W98se Broadband Acces Failure

Posted on 2002-03-09
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I have a home-built 333 Mhz system which USED to work fine until yesterday when it failed to connect to the internet.  It is one of three (3) systems on a peer-to-peer Fast Ethernet network, communicating with the internet over a DSL modem and Bay Networks (Nortel) Instant Internet II100 Router.  The router uses DHCP for both internet and home network traffic, assigning IPs to each system on the net.

The system that failed is my better half's.  I have:
1. Checked the cabling, hub, and router.
2. Checked the network card.
3. Run Microsofts net diag (reported network OK).
4. Hooked up my laptop to the network through the problem system's RJ45 jack - worked OK.
5. Checked to be sure I can access the other machines on the net through network neighborhood and Windows Explorer - can, no problem.
6. Installed a different network card, same results, so I reinstalled the original Linksys card.
7. Ran the Linksys diagnostics - failed the Ping test.
8. Reinstalled Windows98se - no change.
9. Checked, rechecked, ininstalled & reinstalled TCP/IP and NetBEUI a dozen times.
10. Tried Microsoft's Internet Connection Sharing - no dice.
11 Matched the network vitals to those on another, working machine - the same, but no help.

The problem system doesn't seem to display the correct IP when I run winipcfg - it displays a different IP, one not on the home network (i.e., displays instead of, like the others; it USED to display the correct IP:  However, I can browse the network, get files and save files to other machines on the network, etc. (through NetBEUI, I suppose, not TCP/IP).  I just cannot get on the internet.  If you think you can help, I have  images of the Network Configuration screens for TCP/IP, for winipcfg, etc.

Suggestions, other than buying a new comouter?
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ID: 6853565 indicates it can't get an adress from the dhcp server
you can try manually setting the ip address to
dns server (enabled) and use the dns server of your isp
you can also try removing tcp/ip (actually remove all components) from network neighborhood, reboot and add it back

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ID: 6853581

I tried exactly what you suggested, and then modified it to reflect the known gateway address (  Still no dice.

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ID: 6853597
make the ip
and change your mask to
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ID: 6853598
you can also try removing tcp/ip (actually remove all components) from network neighborhood, reboot
and add it back

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ID: 6853622

Manually entering the IP, mask, DNS servers and gateway did it.  Thanks!


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ID: 6853623
Thanks, Steven.

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ID: 6853636
John Glad I could hep

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