Hello there, I have a functioning broadband connection on my pc, running XP. I bought a Vista Acer 5051 laptop recently and a couple of weeks ago could access the internet from it with no problems. However,two weeks later, for some reason now it doesn't work. The only changes I have made is to install a firewall, update MS updates and connect using the "auto" connect function to get a wireless connection at a friends house. I have now turned off the firewall, to no result. I have done a sytem restore to no result. Does anyone have any suggestions? When I do IPconfig, it shows WLAN media disconnected (to be expected as the the modem I am trying to connect with is an ADSL modem, not a wireless one, then shows the IP address to be 192.168.1.5. The IP address of my working pc XP is 192.168.1.4 Does anyone have any suggestions that may help?
hi again .... have you tried the cable for the pc in the laptop.? looking to eliminate the cable as the cause of the problem.... does vista report cable unplugged even though it is plugged in ? if you switch off the wireless can you see the local network connection in network connections, im thinking that the wireless lan is overideing the cable connection or the cable is damaged .Dave
Hi daxian Yes I have tried a different ethernet cable, and the original cable also works for my other pc, so I don't think that's it. I tend to agree with you, its definitely a software problem. Could be possibly the automatic WLan stopping the ethernet connection. Do you know how I stop this? or change this? Thanks Didean
hi didean...... i think its more than possible the wireless has taken the same ip addy as the network card ... switch off the wireless lan, connect the ethernet cable..... then using the run command do an ipconfig /release,then ipconfig /renew,pressing return after each command......that should do the trick ..Dave