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Limited Connectivity

by psions5 / May 18, 2005 4:42 AM PDT


I have a Toshiba Satellite 1800-1400 (2001) Laptop With Windows XP Professional, Celeron 800, 128MB Ram and a 15GB Hard disk.

I am trying to connect it to my home network, which comprises of an 8 Port Switch, A NTL Broadband Modem and my main PC. I am Trying to Add this Laptop, with a Xircom EtherNet CardBus II PCMCIA Adapter, but the connection freezes on the "Aquiring Network Address", and then tells me It has limited or No connectvity, and After a check, It's no connectivity. I also Tried to connect the Laptop Directly to the Modem, but with the Same result, which makes me beleive that there may be a problem with XP rather than the Laptop, Anyone got any Ideas.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 18, 2005 4:45 AM PDT
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Allready done
by psions5 / May 18, 2005 4:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Look up WINSOCKFIX.

Al lDrivers are fine, allready done a winsock fix and it's a fresh build with no spyware, ad-ware, any other suggestions, or will a rebuild be neccesary.

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So you have the laptop drivers too?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 18, 2005 5:02 AM PDT
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Tell about what drivers you installed on the laptop. Also is this laptop known to run XP fully?

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by psions5 / May 18, 2005 5:05 AM PDT

Originally It is bundled with Windows ME, but It's allways ran XP Fine, but Ive only used it on a bluetooth PAN Before now, The Laptops Drivers for it's board, chipset E.T.C Are fine

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I'm not convinced.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 18, 2005 5:22 AM PDT
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I've run into this too many times that a bios or motherboard driver is required. What else has been used in that PC-Card slot?

And I hope all that WEP/WPA/MAC filtering is off for the first outing.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 18, 2005 5:26 AM PDT
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The Toshiba Satellite 1800 has some S2xx numbers. Which model?


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It's the S203.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 18, 2005 5:31 AM PDT
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1. You'll want the BIOS to be dated 07-25-2002 and version 2.2. It may not the date of 07-22-2002.

2. You'll need the ALi Chipset Registry Fix for Windows 98SE/Me/2000 and since there is no XP version, you'll opt for the 2000 version.

Without this the PC-Card may be less than fully function. In fact the registry fix is about IRQ routing and is often what such cards fail.

Convince me the drivers and BIOS are up to at least Windows 2000 status.


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For reference.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 18, 2005 5:45 AM PDT
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by psions5 / May 18, 2005 6:16 AM PDT
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Okay, Ill give it all a try, thankyou

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FYI. If you email me...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 23, 2005 12:10 AM PDT
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I can't respond without your address.

And support is here, in the forum and not in private.

Why? Here, everyone learns and can correct me if I'm wrong.


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Here's the fix...
by sasprague / June 9, 2005 1:17 PM PDT
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Frustrating isn't it? I tried everything, but nothing seemed to help. I had been using a NetGear 5 port switch for two years for my three computer home network with no problem. All of the sudden, I started getting the limited connectivity error message. After two weeks with only one of our PCs able to connect, massive research, calls to Verizon, and to my network guru friends (who were no help) I finally put it all together:
1. Verizon had recently upgraded there local systems.
2. I learned that a switch only redirects the data packets, but cannot assign individual IP addresses for additional PCs.
3. I also learned that a "router" does assign IP addresses for the sole purpose of independent PC use of network data streams. In other words it receives a parent IP address from the provider and then individually assigns each computer with it's own separate IP address.
Apparently, the provider will only supply one address for each account. I can't explain how the switch was working before... I only know that it worked.
I have successfully installed a NetGear router in conjunction with the switch and NO MORE PROBLEMS!!!
I hope you have the same results.

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I had to laugh at this one.
by Merl Priester / June 9, 2005 3:29 PM PDT
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First off, you did post your hardware and none of us noticed you didn't have a router.

You stated it was working like this so we "assumed" a router.

But none of your "guru" friends physically looking at you r setup didn't notice it either? Come on, just how guru are they?


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Good Question...
by sasprague / June 10, 2005 1:28 AM PDT

My so called guru friends own their own successful network businesses! You'd think they would know what they are doing???

All I know is that my network is fixed...

One thing I failed to mention before. Just like the original author of this thread, I too hooked my computur directly to the modem during my troubleshooting with no luck. It was because the ISP had already supplied an IP at my DSL account number. However, after selecting to use my NetBIOS over the TcpIP, I obtained an address just fine. This of course was the moment of my epiphany.
If you go back and read the original message on this thread, you'll see that person is using a switch also.

I share in your LOL.

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