let me try to step through what all i have done to the computer.
i was working on sending out an email from MS Outlook when i noticed that it lost connection to exchange server. After seeing that i looked at the network connection in the taskbar and it said limited or no connectivity. that is when i noticed my wired connection wasn't working. HOWEVER, I can ping both the loopback and the computers own ip address so i am sure it is not a hardware failure. when i try to ping the switch i get host unreachable. I have tried different cat5 cables as well to get the same result. all of the switch and exchange and everything has been in place and running on same configuration for a couple of years now so nothing has changed there. nor has anything changed on my computer as far as new software being installed and such.
I did run all of the malware scans i had immediate access too including mbam, spybot S&D, SAS, and my eset nod32 suite scanner. all came back perfectly clean. I have run ccleaner's registry fixer thing-a-ma-bob and cleaned all temp file with atf cleaner(as well as running ccleaner's cleaner).
I have tried disabling the eset firewall and doing a repain on the local internet connection. I have also done an ipconfig/flushdns, netsh winsock reset, netsh winsock reset catalog, netsh interface ip delete arpcache, and a couple other i read in different forums but cant remember them now. i have obviously rebooted several times along with disabling and re-enabling the local internet connection. i reinstalled the NIC and Chipset drivers as well(after uninstalling them first of course)
I have gotten a couple of stop errors concerning driver verifier. These came up when i was trying to uninstall the NIC drivers. Something i prolly should have mentioned before all of this is that this all started when while i was working on typing that email the computer froze and after several minutes i decided to force restart. Event log has SEVERAL errors logged, most concerning w32time and not being able to contact active directory.
now here is the tricky part. I have a wireless adapter that i had installed several months back that i decided to plug in after i started having all of this trouble. Using it i can get out to the internet, but only if i know the IP addresses for the sites i want to go to. withing the network i cant remote desktop to a computer using the computer name but rather have to know the ip address. I did notice that the dns service wasnt started so i started it but that hasnt helped any. Because the wireless adapter will at least let me get out makes me think that the wired connection is going bad, but if the wired connection is going bad then i shouldnt be able to ping loopback(least thats what i have always been taught).
Any one have any ideas of what else i could try to get things running again?
Thanks in adv!
oh another part of the problem was i wasnt being assigned a dhcp address. of course if the computer isnt getting to the switch then the switch cant give an address. but a static ip didnt work either, again if the computer cant get to the switch then it cant go anywhere else. the wireless connection did get a dhcp address though. im thinking i may have something blocking communication on the wired address but not sure where else to look.
Edited by SomeCrazyStuff, 10 April 2009 - 04:00 PM.