unable to contact ip driver, error code 2

Posted on 2009-04-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Getting this error when i try to ping. Get no networking. Tried the following
Re-install tcp/ip
Reset Winsock
Uninstall network card.
Install new network card
Run inplace repair of xp

I have no idea what else to try. I do not wish to backup and format either.
Question by:v46n
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    Assisted Solution

    Make sure the network card does not need to be reseated, load a copy of a boot from cd linux distro like backtrack and see if wireless works... If it does...

    This is what the internet suggests....

    1. Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD
    2. At the second R=Repair option, press the R key
    3. This will start the repair
    4. Press F8 for I Agree at the Licensing Agreement
    5. Press R when the directory where WindowsXP is installed is shown. Typically this is C:\WINDOWS
    6. It will then check the C: drive and start copying files
    7. It will automatically reboot when needed. Keep the CD in the drive.
    8. You will then see the graphic part of the repair that is like during a normal install of XP (Collecting Information, Dynamic Update, Preparing Installation, Installing Windows, Finalizing Installation)
    9. When prompted, click on the Next button
    10. When prompted, enter your XP key
    11. Normally you will want to keep the same Workgroup or Domain name
    12. The computer will reboot
    13. Then you will have the same screens as a normal XP Install
    14. Activate if you want (usually a good idea)
    15. Register if you want (but not necessary)
    16. Finish
    17. At this point you should be able to log in with any existing accounts.


    Step #1
    Full uninstall of TCP/IP ... no ********.
    These steps are copied from
    11. Locate the Nettcpip.inf file in %winroot%\inf, and then open the file in Notepad.
    12. Locate the [MS_TCPIP.PrimaryInstall] section.
    13. Edit the Characteristics = 0xa0 entry and replace 0xa0 with 0x80.
    14. Save the file, and then exit Notepad.
    15. In Control Panel, double-click Network Connections, right-click Local Area Connection, and then select Properties.
    16. On the General tab, click Install, select Protocol, and then click Add.
    17. In the Select Network Protocols window, click Have Disk.
    18. In the Copy manufacturer's files from: text box, type c:\windows\inf, and then click OK.
    19. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click OK.
    Note This step will return you to the Local Area Connection Properties screen, but now the Uninstall button is available.
    20. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), click Uninstall, and then click Yes.

    succesfull uninstallation of TCP/IP will remove numerous keys from the registry including
    These represent various interconnected and interdependant services.

    For good measure you should delete the following keys before reinstalling TCP/IP in step #2

    Step #2
    Reinstall of TCP/IP
    Following the above substep #13, replace the 0x80 back to 0xa0, this will eliminate the related "unsigned driver" error that was encountered during the uninstallation phase.

    Return to "local area connection"> properties > general tab > install > Protocol > TCP/IP

    You may receive an "Extended Error" failure upon trying to reinstall the TCP/IP, this is related to the installer sub-system conflicting with the security database status.

    to check the integrity of the security database
    esentutl /g c:\windows\security\Database\secedit.sdb

    There may be a message saying database is out of date
    first try the recovery option
    esentutl /r c:\windows\security\Database\secedit.sdb

    this did not work for me, I needed the repair option
    esentutl /p c:\windows\security\Database\secedit.sdb

    rerun the /g option to ensure that integrity is good and database is up to date.

    Now return to the "local area network setup"
    choose install > protocol > tcp/ip and try again
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    Author Comment

    unfortunately tried all of that and still no go. Linux Live Cd works for networking.
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    Accepted Solution

    it seems this is a common problem caused by some malicious virus or piece of spyware. I have seen it 3 times this week and only corrected it by formatting.

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