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Solved: Can't connect to internet at all

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Bob Todd, Feb 15, 2013.

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  1. Bob Todd

    Bob Todd Thread Starter

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    I've just done a fresh install of XP (service pack 2). I'm using a wired connection, so I expected it to just work right away. The net doesn't work at all. Typing 'ipconfig' in the command prompt doesn't display anything. I can't repair the connection because it doesn't even make it to the stage of obtaining an IP address.

    Device manager says that I have the most up to date driver for my network card already.

    I'm puzzled because I've had XP on this computer before (using the exact same installation CD) and it's just worked.

    I know it isn't the modem/cable, because I'm typing this on the same computer using an Ubuntu live CD.

    I'm at a loss for what to try next apart from reinstalling.
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Install SP3.

    Then install the latest chipset (first) and networking drivers from the PC (or motherboard) manufacturer's web site.
     
  3. Bob Todd

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    I managed to solve this after someone talked me through using the Ubuntu live CD to find out my network card ('sudo lspci' in a terminal), so I could google for drivers.

    Thanks for your suggestion too. :)
     
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    Thanks for letting us know your solution.

    I still have SP3 and the latest drivers on a USB flash drive to make re-installing XP easier on my Dell laptop (which no longer has XP).
     
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