Recently installed three netgear ethernet bridge plugs - initially without a hitch.
One computer still works fine.
However, the other one recently lost all connection to the internet and returned the message:
LAN or High Speed Internet
Limited or no connectivity
VIA Compatible Fast Ethernet Adapter
According to Windows Task Manager: Network Utilz 0%, Link Speed 100 Hbps, State Operational
Network Connection Details assigned a value to Physical Address, IP Address and Subnet Hash but no value to DNS Server and WINS Server
Computer attempted to repair the connection by renewing the IP address but failed.
Windows could not finish repairing the problem because the following action cannot be completed:
Renewing your IP address
Default IP Gateway not available according to system summary
However, I adopted the usual 'superstitious' remedy and switched the computer/ethernet bridge off and then on again at the socket. This time, IE is working (relief) but Firefox isn't. Not even in safe mode.
I'm confused by this and remain worried that something isn't right. When I ran XP 'Network Diagnostics' (with IE working) I was told that "Network Adapters:  VIA Compatible Fast Ethernet Adapter FAILED"
Limited Area Connection
VIA Compatible Fast Element Adapter
Advanced System Information:
Connection Preference: Never dial
LAN Settings: Blank
AutoConfig URL: blank
Proxy Server: Blank
Proxy Override: Blank
My current Local Area Connection Status is Connected (Assigned by DHCP, whatever that means!)
My Default Gateway is slightly different from my IP address. Does this matter?
Btw, just to add to the mix, I have Norton Anti-Virus installed. And service provider is AOL(!). Also apparently something called “Symantec Network Proxy” is running. Might this be relevant? *well, it's worth a try*
Trying to think what prompted Firefox to fail, I am a little worried this could be the result of my mucking about with a Tor, Privoxy and Vidalia bundle yesterday. I have now deleted/uninstalled these components to the best of my ability.
Hopeless, I know. (Me, not the machine!)
All assistance greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your help! :-)