Odd PC out connectivity problem
Posted on 2009-04-06
Hi all -
Here's my challange. I have 5 XP SP2 workstations connected to a Linksys 24 port 10/100 unmanaged switch. The Linksys is connected (approx 140 ft run) to a 3Com Superstack II 1100 10/100 switch over cat5 and that, in turn, is connected to a Procurve 4000 over 100Mb fiber. The DHCP server is connected to the Procurve. If I leave all 5 XP machines off, and then turn them on 1 by 1, the last machine...not matter which one it is won't connect. I get the "limited or no connectivity" message. The machine that fails WILL EVENTUALLY get an IP from the DHCP server, but can't ping the gateway. Even if I try to statically assign a valid IP it makes no difference, it can't get to the gateway. I can however ping between machines, even the one that can't ping across the switches. I've tried swapping the Linksys with a 10/100 netgear with the same result. I'm hoping somebody's got some Ideas I can try.