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Odd Internet Connectivity Problems after Boot Drive Change

by maxplanck735 / November 21, 2006 6:58 AM PST

For starters, let me say off the bat that my cable modem and internet connection
works fine when using my mac laptop and my playstation 2.

Recently, I copied my PC's boot drive to a new drive, using the software that came bundled with the new drive (Maxblast 4, from Maxtor). After this, I switched
the jumpers on the new drive to make it the boot drive for the PC. I then switched the configuration of the jumpers on
the old boot disk to make it a slave disk. I connected the primary IDE channel to the new boot drive, left my third hard drive connected to the second connection on the IDE cable connected to the motherboard's primary IDE channel, and connected the old boot disk (now jumpered to be a slave) to the second connection on the IDE cable connected to the motherboard's primary IDE channel. I kept my DVD drive connected to the first connection on the IDE cable connected to the motherboard's primary IDE channel, as it always was.

Now, I can't connect to the internet through any application on my PC, except MS
Outlook Express (weird, eh?). My Local Area Connection's properties tell me that
it is connected. I regularly run Norton, AVG Antivirus, Spybot S&D, and
AdAware SE. Running these apps has not helped.

I uninstalled the drivers for my network adapter, then I reinstalled them. Every
time I uninstall/reinstall them, the number following "Local Area Connection" increases
by one. For example, it used to say "Local Area Connection." After I uninstalled
then reinstalled the drivers, it now says "Local Area Connection 2."

My thought about this is that the uninstall may not have completely removed the old
drivers, and now maybe the multiple drivers are conflicting with each other.

Comcast sent a technician over today, and he couldn't help and told me to call Microsoft
(screw that). He told me that my problem is not with my network adapter.

At the Run->CMD prompt, we ran the following:

ipconfig /release
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /registerdns
ipconfig /renew

and none of this helped. Comcast was able to ping my modem from theirs, but I was
not able to ping anything when the ping originated from my computer (it said "transmit failed" whenever we tried to ping from
my computer).

From looking at the cable modem's lights, it looked like the computer can receive
incoming packets, but it can't send them.

One time I ran registry mechanic 5.2, which caused windows to stop displaying
the format of any files on a CD. I then ran Norton, which fixed this, and ALSO fixed
the internet problem (I was able to, for example, browse the web.) Then, (dumb me)
I renamed "Local Area Connection 11" to "Local Area Connection" and rebooted the
computer. After this, the same internet connection problems returned. I then tried
renaming "Local Area Connection" to "Local Area Connection 11" and rebooted, but
this didn't help.

I tried using Registry Mechanic and then Norton again, but this didn't help. I then
tried using system restore, but system restore won't let me restore to any of my
restore points.

Can anyone offer any advice? If more information would be helpful, please post a
request here and I will post the information.

Any help is much appreciated, thanks a lot.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2006 7:36 AM PST
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by maxplanck735 / November 21, 2006 8:06 AM PST

Woops, sorry thanks for catching that, I meant to say:

"I kept my DVD drive connected to the first connection on the IDE cable connected to the motherboard's SECONDARY IDE channel, as it always was."

Thanks a lot for catching that.

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