Solved: one rogue computer - limited or no connectivity

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bangkokbus

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Hello from Bangkok again.
All except one of our school's computers have been upgraded (!) from a pirated Windows XP to a genuine Windows 2000 operating system. The internet connections worked fine for a couple of weeks, but then the one XP computer suddenly started having connectivity problems. It shows "Limited or no connectivity" status.

I've spent a couple of hours going thru threads here at TechGuy and other places on the web, and still can't find a ready solution.

First, i tried John Will's solution for TCP/IP stack repair. I did that when a problem occurred 6 months ago, and it worked like a charm. No such luck this time. Well, after doing that (but before rebooting), it does show a perfectly normal "connected" status, but still IE6 doesn't display anything. Then i reboot, and i'm back to the condition below:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Teacher001
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-16-EC-9D-C0-05
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.46.42
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

From the Microsoft site:::::If your local IP address is returned as 169.254.y.z with a subnet mask of 255.255.0.0, the IP address was assigned by the Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA) feature of Windows XP Professional. This assignment means that TCP/IP is configured for automatic configuration, that no DHCP server was found, and that no alternative configuration is specified. This configuration has no default gateway for the interface.

I tried starting and stopping DHCP server in Administrative Tools - Services, but no luck. What can i do now? I'm hoping to reformat this machine too in a couple of weeks and put genuine Windows 2000 on it, but for now, it is necessary to have it work as is......
 

JohnWill

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Are you SURE that the cable and port on the switch is good? Have you tried changing both? You may also have a bad NIC in the machine.
 

TerryNet

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You need to have the DHCP service running on the computer. The "Dhcp server" mentioned in the Microsoft info is the Dhcp server on your router or Server, whatever is "controlling" the overall network. I assume that you are using dynamic addresses, not manually assigned static, on the network.
 

JohnWill

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Normally, the IP address is 0.0.0.0 if the DHCP service is not running on th workstation. :)
 

bangkokbus

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Thanks for the suggestion about checking hardware. I used to be a software engineer, and still am averse to even thinking about possible hardware problems. I unplugged the jack from the router, and plugged it into a different port, and presto - connection! Thanks for the help :)
 
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