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Connect Windows 98SE computer to the internet through ethernet

I'm attempting to use a network connection to connect directly to a cable modem.  There are no other computers in a network, just computer to modem.  When i do so, i go into Internet Explorer and just get the "page cannot be found" message.  I ran WINIPCFG and hit renew all, the window freezes and then tells me there is something wrong with the DHCP.  The network control panel says Client for Microsoft Networks, the ethernet adapters name, and TCP/IP.  I havn't modified any properties in those.  I've tried 2 PCI network cards and a USB network adapter, and the patch cable is known good.  What am i missing?  This happened to my other computer as well and i still haven't gotten that one to work.
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sunray_2003Commented:
Try this fix : http://cexx.org/lspfix.htm

post back
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dragons9Author Commented:
Nope, it lists things but none of them which i can remove.  
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sunray_2003Commented:
Apart from internet explorer , are you able to check email using outlook or outlook express or any email client

What happens when you PING Your machine ?

Are you connecting through router or direct LAN connection from cable modem

Disable any firewall
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dragons9Author Commented:
I don't have email to check on there.  Don't know how to PING, direct connection with patch cable from computer to modem, no firewall.
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sunray_2003Commented:
dragons9,
> direct connection with patch cable from computer to modem,

Are you sure you have DHCP and not static ip ? Was it working until recently ?

Also try this : http://www.bu.edu/pcsc/internetaccess/winsock2fix.html

go to command prompt and say
ping www.yahoo.com and check what happens

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dragons9Author Commented:
Internet has never worked, just installed win98se new, settings say it's using DHCP.  
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sunray_2003Commented:
dragons9,
> settings say it's using DHCP

contact your ISP and see if they have assigned Static IP or DHCP
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dragons9Author Commented:
ping says it can't find the host
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dragons9Author Commented:
they have DHCP, thats what i use on my other machines
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sunray_2003Commented:
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AlidsmithCommented:
What cable company are you using?

I had a similar problem recently where I had to go to the support page and register the mac address of the computer before it'd allow that computer to connect with the internet. The process was only automatic for the first computer connected.

Hope this helps?
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dragons9Author Commented:
No, i'm using RoadRunner based out of Albany, NY.  I've used it before on windows 98se computer and not had to manually configure anything.  it's usually a simple hook it up and it works, just i'm not having much luck this time.
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dragons9Author Commented:
Those links are all based on networking to other computers, but i read through them (especially #1) quick anyways and they're not really telling me much.  
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funkusmunkusCommented:
An easy trouble shooting method, go to start -run type in command, in command prompt type ipconfig, if the network address says 169.245.x.x then you do have dhcp enables but your not finding the dhcp server, if it comes up with something else try pinging the gateway address( eg. ping 10.0.0.65), and if it's a mac address problem you could move the old card from the other machine you used to use and put that one in, and that would solve the problem, if that doesn't then the fault is more likely on your side rather than anything else.
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sunray_2003Commented:
After connecting your ethernet cable, did you restart your computer ?
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sunray_2003Commented:
dragons9,
> ping says it can't find the host

Did you try this ?  http://www.bu.edu/pcsc/internetaccess/winsock2fix.html
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dragons9Author Commented:
it comes up with the ip address, 169. something when i use ipconfig.  Did restart the computer several times.  Have tried several cards in the computer, none work.  the winsock2fix page says:

This program is designed to fix a situation where all of the following are true:

the computer can get a valid IP address
the computer can ping DNS numbers
the computer can be pinged from other computers
all other network services do not work (Telnet, ftp and Web browsers)

Doesn't fit the case.

still stumped.  
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funkusmunkusCommented:
ok so i would agree with alidsmith it might be that your service provider has registered your former mac address from the other network card, swapping them over should fix the problem, or call the service provider and ask them to reset the mac address on their side.
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dragons9Author Commented:
ok, i'll call them and see what they have to say.  i'll leave the question open for a few more days, thanks to all!
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dragons9Author Commented:
I really didn't get a correct answer but i split the points 3 ways and accepted sunray's answer because it did help me figure something out i was stuck on.  I'm trying to be fair, hope this is OK.  Thanks to everybody that answered!
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