I've been searching for a couple of hours through the forums for a similar question that wouldn't necessitate making a new thread for something that's probably been asked a hundred times, but here's the haps. At home, I have my personal (very old) laptop which has all of my software, games etc. as well as a desktop that manages to be even slower than the laptop. The laptop is old to the point where the monitor is dead so I've got the desktop monitor and peripherals all running through the laptop instead. All of this isn't terribly pertinent, but I'll get to the significance. Today, we finally switched from dialup to cable internet. Since there's two computers but only one functioning monitor between them, there's no real reason to network the two, so only one computer will be hooked up to the cable modem at a time. ***The real problem starts here, so you can skip the intro if need-be*** After some problems connecting with my laptop, I moved everything over to the desktop to confirm that the connection and the cable modem settings are all fine, but when hooked to the laptop, it gives a limited-or-no-connectivity error with the following details: Physical Address: 00-0D-xx-xx-xx-xx IP Address: 169.254.xx.xx Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0 Default Gateway: DNS Server: WINS Server: Since the connection works fine on the desktop, there's clearly some kind of error with my settings on the laptop. I've got slim to no experience with networking and broadband internet, though. Is there anything I can do to get this working?