What is wrong with network connection?

By dinkey ·
I've looked all over for the answer to this and can't find a solution. I have a Dell Desktop running windows xp. When I hook my ethernet cable to the pc it is constantly acquiring ip address and will not connect to internet. Now thinking the card maybe bad I replaced it and got the exact same result. So when I go into the network card properties and set a static ip address it works it gets online. If you try to right click and repair it says it cannot renew ip address. I've went to cmd prompt and tried the ipconfig /release /renew options but that didn't seem to work. I've gone into services and everything looks like its turned on there. What have I missed? Was trying to avoid doing a reload but so far that seems to be the only option right now unless anyone can think of something I've not tried. Thank you in advance.

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May need to check your settings for your internet service provider,

open Control Panel, click on Network Connections. Under "broadband", find your ISP connection,
right click and choose "properties". At the top, there should be a description of your NIC controller,
underneath that will be the installed protocols. Scroll down to the TPC/IP settings, then click on "properties", now depending on how your ISP sets up, you can choose to get an IP address automatically, or manually put in your static IP address (if appropriate), then check the settings for DNS server, either automatically, or a static one from your ISP. If setting these manually, make sure they match your ISPs settings. Click OK to save settings here, then again in the connection properties dialogue. This should set your internet connection back up.

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