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Limited or No Connectivity, Wireless XP SP3


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Hi, I have an Acer Netbook that could wirelessly access the Internet through the home cable modem router, but the desktop pc, fitted with a wireless USB adapter and sitting not two feet from it, has a "Limited or No connectivity notice slapped on the Network Access icon. The signal status indicates "Excellent." Both have Win XP SP3 installed. I've tried the Winsock refresh suggested fix (both with Winsockfix.exe and the netsh DOS command), but still no connection had been established.

The following are results of an ipconfig ping:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
© Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Calima
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel® PRO/100 VE Network Connecti
on #2
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0D-61-64-C9-34

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection 3:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : D-Link Wireless G DWA-110 USB Adapte
r #2
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-22-B0-52-3C-E8
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.20.95
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :


C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ping 169.254.20.95

Pinging 169.254.20.95 with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 169.254.20.95: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 169.254.20.95: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 169.254.20.95: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 169.254.20.95: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 169.254.20.95:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ping 255.255.0.0

Pinging 255.255.0.0 with 32 bytes of data:

Destination specified is invalid.
Destination specified is invalid.
Destination specified is invalid.
Destination specified is invalid.

Ping statistics for 255.255.0.0:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ping 206.190.60.37

Pinging 206.190.60.37 with 32 bytes of data:

Destination host unreachable.
Destination host unreachable.
Destination host unreachable.
Destination host unreachable.

Ping statistics for 206.190.60.37:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ping yahoo.com
Ping request could not find host yahoo.com. Please check the name and try again.


I'm at wit's end about this, and would greatly appreciate any help you guys could extend. Thanks in advance!
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Two things:

1. The ipconfig result is displaying a local-link IP address (169.254.20.25). Basically, your computer has DHCP enabled, but is unable to connect to a DHCP server (typically your router) for a "real" IP address.

2. The ipconfig result doesn't show the default gateway IP (your router). You should be able to see the default gateway IP address (gateway being the outlet to the Internet). If you can't ping your default gateway (your router), you won't be able to hit the Internet. Does that make sense?

On your desktop PC, do the following:

1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Network and Internet Connections
2. Right-click "Wireless Network Connection 3", select Properties.
3. In the Networking tab, look for Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then select Properties.
4. Be sure "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically" are selected.

What type of a router is it? I'm looking for the brand and model. For some reason, your desktop isn't connecting to the router, and we need to figure out why :D

Can you also post the results of an "ipconfig /all" from your laptop?

Edited by Double_D_Edd, 13 December 2010 - 01:39 AM.

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Thanks for replying so fast Double_D_Edd :D Lemme go check the router at my sister's house (we live in a multi-split building) for the exact specs. Bad news on the netbook though, my brother in law borrowed it for his thesis project, and won't be home till later. Great explanation on the ipconfig results too, thanks!

I'll get back to you as soon as I can...
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Thanks for replying so fast Double_D_Edd :D Lemme go check the router at my sister's house (we live in a multi-split building) for the exact specs. Bad news on the netbook though, my brother in law borrowed it for his thesis project, and won't be home till later. Great explanation on the ipconfig results too, thanks!

I'll get back to you as soon as I can...

You're very welcome ;)
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I took your lead and focused on the router as the possible culprit, and apparently a hard reset was all that was needed (poking a small hole behind the router with a bent paper clip). Thank you very much! Without your input Double_D_Edd, I'm sure I would have tore off my hair while screaming for Bill Gates' head. My faith in humanity has been restored :D Thanks man.
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Hahaha, you're very welcome! I'm glad everything's working now :D
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