My home network is spiralling downwards - fast:
I have a Win 2K Pro desktop and a Win XP Pro laptop. First of all I set up a simple LAN by connecting the 2 computers via a twisted network cable. After a bit of Googling and trial and error I got it to work and could share files, printers and Internet access. (Speeddial Modem DSL) I now wish I had left it like that, but NO! - I had to have a wireless network.
I got a Netgear 108 Mbps Wireless ADSL Router and a Netgear 108 Mbps Wireless USB Adapter. Connected the desktop to the router via network cable. Could access Internet - all quite easy. Then I installed the USB adapter into the laptop but it could not find the network - scan did not detect the NETGEAR network. Then I borrowed a 108 MBPs Wireless PC card and installed that into the laptop. Everthing worked. Had file share, Internet access etc.
Things started going wrong when I then tried to install a Belkin Bluetooth USB adapter on my laptop. During the installation several shortcut icons changed and all the Microsoft Office icons changed to the white square with the blue frame. It appeared that somehow some .ico files went missing. So I decided I could live without the bluetooth device - I only wanted to back up my contact list from my mobile phone - and uninstalled it. Icons didn't reappear. So I did a System Restore and that set everything back to working order. Everything worked for 2 days. Then, when I booted up the computer, the PC card could not find the network. Tried the Netgear USB adapter - same story. Also, the same icons had disappeared/changed again. Tried system restore to a number of restore points, but it came back with "Sytem Restore could not restore" Also the computer was painfully slow all of a sudden. So I Googled for days and hours and finally found your website. Tried the Repair procedure as you describe in the Win XP thread. That only made things worse. So, I moved the laptop back near the desktop again and connected them via the twisted network cable. And it comes up with an IP address conflict.
IP address on desktop:
Ethernet adapter LAN 169.254.171.181
subnet mask 255.255.0.0
IP address on laptop:
subnet mask 255.255.0.0
When I try to repair the connection I comes up with:
The following steps of the repair operation failed: renewing IP address
Can you help? Please??????