Hi folks, i'm still having problem with home network. i've tried all the suggestions. including patches regfix, winsockxpfix, and letest updates. it started out with ip addresses changing. then i got a yellow triangle with ! i applied all the patches, no luck. here's the scenario: ibm think pad has a wireless lan which i disabled. the desktop intel p4 asus mobo has marvel yukon 88e 8001/8003/8010I on the mobo when i click property it has: client for ms networks file and printer sharing QoS packet scheduler TCP/IP (with DHCP enabled and automatic IP and DNS) the lap top ibm think pad has: wireless 11a/b/g mini pci adapter 1394 net adapter intel pro/1000 MT Mobile connection xircom realport2 ethernet 1/100 (i added this one) when i click properties it has: client for ms networks service advertising protocol file and printer sharing QoS packet scheduler NWLink netBIOS NWLink IPX/SPX/netBIOS compatible protocol TCP/IP (with DHCP enabled and automatic IP and DSN) i have tried just about everything. updates, patches, reboot, and all. any suggestions on what i can do next to get these 2 pc's to talk? the network icon shows the ntework is connected, but both send packets, but not receive any. the ip address with ipconfig on the desktop is: 169.254.146.59 255.255.0.0 and for the laptop: 169.254.83.48 255.255.0.0 what determines which ip number be assigned to a computer? and why does it change when a computer is chenged on the lan?