Hi dynamicdavid! Welcome to G2G!
Please download the file WinsockXPFix, which is attached to this post. Make sure all windows are closed before running it. After it is completed it will reboot your computer. Once rebooted see how your internet connection is and post here how things are going.
First of all, Not sure if it matters, but I do not
have SP2 with XP Home. I have heard mixed reviews of if SP2 is useful, so I have not installed it.
Actually, WinsockXPfix.exe is the app that I downloaded and installed off of MajorGeeks.com earlier today (actually 5 hours ago), and when I did this the first time, it was at the same time that I was doing a Fast Scan using Ewido (so far, after 2 different scans, I have removed close to 300 'things', including a couple of trojans... one of them was calledTrojan.Delf.cf (the app was located in the system32 folder as x748.exe).
Almost immediately, I checked my IP address using the 'ipconfig' command with 'cmd' and it was communitcating with my Linksys Vonage Phone adapter... and I have no problem going to google.com or pinging different websites.
I was thrilled, stopped the scan (big mistake), and rebooted as WinsockXPfix instructed. I also ran xptcpprep.exe and installed the app... I ran the 'Reset TCP/IP' option but when I clicked on 'Repair Winsock' an error said I had to have SP2, which I do not)
Once it rebooted, I repeated the 'cmd'; 'ipconfig' and I was back to the 169.254.32.41 IP address.
I ran the 'lspfix.exe' and removed all the items listed.
SO; Since then... I have repeatedly removed the LAN adapter device (Soyo P4VTE mobo), by disabling it in the BIOS.
THen Downloaded the driver from Soyo's website for the LAN adapter and put it on my Thumb USB drive... from 'Safe Mode' I removed the LAN driver, and then rebooted to 'normal mode' on 'xp home' 2 times, then rebooted.
(I have not manually gone into system diretories to manually remove drivers, because I am not sure what to delete)
I removed Networking, in safe mode, and then rebooted 2x to normal mode.
I then reinstalled Networking from Safemode.
THen went back to the BIOS, re-enabled the LAN, and then rebooted to Safe Mode. From 'Safe Mode' I did a complete scan after reinstalling Ewido; and ran the install for the LAN device.
I am still getting the same result... same 169.x.x.x ip address.
Currently in Safe Mode. I have not rebooted... and I am very curious if you guys can help me fix this.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading, and if you have any suggestions... I would greatly appreciate your input.