troubleshooting Question

Cannot join a Windows 7 client to a Windows Server 2003 domain

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I have put together a new PC with i5 processor, 4GB RAM, etc running Windows 7 Professional.
At home I have a Windows Server 2003 network with a server, and 4 current clients all running Windows XP SP3.
When I try to join the new Win 7 pc to the network I get the following error:-

Your computer could not be joined to the domain because the following error has occured.

An attempt to resolve the DNS name of a domain controller in the domain being joined has failed.
Please verify this client is configured to reach a DNS server that can resolve DNS names in the target domain.

I consider my self to be fairly familiar with joining clients to a domain but I am stumped by this as everything seems to be the same as for the other clients. DHCP and DNS are handled by the server and are disabled on the router.
I have disabled the wireless NIC in order to see if that was an issue but the direct cable connection does not help.

In Computer/Network it shows only the client and the residential gateway device, a WRT54G wireless router, however at one point the server did show. Network discovery and file sharing are turned on.

I can connect to the server using Remote Desktop connection.

IPconfig produces the following:-

H:\Users\jim>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : jimpc
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : callan.local

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : callan.local
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller #2
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 40-61-86-07-86-A7
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d584:1326:a207:c3f8%12(Preferred)
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.108(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 27 December 2009 14:48:06
   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 04 January 2010 14:48:06
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 138436998
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-12-AE-D3-9C-40-61-86-07-86-A6

   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
   Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 40-61-86-07-86-A6
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{649CD29E-CDF6-45EE-AA5B-9E48DB16D246}:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.callan.local:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : callan.local
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #3
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

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