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DELL Dimension 3000 sporadic network connection - no Internet connection

Posted on 2007-10-15
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Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I have a Dell Dimension 3000 that I just reloaded Windows XP Pro SP 2 on.  All the drivers have been installed using the lastest software drivers from the Dell site.  The NIC is an Intell Pro 100 VE.  When I connect the network cable from my LInksys WRT54GX4 I get a very sporadic connection.  From my working computer, I ping the 3000 and may get one successful reply out of the four attempts.  The connection will not allow the 3000 out to the Internet.  I have swapped the cable going into my working computer with the 3000 and still no luck. I have disabled the XP SP2 firewall on the NIC and still nothing.  I have even installed a PCI NIC (Linksys) and that did not work either.  The onboard NIC will receive an IP address from the router and that is about all it will do.  I also tried plugging the cable from the modem directly into the 3000 bypassing the router and I still could not connect to the Internet.  
Question by:ispexpert
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ID: 20080177
One other useful bit of info.  The green LED on the NIC is always on solid.  Even if there is no cabled plugged in, the green light is on.  
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1) I would try to disable the onboard NIC in the BIOS, and then remev from device manager afer a reboot.

2) Then try with a known working NIC.

3) If still no go, then reste the TCPIP stack, ad disable the firewall and any security/ Internet protection programs and try again.

I hope this helps !
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XP TCPIP fixes reset NIC and TCPIP reset  Fix TCPIP

What I like to do on any network problem....Is to reset it ALL....

netsh int ip reset reset.log
netsh firewall reset
netsh winsock reset

Then remove ALL NIC's from the device manager..
In the Device Manager, select View>Show Hidden Devices

(If the Show Hidden devices is not presetn, do the following command from a command prompt..)

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

More information on that command here....
Device Manager does not display devices that are not connected to the Windows XP-based computer

Go back to Network Adapters, and make sure your adapters are all gone, including any older ones. (there will be several ' miniport' devices that are not able to be uninstalled....)
Once they are all gone, reboot and let Windows reinstall them...

Thats a total rebuild of your network connections, to hopefully correct any problems with Basic connectivity.

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