thanks, did that, found the xircom drivers, loaded them, tcp back , now no error on the renew is gone,
the laptop ( winipcfg ) sees my router, and visa versa ( its an SMC 4 port router ), firewall disengaged (norton) but ( unfortunately ) still no connection , nor to file sharing on my other PC ( laptop ID is same and existing )
have to also add that prior to this fix pc was rather slower than ususal, plenty of HD left, its faster now
so still not able to get a web page or connect to my global shares folder, it does not recognize it although the link led light is active at the router and pcmica card.
if this is useful, i occassional get a issues like this when i switch to my wireless netgear card and then back to the Xircom, ( sometimes) although its never been this messed up , usual takes a reboot or 2 and reinserting the card or checking the properties ( plus i have 2 other xircards i can test with )
have not tried the wireless, (which i did have in the laptop a couple of days ago and that worked ok)
edit saturday 22th
: did dial up "communications" remove, reboot. add, reboot, still no go
played around with network settings ( based on other search "finds" )-- still no connection nor file sharing thru router
further edit: now winipcfg reports no pcmica so i reinstalled xircom and added it ---NOW have internet connection- whew! now on to fix file sharing
question i have held off flashing the bios, i am at A13 not sure but think this cpi might be at rev 15 (dells site is confusing still looking )
anyone have problems flashing bios with this series of dell- i'd hate to screw up on this-- just wondering if its worth it since i am running 98 and for the most part this laptop still runs although over the past 3 years i had to cannibalize 2 other cpis to make the 3rd one "still" work!
guess i've been lucky like recently i found a tossed out battery pac for this model at work in the trash...it will run for almost 75 minutes....
any other suggestions or sources for file sharing and router basics ( have to check this place out for any stickies ) ( did look at dells since it is a dell )?
btw, nice place ya have here!
Edited by robstarr-lite, 22 October 2005 - 03:08 AM.