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Have an issue with my Asrock 970 Extreme 3.
Recently installed Server 2012R2 Standard for my test lab as a HyperV host. Installed the latest drivers
Wanted to be able to send WOL request from other machines on network.
Sometimes when I boot the PC it starts Windows I noticed that the NIC doesnt always initiate properly (ie. exclamation mark by the network symbol in the system tray). when trying to right-click on it to let windows diagnose the problem Windows just comes to a stop,....completely frozen (progress bar stopped)...only thing to do is Hard shutdown.......issue also happens with the cable plugged into the PCI NIC......
It is the lasted RealTek PCIe Family controller driver (2013 i think...)

any suggestions?


WOL does not either...possibly this is the cause???

Build Info:
AMD 8350
4x8GB Kingston RAM
1x Samsung 240GB SSD
1x WD 1TB Green
1x PCI NIC
650W OCZ PSU
 

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The computer only freezes when Windows attempts to diagnose the problem?

As for the board itself. Have you used this board previously, or is it new hardware?

If the board has been used previously, have you had any prior issues with the built in NIC?

Is the NIC driver from Microsoft (OOB or Update), from Realtek, or from AsRock?
 

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yes. computer freezes only when diagnosing...
Driver acquired from RealTek's website.
Not a new board...previously own by someone i know...not aware of any issues.

Just a thought, but will try this in safe mode (with networking) to see if the issue still occurs....when i get home from work
 

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Nope. Clean install,... Only software is AMD catalyst (for HD5450)

Just to confirm its not a setting issue, my NIC related settings are:

in bios:
Advanced>Network config
Internet setting dhcp
Uefi download server:europe

Boot from onboard LAN: enabled
Type: Normal

In windows:
Eth1(onboard)
Driver:MS, v8.1.510.2013
Power management:allow to wake the computer,only allow a magic packet to wake computer

Shutdown wol:enabled
Wol magic packet:enabled
Wol pattern match:enabled


Eth2 (nic card)
Driver:MS, v8.1.510.2013
Power management:allow to wake the computer,only allow a magic packet to wake computer

Shutdown wol:enabled
Wol magic packet:enabled
Wol pattern match:enabled
 

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What I would do in this situation, at this point, is disable the built in NIC and install a PCIe NIC.

Especially if there are no other, apparent, issues with the setup.
 

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Discussion Starter · #8 · (Edited)
erm....the Ethernet #2 is a PCIe NIC Card (Realtek RTL8168/8111 Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC), pcie3 TG-3408 (TP Link)
 

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***Correction TP-3468
It just happened again. tried to uninstall the NIC in device manager and it froze.
 

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erm....the Ethernet #2 is a PCIe NIC Card (Realtek RTL8168/8111 Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC), pcie3 TG-3408 (TP Link)
I'm sorry... I missed the post previous to this one.

Are both NIC giving you the same issues?

I assumed it's the on-board NIC that is the issue.
 

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I'm sorry... I missed the post previous to this one.

Are both NIC giving you the same issues?

I assumed it's the on-board NIC that is the issue.

looks like a hardware issue.
Installed a fresh copy of win8....doing the same thing. any suggestions?
 

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First, figure out which NIC is giving you the issue.

You should be able to disable the onboard NIC via the system firmware. (BIOS/EFI)
 

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Turned out to be the NIC (from what i found)
has been working fine since removing the NIC card.
...just wondering whether the issue will return when i reinstall a new NIC (at a later date)

still doesnt WOL, cannot find any setting in the bios either
 

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Turned out to be the NIC (from what i found)
has been working fine since removing the NIC card.
...just wondering whether the issue will return when i reinstall a new NIC (at a later date)

still doesnt WOL, cannot find any setting in the bios either
Only one way to find out, right? Lol.
 
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