Cat 5 cable won`t connect to the net.

By timford86
Jun 7, 2007
  1. I was just recently given a computer from school after my first was stolen. I hooked it up to a cat 5 cable there and the internet worked fine. I get to my house and the cat 5 cable wouldnt connect. it kept saying limited to no activity on my computer. I hooked it up to a friends laptop and it worked fine. whats going on? If you need more info let me know? im not a computer wizard, and know little to nothing. Please help

    Please use proper thread titles from now on. Thanks.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,145   +597

    it's unlikely to be the cables, but the NIC card needs to be configured.

    describe how you access your ISP (dial-up, cable, dsl) and all hardware
    in the network.
  3. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    ...and please give us some specifics on operating system and such to go on as troubleshooting procedures can be a bit different based on the O/S.
  4. timford86

    timford86 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My computer is a Dell Latitude 131L. I'm running the internet through a broad band modem directly to my computer. When i choose Properties under the LAN connection it says Broadcom440x 10/100 Integrated Controller. Thats about all i Know.

    im sorry my operating system is Windows XP profesional
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,145   +597

    disconnect the modem cable from the system.

    On the Local Area Connection, right-click to get the properties

    scroll to the TCP/IP item and then click the Properties,
    select DHCP for both the IP and DNS items
    click ok until the window closes.

    now reconnect the cable

    you should see int the system tray, two little monitors and if you position the
    mouse over them, you will see the status. slide over, off of it, and then back
    over to see the status change -- you should see Acquiring Address and
    finally Speed xxx, Status: Connected
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