Hey guys, I'm totally stumped with this problem and was hoping that maybe someone out there will know what to do. A friend of mine brought me a computer that had a lot of viruses on it. It was to the point that I could not turn on the machine on, it was just so bogged down. I took the hard drive out and connected it my laptop via a USB cable/ external power supply. After running several virus scans, I finally had them running clear. I then put the hard drive back into my friends computer, and it comes up fine, no problem, but the "acquiring network address" icon just keeps scanning. It never connects to the internet. I can put a static IP on it, and it opens fine in Safe Mode and can connect to the internet. When I use that same static IP in Regular Mode, it hangs on "Windows is loading...". If I set it to automatically get IP, it loads fine in both, but never connects. I have reinstalled the network card several times, I have ran winsockfix, I have changed out the cable. I am at a loss of what to try now.
It is hard wired to a wireless router, which is connected to the modem. All other computer on that router work fine. It is XP Professional. My friend does have the re-install disks, but that is a last resort as they have several other programs installed that they do not have discs for anymore.
Any suggestions? Thanks!