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Windows 2000 loses Internet access (TCP/IP) upon restart

I am working on a Windows 2000 machine that would not access the Internet. Using directions from Microsoft, we unininstalled the TCP/IP, and even went into the registry and deleted winsock and winsock2 keys per MS Knowledge Base instructions. Upon reinstalling TCP/IP, Internet access works immediately and will continue to work until the computer is restarted for any reason, in which case it stops. Repeating the uninstall procedure will get it to working again, but again loses on any shutdown/restart.

Other things we have done and misc. information

*checked msconfig for start up lists (clean)
*scanned for viruses and spyware (clean)
*ran winsockfix
*noticed that when right clicking on LAN connection icon in system tray that the Status option is not listed
*going into Network settings and right clicking or going to properties does not bring up Status option either, so it never shows current IP or Gateway information.
*Going to a command prompt and running ipconfig will give the information though

In summary, after reinstalling TCP/IP it works fine, but with a restart it is lost again until you reinstall TCP/IP.

Could there be a service that is not starting that we are missing, or do you think a Windows repair might possibly help? (we have not done a repair yet because it is a multi-OS, multi-hard drive setup and we were afraid of issues with the repair so are trying exhaust all other options first)


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Last time I saw that...

In reply to: Windows 2000 loses Internet access (TCP/IP) upon restart

It was driver related. Many still are learning that Microsoft does not supply drivers and the Driver Update button is untrustworthy.

There is also possible items of pests, failed hardware as well as the issue of drivers.


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In reply to: Last time I saw that...

We did do both a virus and spyware scan and came out clean, so I don't think pests is an issue.

By drivers I am assuming you mean netword card drivers. Although we did uninstall the network card from Device Manager, upon restart it just automatically reinstalled itself using drivers that it found, we did not have to provide any. It is a 3-Com OfficeConnect (3CSOHO100-TX).

Possibly we can download new drivers from 3-Com and install those and see what happens. NIC seems to work just fine until restart.

We will try this and see what happens. Any other ideas that anyone has are much appreciated in case this does not work.


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Not what I meant.

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I mean BIOS and motherboard drivers.

It's something that many are still learning. You were not specific about your scans. Try EWIDO and Housecall.


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In reply to: Not what I meant.

on the BIOS and motherboard drivers, will see what we can do.

We did try Housecall, nothing big found, and it did not resolve the issue. Will look into EWIDO.


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Other ideas

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So far nothing and we are still in the same situation that we were in. If a anyone has any other thoughts or ideas, they would be much appreciated.

Again, we are trying avoid a repair or format/reinstall due to the unusual setup of this machine and a dual-OS scenario as well.


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Still fixed this one too many times.

In reply to: Windows 2000 loses Internet access (TCP/IP) upon restart

Microsoft first level support knows the tcpip entry tricks but rarely tells you about drivers.

Too many are in the dark about drivers. They hit the "Update Driver" button and think it's fine. The truth is that nothing has changed about Microsoft's driver check.

In your case, you did not share exact driver details so I wonder if you missed it.


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