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DrAwesome

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Hello,

I am having some trouble with my network. Upon booting my computer (running windows XP home, sp2) I am getting the old "network connected with limited connectivity" message. Usually a simple restart of either my pc or router will fix this. I have restarted both a few times and occasionally it says it has connected, yet I am still unable to browse web pages etc.

When doing an ipconfig /all (posted below) I notice that my ip and default gateway match and are random compared to the other two computers connected to the same router. My understanding is that the gateway should be the ip of my router? in this case 192.168.1.2.

I have tried assigning a static ip and setting the default gateway to 192.168.1.2 which tells me I'm connected. But I'm still unable to browse, connect to skype, MSN etc.

Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.



C:\Documents and Settings\OEM>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : DROARSOME
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-13-D4-FE-F2-FC
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.51.136
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 169.254.51.136

C:\Documents and Settings\OEM>
 
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Hi, a 169.x.x.x address usually indicates no connection. It's a Windows auto assigned IP address.

You may have a faulty network card or the TCP/IP stack has become corrupt.

When you specified your IP address were you able to ping yourself or the router (192.168.1.2)?
 

JohnWill

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TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2.

Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt:

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset reset.log

Reboot the machine.
 

DrAwesome

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Thanks for your help so far, I reset WINSOCK and TCP/IP logs and nothing has changed.

Also, when I specified my own IP I am able to ping myself but not my router.

Would something like a reinstall of XP fix a faulty card or is that a hardware based problem?
 
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Is the network card built into the motherboard or a seperate card?

You can also try updating & reinstalling the drivers.

Or you could try installing a new network card - they are pretty cheap now.

Have you tried using a different cable?
 

DrAwesome

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Have tried with many different cables and even through a hub.

It's a built in network card. I'll update/reinstall drivers tonight and let you know.

Thanks.
 

DrAwesome

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Have just tried reinstalling drivers and get a "can not find proper NIC, click OK to exit program." error.

Sounds like you guys were right, does this mean I need a new network card?
 
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If you are using the correct drivers for the NIC then I would say it's probably dead.

Go out and buy a new one. Should be able to pick one up for less than $20. Make sure you get a reputable brand (Netgear, D-Link...)
 
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