+
MOBO-Asrock dual sata 939
HDD-(not sata/sataII) Samsung 160gb
RAM-PNY 184pin pc3200 (512mb) & Samsung 184pin pc3200 (512mb).
VGA-Nvidia 6800xt

ps if this is in the wrong forum, let me know. Also, if I need to supply any more information, please let me know.

A:IDE is cutting or grounding my periphial power?

it sounds like:

1. your RAM is damaged, improperly installed, or incompatible -try booting with just 1 stick of RAM (try them each seperately)

2. your mobo is shorting out -make sure that you only put standoffs where they belong. this is a common first time builder's mistake. remove the mobo and table test it to rule out this possibility.

3. your PSU or MOBO is dead, but it is more likely to be #1 or #2

BTW.... you have an Athlon64, not an AthlonXP

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My laptop's metal case would give me an occasional zap if I come close enough to it. I am not particularly worried about my health because after sufficient reading I have come to the conclusion the voltage is not large enough to hurt me seriously. I am however worried about the laptop's and my audio equipment's health. Plugging in a condenser mic through my usb interface leads to fair amount of low frequency noise as well as some harmonics. I have been advised to go to a service shop but I personally do not trust any service shops in my country for hardware issues (based on past experience). Is there way way to solve this issue at home WITHOUT spending any more money? I've already paid for a laptop and equipment...I am not going to pay Toshiba for support after they screwed up

A:Toshiba Satellite S55 grounding issues

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But I can't seem to figure this one out, as there are no screws or other conducting materials
inside the case and all the mounting spacers are in there fine. I guess just bounce some ideas off me and I'll try them out. I was thinking of getting some small paper or plastic washers and putting them on top of the spacers and seeing if that would work.

A:Solved: I belive I have a grounding problem...

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Hey everyone, sorry to use up your time, but I've had a really strange problem with my Creative Inspire T7700 speakers. It's a 7.1 setup, but I just use six speakers with splitters set up on the front, side and rear inputs (my laptop only has one output).


I'd unplugged the input cable (a 3-to-4, 3.5mm stereo jack cable) to use for something else and when I plugged it back in, the speakers were incredibly quiet and the bass had completely dropped. I usually put a splitter on two of the jacks (using same ones as before) and plug the other ends into the front and side inputs. I've now found I had to put the one usually reserved for the side input into the direct subwoofer input in order to get any bass. Even with this setup, however, it is only the lowest bass that comes through. The whole upper-bass, low-mid-range section is as quiet as before.


I had the splitter plugged into my iPod and noticed that if I touched the metal casing of the iPod, the speakers buzzed (in the same way as if you touch a bare jack/the hum if it gets pulled out partway, or if you touch the strings on a guitar plugged into a cheap amp). Plugged into my laptop, it buzzed even worse, drowning out music even at full laptop volume. I've never come across anything like this and couldn't find anything on the internet. I'm aware I'm probably just going to have to replace the speakers, but I'm curious to know what cou... Read more

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Never really put much thought into this until now....
Electrical physics is definitively not my thing

I'm gonna slap together a PC (without a case)... using it as a multimedia PC on my 46" sony LCD TV as a monitor in my living room.
Planning on just screwing everything to a small sheet of plywood.
Gonna do my beta build and set it up on a piece of cardboard until i get my layout the way i like it.

But the question is, do the motherboard mounting holes, screws and stand offs need to have a metal contact like a metal case build does?
On most all board mounting holes i ever seen, they have the small dots or solder around the holes that make contact with the mounting only thought is that when the mounting screws are put on, they make contact with these small blobs of solder creating contact with the metal stand-offs, And in that same process would be also making contact with the metal case behind it.

kinda get what im saying??? Sorry my camera is broke

Just wanted to throw this out there before i drive myself nuts, hunting down some mystery noise or interference because the MB is not making proper contact with the case and PSU like a normal metal case would.

Obviously im not talking about shorting out, or making contact with any other part of the board / pins or solder points....simply the mounting hole area

Also, any other suggestions on a plywood build be welcome.

I came across a pic a long while back of a guy that built a PC, and mounted everyth... Read more

A:BYOPC - motherboard mounting / noise / grounding question

squeezin said:

I came across a pic a long while back of a guy that built a PC, and mounted everything to a sheet of plywood and stuck it on the wall over the monitor... Click to expand...
Yeah, I've seen those before. Sorry, but....ewww

As long as everything is grounded, you should be okay.

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I badly need a copy of the old editing software, HOT METAL PRO 6.0
My disc has crashed and I swear by the program. Just an old dog, not wanting to learn new tricks.
I would be very appreciative if someone could help me out. My website is a few thousand pages and functions very well with Hot Metal Pro 6.0 to help me.

Please get back to me if you can provide a copy of this old out of date, yet lovable, software.

A:Hot metal pro 6.0

I think You can get it from hear


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Purchased a "METAL GEAR BOX Substance II". Has a Maxtor HDD. Can I install
an OS on same. I do not know with a USB connection. Thanks.

A:Metal Gear Box

Yes, you can install an OS on a USB drive. No, you cannot install Windows on an USB drive.

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Currently working on a freinds computer and there seems to be a piece of steel covering the VGA port?

How do I go about removing this so we can use a standard monitor?

A:Metal Over VGA Port?

At a guess, you don't. I think it's a blank.

If you'd list the PC's make & model, someone may be able to verify whether it includes onboard video.

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when i open the game it says the mgs.exe is linked to missing export this happening cuz i dont have the latest directx doing it now, but i wanna know if im wasting my time....when i install the new directx, will the file open..or is there something else wrong?.........thanx

A:metal gear


I would download the latest direct x to see if that helps

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(hardware and software): HP Pavillion dv9700z notebook, Windows Vista Ultimate

Hi, I bought a Metal Gear Box 3506uas SATA 3.5" enclosure and installed a Seagate 320Gb drive.

Vista recognizes the drive but during large copy operations, the drive unmounts and I get an error message that the drive is unrecognized...

What could be causing this?


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I have Verizon lte wireless internet and have a metal shop building about 125 ft. away from the house. I want to be able to use a wifi tablet inside the building or at least the office. My tablet gets a good signal and works fine just outside the building , but when I go inside the metal blocks the signal. Is there an inexpensive way to get the wifi to pass through ? Is there any kind of small antenna that would be on the outside of the metal building and pass through the wall to another small antenna or would I need a outside antenna then a router on the inside ?

A:wifi into metal building

You have to define inexpensive. When you say Verizon LTE wireless Internet, what exactly does that mean? Are you using a MiFi/Jet Pack?

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Hi, I have a wifi problem that I need help with if anyone could please?

I have sky broadband and run my pc and laptop wirelessly off it.

We have recently erected a metal shed in the garden, just outside the kitchen so not far from the house.

The intention was to have it as a pc and games room, with a playstation set up and a laptop using the wifi connection from the house, but have now discovered that the wifi will not go through the metal of the shed!!

Can anyone suggest a way of getting either a wired or wireless internet connection to the metal shed?

I have a spare wireless router.

Help would be much appreciated. Thanks

A:Wi-Fi won't penetrate metal shed

Yeah metal creates an unpenetrable wall for Wireless connections, it bounces off it really easily.. Your options would be to buy a Directional Wireless Antenna and direct it to the Shed, point it at a Windows or an Open Doorway..

Wireless Antenna's: and Accessories

The signal needs somewhere to enter, once inside that metal shed it should bounce around and find what it needs..

Other then that you would need to dig and place a wire under ground that connects to a splitter/hub, and branch off to each device from there.. however that is not generally a convient way at all, since you would need protective cover over the wires as well as it to be decently deep in the ground, then you have bugs and anything that digs that could damage the cord..

Hope this helps.

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Hi all,
I am looking for a metal case router (wireless 802.11b with 4 port switch and at least NAT, but would like SPI, MAC and other security features if possible). Many of them are flimsy plastic and I want a better quality wireless router than that. Also some of them have a strong plastic odor that gives me a headache. Sure they will outgass in time, but I prefer not to breathe that if I can advoid it. Most product descriptions don't list what the case is made of. Any assistance is apprecated.


A:Looking for metal case router

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This is rather far as CPU coolers go. Liquid metal CPU cooler.
You can read about it over at The Guru of 3D
opps, maybe Matthew can move this to "links from around the web" not sure why I put it here.

A:Liquid Metal Cooling with NaK

I remember seeing the prototype a while back and thought it was awesome (looks better than the production kit IMO) and couldn't wait to try it out....unfortunately the end result cooling wise doesn't really live up to the hype (or expense) so far. Not that I'm likely to test drive one anytime soon as they seem to be a Europe only release at this stage.

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Push-Button Reset Overview

This article talks about Refresh, Reset, and Bare-metal recovery... What exactly is this bare-metal recovery? How do I access it?

A:What is bare-metal recovery

Bare Metal means a clean hard drive, like it comes out of the box. The entire installation is redone, just as it is if you recover a System Image Backup.

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I have been trying to play Metal of Honor Spearhead and I cannot get the game to load nor can I get Breakthrough to work either. However Allied Assault runs fine. When trying to run spearhead all i get is the gray screen and it says that Spearhead has stopped working and give me the following error message.

My computer specs are
500watt Powersuppply
3.0ghz intel processor
4 gigs of ram
ATI HD2600 video card with latest drivers
Windows VISTA Home Premium 32bit

I also have Call of duty, call of duty united offensive and Call of duty 2 and they all run fine as well as all my other games. Just can't Spearhead or Breakthrought to work at all. I have tried to launch using compatibility mode and that does not work either. I have also tried run as administrator and no go. Anyone one have any ideas?

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: moh_spearhead.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 3e65522e
Fault Module Name: StackHash_e416
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 65203a65
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: e416
Additional Information 2: 74c9286749acc57dbe28757251e4aed7
Additional Information 3: 9416
Additional Information 4: 9579ef234033fe3564802e38c77bdd89

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A:Metal of Honor Spearhead

When u tried compatability mode which one did u use. For some games running in XP mode wont work either so you have to keep going and try each one. I've had to run a game in Windows 95 compatability even thought the game officially only runs on XP. Go figure.

I have both addons running fine but it was so long ago that I installed it I cant remember if I had any problems or not. If I get chance I'll have a go at reinstalling them and seeing if anything happens.

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Purchased a "METAL GEAR BOX Substance II". Has a Maxtor HDD. Can I install
an OS on same. I do not know with a USB connection. Thanks.


This is possible if your bios supports USB boot option.
To be honest I have never tried this so I will be interested to see how you get on.

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I've just bought an external 500gig "Metal Gear Box" hard-drive, I'm have a problem with Vista not recognizing the device, I am being prompted to put in the CD which was not included with the new hard-drive! Please help.

A:Metal Gear Box with Vista

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The faceplate for my asus motherboard does not fit perfectly and some of those metal teeth/prongs that sit between the USB ports are slightly over lapping the opening... i can still fit my usb plugs in but they are sometimes a bit stiff to plug in or remove (mainly removing)...

firstly is there any problem with the teeth from the face plate touching the usb device plug?

secondly is there any harm in getting some wire cutters and snipping just the ones that sit between the USB ports?

ps. none of them are actually sticking inside the port as i lifted the top prongs over top...

A:Metal teeth on MB faceplate.

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