Can't connect on fresh XP install.

Sony / Vaio vgc-rb30
January 3, 2009 at 20:39:20
Specs: Windows XP, 1GB/Pentium 4
So, howdy.

Today my PC messed up royally and after trying system restore and Windows Recovery, I wound up having to reinstall Windows XP. Got it reinstalled, everything's peachy - except I can't connect to the internet. I have Windstream DSL and I had to reinstall it as well, but every time I try I get this:

Alltel DSL Installer could not renew the IP adedress for your network adapter (DHCP).

It gives an Alltel/Windstream Customer Support number as well, and I called it and talked to customer support for about 15 minutes - did everything they asked, and it still isn't working. They had me reset my router with a pencil/pen, and had me try to access the router's configuration to no avail. After I got off the phone with them I tried to ping google and through the command prompt, but I get

Ping request could not find host Please check the name and try again.


Ping request could not find host Please check the name and try again.

Now, I may have done that wrong somehow ^, but I don't think so. I'm on my laptop right now - connected to the very same router - and I can access the internet fine, as well as ping and just fine. The only difference is that I'm on a fresh Ubuntu 8.10 install on my laptop as opposed to the fresh XP install on my PC. Were I the only person who used the PC, I'd just install Ubuntu and be done with it.. but I'm not, so it's not really an option.

Oh, and the Alltel Customer Service Rep also said that the router's connecting just fine, which makes the whole DHCP mess a bit weirder. Internet Explorer doesn't work either (just get page cannot be displayed errors). So, ummm.. ugh. Am I going to have to reinstall Windows XP or what? I'm not really sure what's wrong and even the cust. service rep didn't seem to know either.

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January 3, 2009 at 21:16:41
The only thing you did wrong was not having the driver for the NIC to install after the OS. It's a common mistake. If the customer service didn't know that, they should give me the job.

The driver doesn't come on the OS CD. Download it on the laptop and burn it to a CD.

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January 3, 2009 at 21:51:36
Yeah, that's it. Just did that and I'm online now. Feel right stupid though. Thank you!

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