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Monday, June 30th, 2008

Incompatible Network Cable

Categories: [ Grumbling ]

This is daft. An HP 6720s running Windows Vista, connected to a D-Link DES-1005D switch which itself is connected to an A-Link RR64 ADSL router is not able to get an IP address from the DHCP server running on the router. Change the cable, and then it works like a charm. Now use the old cable (it's obviously faulty, isn't it?) on another computer (Dell Latitude 610, running Debian Etch), and it works. Worse, the same HP laptop connected directly to the router with the “faulty” cable works perfectly too.

I'm not sure whom to blame, there: HP, Microsoft, D-Link? Probably all three.

[ Posted on June 30th, 2008 at 13:11 | no comment | ]