Intel network interface on Dell notebook dropping out

Man Cradling his Head in his hands frustrated with his computerIf you are suffering from an issue that causes your network connection to drop out when your computer idles then you have come to the right place.I have been using Dell notebooks for many years, and one little trick that I picked up quite some time back relates to the drivers for network cards on Dell Laptops.

Most commonly I have found this issue with the Intel 82567LM Gigabit Ethernet adapter however it is entirely possible that it affects other models too.

What Causes It:

This behaviour is actually a “feature” of the driver and is designed to drop it from 1 gigabit to 100 megabit mode which in turn saves power (on the assumption that you do not need 1Gbps of throughput while you aren’t physically at the machine). I have only ever experienced this with the Intel Gigabit cards (Intel 82567LM) but it may happen with others as well.

How to stop it from happening:

You will need to get a new driver directly from the manufacturer. As I mentioned I have only ever experienced it with the Intel ethernet interface so if you pop over to the Intel Download Center you can grab the drivers from there (if you are having problems specifically with the Intel 82567LM click here to get the latest drivers).

When you have installed the new driver go into the Device Manager and select the network card. Open up the properties panel and select the Power Management Tab, then uncheck the “Reduce Speed during System Idle” checkbox and you should be sweet.

Why you have to get a new driver:

Dell in their infinite wisdom decided that with all the network interface drivers they put out they will automatically enable the above setting and REMOVE the ability for you to change it. Therefore in order to gain the functionality to change the setting you have to use the manufacturer driver not the Dell OEM version.

I have been using this little workaround for at LEAST the last five odd years and have yet to have an issue with using teh Manufacturer Driver over the Dell Driver.

Hopefully this will help someone else out when they run into this frustration.


Photos from CeBit Sydney 2010 – Darling Harbour

Between May 24th and May 26th 2010, IT Professionals from around Australia gathered to converse and meet at one of the larger IT Roadshows to hit Sydney’s shores each year. I attended CeBit for a couple of days at the Sydney Convention Center, Darling Harbour and managed to see some interesting technologies from vendors such as 3M, Altech, Symantec and Wacom to name a few.

There were however a few things at CeBit 2010 that were a standout for me so I thought I would cover them in a little more detail:

Booth Babes

I thought I would begin with them just to try to catch your interest and hey… they deserve their own section 😉

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Eye Tracking Technology – Tobii Technology

It is not difficult to imagine my surprise when I walked up to a stand, started looking at their computer (with a pretty stupid look on my face I imagine, trying to figure out what on earth this computer was supposed to do). Low an behold after a very short while looking at the screen the item that I was looking at activated and a new menu popped up. To cut a long story short after calibrating the computer to my eyes I was able to type on the keyboard and on the screens you see below, have an interesting game of Naughts and Crosses (or Tic Tac Toe). Awesome idea, not 100% perfect but pretty accurate, $25,000 starting price might be a bit out of most peoples league though. 🙁

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Remote Control Cars with Wii Controllers

We have all seen Remote Control Cars and they are quite a bit of good fun. However Miray Software have taken this remote control cars to the next level developing a kit (and software) that allows a remote control car to be controlled via the bluetooth compatible Wii Controllers using the accelerometer in the controller to control the steering of the remote control car. In the photos below you can also see a car driving behind the front one with a Wii controller mounted on the roof, this car was following the one in front using the Wii’s infra red sensor to track two sensors on the lead car… VERY COOL!
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Portable Projectors

One interesting item I have been following for some time is the development of the portable mini projector. At CeBit I saw two interesting contenders one was Digislide and the other was Smartphone Hub & 3M. In the pictures below, the first two photos are from Digislide (white projector) and the rest are from Smartphone Hub & 3M’s booth (black projector). I liked the concept of Digislide’s snap on mount for a Wii however their projectors were darker than those of 3M. I have to say from the presentation I liked 3Ms far more and it was demonstrated to me to operate in a darkened room well at a 50 inch screen size.

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Finally a heap of other random images from the day

I have to say I had a lot of fun and got a lot of photos so here are a few more from CeBit Sydney 2010
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Bid Request Documentation on Rent A Coder

As I have recently been through a good handful of projects using Rent A Coder I have had the opportunity to fine  tune the way I do bid requests within the system. For my latest bid request I had two somewhat complex coding problems that needed resolving and using the simple description  boxes would not allow me to define the problem completely. Therefore I found myself with a need to better define and document small projects/bid requests so that I could ensure the Workers bidding on my project would have a detailed understanding of what is required.

The result of this is a new document I have put together to help new users to Rent A Coder gather all the details they need to ensure when a bid request is put in they will eliminate a lot of the potential for confusion in putting forward a bid request. The aim of the document is to enable an easy and standard means of documenting a bid request when there is a greater level of complexity required than the standard descriptions boxes but simple enough to be used for a project in the sub $100USD or sub $500USD range.

Most of my bid requests have focused around getting CSS fixes for my WordPress or Joomla sites and sometimes resolving layout issues or making small design changes. While the document has been written with my specific bid requests in mind I have made every effort ensure it is generic enough that it could be used for other small projects such as logo design and so on.

I am making this template freely available, all I ask is that the template copyright notice at the bottom is kept in tact if you use the document template.

The document is available in Microsoft Word 2003 .doc format from my documentation subversion repository or by clicking the image below.

Click Here to Download Rent A Coder Project Initiation Document

I welcome any feedback on the template as I would like to continue to try to perfect it and tweak it with suggestions from the community.


Disclaimer: In this post I have used affiliate links to Rent A Coder, these links in no way affect the content of my post but in the interest of complete disclosure I like to mention that they are there.