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Connected to the internet but not! Failed to query TCP/IP

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Okay, here is the problem. My computer (desk top) says it is connected to the internet but when I open a browser or email it just gives me errors. When I try to repair the connection I get "Failed to query TCP/IP settings of the connection. Can not proceed. I am on a home network that seems to be running just fine for all of the other systems here. I have even moved the cat 5 cable that is currently connected to the ailing PC from a computer that it worked fine with (and placed the cable I was questioning on this computer) Therefore I have ruled out cable, switch and router problems. I do not seem to be able to obtain an IP address through my DHCP connection, the system timer continues to run and it shows packets sent but no packets received. Thre are no details in connetion status or details areas. I have removed and reinstalled TCP/IP twice. I have removed and replaced the NIC as well. I tried removing and reinstalling the Network Driver. I am not sure what else to do. Any ideas? I am trying to avoid having to reload my Windows (I am a student and there is too much I stand to lose if I have to reload.)
I do not think the following is relevant but other people might think differently. My system has been turned off for about 6 weeks. When I turned it back on instead of windows coming up I received a series of beeps. I assumed that the down time had allowed a possible crack in my motherboard to develop so Ai replaced it. Then it would not start back up. Finally I replaced the power supply as well and it started with out a problem. The TCP/IP situation first showed its ugly little face during all of the above and not before. I am assuming that I am dealing with two unrelated problems, but perhaps someone with more knowledge than I have will think differently.
I figure some one else has to have delt with this problem before, but when I tired to seach it here I could not find any previous posts.
Thank you for your time and any help you might be able to be.
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Start> Run> cmd> ipconfig /release
Start> Run> cmd> ipconfig /renew
Start> Run> cmd> flushdns
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