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XP HANGS during loadup -Is it the DHCP?

By ohreli ·
My XP Pro Service Pack 2 system boots up very quick, but hangs for about one minute in the middle of loading programs. From what Ive read on line I thought it might have to do with DHCP server, although I dont really understand the issue. I have a Yahoo SBCGlobal DSL connection which uses DHCP server. I dont have it set to connect when I load up--I connect manually. But I guess the DHCP still wants to do something during the startup process. When I look in Event Viewer to see what is happening, just about the time where it seems to "wake up" out of its one-minute hang, I see an Exclamation Mark-Warning (I think it has the title 'dhcp' ) and this message:

"Your computer has automatically configured the IP address for the network card with network address 00016C28D8AC. The IP address being used is 169.254.1167.101"

This same exact message (with same IP address) occurs in the Event Viewer every time I boot up. Will this problem go away if I shell out the bucks to SBCGlobal for a static IP address? Or is there a cheaper fix???


System: Pentium 4 3.0E Ghz, 512MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM, Foxconn 865A01-PE-6LS 800FSB DDR400 8x AGP Motherboard, [S-ATA] Seagate 120 GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Hard Drive, ATI Radeon 9200 128MB videocard, onboard audio,Windows XP Pro SP2

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by BFilmFan In reply to XP HANGS during loadup -I ...

The one minute appears to be the time it takes Yahoo's DHCP server to assign you an IP address.

Having a statically assigned address would speed up your boot process.

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If that is an external router to your PC, I'd turn it on and leave it on. Then when your PC booted, you'd have the DHCP assigned address ready.

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by ohreli In reply to

Thanks for your comments. Although a static address did help me in the end, you didnt explain to me how I could do this myself.

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by ohreli In reply to XP HANGS during loadup -I ...

This sounds like a Catch-22, if I am understanding it. The DHCP Server cant find an active DSL connection, so it hangs. But I cant activate my DSL connection without the DHCP Server. In lieu of a static IP address, do you think I cound prevent the hang by activating the DSL connection automatically during startup?

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by willcomp In reply to XP HANGS during loadup -I ...

The address being returned is the "default" card address assigned by Windows. In other words, couldn't find an address provided by DHCP.

That's the reason for the Event Log entries also.

What BFilmFan is referring to is assigning a private static IP address. You don't need a static public address from SBC. However, with a static address, you will have to plug in addresses for DNS servers.

I'll let him explain that one further. Perhaps your best bet is to call your ISP tech support and let them step you through it.

Or you can just live with delay.

Dalton

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by ohreli In reply to

Although a static address did help me in the end, you didnt explain to me how I could do this myself. It was really quite simple...! But, thanks for your comments.

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by ohreli In reply to XP HANGS during loadup -I ...

Well, still working on this,... but I have bigger problems now! I was following advice on another tech forum to try manually assigning an IP address to the NIC card. They said I have IPCP not DHCP. It seemed to help...... There was no delay on startup, but when I started my dial-up broadband connection I got an error message--something about a configuration problem. BUT--then I connected! OK, not bad--maybe this error message will go away.

Curious to try this again, I restarted the computer to see what would happen and.... Computer just hangs and hangs and hangs on the initial screen that shows the motherboard logo. I tried many times to restart over the last 2 days. Sometimes, after about 5 to 10 minutes, it will get past the screen, and show the startup menu. Twice I chose "Startup from last known good configuration." It will start to load up Windows XP, and then just go to a blank dark screen with a faint pink glow and die there. One other time I chose Safe Mode and it seemed to load up drivers until the screen was full and then just hang there forever.

But usually I cant even get past the initial screen. All this from configuring my NIC card? Or is there some hardware malfunction that just happened at the same time totally coincidentally??? For fixing THIS problem without having to reinstall Windows or replace major hardward, I'll award 500 points! (Maybe I'll post this as a separate question?)

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by ohreli In reply to XP HANGS during loadup -I ...

By the way------------
I have a SpeedStream 5100 DSL Modem. If it is helpful, there is info on this modem here: http://www.efficient.com/subscriber_networks/5100.shtml

While trying to get the computer to start up I did try unplugging modem from the NIC card. It did not seem to make any difference.

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by ohreli In reply to XP HANGS during loadup -I ...

GOOD NEWS! Everything is working great. First I opened up the case to take out the NIC card(advice from others to get the computer starting up again)but--guess what?---I didnt realize--there IS NO NIC card on this computer. Its onboard network. The only extra card is my video card, so I figured, why not take that out? I took it out, started up the computer, and I could tell from the sound of it that it was loading something much more than before. Then I reinstalled the videocard and everything has been perfect since, INCLUDING the problem with the DHCP server. A member on VirtualDr IP address told me this: ?For what it's worth, that sort of dialup-like DSL connection doesn't use DHCP for IP address allocation; it's IPCP. I guess to start with I'd just give the network card a static IP address.Set the IP address to 192.168.1.1 and the gateway to 255.255.255.0, and ignore the rest of the settings.?
This seems to have worked, and there are no more error messages. My computer loads up all the programs in about 20 seconds compared to about a minute and a half at least before. I noticed in my Network settings--before there were two LAN connections---one names SBCGlobal and the other a generic connection (They were both necessary for some reason--if I deleted the generic connection I couldnt connect). BUt now there are THREE LAN connections there. I dont know how that happened but it works now. Equally as mysterious is what the videocard had to do with all of this!! Thanks everyone for all your help.

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