169.254.X.X on multiple network; XP SP3

Microsoft Windows xp home edition - comp...
August 18, 2010 at 19:28:37
Specs: Linux i686
Working on a XP SP3 computer that suddenly lost internet. They said they were hit by a virus and after cleaning it up, they restarted the computer. It started up again, but there was no internet (we're dealing with wireless BTW, and they can't move things around for a wired connection). It comes back with Limited or No Connectivity. The IP is constantly 169.254.X.X so I know it can't receive a DHCP. I try manually entering the details, and nothing. I try checking the router with a W7 laptop, and it assigns DHCP with no problem. So back to the XP. I see an unsecured network and figure lets make sure it's not hardware real quick. Check it, and it doesn't work. Thinking it's hardware, I think it's solved somewhat; so I reboot into a live distro of Linux to test the drive because that was another thing on the list when my distro tells me it found networks nearby. Intrigued, I click connect and BAM! Internet. Wondering what just happened, I tried it on the unsecured and BAM! Internet. So I restart to XP and B--- no internet. I've tried /flushdns /release /renew. It all keeps implying it can't find any DHCP. I reset TCP/IP & WinSocks; Still no net. Laptop works, Client's doesn't. NO IDEA what this could be. I ran UBCD4Win & HAWKPE (which neither of them connected to the internet;only Linux) to clean out the PC so there's nothing left hidden that I can see. Could I just be missing something here? Because if not then I am perplexed as to what this could be.

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#1
August 18, 2010 at 19:36:17
Booting to Linux doesn't test the drive. It tests the wireless adapter but still doesn't tell you about the Windows drivers. Look at the device manager & the event viewer for errors. If the drivers are OK, disable all firewalls, for now.

Right click on the wireless icon in the tray & tell it to use wireless zero.

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#2
August 18, 2010 at 20:07:08
Sorry, should've said a bit more. I went to Linux to test the SMART data on the drive and check the health. Will disable the firewalls, but if it was a router issue with a firewall (I'm assuming you may mean the router one), wouldn't it still prevent the PE from accessing the internet. As I said Linux was the only one of the three (Linux {Ubuntu}, HAWK PE, UBCD4Win) that was able to access internet so by elimination wouldn't it have something to do with the way WINDOWS handles DHCP; since both UBCD4Win and HAWKPE use similar libraries and files as windows.

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#3
August 19, 2010 at 03:33:02
You should take a look at the My Network Places by rightclicking it and choose properties.

You should see one LAN Area Connection and one Wireless Connection.
Both shouldn't have any number in brackets like (1), (2) a.s.o.

If you have such numbered entries, windows may get confused, because it shows up only e.g. LAN Area Connection (2), but still have entries in the registry for LAN Area Connection (1) and LAN Area Connection (without any number).
So the old configuration is still stored in the registry.
What windows does is, it uses parts of the old not shown entries of the configuration and parts of the shown entry e.g. LAN Area Connection (2), which mostly ends up in no network connection.

Report back, if you have numbered entries, shown in the My Network Places.

The original poster should always write the last response !!!
Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!


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#4
August 19, 2010 at 08:15:27
<div style="color:blue">You should take a look at the My Network Places by rightclicking it and choose properties.
You should see one LAN Area Connection and one Wireless Connection.
Both shouldn't have any number in brackets like (1), (2) a.s.o.
If you have such numbered entries, windows may get confused, because it shows up only e.g. LAN Area Connection (2), but still have entries in the registry for LAN Area Connection (1) and LAN Area Connection (without any number).
So the old configuration is still stored in the registry.
What windows does is, it uses parts of the old not shown entries of the configuration and parts of the shown entry e.g. LAN Area Connection (2), which mostly ends up in no network connection.
Report back, if you have numbered entries, shown in the My Network Places.</div>

From what I can remember about it, (it's not with me now, I'm going back over to work on it some more in an hour or so) there were some ridiculous numbers by it. It was Wireless number 7. How it goes is there are two Wired connections (Both Disabled), that one is real and the other I'm not sure what it was. A wireless NIC Card that they never ripped out (Disabled), and a Belkin Wireless N USB Adapter. The Wireless NIC still worked (least in Linux) Just neither one worked in windows. Which is part of the reason I'm confused why it won't work on ANY router (as I said, I tried an unsecured one in windows and had no luck, but went through in Linux). I think it "could" be a corrupted WinSocks Registry key or something among those lines. I'll double check the router's settings as well. I know the DHCP is on, because as I said, the laptop works fine. Could there be a possibility that the router "may" have copied the MAC address of the laptop as an only connection as to prevent another PC from connecting. But even if, it wouldn't explain other routers. I'm gonna try another TCP/IP reset when I get there.


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#5
August 19, 2010 at 13:25:54
Even if the router had copied the MAC address of e.g. the laptop, it is only used to authenticate to the ISP, if needed.
When I get these numbered connection entries in My Network Places, I search the registry for such entries and delete the whole key of it.
After that, I go back into properties of My Network Places and press F5 key and voila, all connections are back again, but without any number in brackets.
Then I reconfigure all the network cards, because I deleted it completely from the registry and everything is working again.
But you should edit the registry only, if you realy know, what you are doing. Otherwise, you may corrupt the whole Windows !!!

The original poster should always write the last response !!!
Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!


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#6
August 21, 2010 at 11:18:46
Ok.. I tried just bout everything, eventually they gave up and just reinstalled windows. Works now. I'm pretty sure it was the registry because of the end result so all I can do is take that with me to whatever next job I get. Been fixing these computers for years and only time I ever needed help was something like this. Then again, I'm not very good with networking issues. Think I'mma study Networking a bit more after all this to strengthen that a bit. Thanks though to whoever helped.

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