Network problem help please

By megaman2k
Sep 30, 2004
  1. up until recently ive had a perfect network in my house with 2 computers connected via lan cable through a network card at each end.

    now all of a sudden i get a network cable is unplugged, there seems to be no prob at the other end just this computer

    ARRG please help
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Please test with another cable.
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    It sounds like the dog or cat has pulled it out of the back of your machine. If they have not, I would do as Phantasm said and try another cable.

    :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
  4. grimesy69

    grimesy69 TS Rookie Posts: 90

    i've also got a wierd problem, i have had a perfect network in my house. it consists of two computers networked card in each, connected via cat5e cable.
    now all of a sudden i got a ballon in the corner saying 'limited or no activity.' this message only shows up on the main pc which has the net connection.
    now any resource to do with the network doesnt work. (i cant share internet, i cant share files printers anything.on the client pc) i have also got an network ip adress of so i click the ballon and click repair, and it says the following stages cant be completed' renewing the ip adress'

    following this problem i tried running the network wizards again, no such luck, the wizard cant be completed, i think this is because it cant aquire an ip adsress.
    i have also tried command prompts like 'ipconfig/renew' etc.

    does any 1 no wot i can do to fix this confusiong problem. :mad: :mad:
  5. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    A few basic setups when networking:

    Router-setup WAN:
    Protocol: Fixed IP
    IP-address, Subnetmask and default Gateway: as per ISP-information
    DNS-servers: as per ISP-information
    Enable NAT

    Router-setup LAN:
    IP-address: set to e.g. (or use default)
    DHCP-server: disable

    Router: Some System-settings (depending on your router)
    Optional SNTP (time): e.g. for UK/Ireland (GMT)
    uPnP: disable
    Dynamic routing: disable
    Remote config: disable
    Dynamic DNS: disable
    Firewall: Block hacker attack: enable
    Firewall: Block WAN request: enable
    VPN: disable all settings unless you need it

    Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
    Use the following IP address: (102, 103 etc.)
    Default Gateway: (IP-address from your Router)
    Use DNS Server address: (IP-address from your Router)
    Second DNS: leave blank or put in first DNS-server from WAN-part in Router

    Enable File/Printer sharing if you wish (works only within local network)
    Check individual printer(s) that they are shared as well (in printer-settings)

    And make sure all your PCs are in the same WORKGROUP.

    If software firewall installed, enable the other PCs IP-address(es)
  6. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    What error msg do you receive when you try to release/renew the address with ipconfig? (you may have to wait a few minutes for it to return an error)
    Does the error reference DHCP or does it say something about a socket?
  7. grimesy69

    grimesy69 TS Rookie Posts: 90

    the error that shows up, is 'unable to contact dhcp server.'

    realblackstuff, thanks for your advise and information, i will try it out tonite. ;)
  8. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    If these two machines are connected via a cat5 then RBS's info is mostly useless to you. His info is for router setup. If you don't have a router then you won't be able to use those settings.

    You need to make sure that any firewalls are disabled on both machines until you get them talking again, then enable and configure them to allow eachother.
  9. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Have you recently installed SP2, I know by default they enable the firewall after installation, and that could be causing you a problem.
  10. grimesy69

    grimesy69 TS Rookie Posts: 90

    i have recently installed sp2 but before i set up my network, my network worked fine for about three weeks and after that it just stopped i dont know y. :dead: i dont have a router,and 'If these two machines are connected via a cat5 then RBS's info is mostly useless to you.' (quote)
    Does this mean that i need another cable? :wave:
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