Ok, sorry about the delay, AGAIN.
Since I posted that previous message I have had no access to the internet. I was at school when I posted. It was my computer, and what I had to do was re-install the TCP/IP connection. I phoned shaw (as I had no access to the net to post and ask you) and they walked me through that.
The results of my ipconfig at the time came up with the 169.something, which they explained to me was the default windows address when it can't connect out to the net.
So, my internet is working, ipconfig brings up my home IP Address, not that windows stuff...
It is weird that the error happened at the time it did though, because my IP address was definately one of the ones affected in the network outage last night.
If there is anything else you wish to know about this weird problem, well, I'll actually be able to respond this time
thanks for your concern for my problem