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Windows XP Winsock errors?

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I believe I am having some type of Winsock error on my Windows XP laptop. Everything was hunky dory until I recently installed a wireless network card. Now I can ping the web and my network but I'm not getting any DNS resolution.

I found this handy little app recommended from another site that supposedly fixes "winsock" errors by resetting TCP/IP some registry keys and the like but still no go. The funny thing is that this has happend on another box recently that I was working on with the same scenario but totaly different hardware and the "Winsock" program fixed it.

The common thread that I can come up with is ZoneAlarm and Me! Unfourtunately I can't take Me out of the picture and I've uninstalled Zonealarm and still nothing. I had this happen on my desktop once after uninstalling our VPN software and had to reinstall from scratch.

Anyone having this issue and running into similar problems? Any fixes?

Thanks, ampapa
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ampapa,
   Use this script to reset winsock and TCP/IP stack at the same time

Winsock Fix
http://members.shaw.ca/techcd/WinsockXPFix.exe

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That is the handy little app that I've got. I've tried it already with no avail?

Any other ideas?
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If the problem is recent, do a system restore

How to Restore Windows XP to a Previous State (System Restore)
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/itpro/managing/restore.asp

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AlexJ,

I ran the netdiag /test:winsock test and indeed the Winsock test..................: Failed with the following:

Failed to get UDPpacket size information. The error occourred was: The requested service provider could not be loaded or initialized.

Does that mean anything to you?

war1,

I did not create a restore point because I'm not sure at what point the Winsock error occourred. So I don't think that will work.

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ampapa,

The test result failed means that winsock components are damaged.

Need to perform winsock fix as suggested in my earlier post.


All the best

Alex

Let me know the outcome

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Well after some trial and error I finally got out to the net.

After I reset the Winsock following AlexJ instructions I realized I was assigning the same IP to both my internal network card and my wirless network card. So I gave my Wirless card a new IP and off we went.

Does that make sense? Can 2 cards not hae the same IP even though 1 is not active? Could that be why I was getting a Winsock error?

Thanks for the help.

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ampapa,

winsock error do not come becoz of same IP on two cards. It comes as a result of winsock keys corrupt in the registry.
Yeah, two cards cannot have one local IP address, Iam not sure about ISP's IP but think that's not possible too.
IP for the card shud be unique .
Glad that u figured it out.


:>)
Thanks for the points
Alex