1. A 14 year old computer I revived and put 98SE (no service pack)
2. A Sony Vaio Laptop XP SP2
Both of them fail to find the default gateway...
On the old computer:
It doesn't do anything at all and the /ipconfig spaces are either blank or 0.0.0.0
On the laptop:
LAN: I assume XP is a little "smarter" than 98 as it gave itself an ip but still didnt do much and had a blank for default gateway
Wireless: Gave me "little or no connectivity" and an IP address that doesn't match the 192.168.2.xxx that the other computers have
These computers are on different networks at different houses but both places use the same router (Or very similar ones) made by Microsoft
On both of them:
I set the default gateway to 192.168.2.1 and tried /ping 192.168.2.1
It gave back the proper results.
/ping google.com -t
It gave back proper results (including google's ping) again but with one exception: Packets started dropping
It may go for 10-15 times before losing a packet or two, or it may be the first three, but it still loses them.
This causes anything that tries to connect to the internet to fail...EXCEPT: when I am in wired LAN mode Windows Messenger (the old one) works just fine! It flabbergasts (wow I never use that word) me.
Please help. I have tried everything I can think of (I thought of more than what is written here).