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Hello,

I have my modem (Bellsouth DSL) connected into the USB port and i have a network cable going from this computer to one in the other room. It worked great for 3 months or so.... and yesterday, on the other computer, We got a "Page cannot be displayed" in internet explorer, but also, nothing will connect.... its like its not even online. So i do a System Restore to earyler last week -- Then it works.

But again this morning -- WE HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM!!! (but system Restoring will not fix it )

Whats the deal? The network as worked for a long time but it just decides to quit?

Any idea how i can fix this? or have a step by step guide to Re-setting up the network?

Please be specific -- im a newbie ;)
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by:Fatal_Exception
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First thing to do is to reset your IP configuration...

Start > Run > cmd (OK)   (opens a Command Shell)

Then:  

ipconfig /release  (enter)
ipconfig /renew   (enter)
ipdonfig /all   (enter)

See if your system comes back with an ip address in the 192.168.x.x range...

If it does not, then type in:

ipconfig /all > ip.txt

This should place the ip config on your desktop..  Copy and paste it into this thread so we can take a look..

FE
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BTW:  what Operating System are you running on these machines..??  Client and Host (the ICS computer)
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Both are Windows XP -- And i dont know what a Client and Host (the CS computer) is.

Fatal -- What computer do i need to do this on? the computer with the modem or the networked computer?
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by:cjk2588
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Here is the computer that has the modem:

Windows IP Configuration



        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : computer

        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :

        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown

        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No



Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:



        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : launchmodem.com

        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Westell WireSpeed Dual Connect Modem

        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-60-0F-F1-39-79

        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.97

        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

        DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

                                            192.168.1.254

        Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, May 01, 2004 11:02:08 AM

        Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, May 02, 2004 11:02:08 AM



Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:



        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :

        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : CNet PRO200WL PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter

        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-08-A1-22-8F-E4

        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

        Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.51.103

        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0

        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

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*grin*...  

Host = the computer that shares the Internet connection
Client = the computer that is connecting to the Host

Since this computer has two NICs (I can tell by the above) I will assume that this is the Host.  It should also be connected directly to your DSL modem.  What is curious is the IP Address: 192.168.1.97, as this is what we call a private IP address, and usually you should get an external, global ip address...

But before we go any further, lets be sure we are discussing the correct computer..  Is the above the computer that is connected to your DSL modem via USB..??
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yes- the info i just copied and pasted for you IS the host computer (the one with the DSL modem via USB)
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If the above assumption is correct, then you have set up your second Nic incorrectly...  It is what we consider the Gateway and should have an address of 192.168.0.1  This is what allows your second system to connect to the world...

Okay, I found what looks like a 'beginners' guide to setting up ICS...   It is easy to read and understand..  Take a look here and review it...  Then you may even want to start over..  Of course, I will be in and out this afternoon and will help as I can...

http://info.connect.com.au/docs/dialing_in/ICS/ics_xp.html
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Okay.. even better..  This is a MS site that even has a video for you to watch in regards to setting up ICS..   Might help you a great deal..

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306126
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This is hard to explain so bare with me:

Yesterday when it screwed up, I ran the Windows Network wizard on both computers......

THEN i System restored the client......

So basically I could have screwed up exerything.

what do you think?

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Yes...  this is the reason why I would advise you to start over and rebuild your ICS connection on both systems..   The problem that I see is really with your Host system, so that is where you need to start..  As I mentioned, your internal NIC has the wrong settings and you lost your ICS configuration.  The 169.254.51.103 address is what we call the APIPA address..  XP automatically assigns this address to your NIC when it cannot get an address from your DHCP server..  It is only used as a place holder, so to speak..   When you reset your ICS configuration (starting over), it should turn into the 192.168.0.1 address and this will be the Gateway of your client computer...

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Watch those videos, and follow along with each one to get your host NICs setup correctly....  Each one (there are 3) deals with a different step in the process...

FE
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yes, looks simple,

How should i start from scratch? what shoul i delete?

Broadband: Fast Access DSL

Dial up: Disconnected

LAN or High-speed Internet: Local Area Connection 2 and Local Area Connection

Network Bridge: 1394 Connection and Network Bridge
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Start with your External NIC on your Host..  This is the USB NIC that is plugged into your DSL modem..  That is video #1..  This is where you initially configure your ICS..  Once you enable ICS in the advanced tab of the connection (Local Area Connection 2) the 2nd NIC (Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection) should auto-configure with the appropriate address...

Since you are not using your dialup (modem), don't worry about that..  it has nothing to do with your connection now..

The 1394 Connection is your Firewire connection..  This also should not come into play...

The network bridge is enable when you configure ICS..  It is basically a virtual 'bridge' between your two NICs (the Local Area Connections - USB and ethernet nic)

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BTW:  Once you are done setting all this up, I STRONGLY urge you to enable your Internet Connection Firewall on your USB Nic (the external NIC)...  If you do not, you are asking for trouble..   If you are not running a firewall, most anyone will be able to get into your machine with little or no problem...  

In fact, here is what I would really suggest in your circumstance...   Call your DSL provider and insist they switch out your modem for a true Ethernet modem with RJ45 ports for your internal network...  Then purchase a DSL internal router (about $50) and use it to share your internal network connections...   This would actually decrease the maintenance and administration costs that your are currently experiencing.  The setup is way too easy, and it will provide your with a NAT interface, which disguises your internal network, and insulates you from prying eyes...  On top of this, many of these NAT routers come with a built-in SPI firewall that adds additional security to your operation..

Just a thought..

FE
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""" Start with your External NIC on your Host..  This is the USB NIC that is plugged into your DSL modem..  That is video #1..  This is where you initially configure your ICS..  Once you enable ICS in the advanced tab of the connection (Local Area Connection 2) the 2nd NIC (Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection) should auto-configure with the appropriate address... """

When i go to share internet connections.... i have to select undernear it "Select a private network connection" -- i have a choice of (on Local area connection 2) Local Area Connection or Network bridge.. which do i choose?
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Try the Local Area Connection..  usually the bridge is created after you set these up, and it may be there already because you created it in the first setup..

In fact, I would back out and delete the bridge in your Network Properties window..  then start over again..  (again the bridge is a virtual connection that is between your NICs..  and is easy to recreate)
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After some thought, definitely delete your bridge..   This may cause you trouble in the setup if it is already established...

Found another article which is also helpful..  you might want to try this one too..

http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/ics_xp
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awesome,

I deleted the bridge, and shared Local Area Connection 2...

And it works!!! thank you so much

and i will look into gettign a router :-D
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NEVER MIND :(

It worked for a little and then when i rebooted the host the client stopped connecting :(
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Been with the family, so had to step away for a bit...  But will try to help you through this now...  (BTW:   I have found ICS to be unreliable in the past, so this does not surprise me...)

First try rebooting the client and see if you can connect...

then, lets do this..   since the disconnect happened on your host, run the ipconfig again and copy it here for me to look at..   For some reason, I believe that your internal NIC IP is incorrect, not providing you with the proper gateway...

FE
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by:cjk2588
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Here's a clue,

Everytime when i REBOOT or switch users(winxp) on the host, the network gets thrown off and it wont connect back. So this explains alot, The problem has happened every morning, and i shut the host down ever night before i go to sleep. spark any ideas?

Give me a min and ill do the ip thing again
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by:cjk2588
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Ok, I reset the ICS on Local Area network 2 and it worked again, but then i reboot the host it disconnects and wont connect back(even after rebooting the client) so after i did this heres the ipconfig stuff (ON THE HOST) :

Windows IP Configuration



        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : computer

        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :

        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown

        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No



Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:



        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : launchmodem.com

        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Westell WireSpeed Dual Connect Modem

        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-60-0F-F1-39-79

        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.97

        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

        DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

                                            192.168.1.254

        Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, May 02, 2004 10:42:25 AM

        Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Monday, May 03, 2004 10:42:25 AM



Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:



        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :

        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : CNet PRO200WL PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter

        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-08-A1-22-8F-E4

        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1

        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

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Hmm..  Ok..  Is your host still able to connect out to the internet..??  It appears that your configuration is correct here..   Take a look at your Network Connections Properties and see if the Bridge has been re-enabled too..

If you can connect to the internet on the Host, but not the client, take a look at your clients IP config and see if it is getting a good address..  In fact go ahead and post the ipconfig data (like above) from your client and I will look at it..

FE
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" Is your host still able to connect out to the internet..??"
Yes.
"Take a look at your Network Connections Properties and see if the Bridge has been re-enabled too.."
I don't see a bridge in the Network Connections window.

"In fact go ahead and post the ipconfig data"
the ipconfig /renew did work... i got an error like this: "An error occurred while renewing interface Local Area Connection : unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out. "

Ok here you go (FOR THE CLIENT):
Windows IP Configuration



        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Kitchen

        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :

        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed

        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No



Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:



        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :

        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection

        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-F1-DD-87-38

        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

        Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.183.39

        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0

        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :


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Okay..  this is it..  your client is not getting a good address from the Host computer..  When ICS is enabled on the Host, it basically sets itself up as a DHCP server, allocating IP addresses to your client..  the 169.254.x.x address is the APIPA address, which the computer gives itself when it can not locate a DHCP server...

You can try to manually enter the information into the client from your TCP/IP properties window...  Network Place properties > Local Area Connection properties > TCP/IP properties..   Then enter the following:

Change to "Use the following IP Address"  :  192.168.0.100  Subnet mak = 255.255.255.0

Change to "Use the following DNS"  :  192.168.1.254

Then press the Advanced button and in the Default Gateway/Add, enter:  192.168.0.1

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Or just go to your Command Shell again and enter the following to refresh your IP config..

ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew

Then to see if it worked:

ipconfig /all

If you are now getting an address in the 192.168.0.x range, then you should be good to go..

FE

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by:cjk2588
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"Network Place properties > Local Area Connection properties > TCP/IP properties..   Then enter the following:"

Should i do this to Local Area Network(ethernet) or Local Area Network 2 (modem)?
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"Then press the Advanced button and in the Default Gateway/Add, enter:  192.168.0.1"

I cant find that any where please be more specific :)
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never mind, i found it :)
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I did what you said to Local Area Connection (1) on the host computer... and i lost a connection on the host.

So should i try it on local area connection 2? Or am i suppose to do this on the client?
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NO..   Your host is fine..  It is the client that has the wrong IP config...  

"Okay..  this is it..  your client is not getting a good address from the Host computer.. "

You don't want to reset the config's on the host..  these are correct...  

First try the ipconfig /release../renew commands (above) first..   If it still does not bring back a good IP address (192.168.0.x), then try to set it statically..

FE
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Let me add a hyphothesis to this, as why this might be happening..   and this is only my thoughts on this..

normally, when using ICS, you are working with 2 distinct subnets.  One for the internal network, and one for the external.  In your specific situation, both your Nics on the host are in the same subnet... (the 192.168.1.x).  This could be what is causing all this to happen..  

In other words, your DSL router is providing an external address to the host which is in the same subnet as your internal Nic's gateway address..   It might be causing conflicts within the host, shutting down the DHCP services which provide your client with proper address...  

Do you know if your DSL router can be setup to provide additional IP addresses to your clients..?  If so, you may be able to plug your 2nd computer directly into the router and bypass the host system..  that is, if you have another port to plug the system into on the router.. If not, then if we had a hub or switch, we could run everything through it...

Just some thoughts here..

FE
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I set everything up like you said..... (on the client this time :-P )

And still no connection...

I ran the ipconfig stuff  ( ON THE CLIENT)again on the client , ipconfig /renew and ipconfig /release i got this message : The operation failed as no adapter is in the state permissible for this operation.

but i did (and only this) ipconfig /all > ip.txt and got :



Windows IP Configuration



        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Kitchen

        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :

        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed

        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No



Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:



        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :

        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection

        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-F1-DD-87-38

        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.100

        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1

        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

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I dont have a router -- "In your specific situation, both your Nics on the host are in the same subnet... (the 192.168.1.x).  This could be what is causing all this to happen.. " -- If i read that correctly-- I was wondering about this... like a said above... when this first happened i ran the network wizard...(on both computers...but i system restored the client and not the host) and so i might have 2 going at once...

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Okay, then you are saying that even when you setup the config on the client statically (above) you still cannot connect...

go back into your TCP/IP config and turn DHCP back on.... (get the addresses automatically)..  Then try the ipconfig /release - /renew commands again...

FE
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Actually you do have a router..  The DSL modem is handing you a private IP address for your Host computer, which has to be 'routed' within the DSL modem to the external IP address...   Most DSL modems do not work this way, as they  forward the external IP address...  But yours is different, as it is evident by the addresses it is handing out..  This is why I believe that the DSL modem might be used to hand out additional addresses too..  The 192.168.1.x subnet can handle up to 254 clients...  

Am I making any sense to you here..??   Sometimes this can get a little complicated to users not involved in this on a daily basis..  :)
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sooo set everything back to get addresses automatically? (like it was before?)

if thats NOT what you mean, where do i turn DHCP back on?
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not really, im confused....all im during is trying my best to understand, and doing what you say ;)
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*grin*  It is confusing...   If I were sitting in front of this with you, it would be a whole different story..  I could probably reconfigure your DSL modem and be done with this, but there are just too many factors to consider and it is just impossible to do this within this dialogue..

Yes...  set everything back the way it was..  Since you statically set the IP address (hard coded) and that did not work, there is something else going on...   It could even be the wire between the two computers... but I doubt it since we got it running once before...

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This may be a stupid suggestion...but you might want to atleast make sure you told me the right info / no type-o's :)
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what next?
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Am doing 5 things at the same time, and sometimes these things happen...  :)

If you have enabled DHCP again on the client, use the ipconfig /renew command to see if you can now get a good address from your host..  

ipconfig /renew

then

ipconfig /all  (look at the address for a 192.168.0.x address)

If you get a good address, then you should be able to surf..  If not, then go back to the Host, and ck to see if the DHCP Server service is running..  Start > Run > services.msc (OK)   Look for "DHCP Server" and ck to see that it is started..



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I have to run an errand and should be back within the hour..  keep me posted..
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when i do ipconfig /renew i get this error --  "An error occurred while renewing interface Local Area Connection : unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out. "

And on the host i have a DHCP Client running.
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Then that could be the problem right there..  I am not running ICS on any of my machines, but I believe that the DHCP Server service must be running on the Host, and that is why your client cannot get an IP address...

Here is what I suggest now..  Redo the entire setup from scratch, as we did earler when you got the network to work correctly...   Before you reboot any of your systems, ck your Services and see if DHCP Server (not Client) is running on the Host..   If it is, then we know that this is the issue...  (Although I am not sure what we are going to do to fix it yet..  :)
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"Here is what I suggest now..  Redo the entire setup from scratch, as we did earler when you got the network to work correctly..."

I never started from scratch.... i deleted the bridge i had and it work... UNTIL i rebooted. then it was back the way it was (even without the bridge)
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What I am saying is go back to your Host and make sure that your NICs are setup correctly, and if not, reinstall ICS...  Go to this site and follow the directions to the letter.  Pay special attention to the troubleshooting guide at the bottom of the page..  

http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/ics_xp

If, after resetting the NICs, you are able to connect the Client to the Host, take another look at your Services on the Host and see if the DHCP Server service is running..  Then reboot and see if it is still there...  
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does it require me to disconnect from online? would suck if i screweed up and couldnt get back
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DUDE, they are set up like that.

I'm getting frustrated. :-0
1) Ok, when i share Local Area Connection 2 (my modem) it works UNTIL i reboot then it no longer works....
2) If i share Local Area Connection (1) (my network card) then I lost connection on the host!
3)I don't know how to start from scratch? do i just randomly delete things? (sarcasm)

"If all else fails, try uninstalling the two connections on the host computer, and then reinstalling the necessary drivers. (This has been known to work on more than one occasion.)" how do i go about doing that?
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*grin*  Yes, I do feel for you here..  it does get VERY frustrating when you are trying to understand a language that is foreign to all you know...   Believe me when I say that some of the technology that I work with does the same thing to me...  Especially things like writing scripts in a programming language..  and getting it to work..  :)

The last line refers to going to the Device Manager and uninstalling the Network Cards..  Then reboot and your system will find the cards again and reinstall them automatically.  Once reinstalled, use the process outlined in the link to re-establish your ICS configuration...  

Again, wish I could just do this for you...   Once you saw me do it, and I explained it as I went through it, am sure you would understand the process.
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by:cjk2588
ID: 10973527
which network adapter should i uninstall? or should i uninstall them all?
1394 Net Adapter
CNet Pro200WL PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
Westell WireSpeed Dual Connect Modem

And will uninstalling these disconnect my host from the internet? and will it completely redo my network connections? and will it find an install itself automatically? or do i need some cd's?
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Uninstall the CNet Pro200WL PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter and reboot..  This will not affect your Internet Connection since it is on the Westell connection..

Afterwards, go through the setup as I mentioned above..
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I decide to do a little research on your modem...  Take a look at this and let me know if it is the modem that you are using..

http://www.westell.com/content/products/pdf/2100_datasheet.pdf
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by:cjk2588
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yes that is my modem

ok i  Uninstalled the CNet Pro200WL PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter and rebooted now i have a local Area connection 3

What next?
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ID: 10973588
Okay...  if that is your modem then we are spinning our wheels here... You will notice in one of my comments above I mentioned that I was suspicious of the way the addresses were being handed out...  That modem is, in fact, a router.  It allows up to 254 computers to be run directly off of it via a hub..   You can purchase a hub for under $20 at any computer store, but I prefer a switch which costs a little more...   The switch is more efficient and does not broadcast packets like a hub does, so that is what I advise..

So, the next time I work on one of these questions, I have learned a valuable lesson..  I should have asked the make and model of the modem you are using and that would have saved us an abundance of time and troubleshooting..  :)

To make this work, we would have to reconfigure the DHCP scope of the router...  since ICS is not really an efficient method in the first place, and has so many drawbacks, it would be so much easier to do this the correct way and make the purchase..

If you want to continue to play with this, follow the directions on the link to reestablish your ICS, but I know that I would not even try it, as I would make the dive to purchase the correct networking hardware...

FE

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