connecting to existing network!!

November 12, 2008 at 06:18:25
Specs: Windows XP, 1.98GB


apologies for sounding like an idiot, but I just purchased a new HP laptop, nothing wrong with it, I am just having trouble connecting to my existing home network. It is currently running 2 computers and my Xbox.

My laptop is connected directly through a network cable but when I go through the network setup it doesnt give me an option to connect to the existing network or prompt me with anything regarding it. Is there something I'm not doing?


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November 12, 2008 at 06:30:08

You don't need the network setup.

Change the workgroup name to match the other PCs. If you aren't connecting to the internet, run ipconfig to see if you are getting an IP address. If you are, then ping the router and the other machines. If you can do all that, then everything should work.

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November 12, 2008 at 06:41:46

ive changed the workgroup name and all that, what happens if im not getting an IP?


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November 12, 2008 at 16:43:10

If it's not getting an IP, then either the NIC is no good, DHCP is not working or there is something wrong in the TCP/IP configuration.

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November 13, 2008 at 08:00:23

Is the firewall enabled on your new XP machine? Do you have it set to obtain an IP through DHCP?

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