I have stumbled upon a problem with a machine on a clients network.
Basically the system is small business 2003 and the machine in question is on windows XP and is an acer.
The acer machine can see the server / exchange etc no problems. But it cannot see the internet nor ping the internet.
any user logged onto this machine cannot see the internet. though all other machines are ok.
The server ip is 192.168.1.2 , The client is 192.168.1.12
a Draytek router is on 192.168.1.1
the client (acer) has gateway of 192.168.1.1 and dns of 192.168.1.2 (server)
i have tried ip address's in a browser of say google but it fails. server ip resolves fine.
The draytek router has dhcp enabled. the server isnt dhcp. All ip allocation is from the router.
One common denominator in all this is that the Acer unit mainboard failed recently so we had to change it with a new one the original hdd and xp installation was not changed but merely left the same.
I also did realise just the router was assigning IPs based on MAC which had changed when we swapped the mainboard. But i have just changed the mac on the router but its still the same.
Anyone shed any light on this? The heat is getting to me , am i missing the obvious here.
My feelings are with the fact the h/w mainboard has changed but im not 100% sure why its effecting just the internet and no other internal communication or file transfers.