deactivated deleted. I feel much better now.
For my work, I’m granted a Verizon Mobile Broadband card. It’s a nice perk, but for the last several months, it hasn’t worked right. It would work fine until I would connect to my work’s VPN (so that I could actually, you know, work). About a minute after connection to the VPN it would go into a dormant state and then disconnect very soon thereafter. Any number of google and bing searches revealed solutions that didn’t solve my problem. Finally, today, I found the fix at the SmarterGeek Blog by Rex Moncrief.
I decided to troubleshoot. After all, I rely on the service when I am not at my office. The first thing I did was try and think of anything that had changed between Tuesday and Wednesday on my machine. My laptop runs a very clean installation of XP Pro – and I know every piece of software that is installed.
Linksys Print Server Utility 1.0
On Tuesday, I was at a client’s office and we installed a Linksys WPSM54G Print Server, which requires the installation of Linksys Print Server Utility 1.0 and naturally Linksys thinks it has to run at start-up. Typically, I would remove software like that from startup, but in my hurry I just hadn’t done it yet.
Funny. I installed some Linksys print server software many months ago when I purchased and installed a Linksys Wireless-G Print Server for my brother. Rex was right, the Linksys software is the problem. I just disabled it and now my Verizon access is being maintained perfectly.