Old Win XP laptop's Internet connection via LAN

November 19, 2012 at 13:46:18
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon XP 2600+ 997 MHz/ 256MB RAM
An old Mecer laptop we have with Win XP is really struggling to connect to the Internet via our existing home network. We have a wireless network at home, but the connection I am trying to make is through the LAN cable, connected to the router as 'LAN A', while the wireless cable which goes to the access point is 'LAN B' (which is odd, should be LAN A-just more logical/chronological. But that's how it's set up).

The laptop recognises the LAN network- 100 Mbps. Pop-up comes up. And in 'Network and Sharing Centre', LAN network is highlighted and 'Connected', but when one opens Internet Explorer it doesn't connect to Internet- 'Connection is not available'- cannot be established.

I went through a 'Set up a home or small office network' option and have got to seemingly setting up the laptop for a home network. And now then the next step is to use 'Network Setup Disk' (a flash disk i have used) to 'add' other computers in the network to the network- a network which already exists! I have to run the Network Setup Wizard on the other laptops once then it will be hunky-dory, supposedly. But i know it won't be. I don't have full administrator access to all the other laptops in our home. Crucially, to 1. So the NSW wont run to completion on that 1.

Why doesn't this work if we try to connect to the Internet via this older XP laptop? The other laptops are on Win 7, so there's a big difference, in the settings and all network things. Other laptops are on 'Home network' and part of Homegroup too. But that shouldn't be a problem! (have seen i tcould be on other web tech forums...)

Anyone who understands or can help? Will only be online again in evening...

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November 19, 2012 at 14:19:18
I'm not at all sure what you mean by "LAN A" and "LAN B".

Every SOHO Router I've worked on has either one or four LAN ports and they're all the same LAN (ie: no A or B) so perhaps you could clarify what you mean when you say the above as I'm completely lost with regard to that.

Also, ensure you have the network interface on the computer in question set to get it's TCP/IP settings automatically (DHCP).

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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November 19, 2012 at 15:06:33
go to a command prompt and type ipconfig /all
then copy and paste into a post here the results for review

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