It's been for quite some time since my last post at EE so it is an honor to do that once again... :-)
I'm not sure that this is the correct TA to post this, but I guess that it is a good place to start with...
It all started today, after I've logged in, XP has tried to establish a network connection and after a while I've been notified that:
This connection has limited or no connectivity.
You might not be able to access the Internet or some network resources.
This problem occured because the network did not assign a network address to the computer.
When I've clicked the message box, I've been getting the "Network Connection Status" form, on which I've pressed the "Details..." button to see this:
Physical Address: 00-0C.... (my phisical card address...)
IP Address: 169.254.159.147 (which cann't be true, unless someone(thing) is hijacking my computer...)
Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway: <Empty>*
DNS Server: <Empty>*
WINS Server: <Empty>*
*<Empty> is my way telling you guys that there was nothing wrotten there... ;-)
OS: Win XP SP2 with all latest critical updates installed.
The last thing that was installed on the computer is a program called "Astrology for Windows" by Halloram Software. There is no uninstall available niether through the All Programs menu nor at the Add/Remove program in the Control Panel (don't ask me why this program was installed in the first place, it wasn't me who did it...lol) so I realy suspect this one to be the reason for the problem, but I'm not sure...
I've scanned the machine with AdAware SE, Spybot S & D and Norton AntiVirus but could'nt find enithing unusual.
As I've said, there is no network connection available, therefor I can't scan it via online service (e.g. housecall or pandasoftwarte...)
I've tried to uninstall/reinstall the network adapter's driver, which didn't work. I've also tried to install another Etherenet card, and even downloaded (from another machine wich IS connected to the Internet) the assumably correct drivers, but with no luck (I'm not canceling the option that I've used the wrong one....).
The card that I'm trying to install is a Chineese made, caled: EDIMAX 5200PXA and I've downloaded the drivers from www.edimax.com
site, but when I've ran the Add New Hardware wizard, the card was not recognized. I had to install the driver's *.inf file manualy and only then it was recognized, but one of the two options listed at the "finish" screen, had this little yellow sing mark attached to it... and it was also shown at the Device Manager after the installation complete.
I'm trying to solve this for quite some time but with no luck so far, and I really need this computer with a network connection available up and running ASAP.
Thanks in advance