We have HP laptops with a Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet card. For some reason, it is possible to 'safely remove' the network card from Windows. Obviously this disconnects the machine from the network.
Even worse, removing the network cable from the laptop (e.g. to move it to another room) automatically 'safely removes' the NIC. The machine cannot be reconnected to the network until Windows is rebooted!
I haven't been able to find any settings on the network adapter in Device Manager that changes this behaviour.
Does anyone know how to stop Windows from listing this device as hardware that can be removed?