Why is Internet gateway disabled and no access network group ?

By Gryfphon ·
Just re-installed XP from purchased IBM CD onto Dell Inspiron 6000. Internet Gateway is disabled and pc has no access to home network group (NAS disks, etc.). All other stations ok. Please point me in the right direction to fix.

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a Dell is not an IBM . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to Why is Internet gateway d ...

the OEM Branded OS Restore discs usually don't work with other systems,

if you managed to get it to install,
then it's probably just a IBM OEM re-painted MS winders OS disc with no drivers included

you need to get the drivers for the system hardware from Dell

also it would be better if you could find an OEM System Builder or Retail OS Disc to install with, rather than trying to screw around installing from an OEM branded Disc that isn't a system match

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Well, for starters, did it load the NIC drivers?

by robo_dev In reply to Why is Internet gateway d ...

Is the PC on the network?

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Thanks for the replies - Have got more info

by Gryfphon In reply to Why is Internet gateway d ...

The version XP was over the counter from a retail outlet and Windows Update has been performed until no more updates are selected. I down loaded and installed the network, vga, multimedia, and pci modem drivers from Dell's support site. I have a wreless router and through which the pc gains full access to the Internet, but have no access to my private local net (192.168.x - workgroup not domain).
ipconfig /all yields (with 'x' substituted for the actual subnet number)::
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-12-3F-E1-27-5E
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.x.119
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.x.2
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.x.2
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, October 29, 2011 6:31:09 AM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, October 30, 2011 6:31:09 AM

When the pc is booted from UBCD4WIN, the pc gains access to the local private net via workgroup designation.

I know I'm missing something, and I could really use help in finding it. Thanks

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Workgroups can sometimes be a flaky thing

by robo_dev In reply to Why is Internet gateway d ...

First of all, triple check that the workgroup names match everywhere.

Next, fiddle with NBTSTAT

Specifically, NBTSTAT -r and NBTSTAT -R

These tell you if the PC can see ANY other things in it's workgroup.

Some things that can hose things up:

a) personal firewall or Windows firewall (turn them off)
b) Flaky Ethernet switch
c) Going from one switch to another...ESPECIALLY if one is 10BT and the other is 100MBS or 1000BT.....broadcast traffic sometimes gets flaky when changing speeds.
d) mis-negotiation: It's not uncommon for a NIC to connect at half-duplex instead of full-duplex. this messes up broadcast traffic. You can only see this with a Sniffer (wireshark) or with enterprise-class ethernet switch that has port error-counters.

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Thanks robo_dev. Already checked the spelling, but rest is next.

by Gryfphon In reply to Why is Internet gateway d ...

Thanks robo_dev. Already checked the spelling, but rest is next.

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Thanks again to robo_dev and Who Am I Really for responding

by Gryfphon In reply to Why is Internet gateway d ...

I know that it may not be the best decision by some standards, but I use Norton 360 on my client work stations. This installation is the first time that it has placed my network places on limited access list. Once I changed that, all desired access was achieved. Perhaps this happened because I performed the installation while the pc was not connected to my network at the time of installation. Thanks again for the responses and pointers.

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