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Posted: 2 Nov 2000
 

Problem:
Windows 2000 doesn't accept anything but a hub (no cross-over cable etc.) to enable the network connection. This is especially annoying when trying to run a bridged VMware configuration on one laptop with W2K as the host.

Solution: use linux as your vmware host!

or do the following:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters
Add the following registry value:
Value Name: DisableDHCPMediaSense
Data Type: REG_DWORD -Boolean
Value Data: 1 (True)
The disconnected sign will still be shown but the network connection is now active.

Full Details at Microsoft's supportsite.


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