Hello my friends,
I'm stumped. I have a Home network that has been running ICS (dialup) among 7 Computers for over 9 years through 4 different versions of windows. The Host is running WinXP Pro, and the clients are all XP Home or Pro at this point. Suddenly last week, I lost the ability to share dialup on all the clients. The ICS DHCP server is no longer assigning network adresses. All machines except for the host have an address in the "169.254.XX.XX range.
This all happened when I rebooted to clear my RAM as I was about to sign on to an online game. My wife was preparing to join me on her computer in the other room, and once the reboot was finished, she had lost the ability to connect to the internet. After checking all the other clients in the house, (2 more desktops hardwired, and 3 laptops, wireless) I realized that it must be my machine.
Things I have Done/Checked:
Reset the Linksys wireless router and gave it a local address again (in the 192.168.9.XX range) and disabled it's DHCP function.
Eliminated the wireless router and used a regular switch/hub (thus eliminating that as a problem.
Removed/Uninstalled all adapters in all machines, and re-installed, reconfigured, to no avail.
Reset the bios on my the Host, and did system restores on my machine and my wifes.
Installed and evenutally deleted proxy software (CC Proxy and Proxycon) I was able to get the clients internet access this way (effectively bypassing ICS) but the ports issue is a problem for me with our online game.
4 days I've been working on this, and as most of you experts will understand, I am at a point now where the frustration level is so high that I am repeating remedies that I have already done.
I really don't want to reload the software on this system, but if I have to I will. I was just hoping that some of you ICS/DHCP Gurus out there might have some words of wisdom for me.
Thanks in advance