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Media disconnected,I can not obtain a new IP address for Windows XP

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  1. shakbirmingham

    shakbirmingham Thread Starter

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    Hi

    I have an HP laptop, running Windows XP, with high speed cable connection..I can not connect to internet at the moment cause my laptop does not have an IP address. I am attempting to obtain a new IP address.. but when I go to command prompt, and type in ipconfig /release, and ipconfig /renew I get this:

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\i.tech>ipconfig /release

    Windows IP Configuration


    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

    C:\Documents and Settings\i.tech>ipconfig /renew

    Windows IP Configuration

    An error occurred while renewing interface Local Area Connection : unable to con
    tact your DHCP server. Request has timed out.

    C:\Documents and Settings\i.tech>

    Also when I go to command prompt and type in ipconfig /all I get this:

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\i.tech>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : i-b51458e36e8f4
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : National Semiconductor DP83815-Based
    PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0F-20-C9-99-85

    C:\Documents and Settings\i.tech>

    I am not sure what this error means. Can anyone help? Thanks.
     
  2. Macboatmaster

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    Is this laptop hard wired to the modem/router or are you trying to connect using wireless
     
  3. shakbirmingham

    shakbirmingham Thread Starter

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    Thanks for trying to help.
    I have another laptop which is working and its connected to internet wirelessly and my hp laptop which I have issues with I have connected it via Ethernet cable to my laptop which is working. I have also tried, connected my hp laptop directly to the modem router by using wire but still can not access internet.
     
  4. Macboatmaster

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    On the HP laptop that is now hard wired to the router
    go control panel - network and sharing centre
    on the left hand pane click change adapter settings
    is the local area connection shown
    If it is click it once and ascertain if it is enabled
    If it is disabled - enable will show on the bar above
    or it will show if you right click the adapter
     
  5. valis

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    Wait....did you say that you connected the bad laptop to the good one? Or the router?
     
  6. Macboatmaster

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    As I read it - to the other laptop first and then to the modem/router ?
     
  7. TerryNet

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    Do you mean "unable to contact your DHCP server"?

    Assuming you were connected to your router it means the router's Dhcp server was disabled, the router LAN port is defective, the ethernet cable is defective, the NIC is defective, or possibly you have a firewall blocking.
     
  8. Macboatmaster

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    we should know shortly
     
  9. valis

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    Im mobile and this took 10 minutes and 2 reboots of the phone. Got frustatwed but here is why i said that.
     
  10. valis

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    Wow....fun stuff, eh? :)
     
  11. Macboatmaster

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    Yes I entirely agree that is how I read it
     
  12. shakbirmingham

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    Went on control panel and looked for network and sharing center, but there isnot one. Instead I have got network connections and network setup wizard.
    I clicked on network connections and then on the left hand panel there is not an option (change adapter setting).
    instead I have on the left hand panel is this:
    Network Tasks
    1- Create new connection
    2- Set up a home or small office network.

    change Windows Firewall settings

    On the right hand or main panel I have on the top (connection manager which is underneath it says:
    MSN/ Disconnected / conexant 56k ACLINK Modem.

    Also under LAN or HIGH speed Internet I have:
    1394 Connection
    Disabled
    1394 Net Adapter.

    And
    Local Area Connection
    Limited or no connectivity
    National Semiconductor DP83815 - Based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter.
     
  13. Macboatmaster

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    Sorry my apologies - my error forgot you are on XP

    that is the one that should be connected when the Ethernet cable is connected to the router

    Go Control Panel Admin tools - device manager
    expand network adapters
    on the entry for the Nat Semiconductor Fast Ethernet adapter
    right click and click uninstall
    reboot the computer allow it to find the card again and see if it is any different

    IF NOT

    I cannot find a driver from a reliable source for the Ethernet adapter
    Please identify the exact model of HP or go here
    http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/drivers.html

    enter the model details and download the driver and install it
     
  14. valis

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    Are you trying to connect via the laptop to laptop, or laptop to router, please? Those are two separate issues.
     
  15. shakbirmingham

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    Right know I am connecting laptop to laptop, but I have also tried laptop to router directly the results are both the same
     
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