With Windows XP refusing to boot up at all, I decided to boot up my PC with a Ubuntu 9.04 CD ROM which I'd NEVER tried using prior to this. It worked. I didn't install Ubuntu, I just used the "Try Ubuntu without installing it" option every time I booted my PC with the CD ROM. It'd go into Ubuntu's desktop. and I'd click on Mozilla Firefox and voila, without even needing to do any sort of setting up, everything works. I am now using this method to get online and try to find solutions to my Windows XP problem as we speak! So up till now, I can surf on the internet with the Ubuntu CD ROM.
Yesterday I decided to back up all the important files on my PC, and decided to format the hard drive and re-install Windows XP. I did everything right, and Windows XP was installed. Everything looked good. Until I clicked on Internet Explorer to try and see if I could surf the Net on it. I couldn't. It'd load up the error message on screen saying DNS Error, problem with server/connection. Every single time. Its so exasperating! I tried the "cmd" > "ipconfig" method but it'd fail to give me an ip address every time. I tried clicking on the Networking icon and clicking on the "1394 Ethernet" connection and then using the "Repair" option. It wouldn't work. Instead, it gave me this error message "Failed to query TCP/IP settings of the connection." each time!
Now I know some people have suggested that perhaps something in my hardware needs replacing. Something is wrong with my PC, my cables, etc.
This can't be the case, because even as I speak, Ubuntu works fine on my PC and I can surf the internet on my VirginMedia Broadband connection with Mozilla Firefox on Ubuntu just fine!
I think there must be a problem with my Windows XP... but I'm not "techie" enough to figure this out! I feel like installing Ubuntu on my system and using it permanently but I know I can't live without Windows because some applications like my Sony MP3 sync software will simply not work in Ubuntu. Can anyone help me fix my Windows XP internet connection??
Edited by gjs5p, 08 January 2010 - 06:20 PM.