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can't navigate to setup firewall

I'm building a clean install of XP Pro from a Dell upgrade disk.. It's going behind a whitelisting firewall so I'm doing the entire build without internet access. I have a thumb drive with all the software setup files... so I get the OS installed, the software installed, the drivers installed and I try to navigate to the hardware firewall, https://192... etc.. IE won't do it. Maybe it's because I've never completed the network setup or something.. I install Chrome because its' always done everything better and with less hassle.. it won't install.. I install Firefox and it won't navigate to the hardware firewall either.. I check my network connections and it says I have a 1394 connection and it's connected and working ok... What's up with this?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
"a 1394 connection" is a Firewire connection, not an Ethernet TCP/IP connection.  You need a "Local Area Connection" in Network Connections.  Check the network cable and the connection to your router.
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maxpiAuthor Commented:
that 1394 thingy didn't seem right.. The firewall itself is part of the problem. I put it on another computer and had to hardware reset it and power it up and down to get it to connect... am reinstalling the OS to repair IE and probably it will all be fine once again...
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maxpiAuthor Commented:
I cannot figure out how to get IE to work without it first connecting to the internet!
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't think you can.  The last clean XP install I did on a Dell by the way, I had the same thing happen.  It wouldn't run without an internet connection the first time.  It may be anytime but after the first time, it always thinks it has one even if it isn't working.
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maxpiAuthor Commented:
I wonder if Vista or Win7 are like that?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
May be.  But that isn't your actual problem.  You real problem is your network isn't being set up correctly.  In Network Connections in your Control Panel do you have a "Local Area Connection"?  If not, then your NIC isn't being recognized.
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