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I have a Dell Dimension 4550. We were living at temporary house and had the internet disconnected to move back in our original house. The internet never came back up on this machine. I have dsl with a gateway modem. Next is a lynksys router with wireless and 4 ports. The computer I am communicating on is thru that router and I have checked all 4 ports and wireless works. This tells me it is a software (driver issue) or hardware problem on the 4550. My neighbor who has a degree in computers has worked on this machine with no positive results. I have looked at many forums myself and tried many different things without result. My neighbor loaned me his cellphone internet connection. It worked. I have tried a couple of fixes that was recommended on this site under "no internet connection" no dice again. The 4550 is running windows xp professional. I reformatted the disk but cannot get on internet to download microsoft service packs. I also installed the chipset drivers and still no connection. If anyone has got any ideas it would be greatly appreciated.

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Did your do a full format and clean install of Windows XP?

Use another PC to download Windows XP SP3, which you should burn to a CD or DVD for future use.


Install SP3 on the Dell 4550. Make sure the native firewall is enabled.

Remove all devices from AC power then connect the 4550 directly to the DSL modem with a known good ethernet cable. Start>run>cmd. At the command prompt, type 'ipconfig/all'. Please copy and paste the output of ipconfig /all to this thread.
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