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Help! Setting up LAN connection to Windows XP Pro?

By lani314 ·
Hi, I reinstalled my operating system, which included reinstalling the drivers. But I still can't my Internet to work! You see, I don't have LAN connection. So, now, I am trying to set up a LAN connection for a Windows XP Pro ...and I don't know how. So far, I only have the 1394 connection. But I still can't get Internet because I need the LAN connection. Why can't I get the LAN and what do I need to get it? Thanks!

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Answering these questions may point you in the right direction

by NickNielsen In reply to Help! Setting up LAN conn ...

Starting from easiest to hardest.

* Is your network cable connected to the modem or router?

* Is the modem or router powered up?

* Is your network adapter properly installed?

* Is any software your network provider requires installed?

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And here are my answers...

by lani314 In reply to Answering these questions ...

Hi Nick -- thanks for responding! We are still trying to get the LAN connection with our AT&T DSL (Windows XP).

And to answer your questions:

*Yes, it is powered up
*Yes, it is properly installed. I am using the same Internet connection now on my laptop. So, it obviously works.
*No software needed.

We are desperate to figure out our LAN issue and begin connecting on the Internet again! If at all possible, we would love to hear from you. Thanks!

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Let's try

by NickNielsen In reply to And here are my answers.. ...

On the PC:

Verify the network adapter is properly installed and recognized by Windows:
- Right click on My Computer
- Select Properties
- Click the Hardware tab, then click on the Device Manager button.
- Find the Network Adapters. Are all the adapters installed properly? (No yellow triangles or exclamation marks. Also check under "Unknown Devices" to see if maybe the adapter was not recognized by the system.)
- If the adapter is not properly installed, you will have to update and/or reinstall the drivers. This may involve a download on another PC or laptop.

Verify the IP address and DNS configuration:
- Right click on My Network Places and select Properties.
- In the list of connections, look under "LAN or High Speed Internet" for the PC's network adapter. Right click and select Properties.
- Find "Internet Protocol" in the list under "This connection uses..." and double click.
- In the Internet Protocol properties, select the "Obtain an address automatically" and "Obtain DNS Server address automatically" radio buttons, then click OK.
- Click OK to exit the network connection properties.
- If you made changes, the Network Connection should show a change in status. Ultimately, you want to see "Connected" as part of the status.

These settings should get you up and running. If that does not work, you can try one more step: reopen Device Manager, locate the network adapter, right click, and select uninstall. Confirm the uninstall, then let Windows find and reinstall the device.

If none of these steps work, you will need to contact somebody locally to take a look at your PC and the connections.

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"If none of these steps work,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Let's try

you will need to contact somebody locally to take a look at your PC and the connections."

And I'd start with my ISP.

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He's already said...

by NickNielsen In reply to "If none of these steps w ...

*Yes, it is properly installed. I am using the same Internet connection now on my laptop. So, it obviously works.

His DSL connection works with the laptop, so I'm thinking it's a configuration issue in the new PC.


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