Hi, I have two PC's both running XP Pro, when they are both powered up, the network operates fine. However if I downpower one of the PC's I get a 'Network Cable is unplugged' message appear in the task bar. This I thought was fine, but upon booting the machine again (the other PC being off at the time) it takes about 5 mins for my PC to boot (the taskbar eventually shows the network icon with a cross in it). It wouls appeare that my PC is trying to find or assign itself an IP Address, but it never does due to my nic stating the cable is unplugged. Booting both PC's together removes this problem and it only takes around 30 secs for each machine to fully boot. The nic is a D-Link 530tx. I've ordered a hub (as I believe this will help my nic see a connection to at least the hub). Also I never see my own pc in the network places (unless the other PC is on, then I see both PC's in the network places). I have two static defined ip address. Help !!!