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CONNECTING TO A LAN FROM THE BEGINNING

I just moved to a smaller company.  All the IT guys are in a conference.  I need to connect to the LAN, so I plugged the LAN cable into my laptop and into the wall, but nothing happened.  I thought it would auto detect or something.  I have the domain name, user ID, and password.  How do I set this up?  Using Win XP.
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victornegriCommented:
1) Check that you have a link light on your laptop.
2) Go to Start --> Run and type "cmd" and hit OK
3) Type "ipconfig" at the prompt and hit Enter
4) Make sure you have an IP address other than 169.254.x.x
5) Make sure you have a gateway address
6) If any of the above don't work, try typing "ipconfig /renew" at the command prompt and hit Enter
6) If still nothing, you will probably have to set a static IP or try a different LAN port.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi LEECHIPTURNER,

alos make sure any firewalls are disabled   windows firewall, zone alarm, norton  etc etc

is DHCP enabled on the LAN?

Cheers!
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giltjrCommented:
I would suggest that you do nothing and wait until the LAN/Network guys get back.

They could have all switch ports disabled that are not documented as having something in them.  They may not even have a cable connecting that LAN station to a switch port.  They could be using DCHP, but mapping IP address assignments based on MAC address and if they encouter a MAC they don't know, no IP address.  Or they may put you on a IP subnet that can't get to anything.

Buy guessing at what IP address to use or what settings to use you could cause problems on the network.  It may be a pain, but the company should have thought about this much earlier.
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LEECHIPTURNERAuthor Commented:
OK, Victornegri & Jay Jay70, this sounds good.   So, should I open Network Connections, double click on New Connection Wizard, click Next, choose Connect to the Internet, click Next, choose Set Up my connection Manually, choose Connect using a broadband connections that requires a user name and password, Next, under ISP Name, should I enter the domain (genmax.com), Next, enter my user name & password, next and finish.  Is this what I should do to connect to the office network if everything checks out in IPCONFIG?  Or am I going in the wrong direction for an office network?

Can't wait for the network guys?
Thanks!
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
if you are actually picking up an ip then you shouldnt need to run through that wizard at all..... its all automatic.... you will need proxy details if they run a proxy server    

but i happen to agree with above, there are many things that the admin may have setup......
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victornegriCommented:
If ipconfig checks out, then you should just be able to double-click on Internet Explorer and get out... that is, if your network admins haven't done anything special (i.e. Proxy Server, MAC filter, etc).
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LEECHIPTURNERAuthor Commented:
Great, this helps.  If it is proxy settings, can you help me with that once I find out what they are?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
once you find them from the admin, sure
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poweruser32Commented:
is the computer itself on the domain already i.e can you log in it sounds as if the computer is not on the domain yet

right click my computer -properties and check the network id
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giltjrCommented:
It sounds like this is not a company PC, but his personal PC.    If so:

His computer can't join the domain until somebody with the correct authority add's it do the domain.  Got to wait for the admins for this.

It you happen to get connected at the IP level (that is get a valid IP address, DNS, WINS, router information) your computer may still not have everything needed to use things on the network.  Like configuration to use proxy/socks server, or to have your computer on the domain which will cause some issues when you go to use resource that are on the domain.
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victornegriCommented:
If all you need is a proxy address enter it here:

launch Internet Explorer
Tools --> Internet Options
Click on the Connections Tab
Click on the Lan Settings button
Check the box for proxy server
Fill in the info for Address and Port
Click OK.
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