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Vista Business IP Issues

Posted on 2006-11-30
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I just installed/upgraded a Dell with XP Pro SP2 to the release of Vista Business.  I am a Volume License Customer and Microsoft pre-released it to us a few days ago.  Here is the problem, which by the way I experienced on a differerent system with an earlier beta or release candidate.  I chalked it up to being a beta, and went back to XP.  Now I upgraded a system to Vista Busiess, and when I had the same proiblem I blew away the system and installed the full version of Vista only to have the same problem.

The problem is I can't get an IP address.  Vista comes out of the box with both IPv4 and IPv6 selected.  I run a Win2k3 server hosting IPv4 DHCP and it works fine for any other device in my lab.  The workstation says it has limited connectivity because it won't get an IP from DHCP.  I have deslected the IPv6 option and am using ver 4 only.  When I look at the server, the DHCP IP list shows constant BAD_ADDRESS in it, which are coming directly from the Vista PC.  Each one of those BAD_ADDRESS listed in DHCP have a unique identifier to diffrentiate it from the initial mac address.  I have even gone into the properties of my nic and changed its mac address, still no luck.  When I look at the logs of the workstation and server, it is complaining about a duplicate IP address and then DHCP tries to deliver another address and it just keeps going on and on.  I have Googled this problem to no avail, asked all my tech buds and no one has a clue.  If this is what we can expect out of a commercially released product in Vista, I'll still with XP or the gretest OS ever built Windows 2000.  I also have tried just statically assigning IP info and an IPCONFIG shows that no matter what address I assign to the NIC it shows up as a duplicate.  Racking my brains for a few days now and no luck, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Adam Leinss earned 500 total points
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Using Vista Enterprise (final version) here with no DHCP problems.  Does it do it with all editions of Vista?  You can install any edition without a product key and have it work for 30 days.  I would start there.  Also, is it possible you have some bad media?

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I have seen this problem with windows XP SP2, and by right-clicking the connection and choosing "repair" it fixed it.  Sounds too simple almost.

I would also wonder whether, if you statically address the vista pc, does it get online ok?

thanks - Justin

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No as I mentioned even with me statically assigning a IP it still says it's a duplicate address.
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sorry, missed that.

Did you/could you try to swap out the nic, perhaps for a nic from a different manufacturer


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It's an embedded Intel Pro VE 10/100 on the systemboard of this Dell.  I am going to try a different nic tonight and see if that makes a difference.  The odd part is the nic shows up fine, has no errors or conflicts and Vista says it is functiong properly.  i get a error 1232 when I try to ping anything on my local subnet with a statically assigned IP, once again I can't get an address from DHCP.
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Disabled the onboard nic card and install new nic.

i saw issues like that on RC1 people keep saying that they could not acquire DHCP on vista RC1 apperently microsoft made some major fixes on RC2 for drivers perhaps yours just slip through the crack get a 3com card you should be OK

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