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Win XP PC failing to connect to Win Server 2003

Discussion in 'Networking' started by james73, Sep 9, 2003.

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  1. james73

    james73 Thread Starter

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    Last week I installed Win Server 2003 in our small office network,
    which is a mixture of Win98SE and WinXP PC's. All seemed to be
    ok.

    This morning, one of the XP PC's failed to connect to the Server
    after being switched on, even though nothing has been changed
    on it. The only way I could get it to re-connect to the server was
    to manually assign an IP address for that PC (I had let all the
    XP PC's obtain an IP address automatically last week), but
    even though it now connects to the server, it wont connect to the
    internet (a modem through the server). Anyone any clues to offer?

    TIA


    James H
     
  2. io_robert

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    Try removing and re-installing the TCP/IP protocal and then set it back to setting the IP automatically. Also make sure the DHCP is on.
     
  3. io_robert

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    PS if you have to specify things manually. Make sure you add the gateway as the IP address of your server computer which should be in the Gateway tab.
     
  4. james73

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    Even when I'm logged in as Administrator, the option to uninstall
    the TCP/IP protocol is greyed out.

    Maybe a fresh install of Win XP might cure it?



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  5. james73

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    I tried your suggestions Robert, but it hasnt worked. :(

    I've just cured a similar problem on one of the older Win98SE
    PC's, which wasnt connecting to the net. Solved it easy - just
    put in the Server's IP address into the DNS fields.

    I thought WinXP was supposed to be easier to use? :rolleyes:



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  6. io_robert

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    If you can't modify things while in adminstrator mode, it sounds like there's is something majorily wrong with your operating system. If you can spare it, a re-install of XP should do the job as it usually fixes alot of problems.
     
  7. james73

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    The only thing I can think of is that I installed Win XP on that
    particluar PC *before* I installed Win Server 2003, but then
    again, all the other Win XP PC's were also set-up and working
    before I intalled the server.

    We had been using Win XP as a server before, but we need more
    than 10 PC's/users so it had to go.



    James H
     
  8. james73

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    Bah. Now another one of the Win XP PC's has gone and done the
    same thing. That's 2 (and counting...) that have stopped connecting
    to the network. And that's 2 clean installations of XP (or maybe I
    should use those Win 2000 discs we have lying around?) to do
    tommorrow...

    :mad:



    James H
     
  9. james73

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    DHCP wasnt running on the server. It is now and the XP PC's now get
    their IP address assigned automatically by the server. I also got them
    back on the internet by manually inputting the default gateway setting.

    Our Win 98 PC's are all manually assigned IP addresses. Is there any
    way to have them automatically assigned, or am I better to leave
    well alone (they aint broke, dont fix 'em...)?



    James H
     
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