Solved

NIC works with static IP but won't take DHCP

Posted on 2008-06-10
8
576 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I have an older Dell Inspiron laptop that will communicate when the NIC is given a static IP but absolutely won't take DHCP.  It has a clean install of XP SP3 and fresh drivers downloaded from Dell.  The network card is a 3Com 3C920.  Does anyone have any idea why it won't take a DHCP address?  Thank you all.  
0
Comment
Question by:dmgitna
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
8 Comments
 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:burrcm
ID: 21750618
Perhaps the router has DHCP disabled?

Chris B
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:ottobock
ID: 21750639
Hello, just a thought - Do you have a second NIC to try?
It may be the hardware is close-to-kaput. NIC's are inexpensive enough that it may just be better to first ensure a different one will work, and if it does, purchase a new card and save the headache of troubleshooting the Dell.
Good luck!
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:vojans
ID: 21750706
Is your DHCP client service enabled?
0
Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:dmgitna
ID: 21750760
Yes, DHCP is very much enabled and kicking out to the other computers and laptops without so much as an issue.  I have had a PCMCIA NIC in this laptop and that worked fine.  I was hoping that someone might have heard of this problem before, perhaps a driver issue somewhere along the line (even though I put new ones on) or some weird little intricacy with this particular card.  This is unlikely to be something obvious!  
0
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:Mark
ID: 21751231
More than likely its a problem in the TCP/IP stack in windows. Have you had any spyware issues lately?
Here is a guide to determine if this is the problem
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811259

have you tried winsockfix?
http://www.home-network-help.com/winsockfix.html
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:ottobock
ID: 21751348
I dont know - if another PCMCIA nic worked fine - then I am guessing a problem with the Dell driver, or the hardware is just not working correctly (could only speculate). You could dig further into the network settings, or even search out a different (even older) version of the driver for the specific card > or save time and install a new one. :-)
Good luck!
0
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:asidu
ID: 21758083
You could try, delete  the card from the system and reinstal it.
0
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
dmgitna earned 0 total points
ID: 21868666
In the end I installed a wireless PCMCIA card which took DHCP no problem.  This somehow triggered the installed wired connection to work.  Don't know how or why!  I then uninstalled the PCMCIA card and the onboard wired card has continued to work ever since.  
0

Featured Post

Resolve Critical IT Incidents Fast

If your data, services or processes become compromised, your organization can suffer damage in just minutes and how fast you communicate during a major IT incident is everything. Learn how to immediately identify incidents & best practices to resolve them quickly and effectively.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I am not new to IT, I have been working in the field since 1985.  But recently I came up against something that stumped even me (it doesn't happen as often as I would like).  I was running a screencasting session from the laptop to my TV via ChromeC…
In this article you will get to know about pros and cons of storage drives HDD, SSD and SSHD.
Nobody understands Phishing better than an anti-spam company. That’s why we are providing Phishing Awareness Training to our customers. According to a report by Verizon, only 3% of targeted users report malicious emails to management. With compan…
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…

733 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question