Well, this is a weird problem I have... At my dad's place there's a Desktop with XPpro running on it, with a DSL modem connected thru an Ethernet Card. A second Ethernet Card (exactly the same brand and type) is installed, to connect to a Laptop. (Crossed Cable connection). What's the issue? Internet Connects extremely fine...no problem, but the 2nd Ethernet card ALWAYS shows a 'network cable unplugged' icon... I reinstalled the bl**dy thing, with no result... Then I thought it was the cable itself, but when I inserted it into the Laptop's ethernet-card, The Laptop showed a 'connected' icon....but NOT THE DESKTOP PC... btw The laptop has a Win2kpro running... Without configuring the cards, they should (with cables connected), SHOW THE 'connected' icons right? Beat me, I'm out of inspiration;... Anyone? please?