Why can I only see the Local Area Connection adapter in the Windows Control Panel when I attach a Lan cable?

Sahil Dave November 4, 2010

Until and unless I do not connect any Lan wire to my port, I am not able to see “Local Area Connection” in “Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections”. I want to change some settings. Please help! I have reinstalled the driver many times.

  1. Oron Joffe
    November 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    This is a long shot, but it could be that your NIC (network card) driver is set to 'automatic power save' or similar. This would cause it to switch off when it's not connected, and thereby not be detected by the operating system. The details of how to get into the NIC properties differ from one OS to another. In Win XP, go into the 'Connect to' or 'Network connections' window, RIGHT-click on 'Local Area Network' and choose Properties. Now click on the 'Configure...' button at the top (next to the name of the network card) and click on the 'Advanced' tab.Look for a setting in the properties list called something like 'PowerSaving' and check the setting under 'Value'.Good luck!

  2. Ryan
    November 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Strange, usually you cannot see an local area connection UNTIL something is connected.

    Have you tried restarting your computer at all?

    Also, I've had luck "restarting" a network card problem by going to device manager (right click my computer, click manage, device manager is on the left side) and disabling and re-enabling the network device.

    I'm going to assuming you are using Windows XP. If you are, there is a program you can google for called "WinsocFix". This can get rid of a lot of networking issues. It will force you to restart your computer after it has completed.

    If you could give more information about what operating system, computer model, and other information about what you are trying to accomplish we might be able to help out some more.


  3. Anonymous
    November 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    first check yout BIOS and if its desabled then enable again!
    then go to run type cmd then rightclick on the icon and start with admin privilege then type sfc /scannow

    - open Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel
    - select 'Set Program Access and Defaults'
    - select Windows and 'OK"
    Windows will run through its little routine

    >>See if registering the following DLLs helps:
    >>From Start/Run, run the following commands:
    >>regsvr32 %windir%system32atl.dll
    >>regsvr32 %windir%system32hnetcfg.dll
    >>regsvr32 %windir%system32netshell.dll
    >>regsvr32 %windir%system32netcfgx.dll
    >>regsvr32 %windir%system32netman.dll
    >>Then do a reboot.

    Read this Microsoft link for troubleshooting.
    How to troubleshoot missing network connections icons in Windows XP

  4. Sueska
    November 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    What Operating System are you using?