I upgraded one of my computers running SDRAM by installing a new motherboard running 512MB of PC2100 and an older 1Ghz Athlon processor. The new mobo is an ABIT VA-10 with a VIA KM400/VT8235 chipset. I used the same hard drive, a Maxtor Diamond Max Plus 8 30G ATA133, running Windows ME. After installing all of the new drivers, everything went very smoothly. The device manager gave its blessing for all components. The only problem is it won’t connect to the Internet. I have pulled my hair out for days over this.
Here’s the situation: I am using a cable modem connected to a Linksys 4 port switch router(BEFSR41), which is currently SUCCESSFULLY providing internet connectivity to my two other computers. I have successfully pinged the router, as well as Google and Yahoo!, but with NO connectivity to the internet. All router ports are good, and Linksys tech support helped me verify my LAN settings and that the router was still working properly. My ISP tech support also gave “thumbs up” to my cable connection and equipment, and told me the problem was with the ME operating system, and that I would need to contact Microsoft to help me with it (no thanks!)
I then decided to do a system restore in case some obscure file or driver bit the dust during the upgrade. I now have a new problem....I can still ping the router, the default gateway, the print server, the IP address, etc....but now I can no longer ping any of the public IP addresses!!! "Unknown host", it says. I'm really getting pissed!!
Anyway, the new motherboard has an onboard ethernet adapter with appropriate drivers installed. I also have installed a Linksys PCI ethernet adapter that has worked well in the past. I've been switching back and forth between the two and getting the same results.
Has anyone experienced this phenomenon? Do any of you know ME well enough to offer a fix? I covet any and all suggestions!!