linux makes NIC unusable in windows
Ok, im not sure if i should post this here or in a distro forum but it has happened with fedora 4, suse, and now mandriva so i figured this would be best place to post.
Whenever i am restarting or shutting down linux it "un-mounts" everything including my ethernet adapter. Now, when it does that it makes it so i cannot use my ethernet adapter until i boot back into linux when it "mounts" the nic. In windows i can see the eth. adapter in device manager and it looks fine but its just not "activated." The only way i can use the nic in windows is to hard reset the computer before linux "un-mounts" the nic when its shutting down. My question is: Is there any way through a configuration file or anything at all i can do to modify linux (specifically Mandriva 2005 right now) so that when i shut it down it will skip the "un-mounting" or deactivating or whatever its called of the ethernet adapter so i dont have to physically reset the computer everytime, because then linux tell me the next time i boot that i shut it down wrong and it runs a bunch of tests. Any help would be greatly appreaciated. Im a nub and i have spent probably 7 hours searching on internet and searching through files and its probably something simple im just too nub to figure it out.