You are currently not connected to any networks

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Stephen Russell, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. This is not causing any problems, I just don't know why.

    I have an i7 on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5, gigabit Linksys switch, Norton 2008
    firewall, Vista 32bit, and 3 PCs (Vista, Vista, XP) in a LAN.

    Vista doesn't seem to think a LAN/switch is a real network?

    I can see all of the other network PCs, connect to the internet (DSL) thru a
    switch connected Linksys wireless router, share files, and printers; but
    it's bugging me.

    Any experts with an idea? Should I care? [...] etwork.jpg [...] etwork.jpg
    Stephen Russell, Jan 28, 2009
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  2. It could be the Norton. For troubleshooting, do clean boot. Please post back
    with the result.
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  3. You may be on to something. I booted into SAFE Mode w/networking. The
    network and sharing center showed an unidentified PUBLIC network that I
    changed to private. Unfortunately a normal BOOT brought the same "no
    network" results. I set up Norton's firewall with all the MAC addresses of
    all the PCs. Like I said everything works, except sharing files is a PAIN
    but usable.

    When I use the windows key and click on network, that box gives me a status
    line "This computer is not connected to a network. Click to connect..."; it
    ignores that error and proceeds to show me all of the network connected PCs
    and printers. When I click that notice it says I have NO wireless networks,
    and I don't. This PC is LAN connected to a gigabit switch which LAN
    connects to a wireless router, then to DSL.

    I'm going to try a few more things in safe mode, and I'll definitely look at
    what Norton 2008 may be doing.

    Stephen Russell, Jan 29, 2009
  4. Stephen Russell

    +Bob+ Guest

    How Vista determines whether you are "connected", especially to the
    Internet (beyond the LAN), seems to be a bit of a mystery. At least, I
    can't get anyone to confirm how it makes determination. I've seen it
    report that you are not connected when you clearly are.

    That said, Norton software universally sucks. Remove it. If that cures
    the problem, toss it in the trash with the other garbage. Install Zone
    Alarm Free if you want a software firewall. Install Avast for A/V.
    Neither has any reported issues.
    +Bob+, Jan 29, 2009
  5. Thanks for your points. I prefer to keep Norton, with all it's supposed
    problems, I know it, so I'm sticking with it. I've tried both of the
    products you mentioned, I don't think they are up to the task. And the
    fewer vendors I use the better off I am when there is a problem. 20 years
    with a PC doesn't make me an expert, but I can have a different opinion.

    You and I will have to agree to disagree. I do not think Norton products
    are garbage. Just because others agree with you (or me) doesn't make it
    Stephen Russell, Jan 29, 2009
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  7. Stephen Russell

    +Bob+ Guest

    You are definitely entitled to your opinion and preference.

    I think you will find that the majority of professionals disagree with
    you when it comes to Norton. There are a few around who like the
    corporate enterprise products, but very few fans of the home versions.
    I've got my own Norton stories I could post, but lets just say that I
    avoid it like the plague. As a general rule, I've yet to see a system
    that didn't speed up dramatically when Norton was removed.
    +Bob+, Jan 30, 2009
  8. Point taken, I sit near our data security people and they HATE Norton
    enterprise products. LOL In the end though, my company uses Norton, for a
    variety of reasons and not all are rational.

    I can tell you Norton 2008 is not a system hog. Before I built this system,
    I was running on an old Dell 8250. I needed every last cycle to run
    BioShock, F.E.A.R., and HL2. I was always looking at what was eating up
    cycles, and Norton was not one of them. I agree the older versions needed
    some work, but you may want to look at 2009, I just purchased my update, and
    I'll be installing in a couple of weeks.

    By the way I tried a SafeBoot, and actually saw an unidentified public
    network, I changed it to Private, but no luck. Eventually I'll get to the
    bottom of this. Vista only seems to want a wireless network setup.
    Stephen Russell, Jan 31, 2009
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