okay, i can tell this is already going to be fun (sarcasm). i have a cable modem and i set up a network in my house w/ a linksys router. from time to time i lose my connection, so i switch whatever port my pc is plugged in the router to another. sometimes it works and i get my connection back.. other times i have to reset both my router and cable modem.
okay.. so this time that i lost connection i ran winipcfg. i did a release all and renew all when my router wasn't plugged in. now my ip address is different than what is set for my home network (ie 126.96.36.199 instead of 192.168.1.*)
when i try release again it won't release and i get an error when i renew. i've removed my network card from the device manager, i've physically removed the NIC from the pc... restarted.. then reinstalled the card. nothing has worked. i've trying to specify and ip address instead of having it dynamically select one and that didn't work either. i'm tempted to reformat but i'd like to see if there are any other options that i don't know about before i go through with it.