Well I am beyond frustrated and out of ideas. I am fairly good with PCs, I build my own and am pretty self reliant at fixing problems, but this one is beyond me. Anyone who can help me fix this problem will have my most sincere respect. Microsoft has lost it...
I randomly and inexplicably lost internet access one day after a normal reboot. It had been working fine for months, but since then I have only been able to get local access to my router, no internet access. To further clarify, I am always getting a 169... IP address. Other computers on the network access no problem, so I am pretty confident it is a Vista issue.
I tried all the solutions I read about online:
- Done all the super simple stuff (please dont tell me to power cycle my modem)
- Disabled ipv6 (tried to but most times I try to change something LAN properties it timed out and stopped responding, only way to close it was to power down)
-Tried the official Vista solution involving ReEdit
-updated firmware on router (Linsys Wrt 54G)
- disabled/enabled network adapter
Beyond this I have ven gone to some extreme steps
-Skipped my router all together and tried hooking up striaght to the Modem.
-Tried using restore points (didn't work)
- I completely reformatted my entire PC and Reinstalled Vista from scratch (STILL DIDNT FIX IT!!!)
After a reformat and clean install didn't work I have just about given up. IS there any reason not to switch to Apple at this point. In my opinion, this product should not be sellable. If a brand new install of the product will not connect to the internet, it's just broken.
Any geniuses out there have some ideas?
I''ve heard that maybe some static IP solutions might work but this doesn't make sense to me. I shouldn't have to rely on that since it was working for months without using static IPs. I'd like to avoid that if possible.
Thanks in advance.