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connecting win7 laptop to ethernet port

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what does it take for a laptop to be able to connect to internet through Ethernet?

i took the Ethernet cable from a xp machine and put it in a win7 machine. but it would not recognize the connection. but it works fine on xp machine.

what does it take to just plug on win7 machine and make it get online.

thanks.
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by:Scott Thomson
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Hi 25112

This is really a more complicated question than you have given the information for.

No i will assume that this is a home pc and that the internet connection works fine on the windows XP pc?

Do you have an ADSL or cable model and the network cable runs from that to the xp/windows 7 laptop?
When you plug in the ethernet cable do you get an icon down the bottom right that looks like a computer with a plug?

if you go to start > Run and type "cmd" you will get a black command prompt. in that command prompt if you type "ipconfig /all" can you paste the results of that here for us
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by:25112
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home pc -> actually, small office.
>>the internet connection works fine on the windows XP pc?
Yes, wired, from the wireless router. (Comcast router->wireless router->wired)

>>When you plug in the ethernet cable do you get an icon down the bottom right that looks like a computer with a plug?
yes, it kind of recognizes that i plugged the ethernet (i am talking abt win7 machine), but it says 'no internet' message.

??ipconfig
I don't have access to the machines now, since it is after office hours. but I will get it to your tomorrow. but basically when i did a ipconfig on the xp machine, it gave the proper ip address, 192.168.1.x but with win 7 machine, it did not get a ip address yet.. that i remember seeing.
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by:Scott Thomson
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if it is not giving you an ip address that is why it cannot access the internet buddy.

now you have to find out why. it might be that your company has "mac filtering" in the router (if you can get us the router make/model we can help you find where to check it)

or it may be that the Windows 7 machine doesn't have drivers installed for the network card.

to see if it does go to network > network and sharing centre > change adaptor settings

if you cannot see an adaptor in there or if it's disabled that is your issue :D

the more screenshots you can supply us on this one the easier it will be to help. there i nothing wrong with your internet this is specifically a setting on the pc or the router for mac filtering. it could also be antivirus
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by:25112
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thanks.. the router is linksys wrt54g

>>Windows 7 machine doesn't have drivers installed for the network card.
how can i check? the device manager has no red checks in it. adapters are not disabled..

when i connect to the original router, will take screenshots for you. thanks.
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by:Scott Thomson
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actually even with mac filtering it would get an IP address. so i would assume that your network is disabled or not installed on that laptop
you can check in device manager

or see if its disabled in network sharing centre under "change adaptor settings"

But look for the bottom right to see if the network icon appears when you plug in the cable :)
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by:Sam Simon Nasser
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in the windows 7 machine, just renew the ip address, do one of these:
go to network and sharing center, change adapter settings, right click on the lan card and click disable, wait 10 seconds and right click and choose enable
go to start - run type cmd, in the command windows type ipconfig/release then type ipconfig/renew
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by:nobus
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is dns enabled?   http://windows.microsoft.com/nl-be/windows/change-tcp-ip-settings#1TC=windows-7

normally - it is set ot automatic, or to a fixed address
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by:SandeepWalve
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Please do ipconfig /all in your Windows XP machine and advise what is there against

DHCP Enabled :

If it is Yes then we have to look for some different way, but if it is NO then IP on your Windows XP machine is configured manually. Similar way you need to configure it on your Windows 7 machine with the DNS configured in correct way.
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by:25112
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pl see screenshot... there was a hotspot connection.. that worked perfecetly.. but after that was removed the router connection has been a struggle. that may be the 2 adapters you see.
networkconnections.jpg
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pl see attached 3 txt files.

they were got when i ran

1)ipconfig/all
2)ipconfig/release
3)Windows troubleshoot log.
Attachments-2014325.zip
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under the wireless network properties,

the encrytion type is chosen as WEP.
for security type "No Authentication (Open)" is selected.

is this correct combination?
security-type.jpg
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by:Scott Thomson
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ok now we have a problem.

In none of the pictures you posted can i see a cable plugged in to your laptop. all i see is you trying to connect to wireless..?

Are you wanting to connect in any way possible be it wireless or cable or do you specifically want to just use the cable..?

In this one
"pl see screenshot... there was a hotspot connection.. that worked perfecetly.. but after that was removed the router connection has been a struggle. that may be the 2 adapters you see. "

It shows that you have no network cable plugged into your computer.

Can you please plug in the cable. then repost this screenshot and also show us the results of an ipconfig again?

It seems like you may need to extend your DHCP range.

But start with the new screenshot after plugging in a cable please.
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also look in device manager that your Network card is installed properly
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by:25112
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Scott- thanks.. it so happened that the user needed it as an emergency measure and what it took was the quick measure.. finally played with wifi and got it working by changing to wpa2pers..

but i will get the laptop back to me after soon to look at Ethernet connectivity.. then i will reopen a question thread. thank you!!
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by:Scott Thomson
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No worries and glad we could help. Sorry i was focusing more on the ethernet part based on the  heading.

But i am glad that its working normally :-)
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:)
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