|If you are using the comp at home & not networking, you can try these.|
How to Configure DHCP in Windows XP
Start > Control Panel > Network Connections, right click on Local Area Connection.
Untick the 1st 3 boxes, starting with > Client for Microsoft Networks.
Right click on Local Area Connection > Properties > Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) > Properties > General, make sure both boxes are set to Auto.
On that same page, click > Advanced.
Remove the check mark beside "Enable LMHOSTS lookup" on the WINS tab and "Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP."