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Dell :: E6400 LAN Disconnect

I'm having an issue with my E6400 running on Vista x86. Whenever I leave the computer for a period of time and the monitor turns off by itself, it seems like my network connection gets disconnected.

This only happens on Ethernet and never on wireless. After I come back to the computer, all my network applications are disconnected and I can see my network icon in the system tray flash from disconnect to connected again.

Is anyone else having the same issue and fixed it? I already checking all the power options in Vista and tried updating drivers from Intel and Dell.

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4. Get the cheapest drive from Dell and buy an aftermarket drive HDD or SSD.

5. Send the E6400 back and buy a T400 which will more than likely not have a vibrating drive.

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