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By delboy51 ·
I run a 50 PC NT4 network with some of the workstations connecting thru a workgroup. A new Dell 2400 using XP Home was connected a month ago and worked fine until this week. Then it failed to connect with a 'failed to resolve DNS for host' message. I checked cabling and hubs all ok. I can ping 127.0.0.1 but any other IP is unreachable. Ipconfig shows that its using 169.254.181.112 with Subnet 255.255.0.0 and no gateway. /renew gives 'unable to contact your DHCP server' after timeout.
I reinstalled the NIC drivers as well and I think thats about everything I've tried!

Any ideas?
Delboy

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by delboy51 In reply to

Tried this program to no avail! It's an auto version of the details given in a MS KB article Q817571 which I had already seen. However I shall keep the prog for the future. Still have the problem!

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by willcomp In reply to PC fails to connect to ne ...

Disable onboard NIC and stick a PCI NIC in PC. If you use a common card, XP will auto load drivers.

See what happens. We've looked at just about everything else, and a faulty NIC is not out of the question given your problem.

Dalton

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Have seen NICs that would provide link lights, check OK in devive manager, and, in some cases, pass card diagnostics but still wouldn't work.

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by lijahmay In reply to PC fails to connect to ne ...

What's dishing out IP's?

Do you have enough DHCP addresses in your scope to accomodate every resource on the network?

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by delboy51 In reply to

Yes, there are over 200 IPs available on the DHCP server and usually less than 60 allocated.
Thanks for the suggestion.

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