Networking Trouble

By marcdartist ·
My machine is running XP Pro. When I first turn on the computer I am unable to get online. After a restart it connects every time, What's the problem and how do I correct it?

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Well a little information here wouldn't go astray

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Networking Trouble

Like how are you connecting to the Internet?

What external devices do you have and are they running properly before you start the computer?


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Online as in Windows up and running

by Langlier In reply to Networking Trouble

or online as in on the internet?

If you are having problems getting windows to load, I'd guess that you dont have the hard drive with your operating system selected in BIOS as your primary bootable HD.

If you are having problems getting on the internet then more information will be needed (high speed or dial up?, Router and manufac type if there is one; Cable, DSL, or Other?, Wireless or wired, etc etc).

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Difficulty connecting to internet with XP

by marcdartist In reply to Online as in Windows up a ...

I connect using Optimum online through a Scientific Atlanta cable modem (model DPX2203). This is connected to a Netgear WGT624 v.3 router. My computer connects to the internet through a switch hardwired to the modem (switch is a Netgear FS 605 v.3). These are all hardwired connections. After my computers first boot up and succesful load of XP, I am unable to connect to the internet. After a restart, I am then able to connect. This happens every time. I have an ASUS A8N32-SLI mother board with integrated gigabit ethernet port. It runs on NVIDIA NForce 4 drivers. I have removed and reinstalled the drivers and still have the same problem.

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Sounds to me

by Dumphrey In reply to Networking Trouble

like your dhcp server on your router is taking a long time to assign an address to you network card and the card is taking an APIPPA address, so it doesn't attempt to get a new address through DHCP for a few minutes (2 or 10, I cant remember). You can try ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew in a command window to see if that simulates a reboot. It also may not hurt to lock your network card drivers at 100Mbps.

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Networking Blues...

by EnserNG In reply to Networking Trouble

Hi there,

Read your more indepth report and the symptoms came to mind from something that was happening to a client. Their system was up and working fine for an extended period, then BAM, the machine would not receive an address at boot and would need to be rebooted in order to connect to the Internet.

What turned out to be the culprit was the router. Replaced that and everything worked fine.

If you have one, would recommend swapping out the hub just in case that is getting older and slower, but sounds exactly like a dying router.

Check what IP address is set immediately upon boot up, repair the connection a few times over the span of about 15 minutes. If at any time you see a change from what you see right at boot up, then you most certainly are having DHCP issues.

If you do not like the ipconfig method mentioned earlier, you can always go to the network settings within Control Panel, right click the connection in question, and then select "properties" and, or, "repair", that is the same as /refresh

Note that if you are using internal DHCP, one way to see if there are any other issues mucking thing up is to hard code your IP address and gateway settings, then see if you have any remaining issues.

Hope this helps, and best of luck,


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