I've joined this site because I have a problem that I cannot fix, and you ladies and gents seemed genuinely able and happy to help. Some of the following is being taken directly from a similar thread from over a year ago, as it is almost exactly my problem down to the order in which I attempted to fix things. I hope Irina doesn't mind.
Last night my DSL Internet connection simply stopped working while my computer was in sleep mode. Firefox said that no page could be found and IE6 that no page could be displayed, as did Opera. The only thing I knew how to do was to check the Internet options (which according to my provider should be configured to detecting the settings automatically). I also disconnected all connectors from power source to my cable modem to computer, waited 20 seconds. Rebooted. The light was blinking fine and dandy, everything caught up to speed and acted like it was going to work. I waited. Nothing.
I then went on checking for any kind of malware. My AV is AVG, as well as AntiVir Guard, both of which I update daily. I also have the ZoneAlarm firewall and a collection of spy/adware removers like Lavasoft AdAware, Spybot S&D and I also downloaded and ran Ewido, CWShredder and did Trend Housecall online scan. I seem to be clean.
Now, my provider uses DHCP. When I went to view my connection under control panel I saw that I had been assigned an IP starting with 169.254.... and my subnet mask was 255.255.0.0. Until I saw another user say this was not good, I wasn't exactly certain.. although the subnet mask did indeed make ne a little cautious.
Next, I went to command prompt and typed ipconfig/release and then renew, but I received an error message saying the following:
An error occurred while renewing interface Local Area Connection 5 : unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out.
At this point I got the brilliant idea to hook up my 56k modem line, which to my surprise still works. I searched the internet and and came across a tool I had previously forgotten called WinsockXp Fix. Using the following command ( netsh winsock reset ) I rebooted my computer. An error message popped up that was too fast to read just before it shut down, and when it logged back in.. nothing. I tried ipconfig/releasedns, then reset and renew. Nothing.
Next idea was to just say 'screw it all' and use system restore to a few days ago. NO dice, as frustrating as it was. It gave me an error and said the 'system restore failed' or some such, and that no changes had been done. Tried a few days back. Same outcome. A week back (as far as I could go), same outcome.
It seems like something went either wrong or missing somewhere on my PC without me knowing it. I don't know anymore where to look. I am desperate for help. I was already considering a reinstall which would doubtless solve the problem but I would also like to get to the bottom of this. Any help would be priceless for me!
Thanks in advance,
Edited by Jester86, 23 December 2006 - 03:17 PM.