how to connect windows 95 to LAN card

December 2, 2011 at 16:26:34
Specs: windows 95
when i try to connect my windows 95 computer's etherlink 111 3c589c LAN adapter to an ip address via winipconfig it says (error DHCP server unavailable: renewing adapter "")when i try to renewing it. i got this laptop off eBay so it has a different host name. please consider all possibilities. also iv tried connecting a WiFi adapter and it didn't work ether

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#1
December 2, 2011 at 17:22:30
winiocinfig does not configure your LAN adaptor. All it does is report on the configuration set.

From what winipconfig is saying it appears you have the LAN adaptor configured to get an IP address automatically via DHCP but there is no DHCP server available to give it one.

What have you got this Windows 98 computer plugged into?

To get an IP address automatically you need to have it plugged into a router that is properly configured. If it is plugged directly into a Modem or another computer you need to set the IP address manually. You do that from the Windows Netwrok configuration in Control Panal.

Stuart


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#2
December 3, 2011 at 06:59:00
how do i know what to set the ip address to...


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#3
December 3, 2011 at 07:17:33
That depends on what you are connecting the computer to and what IP address that has. In short I need to know what other network devices you have. Without knowing what you are connecting the computer to and answer will just be a guess.

As a general rule a manual address is usually in the range 192.168.1.xxx which each device in the network having a different number in the xxx position. But it could be different.

Stuart


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#4
December 3, 2011 at 07:27:56
i have rca dcm425 router with a apple wifi attached to it three desktops on lan and three laptops on wifi

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#5
December 3, 2011 at 08:52:01
In that case you should be getting a DHCP address from the router. You need to investigate why not. I take it that the other computers wired to the router are working fine.

Check in Device Manager that the LAN card is properly configured with correct drivers. No yellow question marks.

Check the configuration of the network card Set it to auto-negotiate and and obtain IP address automatically.

Check the cable is working correctly. Swap it with a known good cable to check.

Whenever you make any changes, re-boot the computer. Windows 95 was never very good at implementing on the fly changes.

Check winipconfig after each reboot. If it is working correctly you should see an IP address alongside Default Gateway.

Stuart


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#6
December 5, 2011 at 16:22:45
now winipconfig wont open it says it cant find it also in device manager there are two ether link iii cards one of them has a yellow question mark the other is fine and there are two dial up adapters and a Microsoft virtual private networking adapter and a WAN mini port. also i bought this laptop off eBay so could the original owner have done anything to screw it up? Ive also tried to set up a WIFI LAN adapter and failed at that too. thanks

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#7
December 5, 2011 at 17:01:38
isn't it winipcfg?

delete the etherlink III with the yellow exclaimation
delete one or both of the dialup adapters

Make sure the eitherlink III that is OK is set to gain ip automatically. Then physically connect it to the router and see if you can then run winifcfg and you have a ip address

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#8
December 5, 2011 at 17:03:13
At this stage the only thing you can do is to delete the Ethernet card with the yellow question mark.s and anything else will yellow question marks. You should also delete MS Virtual Private Networking Adapter. You certainly don't need that and it may be what is causing the problems - trying to find a non existent virtual private network that the previous own was connected to.

What I would do is get yourself a copy of windows 95 and reinstall the operating system. There is no telling what the previous owner left behind.

Stuart


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