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Wake On Lan problem, please help!
radion Feb-20-02 05:48 PM
Hey, i have a Netgear FA312 fast ethernet adapter card - and i wish to to the WOL function of this card, mainly as the machine in which it is installed contains the modem we use for Internet access and being able to remotly turn it on would be usefull. The problem is that when i select 'SHUTDOWN' in windows, the pc powers itself off, then the active light goes off on my network switch, suggesting that the card is not getting power from the motherboard. I have enabled WOL in the BIOS, and the WOL cable is plugged in. The wierd thing is that if i boot to DOS instead of windows then power the computer off, the light on the switch stays on, and WOL works ok, which i really dont understand... By the way in the BIOS the power button is set to "power off imediatly" not go into some sort of 'snooze' mode.

My system is as follows:
Athlon thunderbird 900
ABIT KT7a motherboard
256mb's RAM
GeForce 2 MX video card
Netgear FA312 ethernet card

Thanks in advance guys

2. RE: Wake On Lan problem, please help!
lbyard Feb-21-02 10:00 AM
In response to message 0
Windows version? Larry

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radion Feb-22-02 12:41 PM
In response to message 2
Sorry, im using Windows 98SE - dont know how i forgot that...

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radion Feb-23-02 04:50 PM
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sam7955 Feb-23-02 08:38 PM
In response to message 0
buy a keyboard that has sleep botton and "do not shutdown" ur computer, cause when shutdown the computer motherboard is off electricity. So sleep botton on the keyb will help.

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sam7955 Feb-23-02 08:42 PM
In response to message 0
LOL, or use start>shutdown>standby option......
am i dumb? lol

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radion Feb-24-02 07:31 PM
In response to message 6
yeh, that seems to work - but as i understand it, WOL is surpossed to work when the computer is OFF, mainly because the network card allways has power, due to the auxilary cable the provides a constant 5v current. Also the motherboard is not actually 'off' when you shutdown, otherwise the non mechanical power switch on the front of ATX cases would not work. I am sure there must be somthing wrong in the windows power management settings somwhere that is causing the network link to be closed, but ill be ##### if i know what!, as i mentioned in my first post, its a bit odd that the network link remains active if i shutdown from DOS..

The suspend options is not the best solution for me either, as i have an old ISA SCSI card that does not support ACPI - this seems to cause various problems when using 'hibernation' mode

Can somone shed some more light on this please??

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radion Feb-25-02 05:14 PM
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lbyard Feb-25-02 05:49 PM
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Please excuse my ignornce, but what does *bump* mean? Larry

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radion Feb-25-02 07:38 PM
In response to message 9
sorry, it just means the thread gets BUMPed back to the top of the topic list - basically a lame appempt to get a reply to my question i guess.. speaking of which, surly somone can help me get WOL to work properly!? please??


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lbyard Feb-26-02 01:05 AM
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Sometimes I'm a little slow... If you are waiting for an answer from me, **bump** can be self-defeating in that I usually start from the bottom with the oldest new post. See http://support.intel.com/support/network/adapter/pro100/31290.htm. The computer has to be in hybernate or "soft off" plus other factors. Larry

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allan8989 Feb-26-02 02:46 AM
In response to message 0
hi r
it's really interesting that it works in DOS but not in Windows.
my suggestion: 1)check motherboard manufacturer or nic manuf.;
mostly they don't know, either. 2) try this nic in other motherboard;
if still same thing, then try other nic in first motherboard, i mean that ABIT KT7. don't tell me u only have ONE motherboard and nic, if u want to play computer, ONE is not enough, ok buddy trust me, do as i suggest,u gonna find problem. sometimes people don't know what's going on there but they use EXCLUSIVE way to find the answer! good luck. don't waste time looking for tech info but try it youself.


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lbyard Feb-26-02 11:16 AM
In response to message 13
It's not really "interesting" at all as the function, WOL, depends on the capabilities, configuration, and state of the motherboard, power supply, and NIC. Larry

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radion Feb-26-02 07:28 PM
In response to message 15
ok, ill lay off the *bump*'s in this forum...

Thanks for the info larry, i looked at that link you posted and noticed the following sentance "Microsoft Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000 and Windows XP are ACPI capable. These operating systems do not support wake from S5 state, only from standby"

I guess im outta luck as far as waking my computer up from another room for surfing as my BIOS does not appear to have a special 'wake from S5 state' setting (power off) mentioned. This seems pretty stoopid to me, as if i was using windows 95 like one of my older computers is, then it WOULD work... ah well, maybe ABIT will release some great new BIOS upgrade to fix this, but im not exactly holding my breath

Cheers for the help guys!

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