Network connectivity problems

Savy2k / S2km400
February 11, 2009 at 10:21:38
Specs: Windows XP, AMD 1100/256MB
I can't connect to a network of any kind. I keep getting the error "Unable to initialize Windows Sockets interface, error code 0". I have looked in the Microsoft Knowledge Base but I didn't find anything about this error in Windows 2000, there was good info about it in Windows 98.
I looked in the Event Viewer and found the following warning, "The DHCP Client service is shutting down. The following error occurred: A system called that should never fail has failed". Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Randy


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#1
February 11, 2009 at 13:17:17
We really need more information about your network. Modem, router, any switches, how many computers and what they run.

The ipconfig /all output from each machine would be a big help as well.

Then we can find the solution.


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#2
February 11, 2009 at 16:11:49
I'm sorry, I didn't realize the network topology was important because no data gets to the network. I should have included the ipconfig /all data though. Here is the info you asked for.

The stricken machine is currently connected to a network with the following topology.

Win2000------->Netgear24portswitch------------> Cisco1700router --->T1line ----> Internet

DHCP is handled by a linux server connected to the Netgear24portswitch. There is 4 servers and 6 workstations connected to the switch all are working fine except the Win2000 machine. The workstations all use DHCP and all the servers have Static IP's.

Here is the ipconfig of the stricken machine.

Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
(C) Copyright 1985-2000 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig /all

Windows 2000 IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : agent
Primary DNS Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Cable Disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-4C-AD-70-50

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 4:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139(A)-based PCI Fast Et
hernet Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-30-BD-6B-3B-95
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>

It has 2 network cards in it so I disconnected one of the network cards so you could see the difference. When a cable is connected the ipconfig reports an IP address and the Netmask of 0.0.0.0

Thank you for your help.


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#3
February 11, 2009 at 19:09:54
The machine isn't getting an IP address. Is the second network card really needed? I'm not a fan of dual homed windows machines in most cases. Disable one of the NICs in the device manager and connect the other.

Then run ipconfig /all again.


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