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unable to obtain IP address from DHCP server

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  1. rtsteinberg

    rtsteinberg Thread Starter

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    Hi -
    I have an older IBM Thinkpad (365X) with Win95B. I have a Xircom Ethernet/56K Modem PCMCIA card, which I know works, since I can use it in other machines that I have.

    I have DSL with a netgear router that has a DHCP server, which I also know works, since I'm using it to send this message.

    I have reinstalled the adapter, all of the protocols, the client software, and the physical card in every way I can imagine, and cannot seem to get the machine to recognize the network. I checked the MS support site, and downloaded the Winsock2 patch. Didn't help. Still getting message about not being able to obain an IP address from the DHCP server. Most frustrating.

    When I ping my own machine, I get an response with no lost packets. When I ping any of the 3 other machines on my local network I get a "request timed out" response.

    If I hard code the IP address into the machine, I still cannot see any of the other machines.

    I'm about ready to give up, so if anyone has any other ideas, please let me know.

    Thanks

    RT
     
  2. rodman

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    it sounds like all your hardware works and you just have a configuration problem with your protocols and your dhcp server i would start with you dhcp server configuration and release all your leases on dhcp i know it is frustrating but dont give up !!!

    rodman
     
  3. rtsteinberg

    rtsteinberg Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the message. I agree that my problem is probably not hardware related. I've tried to reboot the router, and have still not been able to get in.

    I'll probably keep playing with it, but I'm not too hopeful.
     
  4. Jeckler

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    I doubt it's software, at least software you can directly manipulate. If you assign IP to this machine, and have the proper subnet (gateway doesn't matter at this point), and can't ping outside the local host (127.0.0.1), it's either OS level, or hardware faults. You say the card works in other machines, but the slot could be bad on the thinkpad. Or, PCMCIA slot services could be corrupt, or not compatible with this particular card. (Yea, there's a standard, but, for example, Conexant v.90 modems suck, yet they follow a "standard", get my drift?).
    I'm sure you've tried different network cables, and different ports on the router, correct?
    I would almost guarantee ruling out the router. You only have 4 machines, the DHCP server should handle a minimum of 32. 253 machines total should be able to connct through it. I'd look cloer at the thinkpad. Try reinstalling Windows from scratch, last resort of course, if you really want this machine on the network.
     
  5. rodman

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    this would not be a reinstall i had some of the same problems years ago when i started out with all this networking stuff if you can ping yourself and get a response its not hardware i realy fell you just need to uninstall all network proticals and reset you router and dhcp and start all over dont give you on this it takes time but it is all worth it in the end trust me on this good luck

    rodman
     
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