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IP 169.254 - wireless not connecting!


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SavvyClay

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Can someone please help me out here?

The internet suddenly stopped working on my PC, but my laptop connects to the wireless fine. It seems i have an automated IP thingy, 169.254.xx.xx. How do I fix this?

Keep in mind I can't mess around with too much because I don't think my parents would appreciate me breaking their router/screwing up their connection or something.

I have tried repairing, normal/safe mode/normal setup, winsock, and some other stuff but nothing is working.

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Does your PC work when you are using a wired connection?
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Try uninstalling your network card from device manager, reboot, and let windows redetect it. Then go to control panel | network connections and right click on your wireless connection and select "view available wireless networks" and make sure it connects to your home router.
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Thanks for the replies,

Gravity: I can't really test that as that would involve running a cable through the whole house, but I assume it would. The internet used to work, then it suddenly stopped.

fawoodward: I uninstalled it, rebooted but there was no difference. :)
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Go to Start | Run... and type: cmd then at the dos box type: ipconfig /all
and paste the results.
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Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : qdi-4812b49b982
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet 10/10
0/1000Base-T Adapter, Copper RJ-45
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0F-EA-42-58-D3

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G122 Wireless U
SB Adapter(rev.C)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1C-F0-0A-63-76
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.97.57
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 169.254.97.57
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Lets renew your connection to the gateway.
  • Go to Start -> Run.
  • In the Box, type in "cmd".
  • A black box will appear. Type in: "ipconfig /release".
  • After it is done releasing. Type in: "ipconfig /renew".
  • This should renew your connection with your gateway.

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Olrik
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Okay, nothing changed. This is what happened:


C:\Documents and Settings\student>ipconfig /release

Windows IP Configuration

No operation can be performed on Local Area Connection while it has its media disconnected.

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . :

C:\Documents and Settings\student>ipconfig /renew

Windows IP Configuration

No operation can be performed on Local Area Connection while it has its media disconnected.
An error occurred while renewing interface Wireless Network Connection : unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out.
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If the network is secured with a WEP or WPA key make sure you have the right key.
Your DHCP server (Your router) had a awnsered with a request timed out. It can't access the router.
What about hardwireing it to the router, does it work then?

Regards,
Olrik
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Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : qdi-4812b49b982
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet 10/10
0/1000Base-T Adapter, Copper RJ-45
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0F-EA-42-58-D3

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G122 Wireless U
SB Adapter(rev.C)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1C-F0-0A-63-76
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.97.57
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 169.254.97.57


red bolded would be the problem!
Check out the following microsoft article.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310570

Goodluck! :)
Regards,
Olrik
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169 IP seems to be the issue... this tells me your computer isn't seeing the DHCP server and your not getting a valid ip address.


Some questions I have for you hopefully you can answer for me...

Who makes your Router? If it's a linksys they come factory with this kind of set up.

192.168.1.1 (Router ip)
255.255.255.0 (subnet mask)
192.168.1.1 (Default Gateway)
192.168.1.1 (DNS)

Username:
password: admin

It could be possible your not seeing the address for a few reasons:

1. Your running some kind of funky firewall which isn't allowing you to obtain a valid ip.
2. Your router has disabled DHCP... ( this will let you connect but you wont get a valid ip from it)

I would suggest power cycling both the dsl/cable modem and the router then waiting 30 seconds.... turn the modem back on wait for the green lights to get on and in sync then turn on the router. Try connecting your machine using ethernet cable to see if your getting a valid ip address... if you are then we have isolated that theory 1 and 2 are not the reason... and that possible the winsock associated with your wireless is FuQD so you need to repair your tpc/ip stack for your wireless connection...

Let me know... maybe if you get ahold on me online by connecting it via ethernet cable I can remote into your machine and fix your problem.


Okay, nothing changed. This is what happened:


C:\Documents and Settings\student>ipconfig /release

Windows IP Configuration

No operation can be performed on Local Area Connection while it has its media disconnected.

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . :

C:\Documents and Settings\student>ipconfig /renew

Windows IP Configuration

No operation can be performed on Local Area Connection while it has its media disconnected.
An error occurred while renewing interface Wireless Network Connection : unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out.


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Olrik,

I don't think the Unknown node type is the problem. I'm not very knowledgeable with these Node Types but based on this forum discussion about experimenting with the node type, I would have to disagree with you. Of course, I'm only basing this on the forum discussion I've read and not my own knowledge. Besides, my node type is also Unknown and I don't have any connectivity problems.

Well, after an evening playing with an XP Pro laptop and Ethereal on my home network, I have reached a conclusion:

I don't think the node type being set to "Unknown" is a problem.


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Olrik,

I don't think the Unknown node type is the problem. I'm not very knowledgeable with these Node Types but based on this forum discussion about experimenting with the node type, I would have to disagree with you. Of course, I'm only basing this on the forum discussion I've read and not my own knowledge. Besides, my node type is also Unknown and I don't have any connectivity problems.

Well, after an evening playing with an XP Pro laptop and Ethereal on my home network, I have reached a conclusion:

I don't think the node type being set to "Unknown" is a problem.


Hmm, appears to be so. I did have problems with an Unknown node type. Then again it might've been something else at the same time. (I really should start documenting stuff.)
Good point though ditrackster :)

Regards,
Olrik
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Olrik - Editing the registry changed nothing :)
pcimagefix - I cannot test the connection with a cable. The distance is too far. And the router and modem are turned off every night and on every morning anyway. My only firewall is the Windows one, and I have tried with that off aswell.

Modem brand = Motorola

Router brand = D-Link

There are two other computers that work fine with the wireless connection, it is just the one that doesn't connect.

I don't understand much about this DHCP stuff, so if there's something I have to change there please be more detailed in instructions

thanks
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And the router and modem are turned off every night


I read / can remember vaguely somewhere that turning the router (DHCP Server) off Might cause it to set some trouble.
Why is it being turned off?

Let me know... maybe if you get ahold on me online by connecting it via ethernet cable I can remote into your machine and fix your problem.

I don't belive remote is encouraged on Geeks to Go!

Are you using the correct Security Key to get on the network?

Regards,
Olrik
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