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Vista 64-bit Enterprise Edition - SP1 - All Patches Applied

I installed an additional 4 GB of RAM... well... pulled 4GB of PC6400 and
installed 8 GB of PC8500... NO BIOS or OS changes... No new software... same
chipset drivers, and so on... the ONLY problem I have is NOW... when my
system wakes from sleep, the network adapter is "disconnected" and has to be
reset before my internet service is restored...

NIC Driver Version: NVidia - (as updated by Windows Update LONG
BEFORE this problem)

There's a WARNING in the event log but no error... My systems specs follow
the event log data below... help ? thoughts ?

Log Name: System
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Dhcp-Client
Date: 3/8/2009 2:42:40 PM
Event ID: 1003
Task Category: None
Level: Warning
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: VM-TIMB
Your computer was not able to renew its address from the network (from the
DHCP Server) for the Network Card with network address 00044B05C00E. The
following error occurred:
The semaphore timeout period has expired.. Your computer will continue to
try and obtain an address on its own from the network address (DHCP) server.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Dhcp-Client"
Guid="{15A7A4F8-0072-4EAB-ABAD-F98A4D666AED}" EventSourceName="Dhcp" />
<EventID Qualifiers="0">1003</EventID>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-03-08T18:42:40.000Z" />
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />
<Security />

CPU: QuadCore Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700
O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate - 64 bit - SP1
RAM: 8 GB (4x2GB Sticks) OCZ OCZ2RPR10664GK R @ 5-5-5-18-2T
GPU: EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) Driver Version - 182.08
OC'd with Precision 1.4 to: Core Clock: 605 - Shader Clock: 1350 - Memory
Clock: 1075


CPU - 3.1 @ 8x - 1.31875V
FSB - 1800 @ 1.4V
SPP - 1.50V
MCP - 1.55V
SPP <> MCP - 1.30V
RAM linked/synced @ 900 Mhz @ 2.1V


Run Memtest86 and make sure that the new Memory is OK.
Also check the Advanced Power setting for the Network card specific
configuration and make sure it is set correctly.
Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)


Thank you Jack... NO memory errors on memtest86... Allow the computer to
turn off this device is NOT checked, and under advanced tab,
"WakeOnLAN from Power Off" and "Low Power State Link Speed" are enabled...
I'd not made any changes there anyways... Is this a Vista Policy issue
perhaps ? The "semaphore timeout period" as described in the warning or
something now that my system's speedier than before ?

Again thanks... timb


Given every thing that you posted I am befuddled too.
I do not know about anything in vista per-se that should cause it.
Another avenue to try is the Wireless Drivers. See if there is newer
drivers. Look at both the Card's vendor and the OEM drivers of the chipset
manufaturerx64 drivers.
Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)


Well... I'd already reinstalled the chipset drivers and it didn't help...
HOWEVER... and this is TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much... After no joy on
reinstalling the chipset drivers, I set the NIC to ALLOW THE COMPUTER TO
TURN OFF THIS DEVICE TO SAVE POWER... and bingo... the NIC restores
perfectly on wake up now...

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY ?????? Surely it's because Vista is insane..


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