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Can not see packets from local machine



Can't see the packets from my local Win7 machine in wireshark trace. I'm using wireshark 1.8.1 (x86) with winpcap (x86) 4.1.2 ( but my win7 x64. The machine itself is a DELL laptop with Intel(R) 82579LM Gigabit Network adapter (driver e1c62x64.sys ( and DW1530 Wireless-N WLAN Half-Mini Card - I have the same problem on both.

asked 05 Sep '12, 22:15

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Do you see local traffic if you use WinDump? If not, it's more than likely a WinPcap issue and not a Wireshark issue. Speaking of WinPcap, I vaguely recall a problem someone had where downgrading to an earlier version of WinPcap solved his problem. I don't recall the specifics so I'm not sure if it would be applicable in your case, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to try. If memory serves, I think he had tried WinPcap version 3.1.

(06 Sep '12, 18:44) cmaynard ♦♦

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Here are some possible reasons.

  • TCP Offloading, although you should then see "some" traffic. Anyway, please check:

  • Windows Firewall or any other interfering software on the PC (AV, VPN, Endpoint Security, IDS, etc.). Please disable and try again.

  • WinPcap not running (properly)

sc stop npf
sc start npf

BTW: Dou you see non-local traffic (Broadcasts)?

Regards Kurt

answered 07 Sep '12, 02:36

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Kurt Knochner ♦
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