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Share problem experience with internet connection after dial-up

Posted by twoace on September 13, 2007

Previously I always had problem with internet connection after dial-up.
First time dial-up is successfully but then after disconnected, there is no possibility to connect to internet anymore! Any kind of connection, like dial-up, Local Area Network, and Wireless Network. I almost had to restart my computer every time after dial-up! I wanted to cry… what’s the matter with my computer?…

Then I found cause of the problem. Ipconfig output:


Part#A (during problem), I see that there are 3 adapters (LAN, Wireless, PPP Adapter which is dial-up adapter).
Part#B (normal situation), 2 adapters (LAN, Wireless).

Part#A. It seems that dial-up adapter was not detached properly after dial-up disconnected. Dial-up adapter still have IP Address and Windows take dial-up adapter as the highest priority (this is default as far as I know). That’s why no matter which connection, connection will always go through this dial-up adapter ( ip address) .

I still don’t know the root cause of this. I tried to find but no idea. Somehow, after try and error many times (including reset winsock), I finally find workaround solution for this! УРА (hurray)….!!!

The idea is to remove dial-up adapter configuration (or reset adapter configuration).
My try and error give me result that WAN Miniport (IP) device should be reset by disabling and enabling again.

Steps are as following:

  1. Run “System” on Control Panel to access Device Manager
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  2. Access Device Manager. Expand Network Adapter. WAN Miniport under Network Adapter is not displayed here.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  3. To show WAN Miniport under Network Adapter, choose menu “View” -> “Show hidden device”.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  4. WAN Miniport is shown. Reset WAN Miniport by disabling it first.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  5. Choose yes for confirmation.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  6. Enable WAN Miniport.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  7. WAN Miniport back to normal again.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  8. Final step is to check ipconfig result again. Dial-up adapter configuration should be disappeared and connection is back to normal again. Part#A is during problem, Part#B is normal time or after resetting WAN Miniport. Picture is the same as before.

Now I’m happy, I don’t have to restart computer again when I encounter this problem.

Good luck!


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If power management is not working properly in normal user (laptop user)

Posted by twoace on July 25, 2007

Well, previously I met problem with Samsung Battery Manager.
I could not configured and used Battery Manager in normal user. It always complained that it should be used only in administrator groups.

If somebody had similar problem, hopefully this will help.
I found some reference to http://blogs.msdn.com/aaron_margosis/archive/2005/02/09/370263.aspx
It seems that registry permission was not set correctly in my case.

Registry modification is needed.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Controls Folder\PowerCfg
Enable permission “Set Value” and “Create Subkey” for corresponding users. In my case, I add permission for “Users”.

Now problem is solved. I’m happy!

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Run explorer as other user

Posted by twoace on July 25, 2007

I got tired everytime I wanted to delete files which were not belong to my current user.
I had to switch user and then did delete. Now not anymore… 🙂

Finally, I found in internet how to run explorer as other user (in this example: administrator).
Run command prompt, and then run following command @ prompt:
runas /user:<username> “explorer /separate”

Change username to which user you want to run as.
Voila! I am happy now.
Internet really helps very much!

Btw, this kind of thing can also be helped with the new Total Commande. It will ask whether we want to delete as administrator!

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Nokia PC Suite connectivity problem

Posted by twoace on July 25, 2007

Just sharing.
If you encountered problem with connection in Nokia PC Suite software, you could try to do following (instead of restarting computer):
1. Exit Nokia PC-Suite.
2. Exit other Nokia software, like Nokia PC-Sync.
3. End task “MPAPI3s.exe” process.
4. Restart service “ServiceLayer”
5. Try to run Nokia PC-Suite again.
Good luck!

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Phone and Modem Options permission in Control Panel

Posted by twoace on July 25, 2007

Well, I am very happy!
Finally, I found an article how to run “Phone and Modem Options” as administrator. At least workaround!

Okay, back to problem.
I always use ordinary user in Windows. It is one of best practices to increase security level against virus and spyware. Using administrators group in Windows is like using user root in Unix.

Sadly, I have to use Power Users group for my work because of some programs. 😦
Fortunately, ordinary user is running okay for homework (at home).

One of the problems in ordinary user I encountered is that it’s not allowed to run advanced function in “Phone and Modem options”. Add, remove modem, and the best part is diagnostic. It’s ridiculous to change user from ordinary user or power user to administrator (ad) and vice versa, in order to diagnose modem if something goes wrong. Especially when you have (different) mobile phone and want to change setting (in example Access Point Name) . Hmm… or may be it’s only happened to me. :))

To make it short.
There is no option to “Run as” in “Phone and Modem Options”. But there is a way as describe in:

Find telephon.cpl @ windows/system32 directory. Right click and choose “Run as”, then type administrator login and password. Voila, you can access full function!

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