Windows XP Networking

By .Martin. ·
I currently have two computers (both windows XP SP2) connected to cable internet through a Netgear RP614v4 web safe router, which was working perfectly until last week.

It started with a momentary blackout, which left my router not working (I know everyone is going to tell me to get a surge protector, but for what the router is worth, there is not much point.) half a week later, we had some really bad weather (125km/h wind) which gave me multiple blackouts, and, like normal, my router started working again, (don't ask me why, it just always seems to do it.)

now my real problem is this: my second (newer) computer will no longer connect to the internet. now there are some odd occurrence with this, the light on the router shows up, meaning the computer is connected, but the router does not say that the router is connected when you look at attached devices in the settings. also whenever I turn the computer on, it tells me that the network connection has 'limited or no connectivity' due to an nonrenewable IP, and when i look at the values for the connection, it shows up the physical address, an old IP address that is nothing like it should be (it comes up as, an old ip address, rather than, as it should.

any help would be greatly appreciated, as it is nearly impossible to get on the other computer, (and it is tediously slow).

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A couple of things to try

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows XP Networking

Have you tried giving the PC'S a Static IP Address and disabling DHCP on your router.

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : Your ISP's Address

Configuration can be saved and restored on the router, try a restore. Try a Factory Reset, you will have to reconfigure it.
You could try updating the Firmware.

This router has taken a bit of punishment, if the above doesn't work I would replace it. :)

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Before you do anything else

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Windows XP Networking

Unplug the power lead from the router and leave it standing for 30 seconds or so. Then plug it back in & see if it works now.

The main problem with unfiltered Mains is that a lot of Spikes come over the Mains and they can scramble things like routers causing them to set unacceptable settings or just not work Plain & Simple.

Disconnecting the power for .5 of a minute or so allows them to clear the problem and restart correctly. You don't want a filter on the mains to stop the router being destroyed but to stop spikes coming down the Power Lines scrambling the thing and stopping it from working. So Yes a Filter would really be a good idea.

You should also unplug things when there are extreme Weather Conditions as constant short term Blackout's will damage all the electronics in your place. Also when there are Blackouts you should unplug the Computer bits as when the power returns there is a massive Spike that normally reaches up to 20 Times the Normal Mains Voltage and while this only lasts for a fraction of a second this is the time that all the damage is done to this type of equipment.


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still not working

by .Martin. In reply to Windows XP Networking

hey, me again.

tried setting the router to not act as DHCP router, inserted ip addresses, and tried to connect, then both computer did not connect to the internet. tried reseting the router, didn't work, looks like there is allot wrong with it... finally giving up, bought a new router today, the older brother of my old router, a Netgear WGR614v7 54 Mbps Wireless Router.

was exited when i got it home, my computer hasn't been connecting for nearly a month, and to my utter disappointment my computer will still not connect to the internet, and i mean when through the router or when it is connected straight to the modem, but my old computer still connects.

So this is my final straw, does anybody have any last ideas for me before i try re-installing windows?

Thanks again,

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Some steps to try

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows XP Networking

Problem: Network Connection Has IP Address 169.254.x.x

Description: The network card is configured to obtain an IP address automatically, and it?s connected to a network with a DHCP server: hardware router, another computer running Internet Connection Sharing, cable modem, DSL modem, etc. But it gets a 169.254.x.x IP address, which indicates that it can?t communicate with the DHCP server:

Possible Solutions:

Connect the computer using a different Ethernet cable or hub/switch/router port.
Download and install the latest firmware for the hardware router.
Disable XP?s Internet Connection Firewall on the local area network connection.
The card is configured to automatically sense network speed and duplex mode, but auto-sensing is failing. Configure the speed and duplex mode manually. For example, most switches and routers use 100 Mb speed and full duplex. To make the settings, right click the network connection and click Properties | Configure | Advanced.
Un-install the network card and move it to a different slot.
If you have a cable modem connection, turn off the computer, turn off the cable modem, and wait a few minutes. Turn on the cable modem, and then turn on the computer

Download WinSock XP Fix 1.2 and run it.

Click Start, Run and type in inetwiz
Select Connect using my local area network (LAN)
Click Next
Tick the box
Click Next
Select No
Click Next
Click Finish

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not looking good...

by .Martin. In reply to Windows XP Networking

unfortunately it still isn't working...

tried all the suggestions but it just doesn't want to.

if it is any help i know that it not the Ethernet cable, as it works with my fathers laptop, and i connected my computer with a cable that i know is working, that is plugged into a port that i also know is working...

any other ideas?

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If you followed the previous instructions

by Jacky Howe In reply to not looking good...

You might have to create a boot disk and run some DOS software. Read the article and and work out what network Card you have, you will find it in Device Manager.
Click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System. On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager.
Then create the Boot Disk and add the files that you will need from your Network Card Drivers Folder. Modify the Autoexec.bat file to run it on startup.
Network card Diagnostics

Windows 98 SE Custom, No Ramdrive

Post back if you need instructions.

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run into a problem

by .Martin. In reply to If you followed the previ ...

With great difficulty i found the diagnostic program for my network adapter, but i have run into the following problem: the program is too large to fit on a floppy disc with all the dos file.

So, is there a way for me to create a boot CD or flash drive??

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Follow this link

by Jacky Howe In reply to run into a problem

Have you got access to another Network Card. If you have it would be a quicker way to test.

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Check this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows XP Networking

I haven't tried it yet but it looks promising.
Network Diagnostics for Windows XP is available to help identify and fix network connection problems.**4440/

< you didn't say whether you tried the static IP>

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still not online

by .Martin. In reply to Check this


Had tried the static ip address, while it stopped windows complaining about have no networking, I was still unable to connect to the Internet.

Tried Microsoft?s network diagnostic tool, came up with the following error:

Error attempting to validate the Winsock base provider: 2
Not all base service provider entries could be found in the Winsock catalog. A reset is required.

So I tried resetting the Winsock catalog with the command prompt entry: netsh winsock reset catalog, which told me to reset the computer (which I did), when the computer rebooted, networking was still unavailable.

Ran into a problem with the BART boot CD, I did not understand the last step, where it told you to 'open up command prompt, switch to the BCD directory and run 'bcd cdromsi'.

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